‘Coun­cils must re­main trans­par­ent’

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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.

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