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It’s unreasonable to say running track project was rushed
12:00am Saturday 4th August 2012 in Your Letters
RE: Last week’s Marlow Free Press which carried criticism from local residents of the proposed running track on land adjacent to at Westhorpe Farm, Little Marlow. They claimed the plan was badly thought out and rushed.
I WOULD like to respond to the article last week about the proposed running track at Little Marlow.
The running track has to be relocated because it enables a new sports and leisure centre at Handy Cross to be constructed alongside the existing Wycombe Sports Centre. This allows the existing centre to remain operating until the new centre is complete. Sport England do not allow a reduction in existing sporting facilities – so relocation is essential.
We were concerned that the council’s original proposal for relocation to Buckmaster Playing Fields (adjacent to John Lewis/M40) would result in a repeat of the existing inferior facility. The Little Marlow site was first presented to the Parish Council in May, followed by a public exhibition in June. To say that the proposal is rushed is most unreasonable.
Wycombe District Council have addressed concerns about access, traffic and lighting, and extensive new areas of tree planting and landscaping will mitigate the loss of a relatively small area of low grade and privately owned (hence inaccessible) land. The site is already well screened and distant from the local houses.
The new site brings benefits for local residents in the form of access to land that was previously out of bounds, with the owners of the land opening up the site. The new site will also provide public parking, a picnic area, a jogging track, toilets and new footpaths, along with improved security of the area.
Obviously some residents simply do not want any change to their locality and are unwilling to accept a community facility that benefits thousands of young people. This merely reflects that one always faces some individuals who are unreasonable when it comes to trying to do things for the greater good.
Kevin Jackson, Chairman Bucks Speed Demons, Chalklands, Bourne End