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Floral Way 20mph plan in the spotlight
10:40am Thursday 13th September 2012 in Andover
An exhibition of proposed traffic management measures for the Floral Way area of Andover is to take place in the Burghclere Down Community Hall on Wednesday, 19 and Thursday, 20 September between 2.30pm and 8.30pm. The exhibition will offer visitors the opportunity to have their say on four options to improve traffic movements and the safety of pedestrians in the area.
The four proposals being exhibited are: parking restrictions with footway and car park improvements, a raised table, where a short length of road is raised to a level closer to the top of the kerb and a 20mph limit, a restriction of access and bus only link and combination of the above. The purpose of the final scheme will be to encourage those dropping children by car at the Balksbury, St. John the Baptist, and John Hanson schools to park a short distance from the entrance and walk the rest of the way. This aims to avoid the current problem of congestion and risk to children outside the schools.
Councillor Martin Hatley, portfolio holder for planning and transport said: “This exhibition provides the opportunity for people to have their say on proposals to improve traffic movements and in particular the safety of children being dropped by car to attend schools in Floral Way. “This follows concerns expressed to local councillors. “I would urge everyone with an interest to visit the exhibition to help shape the final scheme.”
These proposals follow Hampshire County Council’s recent announcement to pilot a 20mph speed limit in Floral Way. In the autumn the county will be consulting with residents to establish whether there is support before the pilot scheme is introduced. Following the exhibition in Burghclere Down Community Hall the options being consulted on will be displayed on the Borough Council's website and in the Beech Hurst reception area in Andover until 12 October, the closing date for comments.
Signage is due to be placed in the Floral Way area this week advising of the exhibition and consultation.