Jan 072020
 

In conjunction with Penn Parish Council, Transport for Bucks have proposed some changes to parking in Penn to help residents and drivers park and manoeuvre safely.

They are looking for feedback to their proposals from local residents – you can see all the details by following the link below but a quick summary is :

Coppice Farm Road (Map K58) – No waiting or parking at any time from junction of Hazlemere Road to just past the Methodist Church with a proposal for the parking bay at junction of Hazlemere Road to be made time restricted – the Residents Society have requested that the bay is not time restricted.

Elm Road (Doctors Surgery) Map L60- change current white lines on corner to double yellow lines – no waiting or parking on the corner at all times to allow good visibility for pedestrians and road users.

Elm Road (Red Lion to Doctors Surgery) – Map L61 – no waiting or parking on side of common at all and no parking across driveways – enforceable with double yellow lines at all times.

Elm Road (Victoria Cottages) Map L61 – if the residents of Victoria Cottages support the proposal this bay could be restricted to residents only

School Road (Map L62) – There are no changes proposed at this junction (from the Bus Stops and Village Store to the First School)

Deadline for feedback is 14th January 2020.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/amersham

Aug 202019
 

The last few weeks have seen local roads closed and diversions for all. The Residents Society have been advising residents when we know of a planned closure but are concerned that there is no coordination in the implementation of these closures.

We have sent a letter to the Cabinet Member for Transportation at Bucks County Council, we are looking forward to receiving a reply!

Road closures in Penn & Tylers Green

You may know that in recent weeks we have been having a torrid time with road closures in our area which has been the cause of much frustration, delay and complaint, and there is a forecast of more to come.  We are suffering particularly at present from a whole raft of new houses in Hammersley Lane and it seems as if each house applies independently for a 5 day closure.

 I don’t want to go into the detail and we understand the various justifications such as difficulties with weather, availability of equipment and so on, but there do seem to be some basic remedies which should be given serious consideration.

  • There seems to be little or no communication or co-ordination between the utilities which require the road to be dug up to connect to new houses, on the one hand, and road repairs and resurfacing  elsewhere in the local area on the other.
  • In a situation like Hammersley Lane there seems to be no attempt to group utility applications or to limit the length and timing of closure.   Why not require co-ordination between contractors, and limit the timing closure is permitted, perhaps to night time?
  • Why not require traffic light control, working only on one lane of the road at a time?

We would be most grateful for anything you can do along these lines to limit to a minimum the chaos caused by total road closures. 

Yours sincerely

Chairman, Penn & Tylers Green Residents Society

Jun 212019
 

PENN & TYLERS GREEN RESIDENTS SOCIETY AGM 2019 – and HUMAN+NATURE presentation on the Gomm Valley Development.

The Parish Rooms were packed for the occasion, firstly to hear the President, Earl Howe, describe  60 years of successive P&TG community associations since 1959, running through some of the changes and events over the years leading to the current Residents Society.

The full report is published http://pennandtylersgreen.org.uk/about-us/history/?v=79cba1185463

Following this the Society’s AGM was concluded mercifully quickly and without dissent, a very satisfactory financial report approved, and new Directors formally appointed.

Then came Jonathan Smales, Chairman of the development company Human+Nature to give a detailed presentation of their vision for the Gomm Valley – to be ‘The Greenest and Most Elegant New Place in England’.  Wow!  Really?

Many there will have come away with a host of questions and doubts buzzing in their heads.

The presentation gave us a glimpse into what H+N have in mind:  a very green, low environmental- impact, largely self-contained community of 1000 dwellings occupying just 8% of the lower valley;  its own shops, a cafe, a school, possibly even a GP surgery.  Everywhere else to remain as open but well-managed grassland, woodland and hedges – with, as a huge bonus compared to the present situation, open access on all-weather paths up and down the valley.

So many questions.  Who will choose to live there?  It calls for residents determined to recognise and embrace the developers’ vision.  How long, as 5000 newly-planted trees mature, will it all survive as envisaged?   Will the new businesses be, and remain, viable?  Will the planners have the imagination to accept and approve it essentially as proposed?  Will the powers that be ever approve a  ‘natural swimming pond’ as acceptably safe?

For us in P&TG it recognises the potentially awful traffic impacts of these Gomm Valley developments on the village; not just building in a deliberately narrow, convoluted spine road to deter through traffic, but by insisting that it still does not necessitate the adjacent Cock Lane to be widened.

 This is a very serious proposal.  H+N have already invested and expect to further spend a huge sum on the preliminaries – up to £80m.  For those interested there is fascinating detail on their website:

www.humannature.spaces

It comes down to this.  We either get another bog-standard housing development;  or we have the courage to go for a visionary – even if some may say utopian – plan for our climate-changing future.  If that’s the choice I know which gets my vote.

Russell Read

20/5/2019

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