Amersham Society response to CDC consultation on Green Belt Options
The Amersham Society represents over 400 local members in promoting the value and interests of Amersham Old Town, seeking to preserve the best of the past and build a successful and prosperous community for the future. The Society's objectives include aims to:
1. preserve and improve the character and amenities of Old Amersham and its historical environs, promoting the town's prosperity and vigour
2. promote the standards of architecture, planning, design, maintenance and use of buildings and infrastructure compatible with the character and quality of life in and/or affecting the old town of Amersham
In this context, the Society welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Council's proposals for preferred options for Green Belt development. We recognise the imperative for new housing development and that this requires a positive and imaginative response.
The Society's response includes both general comments and comments on specific sites within the old town of Amersham, which are made with an awareness of the wider context of opportunities in Amersham. The judgements we make are based on the following criteria, which closely follow those applied by the Council and its consultants in developing their proposals:
1. how and to what degree the proposed changes affect the value and significance of historic assets, in particular the setting and character of our historic town
2. whether the proposals allow a clear separation of urban development from the Green Belt to safeguard the countryside from encroachment
These criteria are underpinned by our conviction that the old town of Amersham is highly unusual (we believe unique in the region) in retaining a town layout and plan dating back to the 17th century and beyond, with a clear separation from modern urban development within a protective green ring. Enhancing and better revealing the heritage value and significance of the old town is of wider benefit to the community. This unique asset is not a piece of living history, but a lively and vibrant residential and commercial town, whose conservation makes a substantial contribution to the local economy. It is valued and used by people throughout the Chiltern District, with many visitors from London and the south east of England and beyond.
Amersham Museum calling all former employees of Brazil's, Bowyers and Goya
Amersham Museum is looking for former employees of Amersham's large post war employers – the toiletries manufacturer, Goya and the meat and pie manufacturer, Brazil's (which later became Bowyers) to come and share their memories of working for these two important local companies.
"We would love to hear the stories from both sets of former employees and to provide an opportunity for people to share their memories with each other." Emily explains. "We need to capture these memories so that future generations have a better understanding of what local life was like in the 20th century."
People's stories will be collected and recorded for the museum's archive and some will feature in a new exhibition when the museum reopens in 2017. This is part of the People's Story of the 20th Century project which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Brazil's/Bowyers session takes place on Thursday 1st December, 2pm-4pm. The Goya session is Monday 5th December, 2pm-4pm. Both take place in the Large Barn Hall, Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue, Amersham-on-the-Hill.
Amersham Museum closed in early September, to allow building work to begin, to realise an expanded and improved museum. There is more information about the project on the Museum website http://amershammuseum.org/>
Amersham in Bloom 2016
We are delighted to congratulate Amersham Town Council for being given a Gold Award in the Britain in Bloom competition. It was also crowned as group winner of the Town category, beating Henley on Thames, Kidlington and Princes Risborough. The Town also also won the regional award for Community Involvement and Pride of Place. Well done to the Town Council, its staff and the many volunteers who contributed to this success.
- Heritage Day 2016
- Amersham Heritage Quiz
- Martyrs play raises money for Museum
- Response to the Chiltern and South Bucks Emerging Local Plan Consultation
- Davida Allen
- The Amersham Martyrs
- Amersham Society response to planning application to Chiltern District Council by Paradigm Housing
- Flexible Home Improvement Loans from Chiltern District Council
- Waste Transfer Station
- 20 mph speed limit in Old Amersham?