September 2017

King George V Playing Field Land Swap Consultation

In November 2016 the Council undertook a public consultation to replace the Chiltern Pools and community buildings with a purpose built centre. While supported by over 80% of the 2,386 responses, a number of key concerns were raised by the public. These included retaining the historic barns, re-providing the pre-school nursery, library and community hall, ensuring disabled access, increasing parking provision and maintaining the facilities whilst the centre is being constructed. The Council revised the proposed scheme to address these points.

In order to make room for the new design, and further protect green spaces in the town, CDC and Amersham Town Council (ATC) proposed a 'land swap'.

In return for building on a small part of the King George V playing field, owned by Amersham Town Council (ATC), Chiltern District Council (CDC) would transfer The Green in Woodside Close to ATC, protecting the land as open space through a Fields in Trust dedication. The land swap would also result in the historic barn buildings being set in additional areas of green space, enhancing their appearance for the future.

A public consultation was undertaken in September 2017 to gauge local opinion for this. Over 70 per cent of responses were in favour of the proposal, so the land swap is now being finalised.

The results are below:

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November 2016

Chiltern Pools and Community Facilities Public Consultation

The Council asked residents for their views on building a new facility bringing a leisure centre, library and community centre into one new building.

The consultation ran from 5 November until 12 December 2016 and we had 2,386 responses, with overwhelming support.

80%

agreed or agreed strongly with the proposed development


70%

agree it's appropriate to develop facilities as one development


80%

agree the new facility should offer a wider range of sport, leisure and community activities


70%

agree the new facility should be developed on the existing site


90%

agreed leisure and community facilities should continue to operate while construction of the new facility is underway


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