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At the Council meeting on 28 September Trevor Collingwood was co-opted to the Parish Council.  There were a number of other candidates who had put themselves forward to represent the residents and in the first round of voting Trevor Collingwood was appointed.  Trevor will take up his position as Councillor at the next meeting of the Parish Council on Thursday 26 October.

 

It is with great delight that Croxley Green Parish Council announces the purchase of a 1.7 acre woodland site for all the residents of Croxley Green in perpetuity. The site forms the north-eastern part of Croxley Green’s second Village Green, otherwise known as Buddleia Walk, and has access points from Mill Lane via a bridle-way, from steps by Common Moor Lock and Footpath 11 which runs behind Frankland Road.

Parish Council Chairman, Mark Saxon, said, “I’m so happy that we have managed to secure this beautiful ancient piece of Croxley Green’s natural history for our residents. We have protected the site from potential development that we have seen so often recently in our village and the surrounding areas. When conducting research for our Community & Strategic Business Plans it was very clear that protecting the sites of nature in Croxley Green was by far the most important concern that residents had for the future of our village, and as such we are very pleased to complete the purchase of such a well-used piece of land”.

The woodland is to be called “Weston Wood” in recognition of the previous land owner and completion of the purchase occurred today, Friday 18 August for a purchase price of £26,000. This is the first significant piece of land that Croxley Green Parish Council will have ownership of in its 31 year history, as although the Parish Council maintain The Green and Stone’s Orchard, under contract from Three Rivers District Council who are the current land owners, the Parish Council also maintains other sites around the village. Senior Ranger, James Townley, commented, “I can’t wait to get working in there, the area contains some beautiful trees and I’m so looking forward to opening it up and making it accessible for everyone”.

The Parish Council became aware of the potential sale and with the current owner, Lilyanne Weston, accordingly negotiated the deal. As other buyers were also interested in the site it was necessary for the Council to discuss the purchase in Part 2 (confidential) sessions at meetings, at which the press and public are not able to attend. Parish Clerk, David Allison, commented that, “this was to make sure that the best possible deal was ‘Keeping Croxley Special’ page 2 of 2 achieved for the residents of Croxley Green and that no outside developers would have an advantage in any prospective sale”. As is commonplace with most Councils around the country, the Parish Council’s current policy is to secure land ownership within the area in which they operate where possible, and Croxley Green are rather an anomaly when you look at how much land neighbouring Parish Councils have control over.

A lovely and touching thanksgiving of the life and times of David Wynne-Jones was held today in All Saints Church, Croxley Green.  Hundreds of friends and those who knew him were recounted with plenty of reminiscenes.  He will be missed but celebrated by his wit, his convivial company, his passion for words, not least of all, his passion for Croxley Green.

 

 

This week we have been flying our flag at half-mast in memory of Cllr David Wynne-Jones whom sadly passed away last weekend whilst holidaying in France.

Cllr Wynne-Jones was a long-standing & dedicated member of Croxley Green Parish Council having first joined in 1998. David was a keen environmentalist having served as Chairman of the Environment & Amenity committee and represented Croxley Green Parish Council at the Environmental Forum at Three Rivers.

David was the instigator of the newly formed Croxley Green Bird-Box Trail and could always be found supporting Parish Council events in the community.

Cllr Wynne-Jones was Croxley Green through and through having lived in the village for more than 60 years and was well known by many in our community.

He shall be remembered and sadly missed.

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