NIGHTCLUB TO BE DEMOLISHED
Councillors vote to demolish Winkers in favour of ‘houses for millionaires’
PARTYGOERS have been grieving for the loss of Winkers nightclub in Chalfont St Peter after councillors voted a fortnight ago to demolish it.
Plans to replace the legendary venue with four two-storey homes were given the green light at a Chiltern District Council meeting on Thursday March 17.
The outline application from owners Mr and Mrs Maynard concerns the access roads, with a further detailed application concerning future developments expected soon.
Generations of Adver ti s e r / E x a miner readers have been in mourning for it, with many expressing shock and sadness that it is to go and disappointment that it will be replaced by houses.
On the getbucks Facebook page, Dee Peters wrote: “If I still lived in the village I would be against more housing as [Chalfont St Peter] is getting too big to be a village.”
Kim Dartnell wrote: “The village doesn’t need more housing.”
And The Rug Gallery Amersham left a message reading: “Shame. Good old times.”
Before the announcement was made, Dawn Bailey wrote: “This should be kept and redeveloped for the youngsters in the area.”
Caroline Taylor’s message read: “Oh my god. Happy days.”
And Anita Savage said: “I loved Winkers. Some great times there.”
One man, who did not want to be named, said Winkers would regularly get ‘800’ revellers through its doors over a weekend, and was disappointed people wanted it to shut down.
“I just don’t see how four houses for millionaires can be more beneficial for the local community than somewhere for the youngsters,” he said.
The 22-year-old, who lives in Gerrards Cross, said he goes ‘nearly every week’ and added: “When I go up there it’s packed every week.
“It’s not very good for the local community if they close the only nightclub down, unless you want your kids to go to Watford.”
He said: “I’m just a resident and I’ve got nowhere to go.
“I don’t want to pay £50 for a taxi to Watford.”
According to him, Winkers is the only local haunt to be seen in.
He said: “When you go up to Winkers you meet people from everywhere.
“There’s nowhere else to go, so everyone goes there and all my friends meet when they come back from university.”
Councillors’ decision: Winkers nightclub is to be demolished