County Council Leader, Councillor Roy Perry, explained: “Like all county councils, Hampshire is facing severe financial pressures as a result of national austerity, and growing demand for some services such as adult and children’s social care in particular.
“We also face more traffic on our roads, and in Romsey, this is something we witness on a daily basis. I have had discussions with the Head of Romsey School about the number of vehicles and pedestrians on Duttons Road, where many students cross to get to school, and I am pleased that my colleague Councillor Rob Humby, has been able to identify a solution. There is detailed work still to be done but I am optimistic we will solve this problem.”
This proposal for a puffin crossing will now need to be formally assessed against traffic criteria and will be subject to consultation. The County Council has committed its own resource and developer funding to a programme of works, in and around the Romsey area, and progress and priorities will be reviewed with a view to bringing forward work on Duttons Road.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, added: “Once funding has been secured, it is our intention to install a puffin crossing on Duttons Road, as soon as it practical to do so - bearing in mind the legal and consultation process we are required to go through, once detailed design work has been completed.”