No so­lu­tion to speed­ing is­sues

Pe­ti­tion to in­tro­duce 20mph limit brings no clear an­swers for vil­lagers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

DIS­AP­POINTED vil­lagers will have to wait on a so­lu­tion to speed­ing is­sues.

Speak­ing af­ter a meet­ing to dis­cuss a pe­ti­tion call­ing for 20mph limit on Dead­hearne Lane, Chal­font St Giles, a county coun­cil­lor has ad­mit­ted to do so they may have to get the route re­moved from satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems.

The re­sponse to the pe­ti­tion to cre­ate the 20mph zone was dis­cussed at a meet­ing of the Chal­fonts Lo­cal Area Fo­rum (LAF) on Wed­nes­day last week.

Tim Butcher, chair­man of the LAF and mem­ber of Bucks County Coun­cil, was dis­ap­pointed with the re­sults but not sur­prised af­ter ad­mit­ting last week the im­ple­men­ta­tion of speed­ing seemed idea.

He said: “The of­fi­cers put to­gether a re­port which ba­si­cally sug­gested that we were go­ing to look at more in­for­ma­tion in re­gards to cut­ting the hedges back and re­pair­ing the road sur­face but there were no con­crete sug­ges­tions about the road in Dead­hearne Lane.

“The

an re­stric­tions

un­fea­si­ble

of­fi­cers

haven’t pro­vided any long term so­lu­tions so it’s now up to me to see what we can get in ame­lio­ra­tion to see whether we can do any­thing about it but cer­tainly their re­sponse to the pe­ti­tion is no to the 20mph speed limit.”

Con­cerned neigh­bours brought the pe­ti­tion to the LAF at the be­gin­ning of the year be­cause they were wor­ried about safety hav­ing de­scribed the road as a ‘rat run’.

Mr Butcher be­lieves satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems have a large role to play in mak­ing the road un­safe as they lead peo­ple down it as a short cut.

He said: “You can get roads taken off if there’s a short cut.

“That has had some ef­fect in some ar­eas but whether that’s re­ally a so­lu­tion I don’t know, so at the mo­ment I’m afraid there won’t be any im­me­di­ate steps taken.”

He added: “It’s al­ways up to us to see what we can come up with some sort of so­lu­tion in any other way.”

Mr Butcher con­tin­ued: “I have sym­pa­thy with the res­i­dents but the of­fi­cers have not come up with any­thing con­crete.”

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