Horses ‘spooked’ by HGVs avoiding roadworks

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THE owner of a stables says heavy traffic down her usually quiet road is spooking her horses.

Lorraine Lewis owns Little Leigh Farm, an equestrian centre in Prospect Lane, Rowlands Castle.

For the past few weeks large lorries, buses and cars have been rumbling past following the closure of Durrants Road for major drainage work.

Vehicles should have been using a diversion through Wakefords Way and Bartons Road but instead have gone down Prospect Lane, which is a single country lane.

Mrs Lewis said: ‘Everyone has used Prospect Lane as a shortcut and it’s becoming seriously dangerous, for my horses, my staff and my customers,’ said Mrs Lewis.

‘Horses and traffic are not a good combination.’

Hampshire County Council will be carrying out work in Durrants Road to replace a culvert because of flooding in the area, later this year.

Before it does that work gas and water companies are having to divert their pipes in preparation.

Cllr Mel Kendal says bigger vehicles should take note of the five-ton restriction on the narrow road but they cannot stop cars using the lane.

He added: ‘There are no legal restrictions preventing traffic from using Prospect Lane so the only way to do this, legally, would be to close it and, in our opinion, this would cause more inconvenience than that caused by traffic using it instead of the sign posted diversion route that we have put in place.’