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Parish chief moves to quash 'rumours' over Flackwell Heath park
A PARISH chief has moved to quash ‘rumours’ being spread about a park in Flackwell Heath.
Jeff Herschel, chairman of Chepping Wycombe Parish Council, says a ‘snowball of misinformation’ has been gathering pace since the authority decided to remove some skate ramps from the Recreation Ground.
Some campaigners fear neighbours’ complaints about behaviour and noise at the Straight Bit site will prompt the council to scrap the children’s playground, while a Facebook group called ‘Save Flackwell Heath Park’ has amassed hundreds of members (see related links).
But Councillor Herschel said: “We are not going to go and rip it out because one person complains. We have a commitment to refurbish and upgrade that children’s play area.
“I can definitely say we have future plans for our play equipment - it’s called refurbishment not removal.”
The council had been looking at the idea of expanding the youth facilities at the Straight Bit site, but one neighbour called in Wycombe District Council to undertake a noise survey, which indicated this would be unacceptable.
Fearing the threat of legal action the small council dropped the plan, before deciding to remove the current ramps altogether.
But Cllr Herschel said the authority’s due diligence on the expansion plan had uncovered problems with the facility, and the removal was “nothing to do with complaints” from neighbours.
He added: “This is about the council’s need to find a better place to put a BMX facility and it’s unfortunate there is a lot of misinformation going around.”
He has stressed the council will look to site a new BMX facility within the parish, and in the mean time seek to put temporary ramps in the middle of The Rec.