Char­ter to pro­tect our park life

MPs sign ‘Magna Carta’ doc­u­ment for Colne Val­ley

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

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

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