Petition set up against Mill Lane closure

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Campaigners against the ‘environmentally illiterate’ closure of a road in Taplow are urging people to try and force the local authority into action.

Protesters opposed to the shutting of Mill Lane are hoping that if enough signatures are added to a petition before the restrictions come into play they might be able to force a rethink.

The road, which runs from Bath Road, near Maidenhead Bridge, up to Berry Hill, is set to be closed to traffic, except for pedestrians, horse riders, cyclists and emergency vehicles.

The restrictions are to be imposed as part of the conditions of a planning application from property developer Berkeley Homes, which was approved by South Bucks District Council last year for the Taplow Riverside scheme, near Mill Lane.

Campaigners, calling themselves Concerned Businesses for Taplow, claim on their website the move will cause inconvenience for ‘residents and commuters’ and question the logic behind the decision.

Max Lipman, a spokesman for the group opposing the closure, said: “Part of Berkeley Homes’ plan was to build a new junction and there’s now a roundabout which makes a proper, safe junction for Mill Lane and Bath Road, so as far as I’m concerned the original argument against keeping Mill Lane open has been removed.

“We’re going to have about 200 new dwellings, mainly families, but they will be cut off.”

According to Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC), which has responsibility for highways, the restrictions will split the road into two sections: “One with access from Berry Hill as far as the Jubilee River bridge and the other with accesses from Bath Road and Jubilee Lane.”

Traffic orders to bring this into force are being drawn up by BCC, with Berkeley Homes expecting them to be in place by the year end.

A deadline of Friday, October 7, has been set by BCC for objections to the closure to be received – these should be sent to Mrs P Eastham at peastham@buckscc.gov.uk of the BCC transport planning team. Visit www.petitionbuzz.com/ petitions/stop-the-closure-of-mill-lane-taplow to find out more.

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