No money for 60m footpath
Council says road is low priority
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.