Like many local residents, we have been appalled at the lack of action proposed by Hampshire County Council following the death of a pedestrian on Andover Road.
Local residents want to see a pedestrian crossing installed at the site, near the Halls Farm footpath, but County bosses have said that all they will do is clear vegetation and add some neon bollards.
More than 2,000 houses are due to be built on Kings Barton and Andover Road is changing quickly from a semi-rural road to a residential road. Pedestrian traffic is increasing dramatically - with more and more residents from Weeke and Harestock using the Barton Farm Primary Academy and more residents of Kings Barton are using Henry Beaufort school and the facilities in Harestock and Weeke every day.
Local Lib Dem County Councillors have pushed hard to get a crossing installed - including finding ways for it to be funded. To date, the County Council isn't listening.
In response, Kings Barton Residents Association have started a petition calling on Hampshire City Council to listen to and act on the concerns of local people by:
- Installing a crossing at the site of the incident, improving walking and cycling routes, and engineering the road for safety and slower speeds
- Reducing the speed limit to 30mph – reflecting the crossing and the new residential nature of the Andover Road
- Taking further measures, such as changes to crossing phasing and lighting – to encourage HGVs to use the official diversion routes
The local Lib Dem team strongly support this petition - please click the button below and sign up.
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It's also not the only way we're trying to get action. Our County and City Councillors will keep working on the issue directly. If you'd like to be kept up to date with their work on the campaign, please provide your details below: