Green light for new street lights in Taplow

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Emma Billingham

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Money from the Taplow Parish Council Legacy Fund will be used to provide four new street lamps in Marsh Lane.

Councillors agreed at the meeting of the full council last night to spend £880 per light to help increase safety for pedestrians on the road.

It comes following concerns from the public that the road is not well lit at night for those walking home. The need for extra lights would be looked at a future date if the need is raised.

Chairman Cllr George Sandy added: “I think for safety we could say yes to the four straight off. We could go for this immediately and then suck it up and see for the future if we need more lights.”

The council agreed the expenditure with the condition that the council’s finance chairman approves the funds are available within the council budget when he returns from his holiday.

Council members also agreed to ask Bucks County Council (BCC) to look at the viability of a short length of double yellow lines at the top of Marsh Lane near the junction with the Bath Road, then followed with a single yellow line down to the Jubilee River.

This is hoped to stop commuters from Taplow railway station parking in Marsh Lane, which is causing a traffic bottleneck near the junction.

BCC has been asked to look at whether the option of yellow lines is possible and how much it would cost to implement.

An update on the possibility of starting a Community Speedwatch Campaign was also given, with the option of buying the council’s own speed camera and to recruit police liaison volunteers.

The council has set up a working party to look into how to tackle speeding in the village, with Berry Hill and Cliveden Road highlighted as areas of concern.

Councillors were told the local area forum (LAF) is also looking to purchase a camera that could be hired out by councils in the district, but a decision would not be made until December. It would cost the council £3,700 to buy its own.

Cllr Sandy said: “This is about safety for children and other motorists.

“Put it back on the agenda for January when we know about the LAF.”

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