Speed limit to be lowered to 20mph in Wallington

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MOTORISTS in a village near Fareham will soon be forced into slowing down as the council will lower the speed limit to 20mph.

Residents in Wallington have been campaigning for many years for a way to slow down traffic through the village.

At the end of last year, villagers were asked if they would like to be part of a trial 20mph speed limit by Hampshire County Council.

Over 90 per cent of residents voted to introduce the lower limit, which will be put into force this summer.

David Walton, of Wallington Village Community Association, said: ‘We are very pleased with the outcome.

‘A lot of the roads through the village are very narrow and people have no option but to park on the road. The village is part of the walk to school for many children and that is just one of the reasons why this is so important.’

Ward councillor Paul Whittle praised the community association. He said: ‘Hampshire County Council said that they would like to trial 20mph limits and Wallington came forward very quickly.

‘The community association has been very proactive and have made sure that residents knew that the survey was happening.

‘It is a good example of a village association that has worked well and put themselves forward. It has been democracy in action.’

The 20mph speed limit will by painted on to the road surface and speed monitoring will be carried out to assess the impact of the new limit.

Councillor Mel Kendal, deputy leader and executive member for environment and transport at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘In the main, the response has been very encouraging and, with the support of local councillors, we are now working towards implementing 20 mph trials during the summer, subject to formally advertising the changes for the streets that will be affected.’

The lower limit does have some draw backs as 20mph limit zones are generally not well enforced by police.

Cllr Kendal added: ‘The police are unlikely to treat enforcement as a priority so the support of residents, through their participation in Community Speed Watch programmes, will be important should compliance become an issue.’

Seven other trials will be implemented in the summer across Hampshire, at a total cost of £200,000.