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This website has been created for the residents of Abbotts Barton and surrounding areas so that you can keep up to-date with what's going on.

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Abbotts Barton Community Group is a community association which serves the people of Abbotts Barton and aims to act as a community anchor organisation. The main areas of work for the Group are:
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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Councillor's surgery - February 2015

This time Sylke was accompanied by Brigitte (an Abbotts Residents who had some concerns about road safety) and we spoke to Jim Maynard and Dominic Hiscock (two of our three local ward councillors).

Road Safety and Footpaths

Road safety is normally an issue to be talked about with Hampshire County Council (HCC) but when it comes to parking lay-outs on the roads Winchester City Council (WCC) needs to be involved. When Brigitte approached the group with her concerns I had a quick look at the area and noticed that the give-way lines at the bottom of Dyson Drive have been worn off so badly that somebody who doesn’t know the area wouldn’t necessarily notice them at all, so I filed an online report with HCC regarding this. 
Brigitte’s concerns are more about sight lines and navigation space available at the corners of Dyson Drive/Francis Gardens/Chaundler Road and also at the corner of Francis Gardens/Grosvenor Drive as it can be dangerous to navigate those areas without being able to see oncoming cars well. Especially at this time of the year visibility can be poor in the afternoon with the sun setting right over Chaundler Road and parking cars obstructing the sight lines. Since the parking bays have been introduced apparently there are more cars parked at the stretch of Dyson Drive between those junctions (on the side of the green) and it might help to take one or two spaces away. However this has to be looked at carefully as more road space often means that drivers go faster, something we do not want to encourage at all at those junctions. 
Jim and Dominic promised to talk to Neville Crisp at WCC so that the situation at the junctions can be evaluated.

I also mentioned that the ‘footpath’ on Hillier Road next to the football club grounds is getting used less and less by pedestrians as it is a) obstructed by vegetation and b) on the muddy side of the road. I was advised that this is something to report to WCC as the road is private and owned by WCC (even though highways and footpaths are normally a HCC matter).
We enquired about the best procedure to get private owners to cut back their trees and bushes that encroach on public footpaths and roads and make them unsafe. The best method is to use the online reporting system on the HCC website (or call them). HCC will then notify the owners and if they don’t act within a certain time period, HCC will notify a contractor and bill the owners.

Notice boards

Our two new notice boards are apparently on their way and will be installed soon (possibly within a month). 

Local surgeries

I asked about the status of these and was told they still need to be arranged. Most importantly, these local surgeries will not replace the one in Hyde as that one is an evening one and the local one in Abbotts Barton will be a daytime one.

Other business

  • Dominic told us that there is a local resident who is interested to set up a Neighbourhood Watch team for the east side of Abbotts Barton (there is already one on the west side of Worthy Road), so expect to see some information for that soon. 
  • Dominic also mentioned the Community SpeedWatch scheme (rolled out by Hampshire Constabulary), where residents volunteer to measure the speeds of cars in residential areas and report speeding to the police (volunteers don’t do their own areas to avoid having to report neighbours). This helps to reduce the speeds on those roads. If anybody is concerned about speeds on residential roads and wants to help, there is more information available on the internet (or you can call Hampshire Constabulary on 101):
    http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/crime-prevention/community-speedwatch

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