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ROAD RAGE: Chalfonts and Gerrards Cross residents speak out over state of roads

 Published on: 12th March 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents from across The Chalfonts and Gerrards Cross have spoken out about the terrible state of roads in the area.

Nova Humphries, a resident of Lovel Road in Chalfont St Peter, has stated that the pavements and roads are in poor condition despite having recently been resurfaced.

She said: “It looks like something from a third-world country. Buggies keep getting caught, and the other day, we saw an old lady trip and fall on a pothole, and we had to pick her up. I myself have had to take insurance out on my tyres.

“The potholes were all filled in, but during the icy snap, all the patches froze up and broke. They need to resurface the roads properly. I know some people who are refusing to pay their council tax.”

Nova also stated that the roads were bad on the turning by the Clock Tower and on Glebe Road.

Elsewhere, Gerrards Cross resident Mark Tolkien posted photos of the potholes on Bull Lane and Austenway on social media. He stated that they had only been filled in five weeks before, but were now back to their previous state of disrepair.

He stated: “If Buckinghamshire Council (BC) thinks this is value for money and an investment, think again, because the mismanagement of our money is quite staggering.”

Mark also shared a photo of a traffic island at a nearby junction to these roads, which had allegedly been left damaged for four weeks before being repaired.

Fellow resident Justin Horran said: “It took BC almost three years to replace the damaged island as you enter Gerrards Cross from Denham, on the A40, after a car crashed into it. It was finally repaired this year.

“There are other islands across Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter that are missing lights, safety bollards and reflective signs. They’re so dangerous and are often left for months and years as they are.”

Numerous other hotspots have also been mentioned, including Rickmansworth Lane in Chalfont St Peter, and Market Place leading into Nicol Road in Gerrards Cross.
BC recently announced an additional £5million was to be spent this year on fixing roads in the county. They state that the damage is down to the recent poor weather and the impact of heavy goods vehicles working on the HS2 project using the roads.

Councillor Gareth Williams, the council’s cabinet member for climate change and environment, said: “I was pleased that fellow councillors agreed to this extra money to help repair our roads in the budget debate at BC.

“This is a big issue for residents and is in addition to our £100million four-year programme. The poor weather this year has decimated roads across the country.

“It means we’ve seen a significant deterioration of our roads this winter, reflected in the number of emergency repairs we’ve done this January – 209, compared to just 27 in the same period last year.”

It means that in total, £105million is now allocated directly to maintaining and improving the county’s road network.

Councillor Steven Broadbent, BC’s cabinet member for transport, added: “Unfortunately, the winter weather has had a significant impact on our pavements and roads. However, we are investing heavily in repairing and maintaining them, including recently announcing an extra £5million specifically for this purpose.

“To help us inspect and repair pavements and roads as quickly as possible, we ask that residents report any issues via www.fixmystreet.com”

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