of the Working Group
and Bernadette Clark (Joint Leaders)
interests of Members were declared and do not conflict with the contents
of this report.
recommendations of the Working Group were accepted by the Steering
Committee and are reflected in The Cookham Plan 2008.
Working Group used the following data, available as appendices to the
report, to help reach its conclusions and recommendations:
responses from the Pinder Hall Launch meeting.
Transport and Traffic Healthcheck report.
Transport and Traffic survey of businesses in the Cookhams.
Traffic flow surveys.
transport timetables and published Crossrail plans.
Group Parking Survey.
from Steering Group meetings and workshops.
Working Group concluded that there is insufficiently robust external data
on which to base a reliable set of demographic assumptions. The proposals,
therefore assume that over the medium to long term (5 – 20 years) the
number of traffic movements through the Cookhams will increase by c2% pa.
The assumed reduction in local demand for primary school places will be
offset by Local Education authority (LEA) school placements policy.
Underlying Planning Assumptions:
to its unique position in a rural, riverside setting, with National Trust
(NT) land, only 30 miles from central London and easily accessible by road
and rail, Cookham acts as a magnet to new residents and to casual
visitors. Its local geography, as one of very few river bridging points,
condemns it to be a focal point for through traffic.
infrastructure, including road and parking capacity, poor public transport
and limited residential and business off-road parking, mean it is
incapable of meeting the current demands made of it. Any plan must address
these problems, not try to ignore them. Compromises are inevitable in
meeting future needs.
proposals are based on the following key premises:
in Maidenhead impact directly on the Cookhams and the Cookham Village
Plan must be considered in any larger Maidenhead plan.
currently exceeds capacity.
Village Plan for transport and traffic must accept the impact of any
increased demand on an overstretched and inappropriate infrastructure.
No further housing development should be considered until a clear
Transport and Traffic plan is in place.
Plan must have as its first priority the resolution of existing
problems for residents, businesses and visitors. Economic and social
criteria must be balanced with the environmental, and cause with
Royal Borough of Windsor of Maidenhead (RBWM) will be key in
developing a coherent overall plan, linking all the elements set out
in Point 4 (see below).
Working Group identified 4 user based areas for consideration:
implementation of a decriminalised parking regime must be drawn up in
consultation with local businesses and residents. If strictly
implemented the present restrictions would produce chaos.
of any parking plan must be the provision of significant extra public
parking in critical areas: Lower Road, High Road, High Street and
parking must be provided in the above areas for residents and business
employees. It is proposed that negotiations are conducted with willing
owners of private parking spaces to provide rented and restricted access
parking for these purposes.
new parking/business/public transport hub at Cookham Rise (covers also
Safety, Congestion and Public Transport.)
one way road system around the Pound, using Poundfield and Terries
Lanes, with a widened footpath through the Pound. This resolves issues
of both congestion and pedestrian / cyclist safety in the Pound.
drop off and access point for Cookham Nursery School.
safe footpath access to rear of Holy Trinity School.
car drop off and access to rear of H. T. School.
car drop off and access at Cookham Rise School, linked to additional
public parking (see 4.1 above).
car drop off point at Herries School.
lights at railway bridge in Maidenhead Road.
enforcement of speed limits.
way system around Pound. (See also Safety)
and alternative parking to relieve restriction in bottlenecks.
to re-assess classification of through roads on basis of increased
traffic use – allocation of funding for road improvements.
"throats" at Cookham Bridge to limit vehicle size.
of local traffic demand by better public transport provision.
limitation on delivery vehicles visiting High Street, Cookham Rise and
Lower Road areas.
of integrated transport and parking hub at Cookham Station.
timetables and provision of "on demand" minibus and taxi
services to link station to Cookham Dean and Whiteladyes Lane and public
on consultation with the Borough and independent consultants the following
proposals, which received public support, were not included in the final
bypass – cost; planning practicality; diversion of attention from
other, more deliverable solutions; impractical unless linked to major
road development through Bourne End; lead time (>20years?); threat
to Green Belt.
to north of Pound. Access problems at eastern end. Personal safety.
Second best to one way road proposal.
Lane one way system. School rear access proposal provides better long
term solution for combined car and pedestrian access, linked to
way traffic at Cookham Bridge. The existing "intelligent"
lights operate well. To provide a long term solution would require a
major rebuilding project, disproportionate to the problem. See also
comments on Southern By-Pass, above.