A CAMPAIGN group in Bourne End has been given a boost after a man who used to live in the village posted a video of the area online.
The Save Slate Meadow group have been fighting against proposed plans for the green space separating Bourne End and Wooburn Green to be built on in recent months.
Wycombe District Council included the area on their reserve list for potential development within the district when they published their local plan earlier this year.
After hearing of what was going on in the area, Adam Sharam, 49, decided to create a video which would promote the groups cause, since the posting the group’s online petition has received over 200 more signatures.
Adam lived in Bourne End for about 20 years from the age of nine and he says he has always remembered thinking the landscape was ‘special’.
He said: “I love the area very much; it is a place very close to my heart. When I used to get driven home from school I would always look at Slate Meadow.
“When I heard about what was happening and I realised I could potentially help I sprung into action.
“I have a ‘quadcopter’ which is remote controlled. I flew that over the area and got about an hour’s worth of footage.
“I think it has had a good reaction within the area, I have not had one negative comment about the video which is great.”
Adam edited the footage and imported the music himself. He also included the writing which warns people of the danger of building on the former greenbelt land which is a floodplain.
He said: “I think it is really dangerous if they build there, imagine putting a load of stones in a full bucket of water – the water would overflow.
“It is exactly the same if they stick a load of bricks on this floodplain.”
Since his video went online the group’s petition has been boosted from around 600 to almost 900 signatures (at the time of publishing).
Nicola Nicholson, one of the lead Save Slate Meadow campaigners, was delighted to discover the boost in signatures.
She said: “It was around 600 signatures the other day when I looked and if it has jumped to nearly 900, I am delighted.
“It speaks for itself really, the video has obviously worked brilliantly and it is just what we needed.”
To view the video online please visit: http://youtu.be/qFWdfq5SpAE
To view the e-petition please visit: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/60864