The principal event in the near future is a meeting in the Village Hall on January 22nd, when representatives of HS2 will present on the subject of traffic disruption.

The HS2 Environmental Statement for The Chalfonts and Amersham notes that “The main strategic roads and local roads affected by the Proposed Scheme are the M25, A413 Amersham Road/London Road East/Amersham bypass, A355 Amersham Road/Gore Hill, A404 Whielden Lane/Amersham Road, Chesham Lane, Denham Lane, Joiners Lane, Bottom House Farm Lane, Silver Hill, Pheasant Hill, High Street (Chalfont St Giles) and Bottrells Lane”.

Table 15 of the report details “typical vehicle trip generation for construction site compounds in this area”.
The Chalfont St Giles vent shaft traffic will use an upgraded Bottom House Farm Lane via the A413 Amersham Road. The indicative start/setup date will be 2018; the estimated duration of use is six years and nine months; the estimated time of busy vehicle use is estimated to be twelve months; the average daily combined two-way vehicle trips during busy period and within peak month of activity of cars/LGVs is estimated to be 80-100 and HGVs 20-40.

The respective routes and figures for the Amersham vent shaft traffic are: A404 Whielden Lane via A413 and A355 Gore Hill; 2018; six years and six months; six months; 80-100; 90-100.

It is not clear whether the general construction will generate more traffic in addition to that in Table 15 and whether site staff’s traffic movements are included, but it appears clear that residents and visitors will find entry and exit to the village more difficult over an extended period and it seemed prudent to ask HS2 to address villagers who may wish to ask, among other questions and concerns about the provision, for instance, of traffic lights at entrances to Coleshill.

I hope, but doubt, that concerns can be assuaged and questions answered on January 22nd.
Residents will have noticed the resurfacing of Magpie Lane, Windmill Hill and part of Village Road and I am grateful to the Clerk for the continued pressure on Transport for Bucks to get this work done. TfB has confirmed that the rest of Village Road will be resurfaced but with no firm date as to when.

Along with residents, the Parish Council has engaged with Affinity Water over the long-standing water leaks in Barrack Hill. Affinity Water has confirmed that Barrack Hill’s mains will be replaced and the start date will be no later than September 2018. It will be part of a 2.4km replacement project which is estimated to take around 4 months to complete.

The leakage problems have not disappeared. Problems found during many excavations have now been referred to BCC and the Parish Council is now concentrating their efforts on getting a solution from BCC.

Both residents and the clerk have spent time trying to hold the sub-contractors of both Affinity Water and UKPN to account for poor workmanship after the problems they had caused on Barrack Hill had been escalated by CPC. The poor workmanship has since been rectified. [UKPN’s work involved the installation of a new transformer on Barrack Hill].

Resolution of the parking problem at Hill Meadow seems as far away as ever. Paradigm Housing appear reluctant to entertain any contribution to any of the solutions that have been put forward and a request for residents’ views on two of the options has produced a disappointing response.

We expect to receive £1000 from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme towards the construction of a new play area and an adult activity centre on Jack Adams’ Field. Any progress on this project will depend upon success or otherwise in two further applications: one to the HS2 Community and Environmental Fund, the other to Paradigm Foundation. We expect to hear of results by year end.

The Parish Council received a presentation from residents suggesting that as and when BT act on their stated intention to remove the telephone kiosk by the pond that a red box be sought to replace it. It was further suggested that one use to which it could be put might be the sale of seeds or food more appropriate for feeding the ducks and other wildfowl. The presenters also suggested that the cherry tree by the telephone box is dead and needs removing. The Parish Council has subsequently obtained funding from CDC for the removal of the tree and stump.

May I wish all readers a pleasant festive season?

Terence Prideaux