Stop the proposed play area development on Chorleywood Common (Site 15a)
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We the undersigned ask Chorleywood Parish Council to reject the proposed plans to install a children’s play area on site 15a of Chorleywood Common. We believe the site to be totally unsuitable due to the following reasons:
Safety: We are concerned the site, once developed, will not be safe enough for children to play. Sandwiched between a road and a railway line and with no plans to fence off, children will be free to run into the road and dogs will be free to foul the site.
Access: There is no access to the site we deem to be satisfactory. None of the approaching roads have pavements or clear line of sight, which would mean parents and children having to access the site by walking in the road around blind bends or on limited, steep and dangerous slippy natural pathways on the common. Access from the high street involves a set of steps and a walk through the busy station car park. Disabled access is extremely limited if not practically impossible. There is no provision here to cater for all. There is zero parking available.
The Environment: The site is extremely wildlife rich, with foxes, bats, badgers, deer, owls, varied other birdlife and a large population of protected slow worms (which are not seen in such concentration elsewhere on the common). We feel the proposed removal of trees and shrubs to clear the ground for the play area will remove this habitat completely.
The Parish council have built two 'Wild Den' play areas on the common already this year (2017) and we feel there is no need for a third. We must, at all costs, protect our common from future development. For generations the common has provided a wonderful natural play are for children to enjoy, explore and be surrounded by the wonderful wildlife.
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