‘Traf­fic is­lands will cause park­ing chaos’

Res­i­dents say calm­ing mea­sures will make the prob­lem ‘hor­ren­dous’

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

NEIGH­BOURS in Ruis­lip are fu­ri­ous with Hilling­don Coun­cil for giv­ing a green light to traf­fic is­lands in their street, with one cou­ple threat­en­ing to move out if they are im­ple­mented.

House­hold­ers in Cornwall Road say they are ‘up­set’ and ‘let down’ by the coun­cil’s pro­posed so­lu­tion to speed­ing in their road and claim the is­lands will make con­di­tions worse as they will be left with nowhere to park.

Nearly 150 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion against traf­fic is­lands and a pedes­trian refuge in the residential road, which con­nects Vic­to­ria Road with West End Road, two of the main north to south routes in the bor­ough.

Van­dana Chan­darana, who gath­ered the pe­ti­tion ahead of a coun­cil meet­ing on Wed­nes­day June 17, said: “The coun­cil­lors did not have any re­spect for the pe­ti­tion­ers and we were con­tin­u­ally ig­nored.

“[The coun­cil­lors] have lost touch with the ma­jor­ity of the res­i­dents of Cornwall Road who be­lieve the traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures will have the op­po­site ef­fect and cause us se­vere chal­lenges such as park­ing.”

Cornwall Road car­ries a speed limit of 30mph but a sur­vey car­ried out by Hilling­don Coun­cil found that the ma­jor­ity of ve­hi­cles travel be­tween 31 and 36 mph, de­spite cars be­ing al­lowed to park on both sides of the road.

Res­i­dents agree some­thing has to be done to re­duce speed­ing, but say traf­fic is­lands will be a hin­drance not a help.

Res­i­dent Bev­erly Mills said: “The park­ing is al­ready hor­ren­dous. We’re near the sta­tion so we get peo­ple park­ing from other roads be­cause they don’t have enough park­ing so they come and park out­side our houses.”

Roy and Linda Jamieson, who are both in their 70s, will have one of the is­lands di­rectly out­side their house.

Mr Jamieson said: “Who’s go­ing to want to buy your home if you can’t park out­side? We’d con­sider leav­ing if these traf­fic is­lands go ahead.”

Coun­cil­lors who rep­re­sent the Manor ward, Michael Markham, Dou­glas Mills and Su­san O’ Brien were present at the meet­ing.

A Hilling­don Coun­cil spokesman said: “Af­ter look­ing at dif­fer­ent op­tions, the traf­fic is­lands and pedes­trian refuge were con­sid­ered to be a good com­pro­mise to re­duce speed­ing along Cornwall Road.”

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