This is a public consultation by Test Valley Borough Council, regarding proposed lorry restrictions on roads in the parish. Please see the explanatory letter and accompanying Lorry Restriction Exhibition Plan.
The Parish Council considered this during the Meeting of 17/1/17, and decided the following comment:
Braishfield Parish Council strongly support the above proposed Order.
Residents express growing concern about through traffic on all routes. This has always taken place, but seems to have been exacerbated by large scale housing developments in Romsey, Kings Somborne and the wider vicinity. A 30 mph speed restriction on other local roads makes the lanes leading through Braishfield an appealing alternative for traffic. The national speed limit in the lanes is also a magnate to Sat Navs for Quickest Route selection.
All routes leading to and from Braishfield become single track lanes at some point. Many of the houses are constructed very close to the roadsides. There are few pedestrian footways. The lanes are popular with cyclists, walkers and equestrians. As such, the lanes are entirely unsuitable to receive through traffic on a large scale. Heavy goods vehicles are particularly problematic, causing serious damage to verges and hedgerows in the narrow lanes when meeting vehicles coming from the opposite direction.
The national speed limit in the lanes is also a magnate to Sat Navs for Quickest Route selection.
Braishfield is a rural community, and farmers need to use the lanes for their agricultural vehicles. There are also a number of businesses based in the parish, requiring access for deliveries or to removed their products. This proposed Order will not impede them.