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Pedestrian crossing for major Gerrards Cross thoroughfare
PLANS to improve pedestrian safety by installing a crossing at a busy Gerrards Cross junction were given the green light this week.
Bucks County Council plan to create a four-way, button-controlled crossing at the junction of the A40 and Windsor Road, adjacent to the common.
Residents of nearby Bulstrode Court would benefit from the crossing, with no pedestrian access currently available towards the village.
But the project cannot go ahead without the removal of a tall lime tree by the roadside, which Gerrards Cross Parish Council this week voted to remove at a cost of up to £1500 despite objections from some members.
Council chairman Chris Brown said: "We looked at all the alternatives, but cutting the tree down is inevitable if we want to put a crossing in for residents and visitors."
Cllr Jennifer Woolveridge was concerned over the tree felling, and also voiced her worries about the pedestrian crossing significantly slowing the traffic flow through the village.
Parish councillors applied to South Bucks District Council for permission to remove the tree and now have the go ahead after the time limit for SBDC to prevent the felling elapsed.
Transport for Buckinghamshire are still carrying out checks on speed and traffic flow, but parish councillors are confident the work will be completed by next spring.
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