Growth and Infrastructure Bill

Memorandum submitted by Kate Southworth (GIB 14)

I am a parish council representative of Chalfont Common, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks SL9 0 HY

 Summary

The character of this and so many other villages and towns is seriously threatened by the weakening of protection for our green spaces and village greens.

1. These green spaces are important to resident’s sense of well being, to the protection of the environment and to eco systems.

2. If not protected they will be snatched up by mobile companies regardless of any community opposition, and masts will be sited thereon.

1.It is well documented that the sight of green spaces, trees and vegetation has a very positive effect upon the health and wellbeing of populations. Indeed the government itself, through its support of tree planting recognises the importance of trees to our environment, for water absorption to avoid flooding, to improve air quality, particularly adjacent to roads, and in the visual impact of greenery on the street scenes which serves to create a pleasanter environment for residents.

2. Such greens appear to be a magnet for the easy placing of mobile masts, and the rights of residents to object in their home area should be sacrosanct.

This is a matter of huge concern to residents, as has been witnessed over the last 5 years struggle in this village by residents to prevent the siting of a mobile mast right in the centre of a residential area on a green space. I have personally witnessed the extreme distress and anxiety that this has caused to people. I would further add that the opposition was of such a high order that it left all here staggering that the clearly expressed opposition here was over ruled on appeal. With even less protection, communities will be left disempowered and helpless in the face of large organisations.

The population of this country widely express the view that government no longer hears, no longer listens, and no longer considers the views of the people who placed them in government.

I APPEAL TO YOUR COMMITTEE TO PROTECT THOSE THEY STAND UP FOR..THE COMMUNITIES OF THIS COUNTRY, AND TO STRENGTHEN, NOT WEAKEN PLANNING PROTECTION.

November 2012

Prepared 21st November 2012