Residents criticized plans for ongoing work at the Chilterns Lifestyle Centre.
Perplexed residents wonder why contractors are working on new parking lots when nearby parking spaces are filled with green spaces.
Amersham resident Patrick Carroll believes the council is “wasting” money on construction, even though there are already “perfect” parking spaces in the area.
Culture and Leisure Minister Clive Harris understands the view to be a “common sense” solution to the casual observer, but the council has come up with a plan that took years to agree. I acknowledged that
“Unfortunately, one of these places, which most people probably don’t realize, is a classic case of councils wasting our money because of lack of proper planning and inaction. .”
“If you look at one of the pictures, you can see that it was 10 perfectly fine tarmac parking spaces that BAM dug up to turn into grassy areas, per the council’s plan.
“This sounds like a good thing, but unfortunately just a few meters away there is an existing grassland of comparable size shown in other photos, which BAM dug up, leaving only 8 I’m trying to make a parking space for a car!”
Patrick claims this was pointed out to Buckinghamshire Council before work began.
“Can you believe it? They’re using our money to dig up 10 existing parking spaces, add grass over them, then dig up the adjacent grass area to make it 2 spaces less!
“This was pointed out to the council well before the start of work, and what they had to do was keep that section of the work under control while the law and paperwork were sorted out, saving a reasonable amount of money. but no they just sat back and spent our money needlessly.
“Whoever is in charge of this on the Council must pay for this work himself!”
Clive Harris replied that the plans had been made over the years and that they were “attentive” to keep costs to a minimum.
“In a project of this scale, many agreements are negotiated, the outcome of which is not known until the project is near completion.
“As a conscientious council, we are mindful of the need to minimize costs and avoid unnecessary waste.
“In this case, the option to proceed the way we are doing reflects an agreement that goes further than it first appears.
“It is understandable that the casual observer view is the ‘common sense’ solution. But it offers something that took me a long time to agree on.
“The work completed to date and these final works represent the capabilities promised in the commission-approved planning proposals.
“This will be provided on behalf of the community with the planned completion of the project in November 2022, avoiding material delays and additional legal fees.”