Hampshire 20 mph Zones Consultation
2 January 2013, 06:00
People in 10 areas in Hampshire where 20 mph speed limits are being trialled are being asked what they think about the plans.
Letters and questionnaires are being sent out to 10,000 households, including Whitchurch in Basingstoke and Floral Way in Andover.
It's part of £250,000 plans to bring in the lower limit on some residential roads. After this the speed limit will have to be advertised for 21 days and any objections will be considered.
The Residential 20 project started after the Department of Transport recently relaxed the signing requirements associated with 20 mph limits.
The pilot schemes are intended to test the effectiveness of this new approach in response to requests from residents and with the backing of local County Councillors. The ten recommended locations for the pilot schemes are residential roads in:
Medstead, East Hampshire
Cherbourg Road (and surrounding roads), Eastleigh
Wallington Village, Fareham
Clarence Road, Connaught Road, Albert Street and Albany Road area, Hart
Hythe, New Forest
Farnborough Old Town Area, Rushmoor
Hayling Island, West Town, Havant
Floral Way, Andover
The first schemes are expected to be implemented in the Spring, once consultation with residents to establish support for the lower speed limit in each area has happened.
Councillor Mel Kendal, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Environment and Transport at the County Council, said: "If these schemes are to be successful and have the potential for being introduced in other areas, it is essential for us to establish that we have the support of local people for implementing 20mph speed restrictions.
"We are, therefore, sending residents who live where the 20 mph limits are proposed, a questionnaire and we would encourage as many of those residents as possible to find a few moments to complete and return it to us, so that we can get a clear picture of their views. Alternatively, they can respond to us online at http://survey.hants.gov.uk/20mph.htm."