Many thanks for all those who came to the road safety meeting on Tuesday in the village hall. We had a total of 32 attending on a cold and frosty night which was a great turn out. We are aware that a significant number of villagers would have liked to attend but were unable to do so.
Nick and Richard provided background information, options and recommendations on the night. The slideshow is on the Greywell website for those who would like to see the detail but in summary 3 proposals were made:
1. That the village supports the 20 mph policy of the Parish Council and would like Parish Council to lobby Hampshire County Council (HCC) to accept an application from Greywell to change the limit.
2. That the village would like to replace the entry signs to the village with more attractive gateways to make it clearer that speed should be moderated.
3. That the village would like to procure a Speed Indicator Device (SID) to be sited at various locations in the village to encourage compliance of speed limits and to provide data to help identify where the hotspots are.
30 out of 32 attendees supported the 20 mph proposal; All 32 attendees supported the gateway and SID proposal.
There was a brief discussion on moderate pinch points and whilst a majority indicated support there was also a significant number who had concerns. It was agreed that this should be considered at a future time and not form part of the supported proposals at this time.
To progress any of these initiatives, we will need to request a HCC consultation which will cost £250 and expected to take place within 6-8 weeks after request.
Richard confirmed at the meeting that he and Anita will now step down from the group so that Richard, as a Parish Councillor, can represent this issue without any conflict. The Road Safety Group will now look to discuss the outcome of this meeting with the Parish Council to discuss how best to take things forward.
The Greywell Road Safety Group was established in early 2022 by Nick Kavanagh, Jennie McFarlane, Richard and Anita Cole to see what might be done to help make the village safer for us all to enjoy.
A survey was undertaken in mid 2022 by 71 respondents to 19 questions with very positive support : 97% agreeing that speeds of or above 30mph in our village are inappropriate and 91% supporting a 20 mph speed limit.
84% said they would like to attend a meeting in the village hall to discuss what might be done.
In September, Hampshire County Council undertook their own survey with the potential to introduce a 20mph limit in villages across Hampshire. The results were expected in December but this has now been deferred to March this year.
We have decided to not wait any longer and hold the meeting as requested in the village hall on 7th February at 7.30pm.
The intention is to review the results of the survey, provide information on the options we have and to present proposals of the way forward.
Our objective is to improve the safety of village in an affordable way whilst maintaining the current village character.
We look forward to seeing as many of you who can make it on the 7th.