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Consultation on road policies

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Hampshire County Council is seeking views on its policies on the way roads are maintained and how traffic is managed on them.

Residents are being asked to comment on the County Council's Traffic Management Policy, which will determine the County Council's approach to the use of measures such as speed limits, traffic signs, parking restrictions, pedestrian crossings and traffic calming.

The aim of the policy is to provide a consistent approach to dealing with requests the Council receives for traffic management measures. It outlines the circumstances in which Traffic Management measures could be used and in some cases provides criteria that need to be met before they should be considered. The policy document also covers issues around the impact of traffic management measures upon the street scene such as reducing sign clutter.

Alongside this members of the public and any interested group or organisation are also being asked for their views on the County Council's approach to highway maintenance and regulation which is set out in the Highways Maintenance Management Plan (HMMP).

The consultation runs from 23 August to 6 October 2013 and is being conducted online.

Cllr Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: "We would like to know if residents think we have got our approach to key issues, such as carrying routine highway maintenance, changing speed limits and installing pedestrian crossings right. Many aspects of the policies are based upon legislation, regulations and national codes of practice and cannot be altered, but where the County Council has discretion we want to involve the public in setting clear and consistent approaches to highway maintenance and traffic management for Hampshire."

The comments received will then be summarised and reported to the Environment and Transport Select Committee, together with the proposed policies. Subject to the Committee's comments, the policies and results of the public consultation, plus any recommended changes in light of the consultation, will be reported to the Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment for formal approval and adoption in 2014.

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