Concerns raised over complex plan
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
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