I have been enjoying spending time out and about in Bushey in recent weeks. After speaking to numerous residents, I know that many remain very concerned about the future of the former Bushey Country Club.
From the outset I have been clear that we must preserve the green open spaces of the golf club site. This is an integral part of the village, and I have done all I can to support the community in resisting its loss. This site is a part of Bushey community life and residents have a right to a say in it. After speaking to hundreds of you at the public meeting in 2018, I have met regularly with local councillors, and leader of Hertsmere Borough Council Morris Bright, to receive updates and relay concerns expressed to me by residents.
The council’s draft Local Plan previously included plans for a development on the site comprising of 200 new homes and a replacement community hub. Following the withdrawal of the draft plan, however, the future of the site is uncertain. I know that the council intends to draw up a new plan which provides better protections for the green spaces in the borough.
I remain convinced that we can achieve the best of both worlds in ensuring the future of this site. If the council gets it right, there can be enhanced access to what was previously closed to public access, we can link the green space to Merry Hill and provide much needed facilities, including housing, on the previously developed land.
I will continue to make the case for this and for the protection of a place that is central to the character of Bushey. I know that in this endeavour I will be joined by our excellent local Conservative councillors who care passionately about Bushey.
As I continue to engage locally, and nationally, on all of our local green spaces – I remain steadfastly committed to ensuring we protect the green land that surrounds our beautiful towns and villages in Hertsmere.