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Residents complain about traffic chaos in Marlow
FRUSTRATED residents who say a new housing development has led to chaos on their streets have won the backing of over 90 per cent of neighbours in a petition.
Campaigners at Willowmead Gardens and Willowmead Square in Marlow said more than 90 out of 100 households have signed.
Police have had to be called a number of times because of driveways being blocked and residents being unable to get their cars out.
Last week a pregnant woman spoke of her fears for cars blocking an ambulance when it is needed.
David Jenkins, a pensioner, whose house is right next to the junction with Little Marlow Road, said problems have got increasingly bad.
He said: "It's chaos here at the weekends, it's intolerable. The traffic is so bad at times you would think there was an international rugby match going on."
Mr Jenkins spoke out against the 24 new homes plan when Wycombe District Council's planning committee held a public meeting to rule on it in 2010.
He felt the concerns were not listened to at the time and now residents' fears have been realised.
"The objections we made about parking were dismissed and weren't even considered," he said.
Edward Anderson, a retired film industry location manager, in his 70s, said: "It's really difficult to get out at the junction sometimes, particularly at rush hour, with schools and people going to work, with huge queues. Now is the time to nip it in the bud."
The petition calls for an investigation by council chiefs.
Problems have mounted since the new 24 house development - Findlay Mews - went up at the old Marlow Laundry site on Little Marlow Road, adjacent to Willowmead Gardens. Permission was granted by the council in 2010.
WDC spokesman Sue Robinson said: "Residents concerns about the limited amount of parking were considered and the first application was refused for a number of reasons including concerns with the low levels of parking proposed to serve the development. "The planning Inspector dismissed the appeal but did not cite inadequate parking as a reason for his dismissal. Therefore when the 2010 application was submitted it would have been very difficult for the planning authority to continue to allege that the development would be served by inadequate car parking."
WDC could have been liable to a costs claim, in the event of an appeal and application was therefore approved, she added.
"Residents should contact the police if there is illegal and obstructive parking.
Jeremy Alden, Technical Director of Linden Homes Chiltern, responsible for Findlay Mews, has told the MFP the issues will be alleviated once gates at the entrance to the development are automated - and said this is being worked on.
The complex was constructed in line with the approved plans which went through the necessary rigours and procedures and Linden Homes has provided the designated amount of spaces required by planning and highways regulations, he added. The county council is conducting a town wide parking review.
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