Calls to tackle ‘parking menace’
‘Effective, holistic village wide parking survey’ needed to tackle congestion problems
Complaints have been raised over the ‘selfish’ and ‘inconsiderate’ actions of motorists who leave their car around Lower Road, near to the Community College and the ‘once quiet’ leafy roads close to Gerrards Cross.
Campaigner Tony Shinner said that a year on since the issue was raised, ‘the parking menace elsewhere is no better and the issues greater. Everyone it seems needs to go everywhere by car and when they are not using their car, it becomes someone else’s problem’.
He added: “We rightly want our village centre to be busy and vibrant but do we need to exercise more control about the type of business and the impact it will have on existing infrastructure?”
Mr Shinner chairs the Community Safety Group, Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) and is a parish councillor, but stressed these are his personal views and should not be taken as representing the views of NAG or the parish council.
He added: “There has to be a better way to manage parking rather than keep painting more and more yellow lines, but do not doubt that in the long run yellow lines and traffic wardens will take over the entire village if we fail to manage the problem ourselves.”
Bucks county councillor for Chalfont St Peter, David Martin, said: “In recent years parking at certain central locations in our village has become increasingly difficult and frustrating for residents, many of whom have to put up with selfish and inconsiderate parking by people who come here to work but do not want to pay to park in Church Lane car park.
“There is no quick fix for this issue and what is required is an effective parking survey to be carried out.
“Simply putting in Traffic Regulation Orders on an ad hoc basis is not the best approach and may well make things worse by displacing parking to even more inappropriate areas.
“We need an effective holistic village wide parking survey, including full consultation with residents, to identify the most practical solutions.”
Both men urged more people to volunteer for the Neighbourhood Action Group to help fix the problems.
The congestion now common on Denham Lane