Pe­ti­tion calls for cut to speed on ‘rat run’

‘Danger­ous’ traf­fic on lane a con­cern to res­i­dents

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­

VIL­LAGERS are hop­ing a pe­ti­tion will help in the fight against reck­less driv­ers.

They want to im­ple­ment a 20mph speed limit on Dead­hearn Lane, Chal­font St Giles, be­cause of safety con­cerns and have de­scribed the road as a ‘rat run’.

A county coun­cil of­fi­cer’s re­sponse to the pe­ti­tion was due to be dis­cussed at a meet­ing of the Chal­fonts Lo­cal Area Fo­rum on Wed­nes­day this week af­ter the Ad­ver­tiser went to press.

En­ti­tled ‘Pe­ti­tion over road safety con­cerns’, it cites an in­creased vol­ume of traf­fic, a “broader aware­ness of cut through”, road works and ir­re­spon­si­ble driv­ing as rea­sons for the prob­lems.

Ac­cord­ing to the pe­ti­tion, th­ese fac­tors have com­bined to “make the Lane very danger­ous for road users”.

Along with the new speed limit is a call for sig­nage, hedg­ing, drainage and the road sur­face to be bet­ter main­tained, an in­creased mon­i­tor­ing of ir­re­spon­si­ble road users and for “ve­hi­cle ac­cess at the north end of the Lane [to be] made square Nightin­gales Lane”.

The pe­ti­tion also states: “As a res­i­dents group, we have shared our ex­pe­ri­ences to pre­pare this pe­ti­tion and we be­lieve a se­ri­ous in­ci­dent will hap­pen, it is just a mat­ter of time.”

But Ti­mothy Butcher, chair­man of the lo­cal area fo­rum, is con­cerned about the viability of im­ple­ment­ing a 20mph zone and thinks a road nar­row­ing scheme is more plau­si­ble.

He said: “You can paint signs on the road and you can erect signs but hav­ing done that if no one takes

to any no­tice of them then what’s the point, so the only way you can do some­thing like that is to have some sort of road nar­row­ing sys­tem.” But Mr Butcher pointed out that this plan also had draw­backs, as dust­bin lor­ries would strug­gle to get through the nar­row roads.

And speed cam­eras are not a vi­able op­tion as the county coun­cil would pay for them but would not keep the rev­enue.

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