FACED with what he believed to be unwanted "traffic calming" measures outside his home in leafy Ayling Lane, Aldershot, Robert Maunder decided to consult the people.

Now, with a petition of around 150 names awaiting presentation to Rushmoor, it looks as though the onetime Aldershot councillor may win the day.

For Rushmoor Highways boss Jim Pettitt told the Star on Tuesday: "I am not wanting to force anything on residents. If people don't want traffic calming measures, I don't see why we should put them in."

Mr Pettitt said no decision would be made until the petition had been examined -and other residents would have to be consulted.

He described Ayling Lane as "one of our little heritages in the borough" and said the council would have to be very careful with any proposals.

"My personal feeling is we would need to consider whether we should do anything at all in Ayling Lane," he added.

Mr Maunder is suggesting a 20mph speed limit in the lane and enforcement cameras. This, he says, would cost only a fraction of the calming measures.

He said that his survey revealed that residents in favour of humps were in a minority of three to one in Ayling Lane. Both Stovolds Way and Rowhill Crescent were 100% against and he had found just one family in favour in Rowhill Avenue.

Mr Maunder said that people who had lived in the area for a long time could not remember a single serious accident caused by speed. However, Mr Pettitt said the proposals had not been put forward because of speeding but because of complaints that Ayling Lane was being used as a "rat run".