Progress is made on ‘dangerous’ junction
Tesco ‘willing to contribute to improvements’
and co-operation with path users and volunteers have improved tremendously over the years.
“If I have helped to achieve that then I hope I have done a good job.” HOPE is growing that work can take place this year to make safer a road that villagers believe to be dangerous.
Since 2012, Gerrards Cross Parish Council has been lobbying for improvements to be made to a section of Packhorse Road outside Tesco.
When the supermarket was built in 2010, the layout of the road changed to include a new traffic light junction, but it has come under fire from villagers, with concerns that it is dangerous for pedestrians to negotiate due to the width of the pavement in places, and that it is causing traffic problems in the centre of the village at peak times.
A survey carried out by a working party on behalf of the parish council showed that 90 per cent of the 2,000 people who gave their views believed the road to be dangerous.
Bucks County Council carried out a consultation to see how to best improve the road, but after this had taken place, it said that it did not have sufficient funds to carry out the changes.
Since then, Tesco has said that it would be willing to contribute towards the costs of making the improvements, but the parish council has been unable to start negotiations with the county council.
However, it is hoped that this year progress will begin to be made.
Parish council chairman Chris Brown met last year with county council transport chief Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, and since then a meeting has taken place between Tesco and the county council.
Mr Brown said: “Hopefully this year we will start to see action being taken.
“It’s been a very slow process and there’s been a
lot of frustration, but we’re hoping that we can get something done.
“I’ve spoken with Ruth Vigor-Hedderly and there have been encouraging signs, so it would be great if we can start getting things done this year.”
Residents by the traffic lights that are causing problems