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The Parish Council is, naturally, disappointed that, despite expert advice from our professional consultants and those from the district council, the Inspector, while acknowledging the harm caused by the planning application, has allowed the developers' appeal. However we do acknowledge that in recognition of the depth of local feeling, the permission is now subject to conditions that will reduce some of the effects on the area. These conditions include: the ancient hedgerow on Little Green Lane will be retained at 5 metres; the footpath on Little Green Lane will be widened to ensure pedestrian safety; various measures will be taken to ensure biodiversity enhancements; electric car chargers, heat pumps and a high level of insulation will be incorporated in the construction and that the privacy of residents in existing properties will be protected from oversight. It is a sad fact, though, that despite our efforts this development will encroach on The Green and reduce the rural character of that part of Croxley Green.
Cllr Nigel Cole, Chairman of Croxley Green Parish Council
It is with great delight that Croxley Green Parish Council announces the purchase of a section of local woodland for all the residents of Croxley Green. The woodland, which is part of Long Valley Wood, is situated between Buddleia Walk and Croxley Hall Woods and can be accessed from Harvey Road and Lavrock Lane.
The woodland immediately surrounds the boundary fence of the Woodland Chase development.
Parish Council Chairman, Nigel Cole, said, “we are delighted to be able to acquire this piece of woodland, a continuation of Croxley's second village green, to ensure that future generations may continue to enjoy using it with the certainty that it is protected from any future development. The land is in relatively 'wild' condition, having not had any significant investment for a number of years, and the Parish Council purchased it directly from the liquidators of its former owners. In common with Weston Wood, the land off Mill Lane, we will maintain the area for recreational and amenity purposes on an as-needed basis - removing trees and vegetation only when necessary, planting new native species of trees where appropriate and working at all times to enhance diversity of both flora and fauna.”
Woodland purchased by the Council is on the left of the path as accessed from Harvey Road.
Protecting local sites of natural value continues to be a priority for the Council and the purchase follows the council’s acquisition of Weston Wood in 2017. The continuous pressure to provide more housing locally, and the resulting threats to our valued open spaces and Green Belt, underscores how important it is for the Parish Council to act should there be similar opportunities in the future to ensure the community can keep enjoying Croxley Green’s natural spaces.
Senior Ranger, Anthony Bassenger, commented, “this is a lovely site, home to a great diversity of plants and trees, and the council’s Ranger team can’t wait to get to work there. We will be working with the Countryside Management Service in drawing up a management plan for the woodland to help us manage it sustainably and responsibly”.
The woodland is home to a wide variety of flora & fauna.
The Parish Council purchased the site for the low price of £5000, entirely funded by Council reserves with no impact on residents’ council tax, representing a good deal for Croxley Green ratepayers.
Merry Christmas !
The Parish Council presented a petition to Three Rivers District Council at their Policy & Resources committee on Monday evening regarding the future of the Red Cross centre in Croxley Green.
District Councillor, Dom Sokalski, responded to the petition with a statement, which was also shared with residents on social media, and can be read below.
The statement gives a false account of the history of the Parish Council's attempts to ensure the hall re-opens and remains open for our community, and wildly misrepresents the motives of the Parish Council and our potential intentions for the site.
The Parish Council has prepared a response to Cllr Sokalski's statement and can be viewed below.
Catalytic converters, which are fitted to vehicle exhaust systems, are targeted by thieves because of the precious metals they contain, and the active market for the units. According to our local police, a determined thief needs just 90 seconds to remove a catalytic converter.
In order to minimise the chance of becoming a victim of catalytic converter theft we offer the following recommendations:
If you see a theft in progress, particularly where people are trying to get under cars in public car parks or on public roads, if it is safe to do so, make a record of what you see, including any vehicle registrations, and then call 999 immediately.