Thank you for your letter and enclosed petition dated 14 November 2016, requesting measures to reduce speeds and HGVs on Ox Drove, Picket Piece, Andover. I recognise that traffic, particularly larger vehicles, can be intrusive, and that discourteous or inappropriate driving is both threatening and potentially dangerous. Regrettably, the measures we can use to restrict traffic, like the signs you refer to, or to tackle these behaviours, often do not have the desired impact.
I can advise you that the casualty record for this location does not indicate a need to take action to improve road safety. While this is positive in terms of the incidence of people being injured, it also means we are not able to fund further measures. The limited funding available for traffic management is prioritised to reducing the number of people killed and injured on our roads by identifying those locations with larger numbers of collisions resulting in injury, and implementing measures to tackle the causes of those collisions.
You may be interested to note that the County Council is promoting a new programme of Community Funded Traffic Management Measures, which enables Parish Councils or community groups to fund minor and straightforward traffic management measures, recognising that measures of a low priority for County Council funding and resource may be of high value to the community. The scope includes measures such as village gateway enhancements, signing, road marking, informal pedestrian crossing points, enhanced village name signs, sign rationalisation, and safety slogan wheelie bin stickers. Whilst this list is not exhaustive there is no scope to include measures that require changes to traffic regulation at this time due to the complexities surrounding the making of the legal Order. In terms of funding, participating Parish and Town Councils, and community groups, will be expected to fund the whole cost of the works, the design and implementation fees, and make a contribution towards ongoing maintenance of the measures depending on the type of measure implemented. This option may be worth considering in respect of Ox Drove where minor signing, road marking and speed limit gateway enhancement may help to influence driver speeds and reinforce the speed limit.
Traffic speed enforcement is the responsibility of the Police and where you have concerns that traffic is travelling appreciably faster than the speed limit then you can report the matter directly to Hampshire Constabulary as a non-urgent matter via the 101 service or their web site.
Councillor Rob Humby
Executive Member for Environment and Transport