Test Valley Borough Council is set to introduce new traffic management measures in Floral Way. The purpose of the scheme is to encourage those dropping children by car at Balksbury, St John the Baptist and John Hanson schools to park a short distance from the entrance and walk the rest of the way.
The aim of the proposed scheme was to avoid the current problem of congestion and risk to children outside the schools by:
- introducing parking and no driving restrictions on Floral Way between Chatsworth Drive and the access to John Hanson School
- introducing a bus only link between the access to John Hanson School and Beech Walk. This will include raising a short length of road to a level closer to the top of the kerb to encourage bus drivers to reduce their speed
- introducing a short section of one way street on the Floral Way service road near Salisbury Road, where there will also be an increase in the size of the car park. There will be a time limit of 30 minutes in this and other existing car parks
- providing additional parking restrictions near Hexagon Stores
- introducing a residents’ parking scheme in some of the local roads.
The plans were put out to public consultation at the end of last year and the council received more than 150 comments. Councillors took into account the feedback and as a result the scheme has been amended. The changes will see the proposed 30 minute time limit increased to 45 minutes and the following roads removed from the residents’ parking scheme:
- part of Floral Way between Berry Way and Lime Walk footpath
- the road serving Maple Walk, Pine Walk and part of Lime Walk
- Hackwood Close
- Stourhead Close
- Kew Walk
- Longstock Close
- part of Exbury Way, north of Wisley Road.
Councillor Martin Hatley, planning and transport portfolio holder, said: “I considered the scheme and the amendments put forward by local councillors following the public consultation. I have agreed the scheme and authorised the completion of the Traffic Regulation Order. The order will appear in the near future and the works will be contracted so that they can be carried out within the school summer holiday to minimise disruption with a planned implementation date of 1 September, 2014. I am confident that the scheme will ease congestion in Floral Way and avoid the risk to children outside schools.”