Highclere Parish Council takes speeding seriously. In 2018 a handheld speed indicator device was purchased to assist the Speedwatch team to gather data to provide evidence of the need to tackle speeding in the Parish.
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What is HPC doing to tackle issues currently?
Community Funded Initiative
In November 2019 Cllr Brad Norton and Cllr Julia Easton met with an HCC representative to discuss options for speed reduction initiatives. Since then, HPC has agreed to fund the design stage to help decide which projects will achieve the most impact. Ideas include:
New Village Gateways, (the current ones are very tired, one is slightly broken)
Redesigned road signs, particularly at the Penwood Crossroads, to improve visibility and reduce confusion.
New road markings, the benefit of this going forward is that upkeep will be the responsibility of HCC, not Highclere.
Current Status: HCC are at the design stage, once this is complete there will be a further meeting for the Parish Council to decide which are the best and most cost effective options.
How is this going to be funded?
HPC has committed to the design stage of the Community Funded Initiative at a cost of approximately £2,000. Depending on which options are chosen, the implementation will cost in the region of £15,000-£20,000. It is hoped that we will be able to obtain grant funding for approximately £2,000, but the rest of the cost will be paid for by the Parish. One of the reasons for increasing the precept for financial year 2020/2021 is to ensure that the Parish Council can continue to pay for regular outgoings whilst being able to fund this project. It is likely that the project can be done in stages, which helps spread out the cost.
Highclere Parish Council takes an active part on speed reduction initiatives. Please see below the letter from Cllr Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment for Transport to Member of Parliament for North West Hampshire, Kit Malthouse.
Subsequent to this, please also see Cllr Brad Norton's response to Cllr Humby.
We are fortunate to have the support of Cllr John Izett, Borough Councillor of Basingstoke and Dean, who has agreed to take up the matter with HCC, to work alongside Cllr Graham Falconer (also BDBC) and Cllr Tom Thacker (HCC).