Charity group honours Ann
A POPULAR former member of a charity group was remembered when an event was held using money from a donation she left.
Ann Mitchell, who died last year at the age of 95, left some money to Gerrards Cross and District Age Concern, a group of which she was and had served as chairman, to hold an event for its members to enjoy.
On Tuesday, October 20, the group used the money to pay for an old time music hall event with tea, which was attended by 130 people.
Mrs Mitchell, who had also been a parish council chairman, earned a trip to a garden party at Buckingham Palace in 2002 thanks to her community work, and was put up for an Unsung Hero award by South Bucks District Council in 2009, in recognition of her voluntary service.
Age concern member and parish councillor Jennifer Woolveridge said: “She was a very special person, missed by all.” A PROPOSAL for a care facility to be built on Amersham’s green belt has been unanimously voted against.
All of the councillors on Chiltern District Council’s planning committee refused permission for a care facility to be built in Old Amersham’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and green belt.
The decision was made at a meeting on Thursday, October 22.
The proposal was for 33 supported living units on the area north of the High Street for people with learning difficulties. It was submitted by Paradigm Housing and Bucks County Council.
Tony Westhead, who spoke against the application, said: “It is not suitable because it would be an inappropriate development in the AONB and in the green belt. It is unspoilt and this development would set an alarming precedent. There are no exceptional circumstances to overturn the green belt status.”
Mr Westhead spoke on behalf of the 66 people of Old Amersham who had voiced their concerns on the issue, many of whom attended the meeting.
Permission may be granted to build in the green belt and on AONB when there are exceptional circumstances.
Jordan Kelly, 20, spoke in favour of the application.
He said: “I just want a place to live as an independent person. When I heard of this project, I was very excited. There are few places like this in the area.”
The applicant highlighted there are 149 people with special needs from the county living outside Bucks, therefore new accommodationisrequired in the area.
Councillor Davida Allen said: “I am supportive in principal of accommodation for our vulnerable people, but the site must be appropriate. It seems this site is not appropriate in any way, except financial.”
Other reasons for concern regarding the site were that it is of archaeological interest, it is adjacent to listed buildings and is next to Amersham Town Football Club, which may want to expand.
Councillors highlighted that the residents of the accommodation would have to ‘trek’ to buy a pint of milk, to the bus stop and to the nearest library.
Councillor Nigel Shepherd said the ‘gaping hole’ in their argument is that there are other more suitable sites for such a development in Buckinghamshire.
Councillor Alan Hardie added: “Old Amersham is one of the only towns in this area that remains untouched and it benefits from tourism.
“We are in danger of changing the whole ambience of the town.”