A Haslemere resident has asked for his suggestion to be published in the parking forum.
A simple way of improving traffic flow around Haslemere and providing parking spaces for the residents of Lower Street, Shepherds Hill, popes mead and improve parking in West Street and Bridge Road. The proposal is to make Lower Street from Tanners Lane to the Town hall one way and also West Street, part of Chestnut Avenue and Bridge Road.
If this scheme was implemented it could mean in excess of 200 extra parking spaces for the residents of Haslemere my suggestion would be to make it for the residents only, this would also alleviate the problem of people parking in other people’s roads. Access to and from the fire station would need to be considered. With possibly an extra egress via the Tanners Lane car park.
The proposal is to allow traffic from Tanners Lane towards the town hall. Traffic in the other direction from the town hall would take West Street, chestnut Avenue, Bridge Road and Tanners Lane. This would provide extra parking in lower Street, and West Street probably an extra 20 places in West Street and because the traffic is flowing in one direction only there would be no lengthy queues in West Street and traffic jams and this would alleviate the problems caused by narrow road outside Yew tree Cottage in lower Street and make the roads safer for all the residents. It would also improve the flow of traffic along Bridge Road because at the moment cars travelling along Bridge Road have to give way to oncoming traffic due to the parked vehicles but because of the flow of traffic would be in one direction only it would be possible to add quite a few more parking spaces to bridge road as well. We would need to consider the traffic junctions at the high Street end of West Street and also at Tanners Lane my solution would be with the scheme above would be to install a mini roundabout at Tanners Lane junctions and also to put a yellow hatched box where lower Street approaches the town hall junction so traffic going round the town hall to the 286 or the Petworth road would not obstructing traffic going round the town hall to the car park or onto Guildford.This idea has come about due to watching what has been happening because of the gas works which are presently ongoing in lower Street. The map below with arrows indicating direction of flow along various streets are also the green is in dictating extra parking and red spots indicating mini roundabouts. This is only a rough idea and suggestions would be very welcome. Having discussed this with various people there are concerns about HGVs which I think could be easily addressed and reversing the flow of traffic from what I have on the map may work better also it could be possible to make Tanners Lane one way.
Regards David Simmons
Tight squeeze as a bus and lorry pass by Lower Street
Pillar smashed by the number 19 bus whilst trying to pass alongside a lorry in Lower Street