Double yellows planned over fears of accident in Lovedean

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DOUBLE-YELLOW lines could be painted on a busy road in Lovedean over fears a child could get hit by a delivery lorry.

Concerns have been raised since the Green Dragon pub was turned into a Tesco Express.

The store is not far from Woodcroft Primary School and officials at Havant Borough Council are worried an accident could happen as lorries mount kerbs.

A council report states: ‘Delivery lorries parking on Lovedean Lane cause an obstruction, forcing drivers to enter the oncoming lane and causing conflict with oncoming traffic.

‘Damage has also been caused to residential properties’ garden walls due to difficulty with lorries reversing out of Tesco’s car park.

‘This is exacerbated by parked cars creating an obstruction and reducing the available road width.’

The council is proposing to introduce ‘no loading’ restrictions between 9am and 5pm, as well as ‘no waiting at any time’ limits, on the junction of Woodcroft Lane and Lovedean Lane.

Further double yellows are proposed for the south-west side of Milton Road and Woodcroft Lane.

Alan Key, chairman of Lovedean Village Residents’ Association, said: ‘It’s a great idea.

‘Cars are parking just after the bend and it’s dangerous, especially as you have the turn-off 20 yards further up to Frogmore Lane.

‘It’s potentially an accident waiting to happen and perhaps someone getting run over.’

Meanwhile the council is consulting on plans for parking restrictions in parts of James Road, Fraser Road and Stockheath Lane in Havant over concerns about congested roads reducing visibility for drivers and pedestrians.

In Waterlooville, parents dropping their children at three schools and parking on residential roads is causing safety concerns.

Restrictions are planned for Stakes Hill Road, Westland Drive, Khandala Gardens, Durham Gardens, Lombardy Rise, Shaftesbury Avenue, Place Crescent, Elgar Walk and Byrd Close.

Councillor David Collins, who heads parking, said: ‘The main reason we put yellow lines is to keep traffic flowing and if there are safety issues like parking on bends and blind spots.

‘The officers only put in yellow lines as a last resort.’