News from the Lib Dem led Amersham Town Council
In July this year Amersham will be launched as the 'Flower Capital of Bucks' as part of a new initiative to deliver more for local residents, community engagement and the high streets.
The 17th January meeting of the Liberal Democrat-led Amersham Town Council agreed to proceed with a multifaceted programme to expand the capacity of Amersham in Bloom, attract more people to the town and build on what makes Amersham a great place to live, in the face of opposition from Conservative Town Councillors who voted against the proposals.
Bucks Free Press reported in April last year the worries of Amersham residents about the town centre following the published results of a widely-completed survey from the independent Amersham Action Group (AAG).
In July last year Bucks Council Leader Martin Tett wrote an open letter to, then Minister of Housing Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, about the threat to Amersham's high streets due to proposed government changes in planning laws which would make it easier to convert retail units into residential property. These changes could damage Amersham high streets and are currently 'paused'.
During last year's election campaign the then Liberal Democrat town council candidates spoke to hundreds of residents about their ideas for a proactive approach to support a thriving town centre and build on Amersham in Bloom, and now as elected councillors they are putting those ideas into effect, based on marketing Amersham as the 'Flower Capital of Bucks'.
Liberal Democrat Amersham Town Councillor, Dominic Pinkney (pictured), who developed the initiative, said 'We are excited to get started on this new programme which will benefit residents and the community as well as our high streets, as we promised residents we would. We will shortly be engaging with businesses and residents to enable them to get the most from this initiative which will include a Visit Amersham website and a marketing campaign to target Londoners to hop on the tube or train to spend a great day in our beautiful town.
This will also add extra capacity to the fantastic Amersham in Bloom, which is not just about beautiful flowers but also about impactful engagement with schools and community groups regarding the environment, and which has won countless awards. We are proud to support it even further.'
Councillor Mark Roberts added 'this programme will take the town from strength to strength, helping attract visitors and shoppers who will spend money in local shops, markets, cafes and restaurants. It will help instil a sense of civic pride, cohesion and wellbeing. Amersham is a great place to live and this will build on that and help make it even more so.'
Amersham businesses or residents who want to find out more about the programme can contact Cllr Dominic Pinkney via the Amersham Town Council website: https://amersham-tc.gov.uk/