Hedgerley Parish Council
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HANDY CROSS ROUNDABOUT
Work starting this weekend - information
Below is some information about the upcoming weekend closures of the Handy Cross A404/M40 junction 4 roundabout, and surrounding approach roads. This information has been sent to press today, 05/02/18.
Transport for Buckinghamshire is preparing for the disruption to traffic from the weekend closures of the A404/M40 Handy Cross roundabout from mid-February. Highways England will be carrying out resurfacing on roundabout over three consecutive weekends, from 9pm Friday night to 5am Monday morning on the weekends of Friday 16thFebruary, 23rd February, and 2nd March. The resurfacing works require a full closure of the roundabout, as well as the approach roads leading to the junction.
While these are not TfB works, they are preparing for the disruption to traffic that the closure is likely to cause in surrounding areas and have placed an embargo on any other non-essential road works in a 10 mile radius of the M40 works. Additional traffic management will also be used on diversion routes, particularly the smaller roads less well equipped to deal with heavy traffic.
About the works:
Highways England is carrying out the resurfacing to ensure this essential junction remains in a safe condition. The existing road surface will be dug out and fully resurfaced, the traffic signals and detection loops will be replaced, and anti-skid material will be laid at selected areas of the roundabout. During the closures various clearly signed diversions will be in place, primarily using the M40 junctions 3 and 5, the A40, Wooburn Green and Little Marlow. Emergency services will have access through the closure, as will TfB gritters should they need to get through to salt the roads, although gritting routes have been adjusted to minimise disruption.
The X80 and 800/850 bus routes – which serve High Wycombe, Marlow and Reading – will be diverted during the weekend closures, and National Express will not be serving the Handy Cross Coachway during the closure. Details can be found on the bus service disruption page on the county council website.
TfB will be collaborating with Highways England to make use of the road closures on the approach roads, and carry out maintenance works such as small scale resurfacing, gully clearing, sign cleaning, and street lighting repairs.
If you have any questions or would like to know about the works, you can contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. TfB have set up a webpage with FAQs about the closure, bus information, and diversion information and maps. Visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/handycrossclosure
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Travellers appear on Hedgerley green
Traveller situation UPDATE 21/05/2017:
At 6.20 this evening, all the travellers departed. It is understood that they have now moved on to Burnham Beeches. Two Police Officers appeared after the travellers had left.
It was amazing to see how many local people arrived independently with bin bags began to clear up all the debris left behind. The hedges are cordoned off for not only the rubbish, but for health and hygiene reasons as well as the play area. I will be going to SBDC first thing in the morning to organise the specialist clean up. A huge thank you to all those very kind residents who came out and helped.
Our Council is now in the process of considering the means of securing the Green. We should know the definite arrangements by tomorrow (Monday) and will be able to give more details then.
I'm sure you must all be relieved now the travellers have gone and hopefully Hedgerley will once again return to normality. I appreciate it has been a very worrying time but rest assured we will get on with securing the Green as quickly as possible.
Traveller situation UPDATE 20/05/2017:
The play area padlocks and chains are still intact, but as expected, the signs and hazard tape have been pulled off. Also the children from the traveller group have been playing in there all day; and climbing over the fence.
Three more caravans have appeared this afternoon. Two Police cars attended later, this was apparently as a result of further residents complaining. The Police expect the eviction to go ahead for 'all' travellers as stated previously, 18:00pm Sunday Evening. They said that section 61 has now been implemented with these caravans.
Further Updates if and when.
Thames Valley Police and Stuart Green from Bucks County Council have been in touch with me to let me know that an eviction notice had been served at approximately 11:00 am this morning (Friday 19th May) and the Travellers have until 18:00 pm Sunday 21st May to move off Hedgerley Green.
Clerk to Hedgerley Parish Council