El­derly cy­clist who died af­ter fall­ing off named

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

AN EL­DERLY cy­clist who died af­ter fall­ing from his bike on a busy road last week has been named lo­cally by his church.

The cy­clist has been named as Alan Welch, 87, from Amer­sham.

He died on Mon­day, Jan­uary 4 af­ter be­ing dis­cov­ered at about 5pm with se­ri­ous head in­juries on the A416 Amer­sham Road in Che­sham Bois, about 10 me­tres north of the junc­tion with North Road.

Po­lice be­lieve Mr Welch had been rid­ing on a blue fold­ing Her­cules bi­cy­cle and fell from his bike, suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous head in­juries.

He was taken to Stoke Man­dev­ille Hos­pi­tal where he was pro­nounced dead upon ar­rival.

Mr Welch wor­shipped at St John’s Methodist Church, in Wood­side Road, Amer­sham, and was known as one of the ‘long­est, loyal and ac­tive mem­bers.’

He and his wife Mar­garet were both teach­ers lo­cally as well as hav­ing taught in Ghana and the USA.

Mr Welch taught sci­ence at Che­sham Gram­mar School, in White Hill, Che­sham, for 24 years dur­ing the 1960s and 1970s.

The Amer­sham-based char­ity LabAid was founded by Mr Welch and Peter Tall in 1990.

The char­ity sends lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment to schools and col­leges over­seas.

Mr Welch was awarded the MBE in 2001 for his work with the char­ity.

Mr Welch leaves be­hind two sons.

No fu­neral de­tails have yet been an­nounced.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to the ac­ci­dent.

Any wit­nesses are be­ing urged to call the 24-hour Thames Val­ley Po­lice in­quiry cen­tre on 101. A COUN­CIL­LOR has moved to quell fears of over de­vel­op­ment in Chal­font St Peter.

Con­cern was raised af­ter de­tails of the Chiltern and South Bucks joint Lo­cal Plan were re­leased, which ear­marked pos­si­ble ar­eas of the vil­lage for de­vel­op­ment.

Parish Coun­cil­lor Karen Dickson said the sug­ges­tions for ex­pan­sion were ‘pretty scary’ and a de­vel­op­ment of that size ‘would fun­da­men­tally change our vil­lage be­yond recog­ni­tion’.

Richard Allen, who also sits on the parish coun­cil, said de­vel­op­ments of this size would need to be thor­oughly and care­fully con­sid­ered be­fore any­thing take place ‘be­cause it puts a mas­sive strain on the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture’.

Mr Allen added: “If schools are un­der pres­sure now they will be with that large de­vel­op­ment. If you’re go­ing to pro­pose that sort of de­vel­op­ment there needs to be proper plan­ning.”

But Chiltern District Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment coun­cil­lor Peter Martin said th­ese were merely pro­pos­als and noth­ing has been put in place yet.

“Th­ese are merely op­tions that have been put for­ward for con­sid­er­a­tion. So at this stage they are pro­pos­als. This is why we have pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions,” he said.

He ex­plained the pur­pose of the con­sul­ta­tion was to gather thoughts and con­sid­er­a­tions of reis­dents, which he said was ‘key’.

The coun­cils de­cided to pre­pare a joint lo­cal plan in Novem­ber 2015, a de­ci­sion made at both Full Coun­cil meet­ings, partly in re­sponse to na­tional ob­jec­tives to speed up lo­cal plan mak­ing and the risk of Govern­ment in­ter­ven­tion for those au­thor­i­ties that fail to meet Govern­ment plan-mak­ing ex­pec­ta­tions.

The first pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion stage in the joint lo­cal plan’s prepa­ra­tion in­cludes 12 po­ten­tial op­tions for dis­tribut­ing new de­vel­op­ment, and runs from Jan­uary 18 un­til 5pm on March 11.

Mr Martin said: I think some peo­ple have run away with the idea that build­ing work will start next week, when that’s ab­so­lutely not the case. It’s a long process. We need to hear the views of the com­mu­nity.”

Mem­bers of the pub­lic can re­view the op­tions and sup­port­ing ev­i­dence on the coun­cils’ web­sites at www. chiltern.gov.uk and www. south­bucks.gov.uk and send in their re­sponses.

There will be two fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion pe­ri­ods prior to the joint lo­cal plan be­ing con­sid­ered at a pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tion in 2017. Please post me free & with­out obli­ga­tion full de­tails of the Alta2 hear­ing aid. Tick if pen­sioner.

CDC cab­i­net mem­ber Peter Martin

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