Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham and Amersham, has asked the Prime Minister to meet a delegation of villagers from Holmer Green, after hearing the news today of the closure of the village Post Office.
“ I want to ask Tony Blair what his Government can do to help protect the way of life in Holmer Green,” said Cheryl Gillan.
“ Two pressing problems face people in the village – the closure of the post office and the invasion by travellers.”
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Cheryl Gillan said the decision to close the sub post office “will rip the heart out of the community”. She said the decision has been made “in the teeth of strong opposition from local people and Postwatch”.
Cheryl Gillan told Tony Blair how travellers have “taken over a large field on the outskirts of the village, put down tarmac and used bulldozers to flatten the site, where they have erected 6 foot fences.”
The travellers have “exploited planning law loopholes and human rights legislation in defiance of Chiltern District Council and Thames Valley Police, who remain almost powerless to act.”
Mrs Gillan informed the Prime Minister that, after an incursion at Jasons Hill, the due process of the law resulted in a two-year battle to evict the squatters.
“ The fear and havoc caused amongst law-abiding citizens is not to be underestimated,” said Cheryl Gillan. “ The Prime Minister must meet local people to explain what can be done to help them and to preserve the traditional life of Holmer Green.”