£1.5m running track plan leaflet branded waste of taxpayers' money

Bucks Free Press: £1.5m running track plan leaflet branded waste of taxpayers' money £1.5m running track plan leaflet branded waste of taxpayers' money

COUNCIL chiefs have been attacked for wasting taxpayers' money with leaflets about the proposed £1.5m athletics track in Little Marlow.

A total of £274 was spent by Wycombe District Council producing 230 flyers about the scheme, opposed by some residents, who fear the impact on the green belt.

The purpose of the project is to relocate the track from Handy Cross, High Wycombe, as part of developments at that site.

If approved, the track would be placed on land at Westhorpe Farm, on a 30 year lease.

Plans to move it to Hazlemere have already fallen through after outcry there.

Leading campaigner Martin Braint said he could just not get his head around the leaflet delivered to residents recently.

He said: "The leaflet is a complete waste of tax-payers money and there is no reason for it as there will be no way it will persuade us."

Little Marlow Parish Councillor Barbara Wallis agreed it was a waste of taxpayers' cash and said: "I understand the leaflets represent the applicants, and it is the sort of thing developers would do, but it is very unfortunate it came out with the WDC logo."

The application has been submitted by the council but its planning committee has the power to reject it.

Cllr Wallis criticised the pamphlet, saying parts were 'misleading'

Residents association chairman William Northcroft also questioned various points listed on the leaflets.

Council spokesman Catherine Spalton acknowledged the scheme has generated some concerns in Little Marlow and said the leaflet was produced in order to answer questions raised by residents.

The council has refuted claims about increased traffic and parking problems in the area and said the green belt will not be developed further as a result. Although there has to be special circumstances to build on there, sporting schemes such as this are not forbidden.

Miss Spalton said: "The relocation of the athletics track is fundamental to the development of the new sports and leisure centre at Handy Cross. By relocating the track, it means that the current sports centre can remain open while a new one is built."

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1:08pm Sun 4 Nov 12

Welwyn Dowd says...

That's £274 that would have been better spent on a round of drinks for a few councillors.
That's £274 that would have been better spent on a round of drinks for a few councillors. Welwyn Dowd
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8:28pm Sun 4 Nov 12

BOOKERite says...

£274 is a drop in the ocean. Wait to see what WDC will spend on a feasibility study, if recent history is anything to go by.
£274 is a drop in the ocean. Wait to see what WDC will spend on a feasibility study, if recent history is anything to go by. BOOKERite
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12:39pm Mon 5 Nov 12

gpn01 says...

That's over £1 per flyer. Compared to a four-page pullout advert in BFP advertising how WDC planned to spend £25M+ on a private sports facility then £274 is a bargain!
That's over £1 per flyer. Compared to a four-page pullout advert in BFP advertising how WDC planned to spend £25M+ on a private sports facility then £274 is a bargain! gpn01
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5:27pm Tue 6 Nov 12

DonRockell says...

"The relocation of the athletics track is fundamental to the development of the new sports and leisure center at Handy Cross.

Of cause it is - they've already sold the land so if doesn't move they have nowhere left to put it.

Also a £1.00 flier is nothing - Just wait for the increased cost are budgeted when the real cost of the running track - car parking - lighting - new roads -changing rooms, showeres - new water and power supplies - so called land and path improvements - planning - public consultations - propaganda and other cons are done

£1.5m - think more like £10m and it might be closer to the truth and even then it will be cheap job
"The relocation of the athletics track is fundamental to the development of the new sports and leisure center at Handy Cross. Of cause it is - they've already sold the land so if doesn't move they have nowhere left to put it. Also a £1.00 flier is nothing - Just wait for the increased cost are budgeted when the real cost of the running track - car parking - lighting - new roads -changing rooms, showeres - new water and power supplies - so called land and path improvements - planning - public consultations - propaganda and other cons are done £1.5m - think more like £10m and it might be closer to the truth and even then it will be cheap job DonRockell
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6:13pm Tue 6 Nov 12

gpn01 says...

DonRockell wrote:
"The relocation of the athletics track is fundamental to the development of the new sports and leisure center at Handy Cross. Of cause it is - they've already sold the land so if doesn't move they have nowhere left to put it. Also a £1.00 flier is nothing - Just wait for the increased cost are budgeted when the real cost of the running track - car parking - lighting - new roads -changing rooms, showeres - new water and power supplies - so called land and path improvements - planning - public consultations - propaganda and other cons are done £1.5m - think more like £10m and it might be closer to the truth and even then it will be cheap job
Has the land already been sold? If it hasn't then, as the land is currently used to provide amenity to the public, a local group could instead make a bid to retain it for the use of the community.
[quote][p][bold]DonRockell[/bold] wrote: "The relocation of the athletics track is fundamental to the development of the new sports and leisure center at Handy Cross. Of cause it is - they've already sold the land so if doesn't move they have nowhere left to put it. Also a £1.00 flier is nothing - Just wait for the increased cost are budgeted when the real cost of the running track - car parking - lighting - new roads -changing rooms, showeres - new water and power supplies - so called land and path improvements - planning - public consultations - propaganda and other cons are done £1.5m - think more like £10m and it might be closer to the truth and even then it will be cheap job[/p][/quote]Has the land already been sold? If it hasn't then, as the land is currently used to provide amenity to the public, a local group could instead make a bid to retain it for the use of the community. gpn01
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