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Long Lane open to motor vehicles?

posted Aug 5, 2016, 8:44 AM by Heather Rainbow   [ updated Aug 27, 2016, 10:23 AM by Veronique Kerguelen ]
Heather  objected to  proposals to open Long lane in Chineham to motor vehicles last Autumn. This was successfully turned down last Autumn.  Developers now want to use Pyotts Hill as the access for new houses.  It will be debated  this Wednesday 10th August at the public meeting of the  Development and Control committee

Long lane is very narrow and cars are prohibited.  A planning application for 10 houses in the grounds of Pyott Hill house includes a 3 metre wide access road along Long lane shared by cars, lorries, cyclists and pedestrians as well as bollards on Pyotts Hill.  Bollards are a hazard, particularly at night or when approached at speed downhill.

The new plans are to use Pyotts Hill for motor access.  This is part of the the Sustrans  NCN 23 long distance route from Southampton to Reading and the Hamsphire Cycling Discoveries route from Basingstoke to Silchester.  It is the only long distance continuous cycle route in the town of Basingstoke. 

Changes to Pyotts Hill will make it dangerous for cyclists, pedestrians, children, the elderly and the blind. They are discriminatory and illegal under the Equality Act 2010. An alternative access from Lilly Mill Chine avoids this problem altogether.