Aborted closure of road to seafront cost thousands

Motorists have to change direction or turn around following the introduction of the new traffic calming measures in Lennox Road South in Southsea.'Picture: Ian Hargeaves  (131278-4)

Motorists have to change direction or turn around following the introduction of the new traffic calming measures in Lennox Road South in Southsea.'Picture: Ian Hargeaves (131278-4)

Hampshire County Council - May Elections: Countdown begins

35
Have your say

THOUSANDS of pounds of taxpayers’ money was wasted on traffic-calming measures which had to be scrapped just three months later.

Portsmouth City Council spent £9,000 installing bollards and islands in Lennox Road South, Southsea, which were then removed for safety reasons this month.

As previously reported in The News, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the bollards had to go because emergency vehicles needed to get down there.

The scheme was designed so motorists wouldn’t be able to use the street as a rat-run to the seafront.

Councillor Jason Fazackarley, cabinet member for traffic and transport, said the measures wouldn’t have been introduced if the problem had been highlighted sooner.

‘It was an attempt we made to try and tackle a problem in Lennox Road South,’ he said.

‘If you think about the investment put into it then yes, it’s frustrating.

‘The scheme would never have gone ahead if we had known what the fire service’s response was. To find out three months down the line was frustrating for us and for residents as well.’

The money was part of a £31,000 scheme which paid for wider pavements at the end of the road and new signs displaying the restrictions.

The figure also covered the cost of closing Villiers Road – which could be lifted or made permanent depending on the outcome of a public consultation. New options are now being looked at for Lennox Road South.

Cllr Fazackarley said: ‘The situation is it seems we have given a guarantee to residents that we will look at other alternatives.

‘What we won’t be looking at is another road closure.

‘We need to look at traffic-calming measures and safety measures.’

Bollards could be put on the side of the road to stop vehicles mounting the pavement.

More 20mph speed limit signs and a raised platform at the entrance of the road which limits speed could be introduced.

‘It’s really about trying to raise awareness that this is a residential area,’ Cllr Fazackarley said.

‘We want to make it quite clear that this is a 20mph zone and people need to keep within the speed limit.’

Back to the top of the page