Chepping Wycombe Parish Council accused of 'ignoring' skate ramp petitions

Bucks Free Press: Natalie Allen (right) handed in the petitions to Chepping Wycombe Parish Council in the summer. Picture courtesy of The Grapevine Natalie Allen (right) handed in the petitions to Chepping Wycombe Parish Council in the summer. Picture courtesy of The Grapevine

A PARISH council which is set to axe the skate ramps from a park in Flackwell Heath has been accused of ignoring the wishes of hundreds of villagers.

Two petitions were handed into Chepping Wycombe Parish Council in the summer, which carried more than 1,000 signatures between them and called for Recreation Ground facilities to be saved.

Mum Natalie Allen said: "There has been a massive backlash against the parish council regarding this and its removal was postponed over the summer holidays, but now it is close to removal.

"This is a disgrace that the parish council have closed their ears to those that have sadly voted for them in the past."

She believes the cost of removing the ramps, thought to be about £7,000, could be spent on improvements instead.

The council sparked controversy in July by announcing plans to remove the skate ramps and find another location for a permanent facility.

This followed the results of noise surveys at the site and complaints about anti-social behaviour.

Council chairman Jeff Herschel said he and his colleagues were all aware of the petitions and ‘wished’ it was possible for the current facility to be saved and improved.

He stressed there had been ‘great disappointment’ among councillors at the "realisation that the existing facility did not meet safety, noise or location guidelines and that it would need to be re-positioned elsewhere".

Since the decision to remove the ramps the council has organised an event to discuss the refurbishment of play facilities in the parish, as well as a workshop for youngsters to put forward suggestions for new BMX and skate facilities.

It also recently agreed the £30,000 purchase of Oak Wood, on the north-west edge of the village on Heath End Road, which could provide the site for a new BMX trail.

Cllr Herschel added: "I don't think that this positive response to the concerns of both council members and residents can reasonably be described as ignoring the views expressed in the petition.

"That none of the sponsors of the two petitions were prepared to attend either of the events and work alongside the council to resolve the issues we face is disappointing, but not a complete surprise."

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11:23am Thu 15 Nov 12

stevet123 says...

they purchased OAK WOOD, but was there any public inquirey, as the wood backs on to residential housing, like oakwood, ring road, then you have seymour close on which is OAP housing, also the access points come from footpaths from Oakwood, and off heath lawn, so no access for Ambulances if a minor has an accident
they purchased OAK WOOD, but was there any public inquirey, as the wood backs on to residential housing, like oakwood, ring road, then you have seymour close on which is OAP housing, also the access points come from footpaths from Oakwood, and off heath lawn, so no access for Ambulances if a minor has an accident stevet123
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12:26pm Thu 15 Nov 12

jtintinb says...

stevet123 wrote:
they purchased OAK WOOD, but was there any public inquirey, as the wood backs on to residential housing, like oakwood, ring road, then you have seymour close on which is OAP housing, also the access points come from footpaths from Oakwood, and off heath lawn, so no access for Ambulances if a minor has an accident
i dont really see the problem,isnt it better that the council buy it than a developer or the traveller family who also put a bid in, at least it will stay a woodland for at least another 30 yrs.
There doesnt need to be a public 'inquirey' for the purchase of this, but you may have noticed there are posters up around the village regarding a public consultation on the 8/12/12 for parishioners to put forward ideas on its use.
Re access points there are access's off oakwood & heath lawn but also access off ring rd & where the play park/flats are, but also i believe there will be a right of way for service traffic via spring lane through the poppy field.So plenty of access for ambulances
[quote][p][bold]stevet123[/bold] wrote: they purchased OAK WOOD, but was there any public inquirey, as the wood backs on to residential housing, like oakwood, ring road, then you have seymour close on which is OAP housing, also the access points come from footpaths from Oakwood, and off heath lawn, so no access for Ambulances if a minor has an accident[/p][/quote]i dont really see the problem,isnt it better that the council buy it than a developer or the traveller family who also put a bid in, at least it will stay a woodland for at least another 30 yrs. There doesnt need to be a public 'inquirey' for the purchase of this, but you may have noticed there are posters up around the village regarding a public consultation on the 8/12/12 for parishioners to put forward ideas on its use. Re access points there are access's off oakwood & heath lawn but also access off ring rd & where the play park/flats are, but also i believe there will be a right of way for service traffic via spring lane through the poppy field.So plenty of access for ambulances jtintinb
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11:59am Mon 26 Nov 12

GorillaGirl109 says...

Cllr Herschel added: "I don't think that this positive response to the concerns of both council members and residents can reasonably be described as ignoring the views expressed in the petition.

"That none of the sponsors of the two petitions were prepared to attend either of the events and work alongside the council to resolve the issues we face is disappointing, but not a complete surprise."


It says the photo was taken in the summer - Councillor Herschel should have learnt since then that some mothers believe that if they claim to be defending children - their own or someone else’s - then they are invulnerable to criticism or reason and don’t need to make statements in accordance with commonsense or work with others – just shout – look at all the photos of cute children - often little girls - there have been in connection with something for ‘kids’ who are often hulking teenage yobs.
[quote] Cllr Herschel added: "I don't think that this positive response to the concerns of both council members and residents can reasonably be described as ignoring the views expressed in the petition. "That none of the sponsors of the two petitions were prepared to attend either of the events and work alongside the council to resolve the issues we face is disappointing, but not a complete surprise." [/quote] It says the photo was taken in the summer - Councillor Herschel should have learnt since then that some mothers believe that if they claim to be defending children - their own or someone else’s - then they are invulnerable to criticism or reason and don’t need to make statements in accordance with commonsense or work with others – just shout – look at all the photos of cute children - often little girls - there have been in connection with something for ‘kids’ who are often hulking teenage yobs. GorillaGirl109
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