NEIGHBOURS SLAM PLAN FOR MORE CAR PARKING
‘MISLEADING’ plans to build a temporary car park in Chalfont St Peter would be an ‘absolute disaster’ and would only add to the ‘complete bedlam’ already there, say neighbours.
Furious villagers took their grievances to a parish council planning meeting on Monday where councillors agreed the proposals would have to be shelved.
Late last year St Joseph’s Catholic Church on Priory Road submitted an application to build a temporary car park there with space for 23 cars.
The application – which included proposals to build a new fence to the southern boundary - was only designed to be temporary while current roof renovation work is being undertaken.
Ian Archbold, who lives adjacent to the area, said: “It’s a narrow road. It’s barely wide enough for two cars, and consequently we have problems getting to our own properties.”
He said: “It’s got to be one of the worst roads to live on from a traffic perspective.”
He added: “We’ve got complete bedlam at the school entry. This is going to be changing the aesthetics of the neighbourhood.
“We’re now going to have cars parking here every day of the week. It’s going to look horrible and it’s going to look ugly.
“I would not have bought my house if it was next to a car park. It’s not for our benefit, it’s for the church’s benefit.”
He also said there was a lack of communication from Chiltern District Council (CDC) as only five residents in the cul-de-sac received a letter informing them of the impending application which would affect all in Priory Road.
Mohamed Siddeeq added: “School buses and trucks have had to mount the grass verges. That’s because of the number of people who are currently using the car park on Priory Road.”
Laurie Black said: “It is awful – there are a lot of smaller children walking along that road. I just dread to think that one of them steps out onto that road.”
Councillors were in agreement with the objections, with Isobel Derby saying ‘it’s an absolute no no in my book.”
Chairman of the committee Hazel North said: “They haven’t justified the need for additional parking. They haven’t qualified what they mean by temporary.”
She added: “I’m going to strongly object to this application.”
The parish council wil submit their comments to CDC before the decision is made.