‘Slow down’ sign trial in Barton-on-Sea December 12, 2012

‘Slow down’ sign trial in Barton-on-Sea

Drivers in Barton-on-Sea will be reminded to ‘slow down’ when an illuminated speed sign is set up for a trial period lasting at least nine months.

The sign, in Barton Court Avenue, will light up when an approaching vehicle exceeds the speed limit and display a 30mph symbol and a “slow down” message. It is likely to be located on the eastern side of Barton Court Avenue, just south of its junction with Albany Close.

The decision has been taken by New Forest District Council and Hampshire County Council in response to residents’ concerns over speeding traffic in Barton Court Avenue.

Local district councillors Goff Beck and Alan O’Sullivan sought local opinion following complaints about vehicles regularly breaking the 30mph, with 15 per cent exceeding 38mph.

Cycle lanes were introduced in Barton Court Avenue but traffic speeds continued to be a problem.

Cllr Beck said: “I am pleased that the electronic speed indicator sign will be installed in the early part of next year on a trial basis at Barton Court Avenue and that traffic speeds will be monitored before and during the trial to measure its effectiveness.

“If successful, it may be used on other roads in the area as part of the initiative to improve conditions for both residents and cyclists.

“We have consulted and listened to local people who have voiced their concerns about the traffic speed in Barton Court Avenue and I hope that this initiative will make a significant positive impact on the situation.”

The alternative of speed tables (long road humps) in Barton Court Avenue was rejected as most residents were not in favour.

No more cycle lanes will be painted on roads in Barton-on-Sea until the results of the trial in Barton Court Avenue are known.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! - Neil Tungate December 3, 2012

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Photo Credit: Mike Angus

So, here we are in December and the Christmas season is starting in New Milton. On Saturday we enjoyed what was probably the biggest event ever in our town, the Christmas Festival. The whole of Station Road was closed and lined with stalls of all sorts, a fair, a French market, and a stage full of entertainment all day long. The highlight was, of course, the return of our good friend Rumer to switch on the Christmas lights. And as a generous gift to those present, she sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with Groovemeister backing.

On Saturday evening, following all the excitement in the town centre, St Mary Magdalene church was filled for our first ever Civic Carol Service. A delightful mix of carols, readings and musical interludes this was over all too quickly.

The following day, Betty and I were delighted to attend the Jubilee Singers Christmas Concert, together with Deputy Mayor Valya Schooling and her husband Claude. This was a delightful afternoon, involving the audience throughout, and I can heartily recommend it to anyone who hasn’t yet attended one of their concerts.