People in Chesham & Amersham urged to have their say on new National Parks


“ Now is the time for everyone to have a say on new National Parks – including the possibility of a Chilterns National Park for us all to cherish,” said the Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan, MP for Chesham & Amersham today.

Dame Cheryl has been at the forefront of calls to create a new National Park and has recently met Julian Glover, the chair of the inquiry, to put her views personally, as well as meeting Sue Holden, chief executive of the Chiltern Conservation Board to talk about the prospect.

“ This is the moment for everyone to have their say – individuals, organisations, businesses are all being encouraged to say what the landscapes that we hold dear mean to us and how their future should unfold,” said Dame Cheryl.

“ People have until 18 December to send their views through to the government. Whether you live in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or not, your views will be heard. There’s a short questionnaire but you don’t need to answer every single question. And for everyone who feels a picture is worth a thousand words, the process can start by sending in a photo which sums up what is special to you about our Chilterns landscape.

“ It’s very easy to find – just type in ‘public to have say on new national parks’ and this will take you through to the website and the link to the questionnaire,” Cheryl Gillan said.

“ Two million people in the UK live within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or National Parks, but more than half of the population live within half an hour of such protected landscapes. Please do take this chance to speak out,” said Dame Cheryl.