Hayling Islanders reject 20mph proposal for West Town

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NEW 20mph limits will not be introduced on parts of Hayling after the scheme failed to win favour with islanders.

Hampshire County Council sought the views of residents in West Town about reducing the limits.

But opinion was divided among people filling in the questionnaires. A total of 54 per cent of respondents supported the 20mph, while 46 per cent were against it.

The council sent out a total of 1,043 questionnaires to West Town residents and 440 were received back.

Due to the lack of clear support, transport leaders have scrapped plans to introduce a trial 20mph scheme later this year.

Tony Higham, acting chairman of Hayling Island Residents’ Association, said: ‘I didn’t meet anyone who was for it as recommended.

‘It was too extensive in many cases on inappropriate roads and not addressing the real problem.’

Mr Higham said certain roads – such as the shopping routes through West Town and Mengham – perhaps warranted a 20mph limit, but many did not.

He said he would have preferred the money to be spent on equipment that allowed residents to monitor speeding on any road, regardless of the speed limit.

The initiative has been a success in Horndean, Clanfield and Rowlands Castle.

He added: ‘Speed Watch can be implemented anywhere at the appropriate time.

‘This 20mph was a blanket thing and there was going to be no enforcement as far as I can gather.’

Eight 20mph schemes will be trialled this summer.

Wallington, near Fareham, is among them after 91 per cent of respondents wanted lower speed limits.

Councillor Mel Kendal, in charge of transport in Hampshire, said: ‘We are grateful to all those who took the trouble to respond to us and for taking the time to answer the questionnaire.

‘This has been invaluable in giving us an indication of the level of support for residential 20mph limits and how far that support extends.

‘The police are unlikely to treat enforcement as a priority in the residential 20mph areas and so the support of residents, through their participation in Community Speed Watch programmes, will be important should compliance with the limits become an issue.’