Andover residents have say on speeding

5:00pm Monday 2nd June 2014

RESIDENTS have had their say about how to put the brakes on an Andover road being used as a racetrack.

The consultation was held on Wednesday afternoon and evening at St Paul’s Church and Community Centre in Smannell Road.

People popped in from 1.30pm and aired their views about how to reduce speeding along the main road into Andover.

Residents had previously called for a 20mph speed limit along the 30mph road, claiming that it was used as a racetrack from Augusta Park into the town centre.

Transport officers from Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire County Council were on hand to talk through possible traffic calming measures with residents.

Andover town councillor Barbara Carpenter held a residents’ meeting in the evening to gauge more public reaction about the problem.

She told the Advertiser: “It was absolutely fantastic. I was really pleased.

“The people were just walking in all afternoon. People had to put their bits of paper in about what they thought should be done.

“We are just waiting now for all the feedback.

“There was quite a lot of concern about the roads.”

She added: “The police have been very good but there are occasions when there are those who use it as a racetrack, especially towards Augusta Park, so we have to deal with that.”

Cllr Carpenter also wants to set up a community speedwatch scheme in the area.

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