Access road to confusion as Watermead Parish Council’s crematorium consultation begins

Site of the planned Watermead Crematorium, as seen from the adjacent side of the lake - pictured are Cllr Eric Rose and parish council chair Sue Severn
Site of the planned Watermead Crematorium, as seen from the adjacent side of the lake - pictured are Cllr Eric Rose and parish council chair Sue Severn

A developer claims that Watermead Parish Council blocked plans for a separate crematorium access road .

The parish council will this week hold two public consultation sessions, designed to gather support to continue the fight against the development.

A rise in council tax is also being put forward by the council as a way to cover further costs.

The day-long sessions will run on April 1 and 8, and residents will be able to speak with the council’s lawyer about the likelihood of winning any legal actions against planning decision makers Aylesbury Vale District Council.

One of the main concerns about the crematorium is access. Residents and parish councillors say that the single road into Watermead will become congested by the Monday to Friday crematorium traffic.

But Westerleigh says that plans to build a dedicated access road were blocked by the parish council. A letter to a resident from Westerleigh, seen by this newspaper, read: “Unfortunately, Westerleigh can’t use the access from the roundabout as we don’t control the land.

“Mr Pardis (the owner of the Rivera site where the crematorium would be built) did originally tell us that he had a right of way across the fields to the dual carriageway serving the roundabout; apparently this right of way is across 
land owned by the parish council – and they stopped him using it by putting a chain and padlock on the gate.

“So, any chance of an alternative access, not using the road leading into Watermead Village, has been lost due to the actions of the parish council.”

Watermead Parish Council denies that any conversations about an access road have taken place.

Councillor Eric Rose said: “The only access is via the driveway that is already there. Westerleigh claims that they have asked us for alternative access and we have obstructed this but that’s not true.”

Council leader Sue Severn said: “We remain absolutely determined that it is totally the wrong place for a 
crematorium and we have not had any conversations about mitigation.”

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