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Misbourne Valley has been slammed by the Chilterns Conservation Board.

The proposed route was released on March 11 and the environmental group said that the route for the London to Birmingham Line, which will travel through the heart of the Chilterns, will cause irreversible damage to the area. The Chilterns is part of the same family as the National Parks and is protected as an Area of Outstanding Beauty, and the proposed route includes many of these areas. The Chilterns Conservation Board say they will oppose the route and expect strong support from local people. Lord Adonis, the Secretary of State for Transport, has promised

T

he Government’s plans to run a high-speed rail line through Amersham, Chalfont St Giles and the

The proposed route of the High Speed Rail Line will cross Chesham Road near Annie Bailey’s pub

High speed line slammed

lengthy consultation with local communites before a final decision is taken and the Department for Transport statement has said that

Government will consult widely on these proposals though high speed rail has a role to play in Britain's transport infrastructure in the future.

Council seek views on opening times

S

ome residents may not be aware that Chesham has a cemetery. It’s nestled in-between Bellingdon Road and

Berkhampstead Road, and can easily be missed as you drive past its gates.

However, it’s well worth a visit as a place to spot wildlife, or to quietly contemplate the views across Chesham from its slopes. The cemetery celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2008, and the site is filled with local history and is a favoured spot with family researchers. Many of the local family names, such as Darvell and Gomm, can be seen on the headstones, along with those of local dignitaries and war casualties.

The cemetery is managed by Chesham Town Council, and over the years the council has changed the way it operates

this service to adapt to the needs of the townspeople. Now, the council is considering whether to keep the cemetery open 24 hours a day to allow people to visit the graves of their loved ones at a time that is convenient to them. Currently the gates are open between 8 am and 4 pm daily, but keeping them open permanently would save about £5,000 of taxpayers’ money per year.

However, the council appreciates that some people may be concerned about the cemetery being accessed after dark, particularly as there is no lighting. Furthermore, the council would still reserve the right to lock the cemetery during extreme winter weather as the paths can become slippery and unsafe when icy.

Only the pedestrian gate

Views across the town from the top of Chesham cemetery

would be unlocked at the Berkhampstead Road entrance, to prevent the cemetery being used as a cut-through by motorists.

The council is also considering allowing cycling along the main path at the bottom of the cemetery. The council recognises that cycling in Chesham is challenging and is keen to help provide safer routes through town.

Before any decisions are

taken, the council is seeking the views of residents and other people who use the cemetery. You can access an online

policy@chesham.gov.uk The consultation deadline is the 31st May 2010.

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