Speed reduction scheme in Whitchurch labelled "disaster"

Basingstoke Gazette: Speed reduction scheme in Whitchurch labelled "disaster" Speed reduction scheme in Whitchurch labelled "disaster"

A SCHEME to reduce the speed of traffic through Whitchurch has been labelled a “disaster” by a borough councillor.

Whitchurch borough councillor Keith Watts believes the Hampshire County Council project, in which the speed limit has been reduced to 20mph through part of the town, should have been extended to include a “dangerous bend.”

The signs were installed in Whitchurch last week, after the pilot scheme was approved almost a year ago.

Whitchurch is one of 11 areas in Hampshire chosen to pilot Residential 20.

But Cllr Watts believes the 20mph limit should not end just before the bend in Church Street.

He said it was “crazy” to install the signs before the bend, particularly because there are houses around the corner.

He added: “I have issued a leaflet and posted a message on my website and Face-book, advising people with questions or complaints to phone Hampshire Highways enquiry line.”

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10:53pm Sat 24 May 14

AndrewRH says...

Was Emily speeding through her article so quickly that she missed the fact that the "disaster" she is want to headline is that the scheme should have covered a larger area?

Her article is all about extending the 20mph area around All Hallows church where there is a blind bend. There had also been (and still are) calls for the 20mph scheme to be extended into Bere Hill where there is a nursery and Scout Hut. Further calls are for extending it to Hillside and further along London Road - a route to Testbourne and the primary school. It took a petition by our former mayor to get Lynch Hill Park put back into the 20mph scheme after Hampshire County Councillor Tom Thacker removed it suddenly last year.

Never answered by Councillor Tom Thacker is why he opposed reducing road danger in those areas. I am pleased that our newly reelected B&DBC councillor Keith Watts has views more in line with the majority - even though Emily chose to misrepresent them with her headline. I am even more surprised that her editor went along with it!

May I invite Emily and her editor to see for herself the "disaster" of our town's more liveable and quieter roads? Hopefully then she might come to understand why people want the 20mph area extended; and why places like Overton are asking for 20mph too. Gosh knows car-centric Basingstoke might not be far behind!
Was Emily speeding through her article so quickly that she missed the fact that the "disaster" she is want to headline is that the scheme should have covered a larger area? Her article is all about extending the 20mph area around All Hallows church where there is a blind bend. There had also been (and still are) calls for the 20mph scheme to be extended into Bere Hill where there is a nursery and Scout Hut. Further calls are for extending it to Hillside and further along London Road - a route to Testbourne and the primary school. It took a petition by our former mayor to get Lynch Hill Park put back into the 20mph scheme after Hampshire County Councillor Tom Thacker removed it suddenly last year. Never answered by Councillor Tom Thacker is why he opposed reducing road danger in those areas. I am pleased that our newly reelected B&DBC councillor Keith Watts has views more in line with the majority - even though Emily chose to misrepresent them with her headline. I am even more surprised that her editor went along with it! May I invite Emily and her editor to see for herself the "disaster" of our town's more liveable and quieter roads? Hopefully then she might come to understand why people want the 20mph area extended; and why places like Overton are asking for 20mph too. Gosh knows car-centric Basingstoke might not be far behind! AndrewRH
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