Chesham: Pedestrianised High Street with less vehicles - Mohammad Fayyaz
When we finally get our Buckinghamshire unitary council next year, let's hope it will bring some sense to the Chesham's poor public transport and road system. Now it's Bucks County Council that deals with most things to do with roads, including on-street parking and lighting, but Chiltern District Council owns the car parks. It's got to make sense for one council to be responsible for both and devise an overall parking strategy that meets the needs of the local community.
I hope, too, that the new council will review the pedestrian zone in the town centre. It's great that it's "pedestrianised", but it would be even better if there were less delivery vehicles. Some shops have no rear access, so deliveries must come through the front, but most do have rear accesses and they just don't use them. All the heavy trucks using the High Street damage the brick pavers. I've been campaigning for years to get the road surface repaired, so I'm very grateful to Bucks County Council for the work which is now being done. They are doing a great job. But too many heavy lorries driving and parking on them will soon damage the new pavers and we shall be back to square one.
Then there are the buses! Many don't use them because cars are more convenient, and that's a large part of the problem. It's difficult to subsidise buses if people don't use them, but then the service is cut back and even fewer people use them. It's a vicious circle, but we must try to break it. It's difficult enough for patients and visitors to travel Stoke Mandeville Hospital and Aylesbury but it adds insult when workers can't get to work and the old and vulnerable can't get around due to poor services except on the main routes. Many find it hard to get into the town centre from certain areas of Chesham because of the bus timings and low frequency. Let's sort that out!
If you have any views about public transport or access to the Town Centre, then please let me know.
Cllr Mohammad Fayyaz
Asheridge Vale Ward
This article is taken with permission from Your Chesham, which can be seen by clicking on the cover below.