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Road Safety

Another key issue, if not the biggest chal- lenge facing the village is road safety, as most solutions could affect the country- side unfavourably.

There were three questions devoted to speed control measures and 85% of the respondents replied, generally sup- porting or extending speed limits throughout the village. This is not sur- prising as there has been an active Road Safety group operating in the village in recent years. The Government and the Council for the Protection of Rural Eng- land generally support the lowering of speed limits through villages but the po- lice are only able to support reductions where the current speed of traffic is within a defined margin of the proposed speed or where there are accident black spots.

Number of supporters

600

527

500

400

300

200

100

0

Petersfield Road

511

398

When asked if you would support action to improve road safety, these danger spots were identified

258

255

199

126

104

A31

The Anchor

Outside the church

Smugglers Lane Junction

Dunsells Lane

Station Road

Other

Danger-spots

Support for speed control measures in the village centre

Support for action to improve road safety at specified “danger-spots”

Introduce a speed limit

610

Control

Traffic calming

Children at play signs

More road warning signs

Pavements

Street lights

One way traffic flow

None of the above

0

322

290

247

158

212

200

300 400 Number of supporters

100

500

600

700

81

106

Other proposed speed control measures had less clear cut support. Traffic calming can be contentious, as shown in the neighbouring village of Bishop’s Sutton where opinion is divided as to its success. Road signs can be useful but equally too many signs can confuse motorists and spoil the rural environment. Equally many felt that pavements and street lights would change the character of the village.

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