No money for 60m foot­path

Coun­cil says road is low pri­or­ity

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A CAM­PAIGN to im­prove safety for pedes­tri­ans on a stretch of road with­out a foot­path is likely to be re­jected be­cause of a lack of money.

Vicky Am­lot, of Bull Lane, Chal­font St Peter, or­gan­ised a 25-strong pe­ti­tion, signed by neigh­bours, to cre­ate a path on their street.

Mrs Am­lot, who has a daugh­ter in nurs­ery and a baby son, says the road is dan­ger­ous for walk­ers be­cause of poor vis­i­bil­ity.

A Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil of­fi­cer said, how­ever, the scheme is ‘not a high pri­or­ity’ in view of the coun­cil’s bud­get con­straints and the lack of col­li­sions on the road.

Mrs Am­lot, who has been rais­ing the is­sue of the road’s safety for 10 years, be­lieves a 60m path start­ing from out­side Ger­rards Cross Ten­nis Club, in Bull Lane, will help the sit­u­a­tion.

She also says vis­i­bil­ity is af­fected by a grass verge.

The road leads to Gay­hurst School and con­nects to Malt­man’s Green School, in Malt­mans Lane. Stu­dents from both schools walk on the road.

Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil of­fi­cer Anne James writes in her re­port that there has been only one re­ported col­li­sion in Bull Lane in the past 10 years.

Ac­cord­ing to Thames Val­ley Po­lice records, this was in June 2006 when a ve­hi­cle went into the back of another, re­sult­ing in ‘slight in­jury’.

The of­fi­cer also ex­plains trees would need to be re­moved, and a tele­graph pole and un­der­ground ser­vices would need to be re­lo­cated.

She writes ‘this could be very ex­pen­sive’, adding: “Due to the fi­nan­cial con­straints we cur­rently find our­selves un­der, the county coun­cil has limited re­sources avail­able to deal with lo­cal safety is­sues.

“Through ne­ces­sity, schemes are tar­geted to those ar­eas with a high record of per­sonal in­jury col­li­sions.

“As a re­sult of the data, the cur­rent ca­su­alty rate along this sec­tion of Bull Lane would not af­ford this site a high pri­or­ity for a county funded safety scheme.”

Coun­cil­lors were due to dis­cuss the mat­ter at a county coun­cil com­mu­nity fund­ing meet­ing at Seer Green yes­ter­day evening (Wed­nes­day).

Check www.get­bucks. co.uk and next Thurs­day’s Ad­ver­tiser for the out­come.

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