IN­EF­FI­CIENCY OF COUNTY COUN­CIL

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

JOANNA LEACH Eskdale Av­enue Che­sham

THANK you for print­ing the re­port on the lam­en­ta­ble re­sponse of Bucks County Coun­cil to much needed re­pairs/main­te­nance of lo­cal roads in Che­sham.

My par­tic­u­lar beef has been over the huge tree just out­side my house on Eskdale Av­enue– which poses a threat to house­hold­ers and road users alike.

De­spite the mat­ter be­ing raised with the coun­cil by my­self and other neigh­bours on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions over at least five years, we have been con­stantly ‘fobbed off’ with prom­ises of ‘tree sur­veys’ which never ma­te­ri­alise and zero ac­tion.

The con­tin­ued lack of re­sponse to phone calls, let­ters, emails is dis­grace­ful and I am in the process of mak­ing a for­mal com­plaint to the Om­buds­man.

Noth­ing has been done to re­duce the tree’s size and re­duce the im­pact on road users.

It is haz­ardous for pedes­tri­ans, es­pe­cially peo­ple with bug­gies – they have to steer around the tree trunk it­self and be­cause the large roots have com­pletely dis­turbed the tar­mac, the pave­ment is dread­fully un­even. In ad­di­tion, parts of the large branches have been known to fall off in strong winds which poses a threat to the safety of all road users.

The other is­sue on Eskdale Av­enue is the light­ing –we are still wait­ing for a re­pair to a new light which has been in­ac­tive for at least six months whilst the re­main­ing stub in the mid­dle of the pave­ment still poses a haz­ard to pedes­tri­ans. Light­ing on the road is sub­stan­dard with at any one time at least two lights out of ac­tion.

Such in­ef­fi­ciency and to­tal dis­re­gard for lo­cal res­i­dents is to­tally un­ac­cept­able and must be high­lighted. Surely Bucks CC can do bet­ter than this ?

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