Re­port pro­poses park­ing changes

Re­stric­tions set to hit com­muters

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

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@ trin­i­ 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

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