Parking blocked at Hampshire lay-by to discourage ‘dogging’

The A31 near Alresford. Picture: Google Maps
The A31 near Alresford. Picture: Google Maps
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A lay-by has been shut after it became a favourite haunt for people having outdoor sex.

Hampshire County Council installed timber kerbs to stop people parking their cars at the spot on the A31 near Alresford.

The measures were taken after complaints from nearby residents that the area was being used by people meeting sexual partners in the woods for ‘dogging’ encounters.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for transport, said there had been problems with anti-social behaviour for some time.

‘Hampshire County Council working with the police and Winchester City Council, have responded to requests for restrictions on the use of the lay-by, resulting in its closure.

‘The road has been physically narrowed to limit its use to a service road for accessing local properties only and is no longer suitable for stopping and parking. Early indication shows that this measure has been a success, but we will continue to monitor the situation.’