Councillor Seán D T Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, today visited the controversial site that is due for discussion and subsequent decision on 10th June 2014, regarding the proposed Cycleway that, if it goes ahead, will see pedestrians and cyclists sharing a widened pavement that will also eat into the grass verges along the route.
Andover & Villages and The Andover Advertiser have featured many letters and articles on the proposed changes to the busy and heavily populated main route into and from the town. Feelings are running high from the residents of Weyhill Road. One of them is Alan Turner, who has spent much time fighting for Councillor Woodward to not go ahead with the proposed changes.
Cllr Woodward was accompanied today by officers from his department along with Cllr Zilliah Brooks, Cllr Sandra Hawke and Cllr Tim Rolt. Weyhill Road residents, Alan Turner and Keith Cezair were also in attendance. Mr Turner handed Cllr Woodward a hard printed copy of his comments that were published in full on AaV (Click HERE to read). Cllr David Drew turned up and had long discussions with Mr Turner about the pros, cons and other options available to the Weyhill Road, in order to calm and slow down traffic.
Andover & Villages spoke to some of the Councillors in attendance who spoke of their concerns regarding some of the changes to both residents and businesses on the busy road.
During the hour the visit took, only four cyclists travelled down the Weyhill road on their bikes, two choosing to ride illegally on the footpath and two using the road.
Cllr Woodward did seem keen to take the residents’ feelings into account whilst on his visit and will be making the final decision on 10th June 2014.