‘Councils must remain transparent’
A COUNCILLOR has urged the public to take part in the Local Plan consultation, insisting that you ‘can’t impose things on your residents’.
Des Bray, who represents Chalfont St Giles on Chiltern District Council and also sits on the parish council, also argues that councils must maintain transparency.
He said: “I think parish councils and district councils must be transparent. You can’t just impose things on your residents because they might as well say on your bike.”
And he added: “I think my residents who voted me in deserve as much respect as I give them.”
Mr Bray was responding to questions regarding the village’s reaction to the Local Plan, and confirmed that a working party has been formed and will be meeting, with a public meeting planned at the end of the week.
Mr Bray said the meeting will ‘explain to our local residents what it’s about’.
He will be giving a presentation, telling villagers what the plan is and how it will affect them.
In response to a question asking why the meetings are being held he said: “Just to inform, because people have heard that there is a Local Plan and the consultation ends in March.
“What we’re saying as your parish council – this is what we are looking to do.”
Mr Bray said an option that he would like to see in the village was a small industrial estate, for ‘half a dozen’ offices, which he said would benefit the village.
However he said this was merely an idea and stressed that councils are merely ‘looking at possible areas for testing’.
Parish council chairman Gordon Patrick said: “It gives people the information that we’re looking into what we can do and what can be done.
“As a council we are concerned about what’s around the corner. It’s to get public feedback and give the public information about what’s going on.”
While final details of the public meeting are still being finalised, Mr Bray confirmed it will be held on Saturday, February 27 at the Memorial Hall, School Lane, from 4.30pm.