Dozens of locals turned out on Saturday 22nd October to join the Big Little Marlow Dog Walk organised by community group Save Marlow’s Greenbelt. Residents from Marlow and Bourne End came out in force, along with pooches of all shapes and sizes.
“It’s fantastic to see so many people taking an interest in the Little Marlow Lakes Country Park and enjoying this local amenity,” said Parish Councillor, Anna Crabtree. “Many of today’s walkers use these paths regularly and were unaware of the size and scale of the proposed developments in the area. The sound stages and multi-storey car parks for a film studio, for example, would destroy the open nature of the countryside here.”
This event comes hot on the heels of the controversial decision taken by Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet recently to limit the size of Little Marlow Lakes Country Park to one-fifth of the size set out in the current Wycombe District Local Plan.
Since the Cabinet made their recommendation, 27 Buckinghamshire Councillors have called for the decision to be reviewed to determine if it was made appropriately. Many believe that the Council Cabinet has been influenced by approaches made by property developers and would like to see greater transparency of the Council’s operating processes.