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Campaign to reduce speed limit ahead of cinema opening

Rushmoor Pedestrian Forum would like to see the speed limit cut from 30mph to 20mph ahead of the Vue cinema opening at Kingsmead next summer

A 20mph campaign has been launched

A pedestrian group is campaigning to change the speed limit of a road in Farnborough in the lead up to a new cinema being opened next year.

The Rushmoor Pedestrian Forum, which was initiated by the Farnborough Society in 2011, has expressed concerns about the new Vue cinema being built at Kingsmead shopping centre, which is due to open late next summer.

The group said the new cinema will cause more traffic and could put pedestrians in considerable as cars enter and leave the car park to go to the cinema.

They would like to see the speed limit cut from 30mph to 20mph.

Brian Fyfe, chairman of The Farnborough Society which set up the forum, said: “We are concerned with the traffic load on the road outside the cinema, and where the access to it will be, as it can be a blind corner as you come out of Kingsmead.

“People come round there so fast in their cars so we are keen to get traffic down to 20mph there.

“People are going to be going in and out of the cinema all the time so it would be really useful to reduce the speed limit so no one gets hurt.”

A trial 20mph pilot scheme has already been introduced in North Camp in response to complaints about traffic speed in residential areas.

The scheme was rolled out by Hampshire County Council in October, after consultations began at the end of last year. John Wall, representing Farnborough South for the council, said he does not foresee any extensions to the scheme while it is still being trialled. The six-month trial comes to an end in April when residents will be surveyed on whether to keep them at 20mph permanently.

He said: “If the existing car parks are sufficient then the cars will probably have difficulty doing high speeds.”

Charlie Tompkins, 57, a Farnborough Road resident, said he thinks a speed reduction would be a “good idea”.

“I’m not sure how well the current scheme is working out but it would be fantastic for residential areas along that stretch of road,” he added.

The new cinema is part of an £80 million project to regenerate Farnborough town centre.

Work on the regeneration began in April when old retail units were stripped out and the Sainsbury’s and Quality Seconds stores were both successfully relocated. The regeneration, being carried out by St Modwen, is being brought forward in four phases, two of which have already been completed.

A new Sainsbury’s, The Gym and JD Wetherspoon pub has been introduced and New Look, Starbucks and CeX retail stores have also opened.

The last two phases – new restaurants being built and the multi-storey car park being refurbished, along with new public toilets and a Shopmobility service – are set to be complete next year.

Andrew Lloyd, chief executive of Rushmoor Borough Council, said: “I am confident that access to the cinema will be good once the work has finished.

“I don’t think there will be a particular risk to residents, it will be very visible.”



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