Survey reveals huge support for Whiteley bollards to be lowered

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MORE than 80 per cent of people who responded to a survey, are in favour of lowering controversial traffic bollards in Whiteley.

The results of the survey have been revealed after the council agreed to lower the bollards on Yew Tree Drive for a trial period.

A total of 2,665 people answered the survey, with 93 per cent of people on the Whiteley side backing a trial and 69 per cent on the Botley Road side wanting it, which averaged out at 83 per cent in favour.

Hampshire County Council has proposed a three-month trial to allow a proper evaluation of the traffic impacts. The trial will follow immediately after the Highways Agency’s work on the M27, for which the bollards were lowered last Monday.

Residents and businesses in Whiteley as well as those in Burridge, Swanwick, and Curbridge, were asked their views during a three-week consultation in February.

Councillor Mel Kendal, who is in charge of transport matters at the county council, said: ‘We will be putting in an application to Fareham Borough Council for a trial so we can then monitor traffic levels and then analyse the impacts.’