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The long-term frustrations of residents in Sheerstock seem to rumble on year after year, as rail commuters wishing to avoid car parking charges at the station clog up already narrow residential roads with their vehicles.

A debate is active in the Share & Chat section of this website — see here

There is an 80-word limit to potential contributions to that forum. So, below is published a contribution from a local resident (online moniker: 'MrsTrellis'), which we received on Sunday 28th July 2013:
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'MrsTrellis' writes:

There was a Haddenham Parish Council meeting on 13 January, 2013: some 70 members of the public attended, together with Parish Councillors, someone from BCC, a freelance consultant from The Railway Consultancy Ltd, and Thames Valley Police. The final two paragraphs of the Parish Council's minutes of the meeting read as follows:

"A vote was taken on how the residents present wished to take this forward. The majority vote was in favour of a Residents Parking Permit Scheme.

BCC informed that it would have to undertake a consultation to include all the residents of Sheerstock/Slave Hill and the wider area such as Wykeham Way as a first step."

Concerned residents may have subsequently written to the Parish Council asking about progress on the consultation agreed by BCC at the meeting — perhaps the PC could enlighten us? It would be interesting to hear about the acceptability of a Residents Parking Permit Scheme. A letter or email to the Parish Council by residents most directly impacted would seem to be apposite.

Although my house is completely outside the area affected by the parking problems, I have been very much aware of the situation, having moved here many years before Haddenham and Thame Parkway Station opened in 1987. Parish Councillors seem to forget how many years ago a Residents Parking Permit Scheme was first mooted and turned down completely by Sheerstock and nearby residents — both originally and on some occasions since.

If you wish to see the full minutes of the January meeting of the PC, click here and click on the "January" tab.
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Message from the Chairman of the Environment Sub-committee
of the Parish Council

The Parish Council does not contribute to any social media site, so will not respond to comments made through 'Share & Chat' forum on Haddenham.net

This is to ensure that individual Councillors do not voice personal opinions that may be construed as formal policy of the Parish Council. Instead, we wish to provide measured, uniform replies to queries from residents on whatever subject.

If residents wish to receive a formal reply to a query or concern, please would they write to the Parish Council, either by letter to the Clerk, Mrs Gill Dudley, 87 Wykeham Way, Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8BU; or via email to: clerk@haddenham-bucks-pc.gov.uk

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Update 02 August 2013:

A Sheerstock resident, frustrated by the long-term parking problems caused by rail commuters who avoid parking charges at the station, has recently written to Bucks County Council.

Here is the reply received:

"We are currently awaiting communication from Chiltern Railways with regard to funding any restrictions or residents only parking permit here. Unfortunately, Buckinghamshire County Council currently has no funds to amend parking restrictions.

You may wish to raise the issue via your local parish council at the Local Area Forum. Please see link here for more information about the LAF.

Kind regards
Parking Services"

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