Winkers forces second vote
Quashing of first referendum by High Court means second ballot on village’s local plan
It was confirmed at a Chiltern District Council (CDC) cabinet meeting on Tuesday, only 13 months since the first poll, where councillors voted unanimously in favour of holding another ballot.
In the original Neighbourhood Plan CDC disagreed with the examiner’s report that Winkers nightclub should not be designated as a community facility and went ahead with the referendum. The owners of the nightclub also objected to CDC’s decision and appealed to the High Court, which ruled in favour of the Examiner’s report and the owners of Winkers.
The agenda papers read: “The High Court quashed the council’s decision not to accept the examiner’s recommendation that Winkers should be removed from the list of community facilities in the Neighbourhood Plan and the decision that the plan should proceed to referendum. Effectively this means that the council has to decide again how to deal with the examiner’s report recommendations and to then decide if the plan as amended should proceed to a second referendum.”
The referendum is set to be held on September 8, and the news comes only a few weeks since the same council backed plans to demolish Winkers nightclub in favour of housing. The executive summary in the agenda papers reads: “Chalfont St Peter Parish Council produced a neighbourhood plan which was subjected to consultation and examination in accordance with the statutory procedures.
“The council accepted all of the examiner’s recommendations except that relating to Winkers Farm Country Club/ Nightclub (Winkers).
“The Neighbourhood Plan was taken to referendum on 5 March 2015, which it passed. Before the plan could be made (adopted) by CDC a legal challenge was made by the owners of Winkers. They objected to the inclusion of the nightclub in a list of facilities to be protected by the Neighbourhood Plan.
“The High Court quashed the council’s decision in relation to Winkers and also quashed the referendum. As such the council needs to reconsider its decision in relation to the examiner’s report and decide how to proceed with the plan. The report acknowledges it would be difficult to maintain the protection of Winkers as a local community facility and as such recommends that the cabinet change its position on the examiner’s report before proceeding to a further referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan.” THE trial date of a pensioner accused of murdering a 69-year-old in an alleged road rage attack has been moved.
Odysseas Vafiadis, aged 70, of Birchdale, Gerrards Cross, who is yet to enter a plea, had been scheduled to appear on April 4 but Reading Crown Court confirmed on Friday (April 1) that a new date has been set for September 5.
The murder charge is in connection with the death of Paul Davidson, of Lansdown Road, Chalfont St Peter.
Mr Davidson died on Monday, November 9, following an alleged assault three days earlier on November 6.