A287 Farnham Road New Roundabout at Redfields Lane Junction
Martin Grant Homes is installing a new roundabout at the junction with Redfields Lane, with work on the highway to start this summer.
There is a project website - www.A287roundabout.co.uk – which will be updated with the latest news and details of any traffic management measures, so that people know what to expect. From 2 August 2021 Redfields Lane will be closed and a diversion will be in place.
If you have any questions contact the project team by email (communityrelations@A287roundabout.co.uk) or by calling 0800 804 4049 (between 9am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday).
Following concerns raised by residents the Parish Council contacted the Community Relations Team at Martin Grant Homes for confirmation regarding the placement of the signage which the Parish Council hopes will reduce the vehicles using the roads through the village as a diversion route and the following response was received (18 November 2021):
I can confirm that our traffic management company will be undertaking a full inspection of all directional signage relating to the project on Monday. Any that have since gone missing – which we expect is due to other roadworks happening in the area – will be reinstated.Thank you for raising this matter with us.
We have also reviewed the original locations that had been agreed for the ‘Unsuitable for Diverted Traffic’ signs that were installed on local roads. I can confirm that the Tadpole Lane/Beacon Hill Road junction was not one of those locations. I apologise for any prior confusion over the location of these signs. It could be that the sign that had been in situ here was relating to other roadworks, or had been moved to this location by someone other than our contractors.
All the ‘Unsuitable for Diverted Traffic’ signs relating to this project have been reinstated at the locations they were originally installed at. The ‘Unsuitable for Diverted Traffic’ signage is an additional measure we have undertaken to discourage traffic from using local roads, and the locations were agreed with Hampshire Highways.
We hope the signs already in place are discouraging road users from using shortcuts. While we are looking to minimise disruption to local people resulting from our works, we must also make sure that our signage is proportionate and does not confuse road users. We won’t be looking to install an additional ‘Unsuitable for Diverted Traffic’ sign at the Beacon Hill Road / Tadpole Lane junction for this reason.
Ultimately, we aren’t able to enforce use of our official diversion route and would advise that any concerns over road users’ misconduct are a matter for the police. However, if you are contacted further with any concerns or questions about our works or the associated traffic management system we have put in place, please do let us know."
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A unique draft 25 year Environment Plan written by South East Water now needs feedback from local residents on its strengths and weaknesses before it is published.
South East Water is the first UK water company to produce such a plan, following an intensive period working with its customers, employees and other environmental organisations to shape it. The appeal for feedback from local communities is the final stage before it is published in early-2022.
Not only does the plan set out how the company will limit its own impact on the environment, but more importantly, how it will improve the overall health of the environment and increase its resilience to the effects of drought, flooding and growing demand for tap water.
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The company is now looking to expand the work of its in-house team of environmental experts to work with other local companies and individuals to improve the environment within a generation.
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