Residents in Chalfont St Peter are “up in arms” over parking problems currently plaguing the village, as motorists abandon their cars on double yellow lines and across driveways.

A “total solution” will be needed to fix the issue, according to leader of Bucks County Council Martin Tett, and parking provision for shops and commuters will need to be factored in. 

However, first BCC will investigate improving parking enforcement in the worst-affected areas in a bid to deter the regular culprits.

The Chalfont’s Local Area Forum – which has a county council pot of cash for community projects – also discussed publicising a hotline that residents affected by rogue parking can call.

Councillor for Chalfont St Peter, David Martin, said he has recieved numerous complaints from residents "up in arms" over the issue, and added the bottom of “dangerous” Gold Hill needs to take priority following some “serious” accidents, as well as Lower Road.

However Cllr Tett said it will be “much cheaper” to tackle the village as a whole and urged the forum to address “immediate consequences” – otherwise the problem will just be pushed elsewhere.

He said: “Do not get lulled into the 'let's see how it goes for a few months' because my experience is you will never come back to it. You have to do the village at one time.

“It is much cheaper to do the whole village, rather than do it bit by bit and come back to it. You also have to realise you are going to impact on the viability of shops.

“You have to have a bigger picture that says 'do you want to see thriving local shops as well'. Because if you do you have to have provision somewhere in the scheme where shop workers can park and customers for those shops will park.

“Where are commuters going to park? Where are shop workers going to park? Where are customers for those shops going to park?"

Parking manager at BCC, Mark Davis, said some roads need safety lines, which are “fairly simple schemes”, however fears roads like Lower Road will be more difficult to tackle due to the potential “knock-on effect” restrictions may have.