As we reported today on Shine Radio, a consultation has opened on proposals to alter the traffic and parking restrictions in Petersfield.

You can hear our story at 3 minutes and 40 seconds into this programme.

What’s happening?

Hampshire County Council has secured tax-payer’s money from central Government’s “Active Travel Fund” to invest in the traffic and parking measures that were introduced during last year’s first Coronavirus lockdown.

What does the council say?

The proposals aim to improve the temporary social distancing measures that were introduced over the
summer, with better quality materials that can be kept in place for an extended period and are more in keeping with Petersfield town centre.

These are likely to include better signing and large wooden planters in place of the existing red and white barriers.

Subject to feedback, the existing bus gate feature could be enhanced with improved signing and will continue to only allow access for buses and licensed taxis.

Additional cycle stands will also be introduced in and around the High Street area of the town centre.

How will it be laid out?

The council has produced this map. It shows the location of proposed cycle stands, a traffic enforcement camera, signs and what they call “a gateway feature” of some planters.

Proposed changes in Petersfield town centre

How can I take part in the consultation?

The survey is online here

The council asks that you read the full information pack first so your response is an informed one.

The consultation closes just before midnight on Sunday 21 March.

What happens next?

Hampshire County Council has set-out a four-step process which they plan to follow between now and the Summer.

Next steps

Your comments

If you have comments about this plan pop them in the comments section below. We will read out a selection of listener comments on Shine Radio in the days ahead.

More to listen to

Our environment correspondent put your questions about these restrictions and other local matters to Councillor Rob Mocatta in this full length interview.