HStM CE School
By Haddenham Webteam - 18th January 2017 4:15pm
Road congestion near the schools at start and finish times in Haddenham is a well recognised problem, and serious concerns have been voiced over the degree to which this challenge will increase as the village grows significantly in the coming months. Those bright sparks at County hall seem to have woken up to this problem of late, given the news that an inquiry into the use of cars to get children to and from school is to be launched later this month by Buckinghamshire County Council.
Members of the Transport, Environment and Communities Select Committee say they want to explore alternative, healthier options for parents and carers to make the school journey.
Chairman David Carroll said that with planned housing growth across Buckinghamshire, school expansion and new school building could lead to worse congestion and parking around roads serving schools.
'We want to see if it's possible to reduce the number of car journeys to school,' said David. 'By exploring alternative, healthier modes of travel to school, we'll have the opportunity to see what good models schools are using across the county, and what good practice could be shared.
'It goes without saying that moving cars present a danger to our children, and where there is less congestion, the risks reduce. We're pretty sure enforcement at pinch points around school roads isn't being effective, so we want to look at other methods that do work.'
Early next month the Select Committee will hold two days of evidence gathering from head teachers, travel planning co-ordinators, Junior Road Safety Officers, police, fire service community safety officers, and national experts.
Members of the Select Committee want to see how a variety of sustainable travel initiatives already in place have changed travel-to-school habits, and whether these could be harnessed more widely.
A final inquiry report will be published at the end of March and recommendations made to the Cabinet of Bucks County Council in April.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
As a proportion of total residents, Haddenham has one of the largest group of seniors in Buckinghamshire — and a significant number of these people live alone.Even under normal circumstances it is easy for such elderly folk to feel a little isolated and lacking social interaction. This can feel even more significant at Christmas time.Do you have an elderly friend or relative living in...
A new Haddenham Christmas Card has been created, exclusive to the Haddenham MuseumSee the Green Dragon Pub in Victorian times in a picturesque snowy scene.Six cards with envelopes are £5.The Museum is open on Tuesday mornings 10.00am — 12 noon and Sunday afternoons 2 .00 -...
Thomas Charles Sidney Pollard (Tom)20th June 1928 — 5th November 2019It is with great sadness that the passing of Tom Pollard is announced. Tom lived and worked in Haddenham for over 60 years, spending 32 years at Lucas's along with many other Haddenham residents. He and his wife Margaret were familiar faces to many in Haddenham particularly through their efforts in the establishment...