Hayling will not be included in speed limit pilot

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RESIDENTS say they would have supported a 20mph speed limit in Hayling if it was better thought out.

Hampshire County Council surveyed 10 areas in the county to run the pilot scheme.

Wallington, in Fareham, where an overwhelming majority supported the scheme, will get a 20mph speed limit introduced later this year.

But over in West Town, Hayling, where roads such as Bacon Lane are used as rat runs, it was almost an equal split on whether residents would support the scheme.

They were not happy that long, straight roads such as Staunton Avenue were included.

Due to the mix of views Councillor Sean Woodward, who is in charge of economy, transport and environment, at the council, decided not to go ahead in West Town.

Tony Higham, the chairman of Hayling Island Residents Association, said: ‘It was considered a combination of unnecessary and too extensive.

‘They wanted to put a 20mph limit on roads for which it was totally irrelevant. Staunton Avenue was one of them.

‘It was felt there was an issue in certain roads, in the shopping area, where it is very much more restricted.

‘I was against the idea as it was proposed but not totally against the idea.’

Around 1,000 people were surveyed in Hayling and 11,000 across the county.

In Wallington 91 per cent supported the introduction of the reduced speed limit through the village.

But in Hayling only 54 per cent of those surveyed agreed it was a good idea.

Councillor Woodward said: ‘The fact is that with all of the other schemes we had huge levels of support and in Hayling we did not. Obviously I made my decision on that basis.

‘If the residents or councillors had contacted me before it might have been a bit different. But I could well look at Hayling again.

‘The schemes we are going ahead with will be analysed over a three to six-month period and another questionnaire will be carried out at between nine months and 12 months.

‘We want to see whether they warrant being made permanent.

‘They are trials at the moment and I’m sure we will be looking at a much wider roll-out in future.’

Had the scheme been introduced in West Town it would have cost the council more than £14,000. Wallington will cost £4,500.