Hampshire County Council Highways Department will be conducting an HGV survey in Monxton and the surrounding area in the next week or two. The cost of this will be paid for from the fines so far gathered from the infringements from the lorries delivering to the Coop distribution centre at the Andover Business Park. The report from this survey will be with HCC and our local councillor, Pat West, by mid August.
This will then be a legally enforceable width restriction (up to 6’6″) zone, unless the vehicle has a destination within the area shown (eg tractors, lorries delivering to sites, removal lorries etc), so this should help to reduce the amount of mis-directed traffic.
Width Restriction Map and survey sites
New signs have been ordered by TVBC and will be erected by 15th July at the top of Monxton Road and in Abbotts Ann. These signs are also more effective for non-English-speaking drivers and will also aid our quest to prevent lorries entering our village on their way to the Andover Business Park.
Monxton has been given approval for bollards to be erected in the village, particularly around the village green and neighbouring properties. This will help to protect buildings and walls from damage from vehicles. The Highways Department will be erecting and funding these bollards and they will be ‘suitable’ for a conservation area. The other added benefit of these bollards is that they will also narrow the road at the Monxton crossroads, therefore making it even more difficult for large lorries to go through the village, particularly up to Alpine Group.
Monxton village is currently a 30mph speed limit area. However, Monxton PC is requesting to have one of the first 20mph speed limits in the county, along the high street.
This policy is so new that when MPC met the TVBC/HCC Traffic team a couple of weeks ago, the policy was not yet finalised or available to view either in paper or the website and as of today is still not published. These 20mph schemes are in a early stage of development and Monxton will almost certainly one of the first villages in Hampshire to have this implemented – if we pass the criteria.
The survey will use the existing 30mph posts in the village at both ends and the middle. This will allow the speed to be measured bi-directionally, at three points. If the average speed is within an 85th percentile of 20mph, a pilot scheme may be implemented.
MPC will publish more details as soon as we have an update from TVBC.
Alpine Group, Manor Farm:
MPC presented at the last Abbotts Ann PC meeting and AAPC have agreed to support any application for a change of use to the Manor Farm site to residential use, and to gain outline planning permission. This will be long process but Alpine Group have indicated that they do wish to move location. MPC and residents are trying all we can to facilitate and speed this process in order to save our village from the damage and upset caused by the lorry deliveries.