Winkers forces sec­ond vote

Quash­ing of first ref­er­en­dum by High Court means sec­ond bal­lot on vil­lage’s lo­cal plan

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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.

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