Park­ing pe­ti­tions go un­der mi­cro­scope

Trans­port boss prom­ises to in­spect pro­pos­als

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­

PE­TI­TION­ERS have asked the coun­cil for a va­ri­ety of park­ing, traf­fic calm­ing and pedes­trian cross­ing mea­sures – and one group even asked for some to be re­moved.

Dur­ing a se­ries of pe­ti­tion hear­ings re­cently held by coun­cil­lor Keith Bur­rows, the Hilling­don Coun­cil cab­i­net mem­ber for trans­port, groups of neigh­bours from dif­fer­ent parts of the bor­ough re­quested a va­ri­ety of im­prove­ments to their street or area.

A group from the Glebe Es­tate, in Hilling­don, wanted res­i­dentsonly park­ing in a se­ries of roads around and in­clud­ing Burn­ham Av­enue. Their com­plaint is that nearby Glebe Pri­mary School, in Sus­sex Road, gen­er­ates traf­fic and park­ing prob­lems.

The area is al­ready the sub­ject of a con­sul­ta­tion of res­i­dents by coun­cil of­fi­cers look­ing at park­ing op­tions, but the pe­ti­tion­ers wanted a park­ing scheme that would be free of charge to them, or paid for by the school.

Lead pe­ti­tioner Nick Godfrey said that with the school plan­ning to hire out its new sports hall when com­plete, and now hir­ing its grounds, the coun­cil, which still con­trols its ju­nior schools, was to blame for the sit­u­a­tion.

“We do not be­lieve the res­i­dents should have to pay £40 as this has been foisted on us by the coun­cil,” he said.

Mr Bur­rows said while he would not make an ex­cep­tion and waive the ba­sic fee of £40 per year per res­i­dent, payable after the first year, were the scheme to be im­ple­mented, he would keep ne­go­ti­a­tions open.

El­swhere, peo­ple liv­ing in the western sec­tion of Swake­leys Road, Ick­en­ham, want a pedes­trian cross­ing in the area of the Gospel Oak, close to Wood­stock Drive.

Pe­ti­tioner Michelle Masters told the meet­ing that many el­derly peo­ple liv­ing close by could not be ex­pected to walk to the ex­ist­ing cross­ing fur­ther down the road to­wards Ick­en­ham vil­lage, and risked an ac­ci­dent try­ing to cross in the stretch be­tween the Swake­leys Round­about and Harvil Road.

With HS2 con­struc­tion traf­fic, the sit­u­a­tion would only get worse, she said.

The coun­cil will now carry out a pedes­trian survey in the area.

But the most cu­ri­ous pe­ti­tion of the night was by peo­ple liv­ing in Rye­field Av­enue, Hilling­don, backed by Oak Farm Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion and, in prin­ci­pal, by their three ward coun­cil­lors.

They want chi­canes made of gran­ite blocks, set into the road sur­face as traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures, to be re­moved. Pe­ti­tioner Vic Stone­ham had even brought one with him in a car­rier bag.

Happy with other mea­sures in­stalled, and pleased by the re­duc­tion in ac­ci­dents in the road, the pe­ti­tion­ers said the blocks are a haz­ard, caus­ing driv­ers to swerve to avoid them be­cause they are too high to run over.

Coun­cil­lor Bur­rows promised to have them in­spected.

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