An Experimental Traffic Order to improve safety for local residents on Eastleigh’s Lakeside Estate has been given the go-ahead by local Councillors. The order is designed primarily to address the problem of blocked access for emergency vehicles and a number of other safety issues.
At a well-attended meeting of this week’s Eastleigh Local Area Committee Councillors agreed an Experimental Traffic Order which will see emergency road markings and signage put in place to address a number of safety issues caused by inconsiderate parking - particularly by non-residents. These include blocked access for emergency vehicles, parking on pavements, and a greater risk of accidents involving pedestrians.
Double yellow lines and time-limited parking zones are measures that are likely to be included in the traffic order, which may initially stay in place for six months, during which time the Council will work with residents to evaluate the most effective permanent solution through an extensive consultation process.
The Council is working with the Lakeside Estate developer to address the outstanding traffic management issues – and with Hampshire County Council as the highways authority, and the two nearby colleges, to manage the situation. Measures to prevent parking on a number of verges have also been put in place.
These measures are an emergency solution and once the Council can do so legally, it will formally consult on a final parking solution for the estate.
Chair of the Eastleigh Local Area Committee, Councillor Wayne Irish, said: “It was clear from the people who spoke at last night’s meeting that there is a high level of concern among Lakeside residents about inconsiderate parking in their neighbourhood. A number of very good points were raised and we look forward to consulting further with local people on the experimental controls, and refining the measures once they are put in place.”