Stop inconsiderate parking pleas
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.”