Petition calls for legal protection of meadows
Campaigners want safeguards for two special areas in their village
prevent any future development on any level. We demand that the current green belt status be protected in perpetuity with a binding covenant.”
Villagers started the petition as part of a wider ‘Save St Giles’ campaign which was set in motion in response to the emerging join Local Plan earlier this year
The original campaign included the creation of a website and Facebook group as people looked to protect what was seen as a threat to the village.
At the time they said they took to the internet over the fear that rapid development in the wrong areas would fundamentally change the character of the village .
The plan put forward proposed possible areas for development in the village, and people were invited to take part in a consultation, which ended March 15.
On the website the petition states that the council ‘lost the confidence of local residents’ by ‘targeting the most precious and valued greenbelt land in the village of Chalfont St Giles for possible housing or commercial development’.
It says the Meadows, which were bought by public funds by CDC in 2002, ‘should be preserved for future generations’ as they ‘define and contribute significantly to the character of our historic village’.
Set on an active flood plain, the Meadows are ‘unsuited’ to development, and contain a chalk steam river and protected flora and fauna.
The campaign has had the backing of television comedian John Bishop, who tweeted on March 28: “I know these meadows, they are beautiful.”
The petition will be delivered to the council ‘to show how strongly people feel about downgrading greenbelt land for development, especially land of national interest and classed as an AONB’.
The petition hopes to hit 2,000 signatures and can be found at https:// you.38degrees.org.uk/ petitions/save-st-giles.
A council spokesperson said: “We look forward to receiving the petition which will be given full and careful consideration.”