An inspirational team of residents from Chalfont St Peter are edging closer to making the village a safer place to live as they aim to raise funds to improve parking and congestion.
The team, led by Anne Marie Vladar from Lower Road, initially launched a petition to improve parking and congestion in the village following the building of large office and housing developments.
That petition gained more than 200 signatures as the village spoke out about the impact of increased vehicles on roads that don’t have lines or markings to avoid dangerous parking and congested roads.
To help make their wish a reality the team successfully applied for Local Area Forum (LAF) funding which means Buckinghamshire County Council have to take action – providing the campaign group can find £6,700 of match funding.
However, to date that matched funding has not been found although generous donations including a £1,500 community leader grant donation from Buckinghamshire County Council cllr David Martin and £1,200 from Chalfont St Peter Parish Council have edged the campaigning residents’ group closer.
Now they are waiting on an application to the community grant scheme run by Chiltern District Council which has been submitted with the help of Tony Shinner, chairman of NAG (Neighbourhood Action Group).
Anne Marie from the group said: “We are hopeful for the full grant to be awarded which could be up to £5,000 and this would see us over the line with the schemes.
“We hope to hear by late summer if we have been successful with application.”
One of the worst affected areas that the funding will help is Lower Road as it is one of the routes into the village.
The main resident concerns are double parking, cars parking on footpaths, blocking driveways and parking right up to the junctions, all making negotiating the Lower Road a difficult task.
The funding is also set to benefit 12 other roads including Gold Hill North and The Vale. Those included are mainly junctions of roads where cars park right up to and on top of, making them dangerous to negotiate for drivers and pedestrians.