Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Landowner questions parish boundary move

A LANDOWNER has questioned a bid by Kidmore End Parish Council to have the whole parish moved

A LANDOWNER has questioned a bid by Kidmore End Parish Council to have the whole parish moved into the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Laurence Lee, from Emmer Green, said he wondered what the driving force was behind the proposal.

The council wants the hamlets of Tokers Green and Chalkhouse Green moved into the Aonb to join Kidmore End village, Cane End and Gallowstree Common, which are already inside.

At a meeting last week, the council agreed to put the proposal to a vote at the annual parish meeting later this month.

But Mr Lee, who owns land off Gravel Hill in Emmer Green, which is in Kidmore End parish, said he had not been made aware of the plans.



He said the parish was a buffer zone between the Aonb and Reading. Mr Lee told councillors: “I am not sure everyone is behind you. I want to know what the driving force is to make this change.

“If you look on the map there is a gap around Reading which isn’t in the Aonb. There is a big risk the area might be downgraded.”

Council chairwoman Sue Biggs replied: “I have been advised that the review for the Chilterns Aonb will not be for 15 to 20 years. Natural England review one area at a time.”

Councillor Biggs and Councillor Caroline Aldridge held an informal consultation on the proposal in Gallowstree Common in February. Afterwards, Cllr Biggs said the response had been “overwhelmingly positive”.

Councillors agreed unanimously to put forward the motion at the parish meeting, which will be held in the parish room on Wood Lane, Kidmore End on April 20.



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