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Residents asked for their views on proposed service station

 Published on: 10th January 2019   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents in the Chalfonts are being asked for their views as controversial plans to build a service station on Green Belt land just off the M25 progresses.

A motorway service station operator wants to build a new services between junction 16 and 17 of the M25 with an exhibition to take place in Chalfont St Peter later this month where residents can have their say.

Extra Motorway Services will host two engagement meetings, one in Maple Cross and one in Chalfont St Peter, later in January to hear the public on their proposals to build a new motorway service area just off the M25.

Details of the service station are unknown at this stage but residents have told My Chalfonts News of their displeasure.

Emily Roberts from Chalfont St Peter said: “It will be interesting to see the detailed plans but it is clear that this should not go ahead.

“Surely there are better locations for a service station on the M25 than on Green Belt land.

“I know I am not the only one who feels this way so we will do all we can to fight this.”

The engagement events will be taking place at Chalfont St Peter Community Centre, Gravel Hill, from 11am until 6pm, on January 26.

Another event will also take place at Maple Cross and West Hyde Community Centre, Longcroft Road, from 1.30pm until 5.30pm, on January 25.

Leader of Three Rivers District Council, Sara Bedford, has already voiced her concern as it is feared the services will create traffic problems and rat runs.

She said: “Although this site is not in Thee Rivers, there is a concern that enabling access via the local road network would lead to further rat-running through Maple Cross and the surrounding communities.”

The plans for a service station near Maple Cross follows a similar proposal by rival company, Moto, at Junction 20, Kings Langley.

Moto’s initial proposal included a 100-bed hotel, a 1,000-space car park, shops and other facilities.

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