Traf­fic calm­ing set to boost safety in vil­lage

Thou­sands of pounds spent so far on projects

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

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.

The project

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.

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