Par­ents fear pupils’ safety due to vil­lage’s ‘in­ad­e­quate’ roads

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

CON­CERNED par­ents have launched a pe­ti­tion call­ing on the county coun­cil to im­prove the safety sit­u­a­tion in Iver High Street.

Started by Nickie Nash, it calls for Bucks County Coun­cil (BCC) to take ‘im­me­di­ate ac­tion’ so chil­dren can ac­cess schools safely in High Street, where Iver Vil­lage In­fant Ju­nior schools are sit­u­ated.

The pe­ti­tion reads: “The safety sit­u­a­tion in Iver High Street, es­pe­cially out­side the schools, is in des­per­ate need of im­prove­ment.

“The cur­rent road lay­out is years out of date and the safety fea­tures are woe­fully in­ad­e­quate.

“There are no park­ing re­stric­tions at all, there are no zig zags, the sig­nage is old and not easy to see, there is noth­ing to pro­tect the chil­dren from the busy main road, which is used by over 1000 lor­ries each day, the lor­ries regularly use the pave­ment out­side the school as an ex­ten­sion of the road­way, there isn’t a cy­cle path or ad­e­quate pave­ments.

“The High Street is the hub for most of the lo­cal schools and there is a high de­gree of dan­ger faced by very young chil­dren whilst mak­ing their way to school.

“The pur­pose of this pe­ti­tion is to de­mand that the coun­cil take im­me­di­ate ac­tion to make and main­tain im­prove­ments to en­able our chil­dren to ac­cess lo­cal schools safely.

“It is also to de­mand the coun­cil takes swift ac­tion to dra­mat­i­cally re­duce the amount of HGVs on Iver’s roads and in­tro­duce cy­cle ways to en­able chil­dren to cy­cle to school safely.”

In sup­port of the peti- tion, Joanne Venn wrote: “My son goes to this school and I see the daily haz­ards.

“Please don’t let an­other child get knocked down, or worse.”

Keith Evans wrote: “The sit­u­a­tion is ex­tremely scary with the High Street be­ing used by the HGV lor­ries at the same time as the school en­try and exit pe­ri­ods.”

Paul Ir­win, deputy cabi­net mem­ber for trans­port at BCC, said the need for a num­ber of im­prove­ments in the Iver area had been high­lighted by the com­pre­hen­sive traf­fic and trans­port study car­ried out re­cently.

These, he said, are be­ing re­viewed by the lo­cal li­ai­son group of county, dis­trict and parish coun­cil­lors to de­velop long-term plans for re­liev­ing Iver of heavy traf­fic.

He said: “I un­der­stand the depth of feel­ing in the com­mu­nity about safety is­sues in the High Street that need at­ten­tion now and I’ll do all I can to make sure the mes­sage of this pe­ti­tion reaches the right ears.”

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