Old Town park­ing will be may­hem

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

In re­sponse to page five of the Fe­bru­ary 5 edi­tion of the Bea­cons­field Ad­ver­tiser – ‘Full house ex­pected at Lon­don End de­bate’. WELL done Ad­ver­tiser for your cov­er­age of this ma­jor Old Town devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion.

On Jan­uary 27 an Ac­cess State­ment was fi­nally pub­lished!

The two-storey of­fice block pro­posed has 218 desks plus of­fices.

It says that 61 per­cent will drive, not walk, cy­cle, or bus. That’s 132 cars, but park­ing bays pro­vided are 45, so will 87 park on the streets?

The Mill­barn surgery will lose 12 park­ing bays and also its own street ac­cess.

So mo­bil­ity scoot­ers, mums with bug­gies, the in­firm and dis­abled will com­pete with the of­fice traf­fic through a sin­gle file nar­row en­trance with­out pave­ment as will the 68 surgery traf­fic – may­hem in the rush hour!

The car noise and pol­lu­tion will af­fect all neigh­bours.

The two-storey of­fice block will be some three me­tres from the bun­ga­lows in Malthouse Square to the rear, greatly cut­ting their day­light.

Bea­cons­field has va­cant of­fice space and jobs and the Lo­cal Plan says we need much more than four af­ford­able houses in­cluded here.

At last Thurs­day’s meet­ing, coun­cil­lor Alan Wa­ters in­vited the ap­pli­cants to reap­ply but they de­clined and be­moaned lack of sup­port from all 30 res­i­dents present!

It looks like overde­vel­op­ment to me.

Ob­jec­tions to plan­ning@ south­bucks.gov.uk qot­ing 14/02276/FUL.

DEN­NIS ELSEY Wil­ton Road Bea­cons­field

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