Havant Borough Council was engaged by Hampshire County Council (HCC) to undertake a feasibility study into a number of small schemes (value up to £70,000) across the southern part of the Island. The study investigated how and where to implement improvements to footpaths and footways, cycle routes, and pedestrian and cycling facilities generally, whether by upgrading existing facilities or creating new ones.
The funding for the schemes comes from developer contributions levied on the ‘Halyards’ development (‘land north of Goldring Close’). The study (which was directly funded by HCC, not from the ‘Halyards’) sought ways of linking the new development into the wider walking and cycling network, particularly in the Mengham and Eastoke areas, to the benefit of all.
The study included consideration of:
- Improvements to the Tournerbury Lane / Church Road / Elm Grove / St Marys Road junction
- Upgrading zebra crossings in Elm Grove
- Upgrading bus stops in Elm Grove
- The east-west link between Church Road and the Hayling Billy Trail via Higworth Lane and Brights Lane
- The north-south link between Beech Grove and Eastoke Corner via footpath 102 and Rails Lane
- Access to and through Hayling Park
- An east coast route from Mill Rythe School to Copse Lane
The study was delivered to the County Council in February after consultation with interested parties. It took account of other work under way on the island, such as the England Coast Path, to maximise the benefit of any money spent. Now that the study is complete, it will be used to inform decisions about which (if any) of the studied routes should be taken to detailed design and implementation.
Any schemes which arise from the study would be built over a period of two years, probably starting later in 2017.