Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

‘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.

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