BCC leader backs controversial M40 junction at Flackwell Heath

BCC leader backs controversial M40 Jct at Flackwell Heath

BCC leader backs controversial M40 Jct at Flackwell Heath

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THE LEADER of the county council is backing a major new report which calls for a controversial motorway junction at Flackwell Heath to go ahead.

Martin Tett has thrown his weight behind the ‘Mind The Gap’ report, which sets out a ten-point transport plan to bring economic benefits to the south east.

Produced by experts representing counties across the region, one of the areas it highlights is the creation of junction 3a on the M40 between Flackwell Heath and High Wycombe.

The report suggests this option, which proved unpopular with residents in the recent Wycombe Local Plan consultation, would ‘open up significant development opportunities’.

Mind The Gap calls for more central Government investment into local transport projects to bring more prosperity to the region.

And Cllr Tett has backed the idea of the mooted junction, saying it would bring economic benefits to the Wycombe area.

He said: “Investment in the South East’s transport infrastructure is essential and well overdue. The South East continues to be the 'engine house' of the UK economy; if it doesn't prosper then the taxes are not generated to help fund the Long Term Economic Plan nationally.

“Over the next four years, we at Buckinghamshire County Council will invest at least £65m into repairing our roads but this is not enough.

“We need national investment in the major local schemes outlined in today’s report, which I wholeheartedly welcome.

“For example, a new junction on the M40 would make a significant difference to Wycombe area residents and businesses, reducing journey times, unlocking employment land and creating jobs.”

The report has been developed as a joint project by South East England Councils, where Mr Tett is an executive, South East Strategic Leaders and South East Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport.

As well as the junction at Flackwell Heath, the report calls for improved access to the M1 corridor and Milton Keynes for Aylesbury Vale and north Buckinghamshire.

And it suggests improvements to the A34, an important freight and passenger link to Buckinghamshire.

Residents reacted angrily to the Flackwell junction proposal after it was put up for debate during Wycombe District Council’s Local Plan consultation.

A family-run equestrian centre at the proposed site near Spring Lane raised fears they would be put out of business by the move.

And there were complaints it would create a huge influx of traffic through Flackwell Heath village and act as a cut through for commuters avoiding Handy Cross.

But supporters of the scheme, including Cllr Tett, believe a new junction would help bring and retain business for the area and encourage new developments.

The full report can be found at http://www.secouncils.gov.uk/2014/06/mind-the-gap-south-east-transport-deficit-risks-growth/

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3:47pm Fri 27 Jun 14

BucksComment says...

What a complete idiot... Why is the answer to everything round here, "build more stuff" ?

We don't need any more houses, we certainly don't need another junction (J2 is
What a complete idiot... Why is the answer to everything round here, "build more stuff" ? We don't need any more houses, we certainly don't need another junction (J2 is BucksComment
  • Score: 10

3:51pm Fri 27 Jun 14

BucksComment says...

BFP comments page is knackered..or is it a conspiracy????
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What a complete idiot... Why is the answer to everything round here, "build more stuff" ?

We don't need any more houses, we certainly don't need another junction (J2 is
BFP comments page is knackered..or is it a conspiracy???? ******************** ******************** ******************** ********** Original post: What a complete idiot... Why is the answer to everything round here, "build more stuff" ? We don't need any more houses, we certainly don't need another junction (J2 is BucksComment
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3:55pm Fri 27 Jun 14

BucksComment says...

Ah-ha! worked it out... this comments box is susceptible to HTML hacks and i included a 'less than' sign in my text; this is the escape character for HTML.

Here it is again, with the naughty characters removed:
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What a complete idiot... Why is the answer to everything round here, "build more stuff" ?

We don't need any more houses, we certainly don't need another junction (J2 is less than 2 miles South, J4 less than 2 miles North).

With all of these wooly thinking types, they see somewhere nice and want more of the same in the same area, even though the thing that makes the area nice is the fact that there is not too much of it... or something like that.


Can I make this text bold then
Ah-ha! worked it out... this comments box is susceptible to HTML hacks and i included a 'less than' sign in my text; this is the escape character for HTML. Here it is again, with the naughty characters removed: ******************** ************ What a complete idiot... Why is the answer to everything round here, "build more stuff" ? We don't need any more houses, we certainly don't need another junction (J2 is less than 2 miles South, J4 less than 2 miles North). With all of these wooly thinking types, they see somewhere nice and want more of the same in the same area, even though the thing that makes the area nice is the fact that there is not too much of it... or something like that. Can I make this text bold then BucksComment
  • Score: 9

4:07pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Heathen says...

This is the same Bucks County Council that deserted Flackwell Heath residents in the Heath End Road traveller site fiasco.

BCC have their heads where the sun does not shine. Do they not know what traffic densities are already at around the village?

An accident on the M40 northbound anywhere between J3 and J4 causes gridlock in the surrounding area.

Morning and afternoon rush hours especially around brat run time, cause chaos on the roads in Flackwell Heath.

The current highways infrastructure cannot sustain what it currently has to deal with, Daws Hill Lane will become impassable when the transport hub starts at Handy Cross.

J3A would be a disaster for the area.
This is the same Bucks County Council that deserted Flackwell Heath residents in the Heath End Road traveller site fiasco. BCC have their heads where the sun does not shine. Do they not know what traffic densities are already at around the village? An accident on the M40 northbound anywhere between J3 and J4 causes gridlock in the surrounding area. Morning and afternoon rush hours especially around brat run time, cause chaos on the roads in Flackwell Heath. The current highways infrastructure cannot sustain what it currently has to deal with, Daws Hill Lane will become impassable when the transport hub starts at Handy Cross. J3A would be a disaster for the area. Heathen
  • Score: 15

5:40pm Fri 27 Jun 14

frackellgirl says...

With all these planning decisions why do the authorities never take account of the quality of life for existing residents?
They seem hell bent on cramming ever more people, roads and traffic into the areas around Wycombe when the infrastructure - i.e. roads, schools, hospitals, surgeries can barely support the population we already have.
They should sort this out before adding to the problems we already have in this area.
With all these planning decisions why do the authorities never take account of the quality of life for existing residents? They seem hell bent on cramming ever more people, roads and traffic into the areas around Wycombe when the infrastructure - i.e. roads, schools, hospitals, surgeries can barely support the population we already have. They should sort this out before adding to the problems we already have in this area. frackellgirl
  • Score: 15

6:35pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Niente says...

Am I the only one who doesn't get why there will be more traffic through Flackwell Heath if this junction goes ahead? Surely everyone living Between junctions 2 & 3, wanting to travel West, already go through FH to get to the Handy Cross junction, avoiding the London Road?
Am I the only one who doesn't get why there will be more traffic through Flackwell Heath if this junction goes ahead? Surely everyone living Between junctions 2 & 3, wanting to travel West, already go through FH to get to the Handy Cross junction, avoiding the London Road? Niente
  • Score: 3

9:07pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Ignoredbygovernment says...

This is like England in the World Cup I am afraid -
Democracy 0 - 2 Government Decisons
This is like England in the World Cup I am afraid - Democracy 0 - 2 Government Decisons Ignoredbygovernment
  • Score: 3

9:48pm Fri 27 Jun 14

townraider says...

Tett is the man that spent ££s opposing HS2
Hes now looking to destroy Wycombe!!
Tett is the man that spent ££s opposing HS2 Hes now looking to destroy Wycombe!! townraider
  • Score: 7

11:03pm Fri 27 Jun 14

townraider says...

Niente wrote:
Am I the only one who doesn't get why there will be more traffic through Flackwell Heath if this junction goes ahead? Surely everyone living Between junctions 2 & 3, wanting to travel West, already go through FH to get to the Handy Cross junction, avoiding the London Road?
They also want a road from London Road through Kingsmead Rec and up hill to J3A-- will act as a traffic magnet to the east end of wycombe leading to more congestion
[quote][p][bold]Niente[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one who doesn't get why there will be more traffic through Flackwell Heath if this junction goes ahead? Surely everyone living Between junctions 2 & 3, wanting to travel West, already go through FH to get to the Handy Cross junction, avoiding the London Road?[/p][/quote]They also want a road from London Road through Kingsmead Rec and up hill to J3A-- will act as a traffic magnet to the east end of wycombe leading to more congestion townraider
  • Score: 3

11:19pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

Amazing that all the bloody NIMBY'S got those posts in so quick.
I don't see what negative effects are for the East side of High Wycombe are?
Ooo apart fro the cost of houses in Flackell dropping.
Amazing that all the bloody NIMBY'S got those posts in so quick. I don't see what negative effects are for the East side of High Wycombe are? Ooo apart fro the cost of houses in Flackell dropping. Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: 2

12:25am Sat 28 Jun 14

Carmadchris says...

The run up to J3 and J4 are a nightmare as people are mucking around changing lanes, J3a places too many jinctions too close together.

Why oh why has no one looed at compulsary purchase of loudwater Tesco, turn that in to a decent junction?

Tesco could easilly relocate where MFI was and they could even build one of those on stilts with parking underneath jobbies and take on Asda.

The exit could be traffic light controled meaning instead of sending everyone around the roundabout you could send them direct to the relevant exit ala J4 M4
The run up to J3 and J4 are a nightmare as people are mucking around changing lanes, J3a places too many jinctions too close together. Why oh why has no one looed at compulsary purchase of loudwater Tesco, turn that in to a decent junction? Tesco could easilly relocate where MFI was and they could even build one of those on stilts with parking underneath jobbies and take on Asda. The exit could be traffic light controled meaning instead of sending everyone around the roundabout you could send them direct to the relevant exit ala J4 M4 Carmadchris
  • Score: 9

1:00am Sat 28 Jun 14

shaky2 says...

Why would Martin Tett care what happens to Flackwell Heath he does not have to live here perhaps he should listen to what the residents of this village would like instead. all these do-gooders think they always know best but in reality they have not got a clue what the Local community think about these schemes, If this place gets any bigger it will soon be part of high Wycombe town. why no comment section on the Heath End road gypsy site BFP even free speech has been censored more political nonsense
Why would Martin Tett care what happens to Flackwell Heath he does not have to live here perhaps he should listen to what the residents of this village would like instead. all these do-gooders think they always know best but in reality they have not got a clue what the Local community think about these schemes, If this place gets any bigger it will soon be part of high Wycombe town. why no comment section on the Heath End road gypsy site BFP even free speech has been censored more political nonsense shaky2
  • Score: 4

9:12am Sat 28 Jun 14

townraider says...

Mr Totterdge Hill wrote:
Amazing that all the bloody NIMBY'S got those posts in so quick.
I don't see what negative effects are for the East side of High Wycombe are?
Ooo apart fro the cost of houses in Flackell dropping.
The issues for High WycombeTown are....
Increased traffic congestion
More urbanisation of the town
Building on green spaces
Building on Kingsmead Recreation Ground
Will lead to even more building development in an overcrowded town
[quote][p][bold]Mr Totterdge Hill[/bold] wrote: Amazing that all the bloody NIMBY'S got those posts in so quick. I don't see what negative effects are for the East side of High Wycombe are? Ooo apart fro the cost of houses in Flackell dropping.[/p][/quote]The issues for High WycombeTown are.... Increased traffic congestion More urbanisation of the town Building on green spaces Building on Kingsmead Recreation Ground Will lead to even more building development in an overcrowded town townraider
  • Score: 6

9:51am Sat 28 Jun 14

CatherineAB says...

Has Cllr Tett (and others who think it a good idea to pipe motorway traffic through Flackwell Heath) visited the site and spoken with the local residents? Have they been shown what life is like there now, and how it would impact on the locality? Don't rely on gossip, my friends - go and see for yourselves before you pronounce your "ideas."
Has Cllr Tett (and others who think it a good idea to pipe motorway traffic through Flackwell Heath) visited the site and spoken with the local residents? Have they been shown what life is like there now, and how it would impact on the locality? Don't rely on gossip, my friends - go and see for yourselves before you pronounce your "ideas." CatherineAB
  • Score: 3

5:02pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Agniesca says...

If we build more houses eg at RAF Dawes hill or we build more offices or hotels/supermarkets eg at Handy CROSS; then we will generate more traffic, especially if the new houses are occupied by parents who will need to drive their children to school. Since there is no viable plan to cope with the increased traffic, congestion will get worse and the quality of life for those living in the SE quadrant of the town will decline. Population increase equals poorer quality of life
If we build more houses eg at RAF Dawes hill or we build more offices or hotels/supermarkets eg at Handy CROSS; then we will generate more traffic, especially if the new houses are occupied by parents who will need to drive their children to school. Since there is no viable plan to cope with the increased traffic, congestion will get worse and the quality of life for those living in the SE quadrant of the town will decline. Population increase equals poorer quality of life Agniesca
  • Score: 2

7:12pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Paint_It_Red_77 says...

This makes me sad if the plans do go ahead. There's no need to build a road through Loudwater and Flackwell, if a new junction is required then just build an extension on the existing J3, although more junctions equal more chance of accidents on the motorway plus traffic build up in the surrounding areas, so what's the point?!!
This makes me sad if the plans do go ahead. There's no need to build a road through Loudwater and Flackwell, if a new junction is required then just build an extension on the existing J3, although more junctions equal more chance of accidents on the motorway plus traffic build up in the surrounding areas, so what's the point?!! Paint_It_Red_77
  • Score: 0

10:50pm Sat 28 Jun 14

valleyviewboy says...

"As well as the junction at Flackwell Heath, the report calls for improved access to the M1 corridor and Milton Keynes for Aylesbury Vale and north Buckinghamshire.

And it suggests improvements to the A34, an important freight and passenger link to Buckinghamshire"

How on earth is the A34 an important link to Bucks? It doesn't even enter the county, it's just an high standard primary route than goes north-south, 30 miles west of Bucks. A Buckinghamshire bypass perhaps!

But yes, improved links north really are needed. When you consider the M4 which acts as a central Berks spine and compare it to what Buckinghamshire can call a spine... the A4010 really falls flat. If they're insisting on making Stoke Mandeville Wycombe's hospital then they should really let us get there speedily.
"As well as the junction at Flackwell Heath, the report calls for improved access to the M1 corridor and Milton Keynes for Aylesbury Vale and north Buckinghamshire. And it suggests improvements to the A34, an important freight and passenger link to Buckinghamshire" How on earth is the A34 an important link to Bucks? It doesn't even enter the county, it's just an high standard primary route than goes north-south, 30 miles west of Bucks. A Buckinghamshire bypass perhaps! But yes, improved links north really are needed. When you consider the M4 which acts as a central Berks spine and compare it to what Buckinghamshire can call a spine... the A4010 really falls flat. If they're insisting on making Stoke Mandeville Wycombe's hospital then they should really let us get there speedily. valleyviewboy
  • Score: 2

9:47am Sun 29 Jun 14

des2691 says...

The reason BCC in favor of junction 3A is that once it is built they will then be able to use the surrounding land to build more houses, more industrial units & more retail parks.
This would include all the land around the proposed access road from the A40 to the new junction 3A.
If the real reason was to improve traffic flow then they would just improve the existing junction 3.
More houses, industrial units etc = more traffic.
The reason BCC in favor of junction 3A is that once it is built they will then be able to use the surrounding land to build more houses, more industrial units & more retail parks. This would include all the land around the proposed access road from the A40 to the new junction 3A. If the real reason was to improve traffic flow then they would just improve the existing junction 3. More houses, industrial units etc = more traffic. des2691
  • Score: 3

5:09pm Sun 29 Jun 14

townraider says...

des2691 wrote:
The reason BCC in favor of junction 3A is that once it is built they will then be able to use the surrounding land to build more houses, more industrial units & more retail parks.
This would include all the land around the proposed access road from the A40 to the new junction 3A.
If the real reason was to improve traffic flow then they would just improve the existing junction 3.
More houses, industrial units etc = more traffic.
Tory run WDC and BCC would both benefit.
If they build road across Kingsmead Recreation park WDC can sell the access,land and the Netball Buildings as make money. from the developments des2691 refers too!!
[quote][p][bold]des2691[/bold] wrote: The reason BCC in favor of junction 3A is that once it is built they will then be able to use the surrounding land to build more houses, more industrial units & more retail parks. This would include all the land around the proposed access road from the A40 to the new junction 3A. If the real reason was to improve traffic flow then they would just improve the existing junction 3. More houses, industrial units etc = more traffic.[/p][/quote]Tory run WDC and BCC would both benefit. If they build road across Kingsmead Recreation park WDC can sell the access,land and the Netball Buildings as make money. from the developments des2691 refers too!! townraider
  • Score: 0

2:12pm Mon 30 Jun 14

jayeatman says...

I don't get how people complain about traffic jams and the lack of infrastructure and then oppose new infrastructure on the basis that it will make the traffic jams worse.
I don't get how people complain about traffic jams and the lack of infrastructure and then oppose new infrastructure on the basis that it will make the traffic jams worse. jayeatman
  • Score: 4

3:29pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Monty Cristo says...

The report includes this:
"A business considering locating in the South East might conclude that it is a great location let down by a tired and inadequate transport network. If this view prevails there is a high risk that it will damage the whole UK economy. The South East competes globally rather than nationally, so companies deterred by our poor transport are more likely to consider Germany, France or Spain rather than an alternative location within the UK."
It also illustrates that the South East generates far more tax per head of population than those in areas such as the North East and NW. So, forgive me for being stupid, but given that, plus the massive pressure on space in the SE, wouldn't it be better to wholeheartedly pursue a policy of restricting further growth in the SE and promoting growth in those areas to make them profitable as well? Failure to do so just makes the divide bigger, with the SE effectively carrying those areas.
The report includes this: "A business considering locating in the South East might conclude that it is a great location let down by a tired and inadequate transport network. If this view prevails there is a high risk that it will damage the whole UK economy. The South East competes globally rather than nationally, so companies deterred by our poor transport are more likely to consider Germany, France or Spain rather than an alternative location within the UK." It also illustrates that the South East generates far more tax per head of population than those in areas such as the North East and NW. So, forgive me for being stupid, but given that, plus the massive pressure on space in the SE, wouldn't it be better to wholeheartedly pursue a policy of restricting further growth in the SE and promoting growth in those areas to make them profitable as well? Failure to do so just makes the divide bigger, with the SE effectively carrying those areas. Monty Cristo
  • Score: 1

4:32pm Tue 1 Jul 14

bilsbok says...

Has Mr Tett visited the area? Has he spoken to local residents? Has he spoken to the people who may lose their homes and their businesses if this goes ahead?

We are campaigning to save Cobbles Farm - a local equestrian centre under threat by these proposals - 2 local families and many horses homeless, a local business gone. A great community asset lost to make space for more houses, more retail units and more roads. He certainly hasn't been to Cobbles and very much doubt he'll bother to do so in the future.

We are lucky to still have green space around Wycombe - for how much longer?
Has Mr Tett visited the area? Has he spoken to local residents? Has he spoken to the people who may lose their homes and their businesses if this goes ahead? We are campaigning to save Cobbles Farm - a local equestrian centre under threat by these proposals - 2 local families and many horses homeless, a local business gone. A great community asset lost to make space for more houses, more retail units and more roads. He certainly hasn't been to Cobbles and very much doubt he'll bother to do so in the future. We are lucky to still have green space around Wycombe - for how much longer? bilsbok
  • Score: 1

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