New 20mph speed limit pilot coming to Wallington

)''Residents of Wallington village have asked for the village to become a 20mph zone instead of a 30mph.''Pictured is: Manager of The Cob & Pen Pub Adrian Baker along Wallington Shore Road in Wallington, is one of the residents who would like to see the village a 20mph zone.''Picture: Sarah Standing (123329-7259)

)''Residents of Wallington village have asked for the village to become a 20mph zone instead of a 30mph.''Pictured is: Manager of The Cob & Pen Pub Adrian Baker along Wallington Shore Road in Wallington, is one of the residents who would like to see the village a 20mph zone.''Picture: Sarah Standing (123329-7259)

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A NEW 20mph limit is set to be introduced in Wallington.

The Fareham village has been earmarked as one of 10 areas in Hampshire to pilot a lower speed limit.

Residents will be consulted by the county council over the scheme, which takes advantage of a recent relaxation of the signing requirements for 20mph zones.

The cost of the scheme will be in the region of £25,000 – £250,000 for all 10 areas.

The new limit will be ‘self-enforcing’ meaning there will be no penalty for drivers who disregard it.

Wallington resident James Ridoutt, 75, said: ‘I agree completely with it.

‘If it needs enforcing by villagers, I will stand there myself and tell people to slow down.

‘If it saves one life, it will be worth it.’

Large signs will be painted on the road to alert drivers, although there will be no road humps and markings will be kept to a minimum.

Adrian Baker, 26, manager of the Cob and Pen pub, said: ‘It’s a good idea because of the kids who walk through here.

‘A lot of villagers do go slowly anyway so I can’t see them having a problem with it, although perhaps speed bumps would have been better.’

Les Cleeve, 60, agreed: ‘Sleeping policemen would have been more useful, however, something needs to be done. How there hasn’t been a fatal accident along here, I do not know.’

Louis Judge, 49, said: ‘I live in the village and I’ve got a 10-year-old boy so anything that slows drivers down is a good thing.’

All residential areas in the village will be covered by the limit which could be in place by next spring.

Wallington Village Community Association has been campaigning for many years to reduce the speed limit.

David Walton, of the association, hailed the proposals.

He said: ‘It will be safer for everybody – in particular our children and our pets – and it will reduce noise pollution.’

But not everybody in the village agrees with the scheme.

Grant Stillwell, 28, said: ‘What they need to do is put up clear signs that say no lorries. Some sat navs bring lorry drivers down here. One even went into a house the other week. They are a bigger problem than speeding.’

Ross Ponsford-Jones, 22, said: ‘I don’t see the point of it, we could spend the money on something better like fixing the roundabout.’

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