Over recent months, a number of local people have raised issues to the parish council about the main road through the village, these focus on the problems they are having, or are witnessing for traffic trying to pass through the village.
The worst affeceted people are those using coach or bus services, since on a number of occasions they have been unable to get through due to parking on both sides of the road in the vicinity of the pub.
Other problems include the high speed through the village along Wolf's lane, both for cut-through traffic and some residents.
There are requirements laid down by Hampshire County Council (HCC) and East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) which relate to the free flow of traffic and road safety, not to mention the impact in say an emergency situation for ambulances or fire engines. Additionally, if the bus company continue to have problems here, then there is a good chance that we will loose the bus service completely.
The village design statement and village feedback has always maintained that road markings are not welcome in the village, as part of all our attempts to keep the village as it is for historical reasons. Consultation with HCC during the road re-signage and safety review showed that EHDC will use road markings to resolve problems. Clearly due to the proximity of the problem to the Jane Austen house, this would not be a viable solution to the problem.
There are two ways forward here, the first is that we can resolve this issue within the vilage, primarily by parking within the limited resources of the village, for example the EHDC car park or pub car park (depending on where we are going) nd by slowing down a little
The second alternative is that the parish council will continue their discussions with EHDC and consider solutions such as altering the road by Jane Austen's house and the pub to resolve the parking issue. This will probably take the form of width reductions to prevent parking on both sides of the road.
When you next park in the village, please ensure that you leave enough room for wide vehicles to pass through.
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