TRAFFIC calming measures to encourage a safer route on approach to a primary school have been allocated match funding by a parish council – but group leaders argue available cash for projects is ‘insufficient’.

New waiting restrictions on Rogers Lane to improve traffic flow at peak hours on school days have been awarded part funding by Stoke Poges Parish Council – and despite fully endorsing the new measures, certain members questioned why Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) was not paying the entire sum.

The “strategically placed parking bays”, proposed along the section of road between St Andrew’s Church Centre and the Village Centre, will cost £12,048, and the parish council has agreed to provide £6,024 (50 per cent) match funding for the scheme.

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However, Cllr George Sandy said the financial burden of the project should fall on the shoulders of TfB, not the parish.

“We are happy to endorse this scheme as it would improve road safety and traffic flows around the primary school entrance, and we recommend the board should allocate 50 per cent match funding,” he said.

“We also feel a lot of the things we’re doing and funding ought to come out of the Transport for Buckinghamshire pocket, because they’re all highways affairs, not out of our local parish.

“They are [happening] on their lands that they maintain, it is their responsibility. So, this is something that really needs to be looked at in more detail.”

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The parish council has been allocated £43,256 for all projects “across the Beeches area”, which its sub-group for Infrastructure and Highways said is “not sufficient”.

The matter was discussed during a Beeches Community Board meeting, on Thursday, September 17.

The bays are intended to encourage a “less restricted” flow of traffic during the “most critical times at the start and end of the school day, whilst also allowing safe parking” in an already congested area.

The scheme will also “build on the improvements resulting from the parking restrictions which have resulted in erratic driving being displaced further from the primary school”.

Council members hope it will encourage ‘respectful’ road use, creating a safer environment for the “vulnerable”, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and families.

This scheme also includes the cost of an informal public consultation.