Hazlemere and Haslemere

On Wednesday I was at Hazlemere, Bucks, to present the plaque to the Grange Area Trust, winners of this year’s Open Spaces Society Open Space Award.  The trust has saved the 16-hectares Widmer Fields from development by raising the money to buy the land.  Now it manages it for nature and walkers.

Presenting the Open Spaces Award plaque. Photo: Bucks Free Press.

Presenting the Open Spaces Award plaque. Photo: Bucks Free Press.

On Thursday I was at Haslemere, Surrey, for the lecture by National Trust director general, Helen Ghosh, to celebrate the life of Sir Robert Hunter, who died 100 years ago. Hunter lived for many years in Haslemere and was instrumental in saving the nearby commons for people to enjoy.

Hunter would have been appalled by the attitude of Waverley Borough Council, which has recently applied, retrospectively, for the Secretary of State’s consent for an unlawful car- park on common land at Wey Hill Fairground on the west side of town.  This should of course be a green space.  The council isn’t even offering land in exchange for the common which is covered by the car park.  We hope the consent is refused and the council is then forced to reinstate the common.

Wey Hill Common.

Wey Hill Common.

However, Hunter would have been delighted with the work of the Grange Area Trust at the other Hazlemere, because he believed in buying land in order to save it.  Indeed, that is why he founded the National Trust.

Widmer Fields

Widmer Fields

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About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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One Response to Hazlemere and Haslemere

  1. PETER CLARKE says:

    READ YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT HASLEMERE SURREY AND CAR PARK AND AGREE WITH YOU
    JUST HAD A NOTE FROM HASLEMERE VISION ABOUT VOTING ON EITHER VOTING NO FOR THE WBC RESURFACING OR YES FOR BASIC REFURBISHMENT .OF £20,000 NOW .
    i THINK AS IT STAND THE SITE IS AN EYE SORE TOGETHERE WITH A RUN DOWN AREA CALLED WEY HILL IT SHOULD BE AS SAY RETURNED TO COMMON LAND HOWEVER WITH THE RAILWAY STATION CAR PARKING SPACE IS NEEDED CAN YOU HELP THE PEOPLE OF HASLEMERE GET THE BEST SOLUTION TO MAINTAIN OUR BEUTIFUL AREA.
    PETER CLARKE

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