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Highclere Parish Council

A343 traffic issues

By Susan Edwards Highclere Parish Council

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

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Highclere Parish Council continually working on traffic issues in Highclere Parish

Highclere Parish Council is continually lobbying Hampshire County Council (HCC) regarding the speed limit and diversions through Highclere when the A34 is closed.  The Agendas and Minutes which detail the background are available for you to view at www.highclerepc.uk.

The volume of traffic, types of vehicles and speeds on the A343 is a constant point of discussion.

The PC has shown their commitment to tackling speeding by both implementing the Community SpeedWatch (CSW) and purchasing and implementing the use of a static Speed Indicator Device (SID), which included obtaining an HCC license for its use. Some data from the CSW was actually presented at the Parish Assembly in May 2018 (there is a summary in the minutes on the HPC website) and the static SID is generating some very useful data on speeding (as it records the speeds of vehicles that pass it).  We are actively analysing this data to continue to identify the possible speeding “hot spots” in the parish.

The Parish Council has very limited powers when it comes to highways in the Parish, however, we are continuously lobbying on the issue, to seek a viable solution to HGV usage and speeding. In addition, councillors recently attended a meeting with our MP (Kit Malthouse), along with representatives of other parishes, BDBC and HCC, to discuss precisely these issues (as highlighted under item 71/17 from our June 2018 minutes). Work is ongoing to gather relevant data and future meetings are planned. However, this is a very complex situation to resolve, involving many different parties. That said, there is a commitment from the PC to continue to pursue a resolution.  

So, to reassure parishioners, the issue of HGVs and speeding on the A343 (and the wider parish) will certainly be on our agenda for future meetings, in the same way as it has been on the agenda for all meetings this year. Parishioners are always welcome to attend our meetings which are publicised on the Parish Noticeboards (located at Penwood bus shelter and Highclere Village Hall) on the parish council website www.highclerepc.uk  and our Facebook page. Please email the Clerk with any questions you may have at least 3 days before a parish council meeting at parish.clerk@highclerepc.uk.

Brad Norton, Chairman, Highclere Parish Council, August 2018

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