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Pineapple Road Problems

Reported via iOS in the Car parking category anonymously at 18:05, Mon 29 June 2015

Sent to Chiltern District Council 4 minutes later

For those who don't know, this is a No Through Road - with Stony Dean School situated at the far end. The school doesn't have any private access facility, so all the vehicles coming and going (including staff, visitors, delivery trucks and fleets of taxis ferrying the kids back and forth) cause considerable delays throughout the weekdays. Pineapple Road isn't a particularly wide road either, and were it not for parked cars being propped up on the verge on one side, a lot of the larger trucks (and emergency service vehicles) simply wouldn't make it. Add to this all the cars parked by the visitors to the business park adjacent to Pineapple Road and you have a very congested - and potentially hazardous - street from Monday through to Friday. Many of these vehicles completely obstruct the footpath at the White Lion Road end, causing everyone - particularly parents with young children and the elderly and disabled - to put their safety at risk by having to use the road itself in order to get past. Whilst I appreciate that this is a public road, common sense has to prevail when it comes to dealing with obvious safety concerns. The local council and police should be taking more of an interest in a problem that has been getting steadily worse in recent years.

Three relatively straightforward actions would go some way to reducing these risks: 1) The companies based in the White Lion Road business park need to assume some responsibility by discouraging their employees and visitors from parking in Pineapple Road. They have a very large on-site car park of their own anyway, but if it does become completely full then their employees and visitors should be asked to park on White Lion Road itself, which has no parking restrictions in their immediate vicinity. 2) Stony Dean School also needs to be more aware of the impact their deliveries, taxis, staff and visitors have on the local community. Often these vehicles travel along Pineapple Road at speeds clearly well in excess of 30mph. During their recent extensive building works (which increased traffic flow even further), the school did absolutely nothing in terms of communicating with local residents or apologising for the inconvenience caused. Whilst Pineapple Road remains their only route of access, the school has a duty to riase awareness that this is a residential area, and appeal for all their visitors to show more consideration towards their neighbours. 3) Why can't Orchard End Avenue be opened up as a one-way access for cars only at the junction of White Lion Road? At some point this small piece of land was designated Private, yet were the bollards to be removed, this would alleviate the pressure on Pineapple Road considerably. It seems ridiculous that it remains closed off when current traffic demands dictate otherwise.

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  • Still open, via questionnaire, 22:12, Mon 27 July 2015

  • 8 weeks on and still no sign of life from the local authority. . .

    Posted anonymously at 22:12, Mon 27 July 2015

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 07:47, Tue 25 August 2015

  • No response whatsoever from the local authority to date.

    Posted anonymously at 07:47, Tue 25 August 2015

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 09:57, Tue 22 September 2015

  • No response from the local authority to date.

    Posted anonymously at 09:57, Tue 22 September 2015

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 12:24, Tue 20 October 2015

  • Still no response from the local authority.

    Posted anonymously at 12:24, Tue 20 October 2015

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 12:48, Tue 17 November 2015

  • And still no response whatsoever from the local authority. No response either to two emails sent directly to them on the same subject.

    Posted anonymously at 12:48, Tue 17 November 2015

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 14:06, Tue 15 December 2015

  • No response from the local authority.

    Posted anonymously at 14:06, Tue 15 December 2015

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 14:49, Tue 12 January 2016

  • Still no response from the local authority

    Posted anonymously at 14:49, Tue 12 January 2016

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 16:00, Tue 9 February 2016

  • Still no response from the local authority.

    Posted anonymously at 16:00, Tue 9 February 2016

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 18:00, Tue 8 March 2016

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 20:16, Tue 5 April 2016

  • The local council responded at last but this was only to advise that, quite incredibly, in their opinion, parking on the pavement is not an offence - even when the vehicle is blocking safe access for wheelchairs and buggies. What is more, they claim it is the responsibility of the police to enforce any highway offences. This seems a very dubious approach when the very same authority employs wardens to liberally distribute tickets to anyone who does not comply with their parking regulations in areas where there are revenue-raising opportunities.

    Posted anonymously at 20:16, Tue 5 April 2016

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 22:28, Tue 3 May 2016

  • The local authority appear to have little interest in pedestrian safety. If you are a motorist, you can be confident in appealing those parking tickets when the council seem to think it is ok to park on the pavement, which will make ferrying all your shopping to the car so much easier if it's literally parked right outside the door of the store.

    Posted anonymously at 22:28, Tue 3 May 2016

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 22:31, Tue 31 May 2016

  • No change.

    Posted anonymously at 22:31, Tue 31 May 2016

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 06:14, Wed 29 June 2016

  • No change

    Posted anonymously at 06:14, Wed 29 June 2016

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 06:32, Wed 27 July 2016

  • No response from the council and the problems have got worse.

    Posted anonymously at 06:32, Wed 27 July 2016

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 15:34, Wed 24 August 2016

  • No response from the council

    Posted anonymously at 15:34, Wed 24 August 2016

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 16:04, Wed 21 September 2016

  • A residents-only parking scheme has been proposed but this does not address the problem of speeding vehicles going to and from the school. So to date, no actual change.

    Posted anonymously at 16:04, Wed 21 September 2016

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 19:54, Wed 19 October 2016

  • Nothing has been done by the council, police or school and just recently a child was knocked down by one of the taxis who drive recklessly to and from Stony dean school. Fortunately there were no serious injuries this time but it serves to underline that it is a case of when, and not if, a more critical incident occurs if no action is taken to address these problems.

    Posted anonymously at 19:54, Wed 19 October 2016

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 20:03, Wed 16 November 2016

  • Problems continue.

    Posted anonymously at 20:03, Wed 16 November 2016

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 20:54, Wed 14 December 2016

  • Problems continue. Council not interested. Police not interested.

    Posted anonymously at 20:54, Wed 14 December 2016

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 21:01, Wednesday 11 January 2017

  • “Problems continue. Council not interested. Police not interested.”

    Posted anonymously at 21:01, Wednesday 11 January 2017

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 21:41, Wednesday 8 February 2017

  • No Change

    Posted anonymously at 21:41, Wednesday 8 February 2017

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 06:45, Thursday 9 March 2017

  • Residents parking scheme has been introduced which has alleviated the problem to a degree. However, residents and visitors continue to block pavements and under-use their driveways which causes unnecessary inconvenience to others. Vehicles visiting the school continue to speed up and down the road and there is still ridiculous levels of traffic caused by taxis and minibuses whenever the school opens and closes.

    Posted anonymously at 06:45, Thursday 9 March 2017

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 07:12, Thursday 6 April 2017

  • Residents parking scheme has been introduced which has alleviated the problem to a degree. However, residents and visitors continue to block pavements and under-use their driveways which causes unnecessary inconvenience to others. Vehicles visiting the school continue to speed up and down the road and there is still ridiculous levels of traffic caused by taxis and minibuses whenever the school opens and closes

    Posted anonymously at 07:12, Thursday 6 April 2017

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 12:35, Thursday 4 May 2017

  • Still waiting for the police and local authority to address the speeding issue.

    Posted anonymously at 12:35, Thursday 4 May 2017

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 16:05, Thursday 1 June 2017

  • Still cars parking across pavements & speeding vehicles creating a risk to pedestrian safety.

    Posted anonymously at 16:05, Thursday 1 June 2017

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 16:54, Thursday 29 June 2017

  • Problems persist

    Posted anonymously at 16:54, Thursday 29 June 2017

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 18:20, Thursday 27 July 2017

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 19:10, Thursday 24 August 2017

  • Council not interested in preventing accidents and would rather wait until one occurs and someone goes hurt.

    Posted anonymously at 19:10, Thursday 24 August 2017

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 19:36, Thursday 21 September 2017

  • Situation continues

    Posted anonymously at 19:36, Thursday 21 September 2017

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 08:03, Sunday 22 October 2017

  • Residents parking introduced but speeding issues and cars blocking pavements persist.

    Posted anonymously at 08:03, Sunday 22 October 2017

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 16:54, Sunday

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