‘Dangerous road’ call as action is delayed
FRUSTRATION is growing about a lack of action to improve a road junction which villagers believe to be dangerous.
Gerrards Cross Parish council has been attempting to set up a meeting with new county council transport chief Ruth Vigor-Hedderly to discuss the situation regarding the layout of a traffic light system in Packhorse Road, outside Tesco.
Villagers want the road to be changed to make it easier for pedestrians to negotiate, as well as improving traffic flow through the centre of Packhorse Road.
Two years ago, a working party was set up on behalf of the parish council to ask people in the village what they thought of the situation, with about 90 per cent of the 2,000 people interviewed saying they believed the road to be dangerous.
Following this, a consultation was launched by the county council to discuss options for the road, but since then it has said that there is not sufficient money to carry out improvements.
Tesco said it would be prepared to put money forward to help improve the situation, but the county council has not yet met with parish councillors to discuss how to take the issue forward.
Parish councillor Mike Lawson, chairman of the highways committee, said: “I might die before something happens with this. We can’t get anything finalised.”
The meeting with Mrs Vigor-Hedderly, which had been scheduled to take place this month, was cancelled and a new date has not yet been set up.
Mr Lawson added: “It will probably not be this year now. It’s disappointing, just pathetic. ”
Mrs Vigor-Hedderly said: “Highway junction design work involves much planning and research, not
Ruth Vigor-Hedderly to mention the assurance of funding, I know this appears to be taking a long time, but I want to avoid the ‘back of a fag packet’ factor so that we achieve the best result for everyone.”