If you were to guess how many people speed on Southdown road, what would you say… I think you’ll be shocked at the actual figure.
The SID data shows that over 90% of the drivers on Southdown Road are breaking the speed limit. Downwood Way was little better at 78%
The SID unit has visited 16 roads where the limit is 30MPH. The SID data identified speeds greater than the Motorway limit on 5 of the 16 roads. (82 MPH being recorded on Portsmouth Road, 81 on Catherington Lane and 77 on Drift Road). 50 was the minimum high speed.
The highest speed was recorded on Downhouse Road (40MPH Limit) at 106MPH.
Here is the spreadsheet from the Smiley Sid which you will have seen about. The red boxes show the high speeds, Blue boxes vehicles travelling within the speed limit, and the yellow boxes the number of vehicles per hour passing through the roads.
Downwood Way has seen 10 road traffic incidents accidents in the last 12 years, several where a car has hit a house backing onto the road. On one occasion this resulted in damage to the wall inside the lounge, another occasion demolishing a new extension. With each accident, there were common themes: Young male driver speeding and loosing control on the bend.
The police advise that the number one issue from the public is Speeding, and the data gathered shows there are genuine reasons to be concerned. So, where do we go from here? Speed enforcement is the responsibility of The Police. Road Safety improvements is the responsibility of Hampshire County Council. We can raise the issue with both organisations.
Doing nothing is not an option, it is only a matter of time before there is a more serious life changing accident. Turning the roads into 20MPH routes with sleeping policemen is not a practicable option as they are primary emergency vehicle routes, and maybe not what we would wish to see anyway.
The right solution may be some enforcement to target the most serious offenders, and if possible, some clear crossing points to link the footways and estates on opposite sides of the road, but this would be a good time to get your views too.
Please let me know below how you feel about Downwood Way, Southdown Road, Tarn Rise, White Dirt Lane, Drift Road and london Road. In the ‘Please consider’ poll you can click on any or all of the possible solutions you think are appropriate, or email me on email@example.com
To download a full copy of the data, click on this link here: SID Data
EHDC are currently reviewing the way Social Housing is allocated. At the moment social housing is awarded with lifetime agreements, so when someone qualifies for, and receives social housing, they are able to stay in that property for life. If their needs change, and their family gets bigger, they can be moved into a larger home, but the same does not automatically apply in reverse. This means that some larger homes remain tied up, and this prevents more needy families from getting the space they need.
The main change which is being proposed is to change the lifetime tenancy to a fixed term tenancy which is valid for 5 years. This is then automatically extended if the tenant is still in need of the same accommodation. The tenancy may not be renewed if the property is under occupied, if the households financial circumstances significantly improve where they no longer justify support, if the property has been adapted to suit particular disability needs which are no longer required, or if the tenants behaviour does not warrant renewal.
The objective is to make sure that Social Housing is allocated justly to those who require it, and to significantly shorten the waiting lists. This currently under consultation which ends on the 30th November, and will only apply to tenancy agreements taken out from 2013.
In the last few days the Police and Crime Commissioner elections have been held, and Simon Hayes, an independent candidate, was elected into the post for Hampshire.
The election was based on a system of proportional representation, and the requirement for an outright win was for one of the candidates to get majority vote. This did not happen, so Michael Mates with 52,616 votes and Simon Hayes with 47,632 went through to the next round with the second choice votes being added in. At this point, Michael Mates, the Conservative candidate, held a 10% lead, but this was to be thoroughly wiped out as Simon Hayes held 33,037 second choice votes to Michael Mates’ 13,188.
Final count Simon Hayes 80,669 – v – Michael Mates 65,804.
Simon Hayes will formally take up office on the 22nd November and secures £85,000 a year for a 3 day a week post.
Sadly, the winning candidate was voted in by just 5% or the people of Hampshire with turnout in East Hants 19%, but as low as 11.5% in Portsmouth, Gosport. Indeed, in one part of Wales, one polling station had NO voters turn up at all. A far better plan would have been to hold these elections in the new year with the County Council elections to make the trip to the poll booth more worthwhile, and reduce the costs of holding these elections across the country, but who am I to suggest this…
As a rule I do not think about Christmas until 3 weeks before the big day, and shopping, usually, just days before, however, the Horndean Parish Council Carol Service is a great event, and worth putting in the diary now.
This year it is on Tuesday 18th December at 7:00pm in the village square.
Hope to see you there.
To report fly tipping, litter, hedges overgrowing paths, missed bin collection or anything else please call EHDC Customer Services on 01730 266551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance." - Cicero, 55 BC