Calls to tackle ‘park­ing men­ace’

‘Ef­fec­tive, holis­tic vil­lage wide park­ing sur­vey’ needed to tackle con­ges­tion prob­lems

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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

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