Elderly cyclist who died after falling off named
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.
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CDC cabinet member Peter Martin