Old Basing and Lychpit Parish Council AGM
As your County Councillor, I attend most Parish Council meetings within my County Division (Loddon), which includes Old Basing and Lychpit.
At the recent Old Basing and Lychpit AGM, which I attended along with Borough Councillor Sven Godesen, several issues were raised;
Highways and Environment
Councillor Sven Godesen addressed issues which had been raised regarding potential rain water run-off from the works being carried out at the Black Dam roundabout. It was feared that water run-off from the additional tarmac and concrete surface area, could potentially be directed into Basing Fen and then on into the River Loddon. This could potentially, result in oil and petrol spillage from vehicles, which may pollute the River Loddon.
Councillor Elaine Still and Maria Miller MP at the River Loddon.
For several years, Basingstoke MP Maria Miller has met regularly and has been working closely with the Environment Agency to ensure that the River Loddon is monitored closely to minimise pollution build up.
All three Borough Councillors and myself are supporting Maria Miller and will be liaising with the Environment Agency to monitor the situation.
Further to this, the problem of the on-going ‘Rat-Run’ through Old-Basing has been raised as a safety issue by residents once again. At a later meeting of the Parish Council, a Deputation was made by concerned residents from the village asking the Parish Council to expedite the previous request for the implementation of a 20 MPH speed limit throughout the village.
As previously reported on the 20mph Speed Limit
In response to changes to Department for Transport guidance for 20mph speed limits, the County Council is in the process of implementing a number of pilot 20mph speed limits in residential areas across Hampshire. The first pilot schemes were implemented in early 2014 and the final three schemes are currently being advertised, with implementation planned this year. The objective of the pilot programme is to assess the benefits of lower speed limits for local residents. This assessment will be completed using before and after information ranging from formal traffic surveys, to household questionnaires asking people how traffic speed affects their quality of life.
The pilot programme assessment was originally planned after all pilot schemes were implemented for approximately 12 months, but this was extended when three new pilot schemes were added to the programme. This has pushed back the assessment to the start of 2016 at the earliest.
A 20mph speed limit in Old Basing has been requested for some time and the County Council has completed sufficient investigation work to promote a feasible speed limit scheme. Local schools and the Parish Council were asked for comment in March 2014, but progressing the proposal any further will have to wait until the pilot programme assessment has taken place.
Recently the idea of a temporary 20mph speed limit in Old Basing has been raised. Temporary speed limits may ONLY be used to manage traffic through road works; therefore this form of speed limit may not be used in current situation in Old Basing.
Cllr Elaine Still