Letters round-up: “Ignorance of drivers seems unique to Aylesbury”

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The strong views of a county councillor on drivers in Aylesbury is featured in this week’s round-up of the Herald letters page.

DRIVERS’ IGNORANCE

We have been very frustrated at the attitude of motorists ignoring the signage covering the pedestrianisation aspect of the town centre.

Until we put ‘road closed signs’ at the Upper Street to support the removable bollards, taxi drivers were seen manoeuvring between them.

So unless a police officer is on hand, what are we supposed to do apart from taking the licence plate number and reporting it to AVDC.

I, among many others, have taken licence numbers of the taxi drivers who are the biggest culprits of this abuse.

They have been spoken to by AVDC; it works for a while but then goes back to normal.

The police, when they are in town, speak to all motorists that choose to ignore the signage but they have other priorities other than spending all day in town.

I have been to many towns who have similar arrangements to ours but they do not have the same problem of motorists’ ignorance.

Many of these towns do not have any barriers at all, people just respect the signage.

This problem seems unique to our town.

Our plan is to pedestrianise the whole of the town centre; that will stop all but essential vehicles using the town as a cut through and will add to the safety that we have achieved with what we have done to date

May I suggest that anyone who sees a taxi abusing the pedestrianised area should take the licence plate number and report it to AVDC Licencing Department.

Ordinary motorists are causing a civil offence that only the police can take action on.

Councillor Brian Roberts

Bucks County Council

TOWN IS A RAT RUN

I must take issue with Mr Oliver regarding the woes of Aylesbury’s traffic problems as far as Tring Road are concerned (Bucks Herald, April 29, 2015)

I can understand his frustration and commend him on his constant struggle in emphasising the importance of the need for major and urgent road alterations for the town rather than just allowing roads to be built through new housing developments (a good example being the link road between Oxford Road and Bicester Road) only to build houses on what could have been part of a dedicated bypass for the town, the traffic now causing much frustration to people living there. The majority of the HGVs using Tring Road, which represents approx 10 per cent of all vehicles using the road, are not all delivering goods or stopping in Aylesbury!

Most are passing through the town and using the A41 from Watford M25 to Bicester and Oxford to the M40 and A34 as a rat run to and from all points north, south, east and west of our town.

One good example being the numbers of 3663 vehicles using Tring Road throughout the day, suggesting that the majority are travelling to points in south east from Banbury where they have a large distribution depot.

Although Arla are based here close to the town, their vehicles I would suggest do not deliver directly in to our local shops; their main delivery points are for their milk containers delivering into the processing plant at Aston Clinton and once processed the finished product is then delivered countrywide to central depots of the mainly major supermarket chains around the whole of the UK.

That having been said, Tring Road has approximately 760 Arla traffic movements per day passing the front doors of residents living there, approximately one every two minutes, 24 hours per day 365 days of the year.

The only respite that one can see at the moment locally is that of the new road between Berryfields and Buckingham Road; but no doubt that will once again be converted to accommodate residential housing?But back to Tring Road; yes it was announced some five or six years ago to be an area of very high pollution around the Oakfield Road and King Edward Avenue area that should have been addressed urgently within one year.

The only thing that has been done is for the goal posts to be moved by moving the monitoring equipment half way between the above and Parton Road – if wrong please accept my mis-information in advance. The advent of traffic lights at that junction will only have exacerbated that situation I assume.

It is now time for our planners to really find a way of overcoming this situation rather than putting the main road through yet another residential development, only to end once again passing through the town’s very centre.

Answers please from the planners?

This new road would not alleviate the problem as far as Tring Road is concerned unless a weight limit of 7.5 tonnes was introduced for vehicles of above limit.

Dennis Thomas

Tring Road, Aylesbury

IT IS NOT A PARK

With reference to Councillor Mark Winn’s letter in last week’s Bucks Herald, I would reply as follows:

As a Bedgrove councillor he should know better than to refer to Bedgrove Park as a park.

It is not a park in the conventional sense of the word but covenanted public open space that was given “for the benefit of the whole and every part of the Bedgrove Farm Estate” and I would add that this open space land was not conveyed as a sports ground.

Councillor Winn expounds on the parking overflow that is taking place around Bedgrove Park at the weekends, when football is played by adults and children and, as a result, he wants to expand the car park in front of the Bedgrove Pavilion.

What he fails to understand is that, under the Open Spaces Act 1906, you cannot cover more than 20 percent of this open space and with the Pavilion Road, car park, Bedgrove Pavilion, former tennis court (now used for football practice at the rear of the pavilion), caretaker’s house and garden, children’s play area, MUGA, kickwall, football pitches, etc, the district council is currently contravening this statute.

The problem is not the lack of parking but the number of football matches that are being played simultaneously and this is because of bad management and organisation by whoever is responsible for the bookings. When six football matches are taking place at the same time, plus the use of other facilities, of course, this will generate extra traffic and can easily be avoided by better planning and not by contravening the Open Spaces Act.

What Mark Winn does not appear to understand is that this covenanted open space was given for the Bedgrove Farm Estate residents, of every age, “to walk over and enjoy, without let or hindrance.”

This is stated in a letter from Mr Robert Janes, who was the managing director of H C Janes Limited, and whose family donated this open space land. A copy of this letter is in the possession of the legal division at the AVDC.

I am not alone in thinking that the district council is not only contravening the Open Spaces Act but is also not upholding the letter and spirit of the conveyance of this covenanted public open space, to which they are signatories in title.

In addition, Mark Winn wants to enlarge the car park and install five mini pitches.

Where does he think people are going to walk and, in good weather, sit down with their family and/or friends to have a picnic?

This open space land is for people of all ages to walk over and enjoy and not just for children and teenagers.

Name and address supplied

FLOPPY FOOT SAGA

I write in response to the article dated April 22, 2015, Bucks Herald, Mr Lee Seagrove, Achilles Tendon.

The story of my right Achilles Tendon took five months to diagnose.

On May 30, 2014, I suffered a sharp onset of pain in the right lower leg and had to buy a walking stick to get home. June 5 and 9 I attended appointments with the GP.

By July 13 I was still in great pain and presented myself to A&E Stoke Mandeville, where I had X-rays. There was no fracture and no comment was made about my Achilles.

On July 22 I went back to the GP. I asked for an appointment to see physiotherapist and on September 9 a physiotherapist diagnosed a complete rupture of the Achilles tendon within minutes of seeing me, using the simple “Simpson Test”.

In October I was referred to Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, where it was confirmed the injury was a ruptured Achilles tendon. I was advised as the injury had been left so long an operation was not a sensible undertaking.

Through using a walking stick to alleviate the pain of the right leg it has caused problems with my left leg.

I now have to wear orthotics in both shoes and no high heels.

So if you see me plodding along with a floppy foot, you know why.

Barbara Bateman

Address supplied

KINDNESS AFTER FALL

I would like through the Bucks Herald to thank those who came to my assistance when I fell opposite the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury on April 30. A group of kind people helped me by calling an ambulance, borrowing a chair for me to sit down, producing from nowhere a glass of water and a bottle of water to take with me and helping me mop up a large amount of blood.

A kind lady also telephoned my husband so he was able to come to collect me.

All the help was much appreciated; I was probably too dazed to do more than stumble out my thanks.

When the ambulance arrived, which it did very quickly, the paramedics too were helpful, cheerful and reassuring and I thank all three of them .

Judith Power

Address supplied

SCHOOL PLACES

I have read your article regarding Berryfields school being too small for those in the estate resulting in them not getting a school place.

Interesting reading.

Did you also know that children living in Buckingham Park also did not get in to their local school because the school is not big enough either!

How can companies build these schools and houses and not use commonsense to build them in relation to one another and the needs of the community.

Lucky for my son, he was allocated a school which we are happy with.

However one reason we bought on Bucks Park was because of the school.

He attends the nursery and has made good friends, as many of them have, but now they are getting separated because the school is too small.

Other families have not been so lucky; schools they are not happy with and different to siblings.

Just thought I’d inform you of the same issue with Bucks Park CoE school.

Name and address supplied

HELP FOR MUSLIMS

As Ramadan approaches, Muslims who have diabetes may be thinking about fasting and from this year the religious observance in the UK will become increasingly longer during the summer months.

These prolonged fasting periods could exceed 17 hours which can be dangerous or cause health problems, particularly for people who manage their diabetes with insulin and certain medications as they may be at risk of dehydration and extreme high and low blood glucose levels.

This can potentially mean experiencing symptoms which can include feeling shaky and blurred vision.

So people with diabetes who make the choice to fast during this period should eat food that is absorbed relatively slowly – such as basmati rice, pitta bread, chapattis and 
dhal – before they begin the fast.

These types of foods and fruits and vegetables can help keep blood glucose levels more even during the fast.

It’s important to check blood glucose levels more frequently than usual so that people can, if necessary, break the fast if their blood glucose level drops too low.

Many Muslims think that testing blood is considered breaking the fast, but this is not the case.

It’s also a good idea to break the fast with a handful of dates and a glass of milk or water and to choose healthier options such as vegetables and fruit. They should also try to eat these kinds of foods again towards the end of the feasting period, just before sunrise, and they should drink plenty of sugar free fluids to avoid dehydration.

Muslims with diabetes who are deciding whether to fast during Ramadan should speak to their Imam and healthcare professional or call the Diabetes UK Careline on 0845 120 2960.

This will help them get the information they need to make the decision that is right for them.

Sylvia Lambe

Diabetes UK

THANKS TO CO-OP

We are writing to pass on our thanks for the wonderful efforts of staff at our local Co-op store who raised cash for our charity by dressing up in Easter costumes.

Workers at the supermarket in Wedgewood Street recently raised £125 for Headway Aylesbury Vale by wearing Easter bunny outfits, donning Easter ears and asking for donations. They also held a stall in aid of us.

We are thrilled that the staff and customers thought to do this for us and are very grateful for their generosity.

Headway, which supports survivors of acquired brain injury (ABI), only moved last year to purpose-built premises in Fairford Leys, so it’s wonderful to see that our new neighbours are already backing us so enthusiastically.

There are some 1,500 survivors of ABI in the Aylesbury Vale alone so this type of fundraising is vital if we are going 
to give them the help they need.

Anyone else who wants to know more about supporting Headway should contact me on 01296 415469 or email: karens23@hotmail.co.uk

Karen Styles

Manager, Headway 
Aylesbury Vale