Highclere Speed Awareness
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.
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.
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 click here to see 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).
As you may have noticed and can see from the images above and below we now have new Welcome gateways to main access points to the village along the A339.
As well as significantly improving the entrances to the village the gateways at the Andover end also incorporate the 30mph restriction sign and a speed camera alert notice.
We hope you like the new signs and that they will make drivers more aware of their speed while travelling through Highclere.
Thank you to Councillor X and Councillor Y for their work in getting these signs approved, made and installed.
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