Resident angry over 'pushed through' pedestrian crossing

Bucks Free Press: Resident angry over 'pushed through' pedestrian crossing Resident angry over 'pushed through' pedestrian crossing

A RESIDENT has criticised a council after it made a late alteration to the West Wycombe Road project to install a pedestrian crossing outside his home.

David Griffiths said he was shocked to discover Buckinghamshire County Council contractors installing the crossing - not part of the original Chapel Lane/A40 realignment plans - metres away from his driveway.

The retired furniture manufacturer said he was not notified about the crossing, which he believes could be dangerous, and called BCC’s actions “deplorable”.

He told the BFP: “The first I knew about it was late February when I saw contractors marking up the pavement outside my house. I asked them what they were doing and they told me they were putting in a crossing.

“I rang the council straight away and said there had been no notification about it and it wasn’t in the original plans. I also wrote to them three times last week asking them to stop but my emails have been ignored.

“It’s so close to my driveway entrance, I worry that I will not be able to see any pedestrians on the crossing over my boundary wall which restricts my vision as I exit in my car.

"I’ll probably get called a NIMBY; it’s not that, I think it’s dangerous. I think the council has just pushed this through, it’s deplorable.”

Transport for Buckinghamshire, the council’s transportation arm, confirmed the crossing was not initially part of the West Wycombe Road plans but the ‘project team felt it would not have a negative effect on traffic flow’.

The proposals were first made public during a presentation to Downley Parish Council on August 30 before a further presentation last month.

Wycombe Local Community Partnership and West Wycombe Parish Council were also made aware of the plans, which were uploaded to BCC's website and social media, TfB said.

Dan Elworthy, TfB spokesman, added: “As the Highway Authority for the county, Buckinghamshire County Council does not require planning permission for these proposals.”

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6:21pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Plus ça change... says...

I don't wish to comment on the placement of that particular crossing but if you go along the West Wycombe Road from the Chapel Lane junction out towards the Pedestal that road can be a nightmare for a pedestrian to cross, from both sides.

Quite how some people or people with pushchairs manage to get across at busy times is quite difficult to imagine.

Drivers are obviously relieved to be on a straight piece of road and generally drive up to the road limit, if not a bit more, and consistent flows of traffic on both sides tend to be oblivious of or simply uncharitable to people trying to cross.

The part of the road is so long I would imagine you need a couple of extra crossings but that is something you should really take up with local residents in the area that are regularly faced by this real challenge..

I would hope people assessing these needs go and spend a good day as a pedestrian along such a road to try and understand these problems and ones like those raised by this gentleman.
I don't wish to comment on the placement of that particular crossing but if you go along the West Wycombe Road from the Chapel Lane junction out towards the Pedestal that road can be a nightmare for a pedestrian to cross, from both sides. Quite how some people or people with pushchairs manage to get across at busy times is quite difficult to imagine. Drivers are obviously relieved to be on a straight piece of road and generally drive up to the road limit, if not a bit more, and consistent flows of traffic on both sides tend to be oblivious of or simply uncharitable to people trying to cross. The part of the road is so long I would imagine you need a couple of extra crossings but that is something you should really take up with local residents in the area that are regularly faced by this real challenge.. I would hope people assessing these needs go and spend a good day as a pedestrian along such a road to try and understand these problems and ones like those raised by this gentleman. Plus ça change...
  • Score: 19

7:18pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Kplustwo says...

"It’s so close to my driveway entrance, I worry that I will not be able to see any pedestrians on the crossing over my boundary wall which restricts my vision as I exit in my car."

How does he manage to get out of the driveway now if the wall restricts his vision of the road? I would think that the boundary wall is more of an issue if it means the road can't be seen clearly when exiting the driveway.
"It’s so close to my driveway entrance, I worry that I will not be able to see any pedestrians on the crossing over my boundary wall which restricts my vision as I exit in my car." How does he manage to get out of the driveway now if the wall restricts his vision of the road? I would think that the boundary wall is more of an issue if it means the road can't be seen clearly when exiting the driveway. Kplustwo
  • Score: 11

2:23am Wed 19 Mar 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

What is deplorable is the fact this man is so against the crossing for all the wrong reasons. Does he think that all the pedestrians travelling along West Wycombe Road will suddenly flock outside his driveway as the only access to cross the road ? If he thinks he is not a nimby then he certainly is a nimfy.
What is deplorable is the fact this man is so against the crossing for all the wrong reasons. Does he think that all the pedestrians travelling along West Wycombe Road will suddenly flock outside his driveway as the only access to cross the road ? If he thinks he is not a nimby then he certainly is a nimfy. Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 3

9:32am Wed 19 Mar 14

downleylocal says...

Crossing this stretch of road has always been a nightmare for pedestrians, especially the kids who have to cross to get their school bus in peak time. Nobody likes change but I think if chap took a moment to think about it, he would see the crossing as a positive. I have to be very careful getting out of my drive every morning as the road by my house is the main route for reaching the Primary School and that is what I do "Be Careful". It's part of being a member of the human race.
Crossing this stretch of road has always been a nightmare for pedestrians, especially the kids who have to cross to get their school bus in peak time. Nobody likes change but I think if chap took a moment to think about it, he would see the crossing as a positive. I have to be very careful getting out of my drive every morning as the road by my house is the main route for reaching the Primary School and that is what I do "Be Careful". It's part of being a member of the human race. downleylocal
  • Score: 5

12:24pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Minority Report says...

The Headline was that the crossing was being 'pushed through' , the gentleman concern is that the proper process was not followed. In original plan did not include the crossing but was introduced though the back door.
The councils involved must be held to account, plan procedures have to be followed by everyone and that includes councils.
The Headline was that the crossing was being 'pushed through' , the gentleman concern is that the proper process was not followed. In original plan did not include the crossing but was introduced though the back door. The councils involved must be held to account, plan procedures have to be followed by everyone and that includes councils. Minority Report
  • Score: -1

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