Traffic Flow and Parking
Traffic flow and parking in Downton remain problematic and although a Parish Council working group, in which society members were involved, found that there were few ways of improving the availability of parking in the village, we address this issue whenever a planning application is made for new development. We are particularly keen to identify suitable parking to meet the needs of the newly enlarged Memorial Hall.
HGV Weight Limit
The HGV weight limit of 7.5 tons continues to be flouted. The problem is largely down to poor signage and attempts to address this at various levels (including Area Board,County council and our MP) have failed. We feel strongly that, unless there is clear signage at major access points (especially from the M27) lorry drivers will be tempted to use the B3080 through the village as a short cut. A new sign at the Cadnam roundabout doesn’t help – it highlights width restrictions at Landford but makes no mention of restrictions through Downton.
For those reading this who are new to the village, it should be pointed out that Downton Industrial Estate is excluded from the weight restriction i.e. not accessible via the B3080. A significant proportion of HGVs flouting the ban have been recorded as accessing BidFood and, although the company advises drivers to access the site via the A338, the delivery chain often involves 2/3 different HGVs so this just does not work in practice. Also,the weight limit is apparently too complicated to be programmed even into commercial SatNav systems and there is also the added problem that drivers assume that the Industrial Estate is within the weight limit area.
The Society has been battling on for close to a decade to no avail. We will therefore be asking that our Parish Council take this on, with support from the Society if requested, to put pressure both on Highways and our politicians to address the root of the problem which is lack of adequate signage.