Pe­ti­tion calls for le­gal pro­tec­tion of meadows

Cam­paign­ers want safe­guards for two spe­cial ar­eas in their vil­lage

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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.”

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