Phase 1 - Station Road
Following a 5 year process of Safety Audits, Outline Schemes and seeking funding arrangements, Phase 1 of the Ben Hamilton Baillee proposals (Ivinghoe Safety Scheme) is now in its final phase of being technically designed ready for implementation (hopefully) in July/August 2022.
The proposals are being planned following a wide consultation with residents of both Ivinghoe and Pitstone whereby it was overwhelmingly agreed that Ivinghoe Parish Council should persue their part of the safety scheme (Pitstone have their own safety scheme and implementation plans). Those plans included changes to Station Road, Church Road, High Street in Ivinghoe as well as other changes planned for Great Gap and the major B488/B489 junction by Handpost Cottages.
As work has progressed it became clear that safety features to slow the traffic in Station Road became the major priority.
The following drawing is only a preliminary plan of what is proposed and items shown are indicative only. It is still subject to an informal consultation, a traffic order and final safety audit.
A brief outline of some of the features
The design concepts here are
To provide a ‘safety zone’ to enable a safer crossing point for children attending Brookmead School and also to provide additional parking for residents and the dropping off and picking up of children from Brookmead School.
The scheme incorporates
- A new crossing point in a slightly different location to the existing one.
- 2 new informal roundabouts
- New signage both on the road and on the road side
- Early warning markers when approaching from Great Gap/Ford End
- A ‘grasscrete’ parking bay for 5 vehicles (time limited parking during day time hours)
- A footpath from the parking bays to connect with the existing footpath to Brookmead School
- Anti-skid road surfacing
- New tree planting to increase bio-diversity
It is envisaged that motorists will have plenty of early warning on the approach to the safety zone, with the informal roundabouts slowing the traffic further on the approach to the crossing point.
We have already consulted with local residents on the initial drawings for this scheme and residents views have been taken into account with this latest design.
It is currently planned for the work to be completed during the school summer holidays in late July/August.
Buckinghamshire Council Parking Services has suggested the below parking restrictions for the bays.
The reasons for the parking restrictions are to give priority to Brookmead School users during the week at school drop off / pick up times, but allowing residents additional spaces for overnight parking.
Please note that Bay 1 is located in Station Road adjacent to Ivinghoe Lawn where there are 5 parking places proposed:
Bay 1 - Limited waiting Mon – Fri 7am to 6pm 30 mins no return 1 hour
Residents would still be able to park up to 7.40am in Bay 1 before having to move which would free the bays for the school traffic but still allow a reasonable time for visitors to the residents during the day.
And return in the evenings in Bay 1 at 5.20pm, this works along with the national standard school zig-zag times which are 8am to 5pm.
The Parish Council has sent consultation letters to the near neighbours of the plan for their input to the parking scheme. If other residents wish to comment, please open the copy of the consultation letter below, full details on how to respond to the consultation are within the letter. This consultation is now closed and comments are being reviewed.
If you have any questions you may find the answers on our Project Frequently Asked Questions page