Closure of GX/CSP Quietway

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Dear Buckinghamshire Council,
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act and made with the assistance of the website whatdotheyknow.com . Please note your response will be displayed on the website whatdotheyknow.com .

I refer to the Council's statement dated 10th September about the closure of the Gerrards Cross / Chalfont St Peter Quietway . The statement can be found here - https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/news/...

This raises more questions than it answers so I am writing to ask you to disclose the precise numbers the Council is relying on to support the statement 'a clear majority objected to the scheme' and the methodology used to make that determination.

Also could you please tell me on what date was the installation of the scheme completed , if at all, and did the Council , or it's transport arm Transport for Buckinghamshire announce that the project was completed, if so on what date . It is my firm recollection that initially the project was to be completed 'by the end of September', without any firm date given, would I be correct therefore to surmise that the consultation was closed , and the project dismantled, before the apparent completion date given to the public ?

One final thing I'd appreciate your help with. It 's been reported on social media that the installations were vandalized, did the Council make a complaint to Thames Valley Police about this , if so on what date ?

As ever thank you in advance for your assistance with this enquiry.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Smith

Buckinghamshire Council

 

 

 

 

Dear Robert Smith

 

Thank you for your information request received on 30 November 2020.

 

We can confirm receipt of your request for information and will handle it
under the most appropriate legislation. 

Your case reference number is FOI 19419

 

You can expect to receive a response by 30 December 2020.

 

The Council will be in touch if we need any further information.

 

Yours sincerely,

Information Management Team

Buckinghamshire Council

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Dear Buckinghamshire Council,

I refer to Freedom of Information case reference FOI 19419 and note that the response is delayed. Perhaps this is due to the midwinter holidays and/or the Covid-19 crisis. I look forward to your early reply. And thank you again for your assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Smith

Buckinghamshire Council

Dear Robert Smith

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 02 December 2020
concerning closure of the Gerrards Cross / Chalfont St Peter Quietway.
please accept my apologies for the delay in response.

 

This request has been handled under the Environmental Information
Regulations (2004). I can confirm that Buckinghamshire Council does hold
information falling within the description specified in your request. 
Please find the relevant details 

o The date that installation of the scheme was completed, and if this
was announced by BC or TfB.

Implementation of the temporary Quietway trial between Gerrards Cross and
Chalfont St Peter was completed on w/c 10^th August. There was no official
declaration of the date the scheme was completed, but the programme was
publicised in local press in July 2020. Moreover, immediate residents were
notified of the commencement of implementation in a letter on 5^th August,
which has also been posted on our website at
[1]https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/parki....

o disclose the precise numbers the Council is relying on to support the
statement 'a clear majority objected to the scheme' and the
methodology used to make that determination.

Time constraints set by national government to commence implementation of
the Emergency Active Travel Fund schemes meant it was not possible to
carry out conventional public engagement prior to implementing the trial.
However, feedback on the Quietway was gathered during the trial period
through a combination of online forms, publicity and local engagement with
councillors and town/parish councils. The table below sets out the number
of public responses received through our online form at the point when the
decision was made to end the trial early. All feedback received through
our online form was categorised as either ‘Supportive’, ‘Neutral’ or
‘Opposed’. This was coupled with two formal petitions from local residents
each attracting a significant number of local signatures which are not
incorporated in the numbers below.

Supportive Neutral Opposed
122 89 421
19% 14% 67%

o Did the Council make a complaint about vandalism to TVP.

Any reports of tampering with the scheme were corrected on site on a daily
basis by Buckinghamshire Council.  Buckinghamshire Council did not
officially report this vandalism to Thames Valley Police.  Most incidents
reported were considered minor in the form of moving signs and cones, and
drivers trying to move planters.  These were corrected with additional
signage and daily site visits.  

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Andrew Simpson left an annotation ()

Having come across the explanation for the trial ending so abruptly, I've recently asked Bucks if they have any plans to develop a modified scheme taking into account the complaints made, but just got much the same wording copied and pasted as a reply. It seems they just don't want any hassle and now have justification for doing nothing. It would be interesting to know if the complaints amounted to more than just "I want to go that way and always have" but they don't seem keen to publish them.