Parents call for Havant road rethink

WORRIED Annette Harley  has put together a petition about the new road. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122485-3182)
WORRIED Annette Harley has put together a petition about the new road. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122485-3182)

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SAFETY concerns have been raised over plans for an entry road to a new estate next to a level crossing on a narrow road.

Developer Bloor Homes wants to build a 79-home estate on unused playing fields at Warblington School, in Havant.

The proposed road will come off New Lane, just south of a level crossing and north of Fairfield Infant School where there are major congestion problems in the mornings and afternoons.

Annette Harley lives in nearby Fairfield Terrace and is a governor at the school, which her daughter attends.

The Parent Teacher Association of the school has put together a petition asking Bloor for a rethink on the positioning of the access road.

It already has 200 signatures, mainly from parents worried about safety.

Mrs Harley, 36, said: ‘Sometimes the queues from the level crossing go all the way back to Beechworth Road and drivers queue-jump by driving on the left-hand side of the pavement to get into Waterloo Road.

‘Coming south along New Lane into Fairfield Road, even if the level crossing isn’t down, they drive on the pavement. We want the developer to look again at where this access road should be.’

Bloor Homes declined to comment when contacted by The News. But a traffic report carried out by Banners Gate revealed there had been no accidents involving pedestrians at the spot for five years.

Between January 2006 and December 2010 there were three minor car accidents. The report concludes the development would ‘not adversely affect the operation of the highway network’.

Cllr Ray Bolton, who represents St Faith’s ward, said: ‘I have posed the question to developers of whether it is possible to widen that part of New Lane.’

A decision is expected to be made by Havant Borough Council next month.