by Jackie Porter on 22 September, 2017
After a long summer of waiting the new plans for the junction were confirmed at the Executive Member’s Decision Day on September 19th.
Our local deputees, Jill Prince and David Learmonth had asked for a meeting with Cllr Humby several times earlier, but that hadn’t materialised so I went with our MP to see Cllr Rob Humby and the HCC team to look at the plans just before the Decision Day papers were published.
I say ‘look at’ rather than ‘discuss’ because in reality, the discussions don’t bring about much change to the paper.(…although I remain hopeful for the future)
There are three good things to come out of this proposal
Four other things came from it.
The costs for these works will come out of the HCC Casualty Reduction budget but at the Decision Day Meeting I argued the case that: for the amount spent here, wouldn’t it have been easier just to put in a roundabout?
I, and my fellow councillors know that you want a different layout completely- a roundabout or a staggered junction, and there is room there, but all requests are in vaunt the moment I’m afraid
My argument for change? With traffic growing as Barton Farm is built and the new Worthys homes come online, the congestion here can only get worse.
Congestion leads to frustration and then to danger.
And still the priority is argued about in the pub, in the shop and …at every meeting I attend!
So, as I said (as reported in the Chronicle), I will not stop campaigning until residents feel they have a safe junction here. It affects so much of my Itchen Valley division
Interestingly, as I came home after the meeting, what did I see? A huge container type lorry making a U Turn at the eastbound side from the A33/B3047.
All traffic had to come a halt whilst he jiggled back and forth to make the move. It took so long, I had time to stop, get out my camera and take this picture…