OWNERS of a farm and equestrian centre in Flackwell Heath, who believe they would be in danger of closing if a new M40 junction is built, have received support from a leading councillor.

A petition to ‘Save Cobbles Farm’ which was signed by 1,619 people was delivered to Wycombe District Council last week by chairman of Chepping Wycombe Parish Council, Katrina Wood.

Cllr Wood spoke on behalf of the Curtis family who were shocked to discover about the proposed plans to build a new M40 junction 3a as part of the district council’s local plan.

Cllr Wood said: “Cobbles Farm is a valued local business in my ward, providing a home for many horses – a lot of whom have been rehomed there by the RSPCA and Horsewatch after difficult episodes in their lives.

“There are in excess of 300 local children on their books at any one time, learning to ride and enjoy the countryside, and they also provide regular lessons for the Bucks Downs Syndrome Association.”

She added: “Any motorway junction in this area would mean the closure of the Equestrian Centre.

“The consultation on this has caused Mr and Mrs Curtis great worry and they are now undecided whether to continue their investment plans to expand the business as their future is so uncertain.

“I presented the petition to support a business and residents of my ward as I feel they are a valuable addition to the area and I would hate to see it close as a consequence of Junction 3a and I felt their situation needed to be highlighted.”

It is believed a new junction would be built along Spring Lane and because of the nature of their work, the family do not believe their business would survive.

However, the petition will now be taken into account when WDC reveal the results of the public consultation, later on this year.