Stop in­con­sid­er­ate park­ing pleas

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: TRHer­bert

NEIGH­BOURS in Chal­font St Peter are cry­ing out for a so­lu­tion to the park­ing sit­u­a­tion in the vil­lage.

They say the is­sue has been slowly get­ting worse over the last 18 months and are at a loss over what to do.

They claim mo­torists are park­ing badly along the Vale, Lau­rel Road and Penn Road, forc­ing mums with prams, pedes­tri­ans and wheel­chair users out in the road.

They have also hit out at the in­con­sid­er­ate driv­ers who leave cars parked on both sides of the street leav­ing no room for HGVS to get through and worry emer­gency ve­hi­cles may be re­stricted, es­pe­cially dur­ing busy times such as school pick-up and dropoff.

Guy Ba­gley, who has lived along the Vale for 16 years, has urged the coun­cil to fix the prob­lem be­fore any­thing too se­ri­ous hap­pens.

He said: “Quite a lot of our res­i­dents are get­ting fed up. They’ve been tak­ing reg­is­tra­tions and just try­ing to get some ac­tion on it.”

He added: “It’s like bang­ing your head against a brick wall.”

Mr Ba­gley, 44, said he does not know what to do next and is try­ing to draw at­ten­tion to the mo­torists who park on pave­ments, zig zags, tac­tile plates in­stalled to as­sist the vis­ually im­paired, the apex of T-junc­tions and those who block pri­vate drive­ways.

Mr Ba­gley also said he has seen three cars in the last two months dam­aged by HGVs try­ing to turn.

Dar­ren House, mar­ket­ing man­ager at Grant and Stone builders’ mer­chants, which has a branch along the road, said the busi­ness has ‘done any­thing we can think about to stop traf­fic’.

“Peo­ple de­liv­er­ing to us are strug­gling be­cause of in­con­sid­er­ate park­ing,” he added. “It does cause a prob­lem for ev­ery­body who uses the Vale.”

He fears that some­one could get in­jured or killed and slammed driv­ers ‘who aren’t con­sid­er­ate’ and ‘don’t think of oth­ers’.

High­light­ing the ‘ridicu­lous’ park­ing he added: “It’s frus­trat­ing for us and for our cus­tomers.’

“It is a free for all,” he said, and added that the branch is ‘des­per­ately’ look­ing to move.

Liz Un­der­wood, head­teacher at the Chal­font St Peter Church of Eng­land Acad­emy, on Penn Road, said it had been a prob­lem for years. Adding that it is ‘re­ally dif­fi­cult and pretty dan­ger­ous’ she said the school are try­ing ‘ev­ery­thing they can’ to al­le­vi­ate the is­sues.

She high­lighted that ‘chil­dren and mem­bers of staff are hav­ing to cross be­tween cars and par­ents are try­ing to find some­where to park amid a mass of cars’ but said she did not think ‘it is our par­ents’.

“I do have great sym­pa­thy for the res­i­dents but I don’t know what the an­swer is,” she added.

Dan El­wor­thy, com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer for Trans­port for Bucks (TfB), said: “We can ask our park­ing en­force­ment con­trac­tor, NSL, to send out ad­di­tional mo­bile pa­trols, but they are only able to en­force where there are spe­cific park­ing re­stric­tions in place, though they can en­force against ve­hi­cles parked across a dropped kerb.

“If a res­i­dent wit­nesses a ve­hi­cle parked on a re­stric­tion they can re­quest an en­force­ment of­fi­cer at­tend by email­ing or tele­phon­ing NSL and ask­ing for op­tion two - 0843 208 5544 or trans­port­for­buck­ing­hamshire@nsl.co.uk

“If a ve­hi­cle is parked dan­ger­ously, or is caus­ing an ob­struc­tion, the po­lice have pow­ers to en­force. Res­i­dents should ring the non-emer­gency phone num­ber, 101, to re­quest a po­lice pres­ence.

“TfB are able to con­sider in­tro­duc­ing park­ing re­stric­tions in res­i­den­tial ar­eas where this is con­sid­ered a lo­cal pri­or­ity for fund­ing.

“This type of park­ing scheme must fol­low a for­mal le­gal process, and as such is ex­pen­sive and can take a long time to introduce – typ­i­cally 12 to 18 months once the scheme has been com­mis­sioned.”

Caught: Photos show the prob­lem

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