Last night, Eastleigh Local Area Committee (ELAC) unanimously supported an emergency motion put forward by Councillor Alex Bourne that calls on Highways England and Hampshire County Council to urgently repair the lights on the motorway bridge and provide a safe crossing on Stoneham Lane to ensure the safety of those children and adults crossing this busy road.
The motion reads as follows, “That this Local Area Committee notes that we are extremely lucky to have the fantastic Stoneham Lane football complex on our doorstep so that boys, girls and adults can play the beautiful game and AFC Stoneham have an amazing new home ground. Disappointingly the access to this facility under the motorway bridge has a large number of lights not working and the access from the overflow car park does not have a safe pedestrian crossing. The Local Area Committee calls upon Hampshire County Council and Highways England to treat these issues with the upmost of urgency. Hundreds of children access this facility every week and need to do so safely especially with the evenings getting darker.”
Chair of ELAC Cllr Tina Campbell said, “I’m delighted that we unanimously supported this motion. I’m deeply concerned that there are so many adults and children crossing this busy road every week. We must ensure that the appropriate safety measures are put in place as soon as possible for visitors to this popular community facility.”