Several members of the High Wycombe Society took seats in the public gallery at a Wycombe District Council Cabinet meeting shortly before the Christmas break. On the agenda was the receipt of a report delivered by Cllr Hugh McCarthy as chairman of the Task and Finish group which has spent some time over the past year examining the practicalities of plans to de-culvert the river Wye. The report (which can be viewed on the WDC website within the Public Document Pack here) makes a number of recommendations which will be considered at a future Cabinet meeting.
There have already been some artists’ impressions in the local press of how the centre of High Wycombe could be transformed by uncovering the river. Such transformations do not happen overnight and demand a lot of planning attention.
The High Wycombe Society has consistently argued the case for de-culverting over a number of decades and re-affirmed its stance at our AGM in June 2018. At the AGM Chris Woodman gave a presentation that was well-received by those present. To help inform the debate the Planning Group have recently updated their pages on this website to include the content of that presentation in a four-part series. To view it please click here.
Recent Bucks Free Press coverage of the subject may also be of interest: