M40 junction 3a campaigners reach their target

Motorway junction campaigners reach their target

Motorway junction campaigners reach their target

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A GROUP of campaigners have reached their target of over 1500 petition signatures in a bid to stop a new motorway junction being built.

The owners of an equestrian centre and farm fear they may lose the home they have lived in for more than three decades if plans for the M40 junction 3a are given the green light.

The new junction was mooted by Wycombe District Council in their local plan, which was released in January.

Early plans suggest the new junction would be built on Spring Lane in Flackwell Heath which would have to result in the widening and development of the current single track road.

And owners of Cobbles Farm and Equestrian Centre believe there would be no way they could exist with a busy motorway junction next to them.

However, since they became aware of the plan they have petitioned the council to reject the idea, and as their online petition closed last week they had reached 1,617 signatures.

Pat Curtis who lives at Cobbles Farm said: “We are so pleased to see such a big support from people within the area.

“We are just hopeful it will actually make a difference. These plans are quite detailed but hopefully if the council realised there is a big opposition to it, then they may decide not to go ahead with it.

“It would have such a big impact; it would completely kill our home and business. But I think one of the most important things to say is it’s not even needed.

“My daughter drove along the motorway from Handy Cross the other day and she said she wasn’t even in top gear at the point she reached Spring Lane.”

The group received a big boost in support after someone posted a YouTube video appealing for help in fighting to keep the farm.

 

Mrs Curtis said: “We had no idea they were going to make the video and I think it was a really nice thing to do.

“It definitely supported our cause and we are really grateful to them.”

The family, along with other campaigners, will now take their petition to the council and they hope to be fully involved when the council give feedback to the consultation which ended in April.

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10:03am Thu 24 Jul 14

CatherineAB says...

I, personally, can see no justification for the mooted Junction 3a on the M40.

We already have Wycombe east and High Wycombe, and that seems to satisfy most people. I, myself, used Wycombe east last evening - it is so easy.
I, personally, can see no justification for the mooted Junction 3a on the M40. We already have Wycombe east and High Wycombe, and that seems to satisfy most people. I, myself, used Wycombe east last evening - it is so easy. CatherineAB
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12:11pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Fit2drop says...

Whilst a petition with 1500 names is admirable for the against campaign, I am sure a yes campaign would raise a fair few signatures. Those that pay attention would have noticed that the run off exits have been at that point of the motorway for over 20 years as the original plan was to have the services built there.
Can the highways authority justify the new junction? I have not seen the evidence yet. a quicker exit to the A404 is the only potential benefit, but that will only make the Bisham roundabout a greater bottleneck.
Whilst a petition with 1500 names is admirable for the against campaign, I am sure a yes campaign would raise a fair few signatures. Those that pay attention would have noticed that the run off exits have been at that point of the motorway for over 20 years as the original plan was to have the services built there. Can the highways authority justify the new junction? I have not seen the evidence yet. a quicker exit to the A404 is the only potential benefit, but that will only make the Bisham roundabout a greater bottleneck. Fit2drop
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10:12pm Thu 24 Jul 14

mickleman says...

Introducing Junction 3A will not solve anything it will just possibly move an issue. Those of us living in the east of the town probably find it no more difficult to access Handy Cross to join the M40 north bound than we would the proposed junction. Similarly it is just as easy to come off at Handy Cross to access the east side when travelling southbound. There are far more pressing local issues traffic wise such as the previously mentioned Bisham roundabout which unfortunately comes under Berkshire's area of responsibility, and easing that would only move the problem to J8/9 on the M4. Efforts should be directed at improving public transport links, making it a more attractive option, thereby reducing the number of local car journeys
Introducing Junction 3A will not solve anything it will just possibly move an issue. Those of us living in the east of the town probably find it no more difficult to access Handy Cross to join the M40 north bound than we would the proposed junction. Similarly it is just as easy to come off at Handy Cross to access the east side when travelling southbound. There are far more pressing local issues traffic wise such as the previously mentioned Bisham roundabout which unfortunately comes under Berkshire's area of responsibility, and easing that would only move the problem to J8/9 on the M4. Efforts should be directed at improving public transport links, making it a more attractive option, thereby reducing the number of local car journeys mickleman
  • Score: 0

1:18am Fri 25 Jul 14

DawesJack says...

Wycombe East Junction 3 is in urgent need of modernisation and an end to the dangerous unsighted tailbacks when exiting from London. Successive MPs and governments have failed to fund a full on/off junction in East and West directions. There is inadequate explanation for the number of accidents between Beaconsfield and Junction 3 already. The Highways Agency need to act fast before the death toll rises through tailbacks.
Wycombe East Junction 3 is in urgent need of modernisation and an end to the dangerous unsighted tailbacks when exiting from London. Successive MPs and governments have failed to fund a full on/off junction in East and West directions. There is inadequate explanation for the number of accidents between Beaconsfield and Junction 3 already. The Highways Agency need to act fast before the death toll rises through tailbacks. DawesJack
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2:50pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Edwina Lee says...

We live in a part of England that has to absorb huge increase in population. This implies a huge need to upgrade infrastructures & re-purpose land use. New builds will have to use more vertical space & accommodate more people per unit area.
The re-development of the sewage works is a great opportunity to accommodate more people, & more businesses in a more compact way. The status quo of land use can no longer be justified. It has to give way to the plans made for the 21st century. Junction 3A is a step in the right direction.
We live in a part of England that has to absorb huge increase in population. This implies a huge need to upgrade infrastructures & re-purpose land use. New builds will have to use more vertical space & accommodate more people per unit area. The re-development of the sewage works is a great opportunity to accommodate more people, & more businesses in a more compact way. The status quo of land use can no longer be justified. It has to give way to the plans made for the 21st century. Junction 3A is a step in the right direction. Edwina Lee
  • Score: 1

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