In the agenda of the 14th December Local Area Committee, there is an item relating to parking to Haslemere.
It is a proposed new zebra crossing on the Petworth Road which could remove three parking spaces, HIGHWAYS PROGRAMME 2012-13 UPDATE REPORT
(iv) Agree to the revocation of the temporary waiting parking bays outside numbers 2
to 8 on the B2131 Petworth Road and the creation of a bus clearway at this
2.2 Zebra Crossing in Petworth Road at the junction with High Street, Haslemere
Design work on this scheme is nearing completion, with installation programmed
for February/March. No vehicle is permitted to stop on a zebra crossing or the
zig-zag road markings either side of it for obvious road safety reasons. The
existing bus stop outside No. 2 Petworth Road is located on the line of the
proposed zebra crossing, and must be moved to allow the zebra to be installed.
A site meeting has been held to identify possible new locations for the bus stop,
attended by Surrey County Council Passenger Transport and Design Team
officers, a Police Road Safety officer, and the local County Councillor. It was
agreed that the only nearby location at which a bus could safely stop is the layby
outside Nos 2 to 8 Petworth Road, currently designated as limited waiting
(8.30 to 18.30 Monday to Saturday, 1 hour no return 1 hour). This restriction
would have to be revoked, and a bus clearway created, in order to move the bus
stop to the lay-by, and the Committee is asked to authorise these changes.
However, the Area Highways Manager has asked for a further review of other
possible locations for the bus stop, and only if this fails to identify a suitable
location would the recommended changes be made.
Zebra crossings have been written about before on Haslemereparking.com (see here.)
I am further disturbed to hear that items such as zebra crossings outside schools
are being offered, whether they had previously been requested or not, as a way
of gaining these groups’ approval of the proposals. What Haslemere Museum
would make of this I really don’t know, since they have been campaigning for a
crossing without any success for over a year and have been told there is no
prospect of one for at least five years!