Coun­cil­lors vote to de­mol­ish Winkers in favour of ‘houses for mil­lion­aires’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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

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