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TRAPPED: Disabled Chalfont St Peter resident feels isolated due to state of road

 Published on: 7th June 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

An elderly Chalfont St Peter resident who suffers from Parkinson’s disease said he feels ‘imprisoned in his home’  as the potholes on his road prevent him from going out.

His wife, of Pond Lane, wishes to remain anonymous and spoke to CHALFONTSnews about their struggles.

She said: “Our real problem is that my husband is quite badly disabled. We lived here in Pond Lane for 52 years and nothing has ever happened to prevent any problems or touch anything up.

“He either needs a  wheelchair or one of those mobility scooters to go out and it’s really difficult you can’t avoid these holes, we tried.

“We feel isolated because we live right at the end in the cul de sac bit. Further down the road is not so bad but it still needs fixing.”

The wife added: “The road has always been like that, it’s never been brilliant.

“We can’t really get out. I have to be with him always and lift the mobilator away from the holes or out of the holes.

“It’s a problem and we don’t have any transport so we are imprisoned in our house. We emailed and got in touch with the council. Even our neighbors reported the issue. We get told that they spent their money elsewhere. It’s frustrating, that’s what it is.”

Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) are sorry to hear about the difficulties this resident is having.

They said: “We have a formal inspection regime which identifies defects in the road and we prioritise repairs on the basis of safety first.

“Pond Lane in Chalfont St Peter has been inspected on several occasions, but currently, the defects reported do not meet the criteria for an urgent repair, though we will continue to monitor the road.

“However, we do recognise that someone using a wheelchair or mobility scooter faces additional difficulties.  The urgent repairs we carry out are supplemented by a full programme of more extensive schemes such as plane and patch and surface dressing, as well as full carriageway resurfacing. This includes a programme of works that is selected in consultation with local councillors on the basis of local needs and priorities. We would urge residents to approach their local Councillor if they feel their own road should be treated as a local priority.”

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