Have your say on proposed walking and cycling improvements for Eastleigh Town Centre

Hampshire County Council is asking local people in Eastleigh for their views on proposed plans for the enhancement of the temporary measures in Eastleigh Town Centre, specifically in the High Street, Market Street and Wells Place

Feb 22 2021

The proposals include measures which seek to temporarily extend the closure of the High Street and Market Street to vehicular traffic and improve the area for walking and cycling. The measures comprise the use of planters, which will replace the red and white barriers.  

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has changed travel patterns and behaviour, and many people are cycling and walking more.  This is a critical time to consider changes to our roads to support a prosperous, healthy and green recovery from Covid-19 - making it easier for people to sustain healthier lifestyles, whilst supporting local businesses, and helping to meet the County Council’s carbon reduction targets as part of our Climate Change Strategy.”

An online survey is being conducted to seek feedback on the plans and we are very keen to get the views of the community.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and will be available online for a four-week period from noon on Monday 22 February until just before midnight on Sunday 21 March 2021.

Please access the survey and the accompanying information via this link: 
https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/atfeastleighimprovements.

Those who require a paper copy of the survey are asked to contact: 0370 779 7200.

Subject to feedback, it is proposed that this enhancement scheme will be implemented for a trial period of up to 18 months. During this period, it will also be subject to monitoring to measure walking and cycling levels and impacts on vehicular traffic. After the 18 month period and subject to the outcome of the monitoring the scheme may be either removed or extended further. Any further changes will be subject to availability of funding and separate consultation at that time.

Councillor Humby continued: “While I’m pleased at how quickly we were able to respond in the summer to secure funding from the Government’s first Emergency Active Travel Fund and install initiatives to support the local economy and protect public health following the first Coronavirus lockdown, the conditions for this second tranche of funding means we have more time to consult with communities and incorporate feedback into the development of our schemes, or review whether to proceed with the projects, if the consultation indicates a lack of public support. I would therefore encourage people to have their say on these ideas now, to ensure we have a good measure of local opinion.”

The schemes, if implemented, will be funded through Hampshire County Council’s successful bid to the Government’s Active Travel Fund, amounting to £3.28 million awarded for a range of measures across Hampshire to create better spaces for walking and cycling in local communities. 

The County Council would like to install measures that the community will support and will use. Therefore, feedback from the public is vital, particularly during the planning stages that we are now in.