Petition calls for cut to speed on ‘rat run’
‘Dangerous’ traffic on lane a concern to residents
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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