Land swap will end Beaconsfield's history warns former resident

Bucks Free Press: Land swap will end Beaconsfield's history warns former resident Land swap will end Beaconsfield's history warns former resident

COMMON land should remain just that, it is part of the area’s history and heritage, and should not be swapped, says a former Beaconsfield resident.

Charlie Broadbridge, who first moved to Beaconsfield in 1956, believes the land swap could even set a precedent and completely change the future landscape of Beaconsfield.

In a letter to the council, Mr Broadbridge said: "No account has been taken in this proposal for the history of the town. A little ironic when one reads the town nameplates at each entrance point to Beaconsfield, proudly proclaiming 'Historic Market Town'."

He added: "The proposed area for swap is entirely useless for any purpose I can see.

"What conceivable use would this scrubland be for common land? It leads nowhere. It is so isolated, that a few years ago the body of some poor woman who had been murdered, was buried almost alongside the A40 and on the boundary of the proposed 'swap'.

"There is not a proper footpath along lengths of that side of the road, nor car parking, the provision of which would be precluded presumably by green belt status.

"If that is not so, then why, on a purely philanthropic gesture by the owner, can that land not be given over for use as a car park?"

Despite now living in High Wycombe, the 61-year-old still feels because of family ties he like others are allowed to have an opinion on the proposed changes.

He said: "It has been announced that direct contact will only be made to those within a 500 metre radius of the proposed area. Common land is common to all people, visitors, whoever, not just residents or occupiers within a 500 metre radius."

South Bucks District Councillor Nick Naylor, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: "Introducing new parking controls would allow people to visit the Old Town knowing that finding somewhere to park near the shops won’t be a problem.

"I would encourage as many people as possible to take part in the consultation and have their say."

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10:58am Thu 20 Mar 14

tigger the campaigner says...

There has been a land swap in the past so as to move the war memorial which used to be located where the roundabout by the Saracens Head is located. The mistake here is charging people to park in 45 parking spaces. It will not encourage shoppers who have to find some change. It would be much better to put in a time limit without a charge. People will not abuse this and those that do can expect to see a parking fine on their windscreen from Private parking wardens eager to issue tickets
There has been a land swap in the past so as to move the war memorial which used to be located where the roundabout by the Saracens Head is located. The mistake here is charging people to park in 45 parking spaces. It will not encourage shoppers who have to find some change. It would be much better to put in a time limit without a charge. People will not abuse this and those that do can expect to see a parking fine on their windscreen from Private parking wardens eager to issue tickets tigger the campaigner
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1:18pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Chases a says...

The War Memorial when it was sited on land, which is now the roundabout, was then in the public highway and NOT on Common Land. It's current situation, by the Church is fitting and worthy of all those who have given their lives for us.
Every comment I have seen conveniently does not mention the Common Land status proposed to be used for 45 paid parking spaces. Under what legislation could this be permitted. I have asked this question of SBDC who have yet to respond despite repeated requests.
I suspect that all the contributors who favour giving up Common land, but still want designated marked parking areas, but unpaid, can only be businesses in that area, mostly offices. Do people not understand that there would in fact be a reduction in available parking space, if any marked out spaces are used, paid or unpaid.
Has no one realised that if this should go ahead, there is every likelihood that, over the coming years with the precedent having been set, eventually all the Common land will revert to private status and most of the old town will be paid parking.
What is the point of Common Land if it can be swapped on a whim for land of little or no value to the community.
This land has held this status for centuries.
Why are SBDC, not taking the opportunity to ensure car parking to serve the Old Town is incorporated into the Wilton Park Development - a once in a lifetime opportunity to do so.
The War Memorial when it was sited on land, which is now the roundabout, was then in the public highway and NOT on Common Land. It's current situation, by the Church is fitting and worthy of all those who have given their lives for us. Every comment I have seen conveniently does not mention the Common Land status proposed to be used for 45 paid parking spaces. Under what legislation could this be permitted. I have asked this question of SBDC who have yet to respond despite repeated requests. I suspect that all the contributors who favour giving up Common land, but still want designated marked parking areas, but unpaid, can only be businesses in that area, mostly offices. Do people not understand that there would in fact be a reduction in available parking space, if any marked out spaces are used, paid or unpaid. Has no one realised that if this should go ahead, there is every likelihood that, over the coming years with the precedent having been set, eventually all the Common land will revert to private status and most of the old town will be paid parking. What is the point of Common Land if it can be swapped on a whim for land of little or no value to the community. This land has held this status for centuries. Why are SBDC, not taking the opportunity to ensure car parking to serve the Old Town is incorporated into the Wilton Park Development - a once in a lifetime opportunity to do so. Chases a
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