Traffic calming set to boost safety in village
Thousands of pounds spent so far on projects
VILLAGERS hope two traffic calming projects will help boost safety for motorists and pedestrians.
Transport for Bucks (TfB) has made recommendations on improving the main car park of Chalfont St Giles and will begin work on narrowing the village’s main road into a single lane in the new year.
So far, £8,471 has been raised to build a chicane in the busy Deanway road.
Bucks County Council (BCC) gave £6,386 to the project at a community funding meeting in May, Chalfont St Giles Conservation Area Committee contributed £1,085 and county councillor Timothy Butcher added £1,000 from the Community Leaders Fund.
Mr Butcher said: “[Introducing a chicane] is urgent and something I want to see through. It won’t happen tomorrow but it does need to be done because speeding traffic in Deanway is a big issue.
“The project will bring significant benefits to the village when we can get it fixed. It is something (Conservation Area Committee chairman) Simon Avery and I will push ahead in the next few months.”
The proposals will affect traffic from Pheasant Hill, off the A413 London Road, to Three Households – the main passage through Chalfont St Giles.
TfB was due to update community leaders on the project at a county council funding meeting in Seer Green yesterday (Wednesday) evening after this paper went to press.
It will begin preliminary work on the project in Deanway between January and March 2014.
Mr Butcher says ‘work on the ground’ will start in the middle of next year, if enough money is raised.
will bring significant benefits to the village when we can
get it fixed”
Two years ago, a mother was walking with her two young children when a car driving from Bowstridge Lane onto Deanway knocked them down, causing minor injuries to the children.
Chalfont St Giles Parish Council will contribute £1,200 to building out pavements at the exit of Blizzards Yard car park which would give motorists better visibility when pulling out onto High Street.
BCC will give £8,000 for construction work at the car park.
TfB has sent the conservation committee and parish council recommendations for the project this week.
Once the groups agree on the scheme, it will be submitted for a road safety audit and quotations will be received from the county council’s supply partners to decide the price.