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Speed cuts proposed by BCP Council for Highcliffe and Winkton

PROPOSALS to slash the speed limit on roads in Highcliffe and Winkton have been welcomed by villagers.

After pressure from residents and the parish council, BCP Council plans to revoke the current 40mph limit on the A337 Lymington Road in Highcliffe, and Ringwood Road into Walkford, and introduce a 30pmh limit. This will incorporate the Milestone Roundabout.

The council is also proposing replacing the national speed limit in Burley Road, Winkton, with a 40mph limit between the 30mph zone and the Hampshire border towards Bransgore.

A public consultation was launched last Friday and runs until 6th October.

Cllr Andy Martin, who represents Highcliffe and Walkford on BCP Council, said the move was welcomed by the community.

“I am very pleased that the BCP traffic team has made reducing the speed limit to 30mph in these two locations a priority, following lobbying from the two ward councillors, the parish council and residents.

“It makes no sense at all for these 40mph to be place, especially in Ringwood Road where it’s real danger heading round the bend into Walkford.

“It’s also extremely dangerous for pedestrians on Lymington Road, where speeding is a real scourge.

“Once these new reduced limits are in place, the police need to do their bit to enforce them.”

Cllr David Flagg, who represents the Burton and Grange ward on BCP Council, said locals there also welcomed the review.

“The proposed change to the speed limit has been debated for many years, and I understand the residents of Burley Road will welcome the new speed limit,” he said.

To take part in the consultation online, visit https://haveyoursay.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/christchurch-speed-limits-s101-2023

Views in writing can be sent to the Traffic Team at BCP Civic Centre, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY. The grounds for support or objection should be specified, and the reference S101 2023 should be quoted.

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