A Bishopstoke Mum battling to reduce the speed limit along Alan Drayton Way claims lives will be lost if the current speed limit remains in place.
At the November meeting of the Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath Area Committee, Hunters Way resident Natalie Stanfield branded the 40 mph stretch of the B3037 as a potential killer saying it was “only a matter of time before there will be a fatality along the road” while speaking in support of a motion proposed by Cllr Angela Roling.
Ms Stanfield who has collected almost 1000 signatures in support of her campaign told the committee hat her house was just 3 feet away from the road and recounted an episode in 2006 when a car had knocked down her fence and crashed into her kiddie’s playhouse.
She also drew attention to data on the Crashmap.co.uk website which showed there had been 17 accidents along Alan Drayton Way in the last five years and 37 accidents in the same period along the entire length of the road – although the website also records there was only one slight accident on Alan Drayton Way last year.
In presenting the motion Cllr Roling thanked her friend Ms Stanfield for her work in collecting the signatures and explained how the 40 mph section of the B3037 started at the Toby Carvery and extended to Stoke Wood Surgery with schools, shop and several major junctions along its route.
The committee unanimously gave their support to the motion although Cllr Mignot said he thought a reduction in the speed limit would not be enough to slow down traffic along the road.
Cllr Roling will now forward the issue to the County Council.
Although a large number of residents support the campaign not everyone is in favour of a reduction in the speed limit.
One Itchen Vale resident was adamant that reducing the speed limit was unnecessary and bad for business claiming that the refuge crossings along Alan Drayton were confusing and dangerous.
The local businessman thought an extra pelican crossing would be a safer option.
Another local resident Rob Byrne, contacted Eastleigh News to say he thought that lowering the speed limit would be “a pointless waste of time”.
“Roads have their own natural speed limit set by the feel of the road. Alan Drayton Way is a wide, smooth road with good sightlines and in a westerly direction at least a good downhill gradient. No amount of 30mph signs will slow people down; some far exceed the 40mph limit as it is.”
Mr Byrne thought a couple of mini-roundabouts at busy road junctions would serve to slow down traffic and at least …
“Give the residents of Olympic Way, Mitre Copse and Abbotsbury a fighting chance of getting onto the main road safely in the first place”.
Eastleigh Police have recently launched ‘community speedwatch’ a scheme that residents can use to monitor speeds on the roads that cause concern to them.