Access to city centre street will continue despite protests from residents

Traffic chiefs say scenes like the one above are a thing of the past since the introduction of a No Entry sign.

Traffic chiefs say scenes like the one above are a thing of the past since the introduction of a No Entry sign.

First published in News

RESIDENTS of one of Winchester’s narrowest streets have been left disappointed in their efforts to restrict access to it.

Concerned at the narrowness of the road and the number of pedestrians using it, people living on Hyde Church Lane petitioned the city council to prevent all vehicles, except for those requiring access, from using it.

But officers said an Access Only sign for vehicles would be unlikely to succeed since police had already said they lacked the resources to enforce it.

At a meeting of the city’s traffic and parking bosses on Monday (February 25), resident Margaret Robertson, said: “I think this is so important: it’s people’s safety. Please let us have that Temporary Regulation Order and see how it works.”

Cllr Sue Nelmes told the meeting: “Walking on Hyde Church Lane is taking one’s life in one’s hands. It’s no good saying there aren’t any accidents because there are in fact a great many near-accidents.”

The road has long been a source of contention, with the Chronicle reporting in 2011 of a demonstration that saw dozens of protesters blocking the road.

An experimental No Entry sign was introduced and although traffic officers accepted that a high number of pedestrians and cyclists use the route – around 600 a day – they felt the sign has been successful in reducing damage to properties.

They also said there has been only one reported accident in the last five years, and so the county council would be unable to support an Access Only proposal.

The committee endorsed the officers’ report, but planning and transport chief, Victoria Weston, said the road would be monitored and the possibility of bollards explored.

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2:44pm Tue 26 Feb 13

campfreddie says...

Cllr Sue Nelmes told the meeting: “Walking on Hyde Church Lane is taking one’s life in one’s hands. It’s no good saying there aren’t any accidents because there are in fact a great many near-accidents.”

Cllr Nelmes, walking along the M27 on the hard shoulder is taking one life in ones hands. Walking down a little side road where traffic is slow and infrequent is not. As for near misses, I nearly won the lottery last week, but didn't. When are people going to get a grip on reality. Cars and people do mix, very well, every day, all over the country. There are much more important things to worry about.
Cllr Sue Nelmes told the meeting: “Walking on Hyde Church Lane is taking one’s life in one’s hands. It’s no good saying there aren’t any accidents because there are in fact a great many near-accidents.” Cllr Nelmes, walking along the M27 on the hard shoulder is taking one life in ones hands. Walking down a little side road where traffic is slow and infrequent is not. As for near misses, I nearly won the lottery last week, but didn't. When are people going to get a grip on reality. Cars and people do mix, very well, every day, all over the country. There are much more important things to worry about. campfreddie
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2:09pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Yves1977 says...

Agree! Why should drivers be inconvenienced because a bunch of jumped-up, tree-huggers want to increase the value of their homes by banning traffic?
Agree! Why should drivers be inconvenienced because a bunch of jumped-up, tree-huggers want to increase the value of their homes by banning traffic? Yves1977
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7:16pm Wed 27 Feb 13

waiting4uhoho says...

Cllr Nelmes obviously hasn't led a very exciting life if she seriously believes that walking along this lane is "taking one's life in one's hands".I guess she's never even climbed a ladder or ridden a bike on a main road-that would terrify her!!!!!
Cllr Nelmes obviously hasn't led a very exciting life if she seriously believes that walking along this lane is "taking one's life in one's hands".I guess she's never even climbed a ladder or ridden a bike on a main road-that would terrify her!!!!! waiting4uhoho
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7:04pm Sat 23 Mar 13

Stevie G B says...

Yes this road is dangerous for pedestrians at least! I walk through it every morning, the traffic is worse now that they know they will not meet another car coming in the opposite direction hence having a standoff in the middle! Even worse on the entrance by the shop as you never know what is hurtling round the corner to take a short cut to cut seconds off their route! Definitely a road for access only! You stockbroker commuters that were not even born and bred here will not get to your train any quicker!
Yes this road is dangerous for pedestrians at least! I walk through it every morning, the traffic is worse now that they know they will not meet another car coming in the opposite direction hence having a standoff in the middle! Even worse on the entrance by the shop as you never know what is hurtling round the corner to take a short cut to cut seconds off their route! Definitely a road for access only! You stockbroker commuters that were not even born and bred here will not get to your train any quicker! Stevie G B
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