I wonder if you have discussed the problems of buses travelling down South St and potential solutions?
I often have problems travelling into the village from Coach Hill when meeting an oncoming bus. You can’t see a bus from that direction when you enter the narrow street. Driving past the bus is then hazardous and difficult since there is no room to pass due to parked cars and the bollards. It’s also hard to reverse out when cars are following you.
A simple solution would be to remove the bollards to reduce the risk of vehicle damage or install lights to control the flow of traffic along this section of road. This road was much better years ago before the width restrictions and installation of the stupid bollards.
The comments are now added to the Open Meeting traffic questionnaire
Traffic questionnaire with comments.
Thanks to all who filled in the questionnaires. The initial results are here:
Open meeting traffic questionnaire results
There were many useful comments. These are being typed up and will be added to the document in due course.
OUR FIRST INFORMATION DAY
All visitors were invited to make comments and suggestions on sticky notes. Our favourite – understandably – was “Thank you to you all for a very interesting exhibition.
- Footpath in St Margaret’s Lane.
- Parking definitely needed more for the Theatre.
- Defintely a path along St Margaret’s Lane would be beneficial
- St Margaret’s Lane needs footpath and better lighting
- Pedestrian access is a problem? A footpath
- Need more parking or a path and better lighting at St Margaret’s
- Improve St Margaret’s Lane for walkers
- FBC should allow mre weddings to take place at The Barn it would bring people to the village instead of passing through
- A path along St Margaret’s Lane
- Love to walk but not happy to walk back from St Margaret’s as we feel the road is unsafe. Would very much like to see a dedicated footpath to link the Village and Theatre.
- We recommended the Theatre to friends further away but the parking is off putting to them. If the walk from the village was safer (felt safer) it would I am sure increase numbers in the audience from surrounding areas.
- Need footpath along St Margaret’s Lane also more and easier parking
PRESENTATION AND PROMOTION OF THE VILLAGE
- “Welcome to historic Titchfield”, homes of Kings and Queens and Shakespeare.
- Improve safety for cyclists and those needing to walk along St Margaret’s Lane, it is lethal in the dark.
- Co-op needs to deliver in smaller vans – Square is too small to re-design.
- Better signage to Community Centre. Xmas Market Church Road.
- Very interesting place to visit
- Entry sign ;- Welcome to historic Titchfield home of Kings, Queens and historic Shakespeare
- Parking ! HCC land could be used, walking along St Margaret’s Lane is dangerous.
- Christmas Market like Bath or a foodie fayre with stalls for craft, food or craft
- Infrastructure, Parking
- Use “crowdfunding,com” as a means of raising funds for popular projects.
- No cyclists or dogs on footpath by canal, Walkers only. Signs
ROADS AND PARKING
- Buses are needed to come into the Square. There are people who need bus service
- Coach Hill (more traffic by 2025 Stubbing Bypass shown in plan) traffic control islands restricting flow, reducing speed, discouraging thru traffic
- Please stop all double decker buses going through the village
- Coach Hill pedestrian crossing needed
- Titchfield Square – pedestrian crossing (not pelican) at either end of the Square
- Buses must be allowed through the village to accommodate the elderly who can’t walk along to the A27 to get into Fareham
- Bridge Street change priority route at lunchtime
- We need the buses to go through the village for bus users
- Flow controls, Bridge Street good idea. Coach Hill pedestrian crossing. To enhance the “safe movement” of traffic on Southampton Hill please can you stop the garage on the A27 parking its truck and cars at very top of Southampton Hill and on the first bend as you come down the hill. Very dangerous.
- Investigate coach companies using Titchfield as a pick up point for their customers using the Community Centre to park which fills the Community Centre up
- Posbrook Lane 30 mph needed. Bridge Street one way system impractical for residents. Parking is the key issue to improve the Square but how you provide extra spaces outside the Square is difficult
- Coach Hill needs traffic calming of some description. Traffic study should be done from 8am. Difficult for children to cross the road. 20mph should start at the top of Coach Hill.
- 20mph inside the whole village
- Pedestrian crossing in the Square and height and sighting of 20mph signs
- Bus route through the village is needed. Gateway in Square – how would residents access their homes
- Why is no road calming in Southampton Hill
- St Margaret.s Lane is a country lane not wide enough. Would need to be widened. Common Lane. Tried to put in speed bumps, failed as residents didn’t want them.
- The inconvenience to the Bridge Street residents is …………to the major problem to Bellfield, Garstons if Bridge Street is shut
- Why are people whose only option is the bus are always penalised? The bus route idea has been thought up by car owners – it is a very long way from Bellfield or Garstons Close when you are walking along in the rain with heavy bags. A lot of older people use the bus they would have great difficulty walking to a bus on the edge of the village. By banning buses from the Square you actually encourage car users.
- Residents parking permits essential in the village – Fareham would get revenue to cover the cost
- A traffic calming measure with a pedestrian walkway is needed across the top of Bridge Street to allow pedestrians, pushchair users and mobility scooter users to access South side of Coach Hill
- Grateful if you would improve residents parking in Southampton Hill. Options/ change parallel parking on Southampton Hill nose-in parking; extend Barry’s Meadow car park to another row of parking.
We will be presenting our mission statements and will be there to listen to your feedback and your ideas for improving the village.
The forum exists to contribute in planning the future direction of the village.
Progress of Traffic Sub-group
The following is a handful of points that have evolved from our various meetings.
- Traffic and parking are both ‘hardy annual’ issues that have received attention over many years. Nonetheless, the problems with both continue and show no sign of easing, indeed quite the opposite
- Areas where traffic issues dominate may be summarised as follows:
- Coach Hill – specifically where schoolchildren try to cross the rush-hour traffic flow
- Common Lane – early indications of increased traffic flow consequent to the St Margarets Roundabout work
- West Street – where a 20mph limit starts close to the Square rather than the more logical option of nearer the St Margarets Lane junction
- Posbrook Lane
- Mill Lane – where a 40mph limit applies from the A27 northwards
- Fishers Hill – as an option to cut out the gyratory traffic jams
- The Square where traffic tends to accelerate out of the narrow ends to the High Street and South Street
- Options to mitigate the traffic issues have been proposed to the Neighbourhood Plan consultant. These include:
- A pedestrian crossing on Coach Hill (or Lollipop Person)
- Extending the pre-existing 20mph limits
- Road narrowing, potentially using traffic islands (for example in The Square)
- Speed activated warning signs on lampposts
- Speed bumps/rumble strips, recognising that these have both foundered during previous attempts
- The sub-group also has an open mind to more radical options some of which are being shared with the consultant to test their viability
- Car parking initiatives are basically limited to implementation of Resident Parking and Controlled Parking Zones. Fareham Borough Council is not an active supporter of such schemes, but resident parking remains under consideration within our Group