Charter to protect our park life
MPs sign ‘Magna Carta’ document for Colne Valley
A MAGNA Carta-style charter designed to protect a country park from future development has been backed by MPs.
Bucks MPs Cheryl Gillan and Dominic Grieve have signed the Colne Valley Charter, along with Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough, Kwasi Kwarteng, MP for Spelthorne and Nick Hurd, MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner.
The document has been drawn up in the 800th anniversary year of the sealing of the Magna Carta, and states that “the Colne Valley Regional Park exists for the health of our souls and those of our ancestors and heirs.”
It also presents a vision for the Colne Valley to be protected as “high quality countryside, waterscapes, villages, green spaces and other amenities that provide a regionally significant destination for recreational, sporting, educational and cultural pursuits,” and that “the Colne Valley Regional Park will be a pleasant environment in which people live, work and play that also supports a thriving rural economy and a rich range of biodiversity.”
It has been designed to demonstrate why the Colne Valley Park is important to those living in and around it, in counties including Bucks, Berkshire and Hertfordshire.
The park is under threat
DELIVERED: Cllr Martin Tett, leader of Bucks County Council, Dominic Grieve MP, Nick Hurd MP and Richard Skehens, chairman of the Colne Valley Park Community Interest Company signing the charter from HS2 as well as other projects in other planning authority areas, and it is hoped that the charter will help to protect it for the future.
Stewart Pomeroy, Colne Valley and green spaces team manager said: “We want to show the importance of the Colne Valley, and also we want it to be looked at as one whole area, rather than thinking of parts of it being in different local authority areas.
“There is a lot of development going on in and around the Colne Valley, so we want to do as much as we can to protect it.” He added: “Obviously in terms of things like HS2, the charter isn’t going to mean that the Colne Valley Park is unaffected, but it strengthens our position and helps with our case for it to be tunnelled underneath the area.”
SEALED: Dominic Grieve signs the charter while Nick Hurd, Martin Tett and Richard Skehens look on