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280 Amersham Rd/Barnes Lane junction traffic risks

Reported anonymously at 21:19, Sun 13 May 2018

Sent to Wycombe District Council less than a minute later

I note matters relating hazards recently reported at the junction of Barnes Lane and Amersham Road have now been reported by the council as fixed. Clearly this is not the case.

There are two key risks to consider.

Firstly, as you can see from the attached photographs, in view of the very narrow width of the pavement, vehicles are still passing at considerable speed in very close proximity to pedestrians. In the case of the photographs, a double decker bus is passing within inches of young school children making their way in single file to the nearby Hazlemere Church of England Combined School. If this matter is not rectified, and unless the hedge is significantly cut back, there are risks that pedestrians will be severely injured or killed in the near future.

Secondly, the brick pillar erected by the current owner of 280 Amersham Road at the junction with Barnes Lane creates a major hazard for vehicles attempting to exit Barnes Lane (including residents, and their visitors, as well as vehicles relating to the air conditioning business run from the garage of the owner of 280 Amersham Road) oncoming vehicles on the Amersham Road, as well as road pedestrians approaching from Hazlemere village centre. The brick pillar, which is 115cm in height significantly compromises the visibility splay, and unless removed, there are significant risks of that pedestrians or occupants of vehicles will be injured or killed. It is somewhat surprising this brick pillar was permitted, having been erected subsequent to the ruling within the Planning Inspectorate’s Appeal Ref: APP/K0425/A/13/2194890 dated 5/8/13 which stated “no wall, fence, hedge, structure, or erection exceeding 0.6m in height shall be placed within the required visibility splay to the left of the exit to this junction”. If the risks relating to the visibility splay appear to the left, surely the same restrictions should apply to the visibility splay to the right.

It is requested that a representative from the council with appropriate expertise in such matters visits and conducts a survey of the visibility splay as a matter of urgency before there is a serious accident

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