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Villagers given £30,000 bill for new pedestrian safety measures

Among the plans is a new footway from Chapel Lane costing £23,000
Among the plans is a new footway from Chapel Lane costing £23,000

VILLAGERS in Lyndhurst will have to raise up to £30,000 to pay for pedestrian safety measures put forward by Hampshire County Council in response to a campaign by locals.

The set of proposals is the result of pressure by local councillors and residents concerned about the speed and amount of traffic on their roads.

The county council has outlined three ways to improve pedestrian safety in the village, with the most expensive being the creation of a new footway from Chapel Lane to Shrubbs Hill Road costing £23,000.

The other options include adding bollards to the edge of a crossing point on the A35 at Goose Green, as well as new signage, at a cost of £4,000.

A further £3,000 would be spent on road markings on the north side of Goose Green to slow vehicles by creating a narrower single lane carriageway on the approach to the Chapel Lane/Shrubbs Hill Lane junction.

Cllr Hilary Brand, who represents Lyndhurst on New Forest District Council, welcomed the plans and praised the work of the Lyndhurst Roads Group whose members arranged surveys, counted traffic and speeds, and lobbied the parish council for support.

Cllr Brand said: “There are plans and costs so I now will determine how this gets funded and ideally when the work can start. I believe this sort of thing can take a while but it is a major step on the way to change.”

The village’s county councillor, Edward Heron, told the A&T: “I have attended a number of meetings with concerned residents, county officers and Cllr Brand about the need for pedestrian improvements at Goose Green and on Gosport Lane.

“Following the last meeting, the county council agreed to prepare some preliminary plans and costings for improvements, but this was done on the clear understanding delivery would need to be undertaken through a community funded model.

“I look forward to working with the parish council and other partners to refine and prioritise the draft schemes and explore funding opportunities.”

HCC is also working with NFDC and national park authority on the preparation of a local cycling and walking infrastructure plan, which will identify priority routes as a first stage in identifying future funding priorities.

Cllr Heron added: “I will ensure that Goose Green and Gosport Lane are considered as part of the assessment process and am optimistic that this may lead to their prioritisation for funding in the future.”

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