I received requests from a couple of residents, who had yet to receive their consultation papers, if the consultation deadline could be extended. Initially; in the belief that the papers had gone out, I did not feel this to be necessary.
I have since found that the papers are only going out this week.
As the letters are being printed or have gone out, it is too late to change the official deadline. However, I have agreed with Hampshire Highways that the project team won't therefore be too strict on the deadline, so if any questionnaires are received a little late then they will be included as valid responses to the consultation.
The timescales Hampshire Highways has set itself for the 20 mph pilot project are nevertheless quite demanding, so the Highways Team needs to get the consultation done, but at the same time it is important that the residents understand that the scheme isn't being forced through.
The consultation element is important and Hampshire Highways has supplied pre-paid and addressed envelopes to all the questionnaires to get a good response.
It is my belief that everyone who wants to respond will still be able to do so within the current timescales, plus the leeway indicated.
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As the letters are being printed or have gone out I think it is too late to change the official deadline. We won't however be too strict on the deadline so if any questionnaires are received later they can be included.
The timescales we have been set for the 20 pilot project are quite demanding so we need to get the consultation done but at the same time we don't want people to think we are forcing the scheme through. The consultation element is important and we have supplied pre-paid and addressed envelopes to all the questionnaires to get a good response. I think everyone who wants to respond will still be able to do so within the current timescales.The consultation has started for the 20 mph pilot in Whitchurch and residents, where it is planned for the pilot to be implemented, are receiving questionnaires through their letter boxes.
Whitchurch has been chosen, as one of 10 Hampshire locations, for a 20mph Residential Roads Pilot in 2013.
The aim is to improve the quality of life in residential areas.
I am very keen that the people, who live in Whitchurch, have the chance to express their views on next year's 20 mph pilot and I encourage anyone that receives a questionnaire to respond.
I also encourage other residents, including those that don’t live in Whitchurch, who wish to express views, to email their observations to me or to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading: WHITCHURCH 20mph.
This is a map of where the 20 mph zone is intended to be implemented:
Whitchurch 20 mph Pilot zone
Whitchurch 20 mph Pilot zone
All responses need to be in by 4th January 2013.
Tom Thacker Hampshire County Councillor, Whitchurch and Clere Division E-mail: email@example.com