Char­ity group hon­ours Ann

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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.”

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