No thought given to parking needs

THE Floral Way traffic management proposals have sparked much protest from parents worried about their children getting to school.

As Lin Murphy rightly states in her letter, it would not hurt children to walk to school as we all used to, and it would be beneficial to their health.

After reading recent letters, I sympathise mainly with the residents, who may not be able to park outside their own properties.

These projects are often not thought through, especially regarding residents who still have to live in – and need access to – the affected areas.

I live in Heath Vale, a culde- sac off Winchester Road, where building work is going on (and on, and on) on a block of flats for Enham Trust. All residents here pay for parking permits, including those, like myself, who do not drive but whose families and friends visit.

Due to the use of this small road for building vehicles and a portable cabin for the workers, there are only about half the allocated parking spaces available. On more than one occasion, my friends or family have been unable to park in the close when visiting.

The road is frequently full of large lorries and building vehicles, which block in residents’ cars.

There are another six to eight months to go before the project is finished. When the work is finally finished, no parking spaces have been allocated to the new flats, so where will the disabled occupants’ visitors park?

We were told they will park in the Mencap car park in Winchester Road, but it seems more likely that they will use our spaces if they are available, as a permit is not needed for under two hours.

As a project for the disabled to live near town, I can appreciate the purpose of this build, but still think a better site could have been found than on a busy roundabout with difficult access.

It is a road inhabited mainly by disabled and retired people, who are being subjected to considerable inconvenience.

Irene Williams, Heath Vale, Andover

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