At a ‘public consultation’ this week over expansion of Whitchurch Primary School, plans were shown regarding some traffic management measures for Alliston Way.

The road is notorious for traffic meeting head-on and for congestion at peak school travel times when drivers often take to pavements.
The Primary School recently asked drivers to use Park and Stride car parks at Winchester Road, Church Street and Bell Street, and not to use Alliston Way, in an attempt to reduce the dangers.

Pavement driving and traffic danger in Alliston Way.

Pavement driving and traffic danger in Alliston Way.

Officers from Hampshire County Council showed a plan, which includes the painting of sections of ‘advisory’ white line along parts of Alliston Way. These are to encourage spaces to be left to enable drivers to pass without any need to mount the footways. It is not yet known when these will be implemented.

Local Town Councillor John Buckley expressed disappointment that HCC had not consulted more widely on their plans, despite there being requests to do so.
“Few local residents knew about the consultation which was also held during the day when most people are at work”.
He added: “the expansion affects more than just the immediate school area; it concerns the whole town. Even the school traffic hotspots of Micheldever and Winchester Roads were left out of the notifications for the meeting”.

School sign smThe meeting at the school was part of an exercise by HCC to obtain local feedback prior to a planning application being submitted.
This consultation runs until 14th April.

Cllr Buckley is arranging an informal meeting for residents at 7.30pm on Thursday 6th April in the Town Hall. All welcome. Views collected will assist in creating a formal response from the Town Council to Hampshire.

“It is essential that HCC listen to local people”.

For details of HCC’s consultation see:
Proposal to enlarge Whitchurch CE Primary School – pre-planning consultation