Report proposes parking changes
Restrictions set to hit commuters
NEW parking restrictions could be introduced in a village to prevent people from staying all day and to improve safety for other road users.
A working party has been collecting data in Gerrards Cross and carrying out research on behalf of the parish council since the end of last year.
They have presented their findings to the parish council, who have met with Bucks County Council to tell them the changes they believe should be made.
One of the main recommendations is to introduce restrictions in Layters Way.
At the moment, many people who use Gerrards Cross train station to commute to London park in the road to avoid parking charges, but that has led to problems for those living in the road, and has led to congestion.
It has been recommended that cars only be allowed to park for an hour at a time.
Parish council chairman Chris Brown said: “It’s something that we’ve been looking at for some time, and we think that this would be a good way of solving the issue.
“It might take a while to implement it, but the fact that we’ve met with the county council and that they have listened to what we are saying is a good sign and is a step forward.”
There could also be changes in East Common, with the layout of parking areas possibly changing to make the road easier to cross for drivers and pedestrians.
A 20mph speed limit could be introduced in West Common, as well as a pinchpoint installed to stop the road used by buses as a short cut.
The news has been welcomed by villagers, who feel improvements need to be made.
Ruth Webber, of Orchehill Avenue, said: “There are some very dangerous roads and I think that changes do need to be made on them.
“Speeding is a problem for pedestrians, as well as the way that people park.”
What do yo think? Do the changes need to be made? Email our letters page at bucksnews@ trinitysouth.co.uk. A YOUNGSTER is set to canoe along the Thames to raise money for the hospice which looks after his brother.
Ross Hafeez, 14, of Gaviots Way, Gerrards Cross, will paddle 50km along the river to raise cash for Helen and Douglas House in Oxford, which looks after his brother Benjamin, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
He will join other youngsters, all aged between 13 and 16, who are part of the hospice sibling support group, the Elephant Club.
They were due to set off from Oxford yesterday (Wednesday) and are scheduled to finish at Pangbourne in Berkshire on Friday, having slept in tents at campsites along the route.
Ross, a pupil at the Chilterns Community College, was last year nominated for a Pride of Bucks Award because of the time and effort he puts into helping to look after his brother.
He said: “We talked about doing some fundraising and the canoeing sounded like a great challenge. I’ve already raised £100 and I’ll ask my friends from school and my family.
“The Elephant Club is great fun and it’s just nice to meet other people with their brothers and sisters that go to Helen and Douglas House and share things.”
The group is being provided with canoes and an instructor for the event, and workers from Helen and Douglas House will join them.
Their camping equipment is also being donated.
Laura Woodward, siblings team leader at Helen and Douglas House, said: “The canoe challenge is a great opportunity to spend time together and the siblings wanted something that required team effort.
“They had all done some kayaking or canoeing with us before and it was their idea to turn the challenge into a fundraiser for the charity.
“Lots of them have talked about wanting to give something back to Helen and Douglas House and that has been really positive.”
Visit www.justgiving. com/teams/HDHsibs canoe to support the youngsters.
ADVENTURE: Ross Hafeez, 14 (right), with Thomas Tinnant, 13, and Andrew Bailey, 14, who are taking on the canoe challenge