Con­cerns raised over com­plex plan

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE LO­CAL plan is a ‘night­mare’ to un­der­stand, the maps are dif­fi­cult and more peo­ple need to know about it, says one Ger­rards Cross man.

Speak­ing at a full coun­cil meet­ing on Mon­day Fe­bru­ary 15, John Mur­phy, who has lived in Howards Thicket for 40 years, said it was ‘im­por­tant to ac­ti­vate peo­ple’ and that ‘you can’t just sit back’ as a re­sponse to the sug­gested de­vel­op­ment ar­eas.

Mr Mur­phy said he had found it a strug­gle to un­der­stand the web­site where the maps are found and was un­sure which ar­eas had been pro­posed by Chiltern District Coun­cil.

He said: “Quite frankly it’s a night­mare. I spent a while try­ing to find maps. Now I found a map of the area and it cer­tainly shows the hous­ing, it shows the hous­ing along the Wind­sor Road and it also shows green belt, how­ever I didn’t see any sign of any pro­posed de­vel­op­ment.”

He added: “It would be a good idea if the town coun­cil ad­ver­tised it. Most peo­ple in Ger­rards Cross don’t seem to know that there’s a pol­icy plan and what it en­tails for Ger­rards Cross.”

Mr Mur­phy con­tin­ued: “Most peo­ple don’t have the qual­i­fi­ca­tions to read this sort of map. What you need is some­thing the av­er­age per­son can read and un­der­stand.”

Chair­man Chris Brown agreed and said it was an ‘in­cred­i­bly com­plex site to get your head around’, and that it was res­i­dents’.

He said: “We are very con­cerned about the lim­ited time frame that peo­ple have to ad­dress the is­sues.”

Mr Brown also slammed the district coun­cil for ‘a poor job they have done at district coun­cil level in terms of pub­li­cis­ing it’.

Martin Baker was also quick to dis­pel myths that the land be­hind the Ap­ple Tree pub was ‘ear­marked’ de­vel­op­ment.

Ger­rards Cross Town Coun­cil was in agree­ment with a sug­ges­tion from Jen­nifer Woolveridge, who said the pub­lic should for­ward any ques­tions or sug­ges­tions they have to the clerk be­fore the pub­lic meet­ing for a more ‘co m p re he n s i v e’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

In re­sponse to the Lo­cal Plan the town coun­cil has ar­ranged a pub­lic meet­ing on Thurs­day Fe­bru­ary 25. It will be held at the Col­ston Hall, East

‘dif­fi­cult

for Com­mon at 7.30pm.

South Bucks District Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be there to ex­plain their se­lec­tion of green belt spa­ces and an­swer ques­tions.

Leader Ralph Bagge and deputy leader Nick Naylor will also be avail­able.

Ger­rards Cross: Lim­ited time frame to ad­dress is­sues

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