Angry Iver hits out at par­ish spend­ing

Vil­lagers vent anger at the £750k cost of new coun­cil of­fices

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by TOM HeR­BeRT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twitter: @TRHer­bert

FU­RI­OUS vil­lagers met on Mon­day night to protest against a coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to buy a po­lice sta­tion for hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds. Cam­paign group Angry Iver hosted a meet­ing at The Swan pub for res­i­dents to take their stand against a de­ci­sion by Iver Par­ish Coun­cil (IPC) to spend £750,000 on new of­fices.

Murray Roberts led the heated meet­ing in front of a packed house in Iver High Street, where people ex­pressed concerns over what has been seen as a lack of con­sul­ta­tion from the coun­cil.

Mr Roberts, an Iver res­i­dent for the past 20 years, said: “IPC are spend­ing our money on things that we don’t re­ally need or want.

“We’re pretty angry about it.

“It’s not needed, it’s not wanted, it’s not been asked for, it’s not planned.

“It’s not thought through, it’s not been com­mu­ni­cated.”

Calls were made for the par­ish coun­cil to de­lay the pur­chase, with Mr Roberts ask­ing chair­man Wendy Matthews a num­ber of times: “Can you sus­pend the de­ci­sion to buy that po­lice sta­tion un­til we have had a chance to be part of the process?

“You never know, we might come up with some­thing that every­body loves.”

Cllr Matthews replied: “The time for people to have a con­sul­ta­tion was dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod.”

She added: “We can dis­cuss it amongst the coun­cil­lors, but our de­ci­sion was taken but a proper le- gal process. We will have to in­ves­ti­gate that.”

Mr Roberts sug­gested the money could be spent on other things, such as the High Street, new park­ing, street light­ing and on more burial plots in the ceme­tery.

He said: “They paid ab­so­lute lip ser­vice to us as a com­mu­nity.

“Why aren’t they com­ing up with a busi­ness plan for bet­ter park­ing to help the shops?

“It’s just non­sense. Where is the par­ish plan? Where’s the ini­tia­tive? They’re do­ing what they want.

“The po­lice sta­tion is a van­ity project.”

Res­i­dents also de­manded greater trans­parency from the coun­cil and ar­gued for more engagement with them.

Mr Roberts said: “A lo­cal author­ity is re­quired to de­liver what the people want.

“We’re try­ing to de­liver a com­mu­nity for every­body in Iver.”

Speak­ing di­rectly to coun­cil­lor Carol Gib­son, he added: “What we want to do is open up a dia­logue so that you can help us un­der­stand what’s go­ing on.”

Iver Po­lice sta­tion, where the par­ish coun­cil may be based in the fu­ture

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