Thank you for showing me around the lanes near your home and for explaining the issues faced by you, your neighbours and other road users. I am also grateful for the considerable effort you have put into gathering evidence in support of a 20mph speed limit. This response is my formal acknowledgement of the petition you submitted last November and outlines what we are doing. I had wanted to wait until we had met before responding.
As you will know, the County Council is undertaking a pilot scheme of 20mps speed limits elsewhere in Hampshire. These are expected to come into effect the summer, although it will probably be a year before we are in a position to know how effective they are. The purpose of the pilot scheme is to help us decide whether we should be using these speed limits on a wider basis.
Although the pilot schemes are still at an early stage, I would still like some initial investigations carried out in Sway to get a better idea of the situation here and help us decide what can be done. You and your neighbours have made a good case as to why a 20mph speed limit should be introduced in these lanes. What we need now is some evidence of current traffic speeds and I have therefore asked our officers to carry out speed surveys. They will report this information to me in mid-March, which I will then pass onto you with my further comments.