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Ackender Road RA

ARRA represent and promote the interests of the residents of Ackender Road.

Update from ARRA March 2020

Community support during the Coronavirus outbreak
Many in our community will be asked to isolate themselves or their households in the coming weeks and months. Your residents’ association committee has discussed how we can best help our community of Ackender Road residents in these trying times, in particular the value of ARRA as a community resource in a time of crisis.

The AGM will be postponed until further notice. The committee has agreed that whatever happens to ARRA as a constituted organization we should use its resources as a community hub on an informal basis to co-ordinate help to the
Ackender Road residents.
Problems are likely to arise for anyone in isolation.
 People living on their own (all ages)
 Elderly couples
 Families

They may be well during their isolation but not able to access supplies and services they need.
They may be unwell during their isolation and may require additional support.
They may be lonely and frightened during their isolation.

We don’t know who this is going to affect.  Most of us will have our own networks of friends and family to call on in the first instance but some of these people may not be able to respond if they themselves are unwell or in isolation.  It would be good if we can have an Ackender Road network of mutual support and preparedness as a safety net. We hope that everyone will check up on their immediate neighbours, particularly if you know of people who live alone or are in isolation.

Help might be needed with several things including
 Shopping
 Collecting prescriptions
 Provision of hot meals
 Taking payment cheques to payment centres for utility bills etc.
 Putting out bins and taking them in again
 Daily phone calls to check up on them or to have a chat.

We need a team of volunteers who would be willing to help with the above.

The plan would be for anyone who needs help to email or if you do not have internet, to phone one of the co-ordinators (see list of phone numbers below). A hard copy of this email will be delivered to every household so those who do not have access to the internet will have the information. I will monitor the emails twice a day and I will contact volunteers accordingly to provide the help requested. The email account is password protected and will only be seen by the co-ordinators. If for any reason I am unable to monitor the emails myself one of the other co-ordinators will do it.
All requests for help should provide name, address, phone number, details of the help needed and confirmation that you are happy for your details to be passed on to one of the volunteer helpers.
Willow Court and Cloverleaf Court residents should be able to get help through their wardens.
Please consider volunteering your help.
If you are willing to help please send me your name, address and phone number and I will create a volunteer helper database.
Phone numbers to call if you cannot email for help:
Rosie Hayward 07746 574048
Mike Gray 80674
Jonathan Porter 80690
Mike Hayward 07810 044739

Update from ARRA August 2018.

The main issue facing the residents of Ackender Road is the severe disruption we will experience when the Butts Bridge roadworks come into force for six months from January 2019.

The Butts Bridge roadworks are going to cause major disruption for most of Alton. The residents of Ackender Road recognize that there are limited options for diversions and are resigned to the fact that Ackender Road will be used as one of the diversion routes.

It seems that a decision regarding the diversion as to whether to keep Ackender Road two way but ban all parking for the duration, or to make it one way northbound retaining the current parking arrangements, has not yet been reached. We had a very successful AGM in May where there was a decisive response in favour of a one-way traffic flow retaining the current parking arrangements. There was unanimous support for a 20mph limit to be imposed and for HGV’s to be prevented from using the diversion.

The residents' association's particular concerns are for those residents who only have on-road parking who will need some provision elsewhere and who will need to be able to load and unload. We are also very concerned about the large number of pedestrians who cross in both directions at the Butts Road end, and the problems that other residents will face in accessing and exiting their driveways. HGVs have been banned from using Ackender Road for many years and we are very fearful that HGVs will use the road. The HGV diversions will not apply to local HGVs and we suspect that many others will use Ackender Road rather than divert via Farnham.

We foresee that the traffic flow in Ackender Road will be heavy and continuous in our densely populated road, where the houses are very close to the carriageway and which has a sharp bend in the middle. The potential for accidents is very high and life will be very unpleasant for our residents for six months.

We are currently lobbying to have the 20mph zone extended to include the entire length of Ackender Road and to have safety measures put in place for pedestrians. At present we are in the ridiculous situation of having a 20mph zone that extends 12 metres into Ackender Road, whence it becomes 30mph over the rest of the road.

Ackender Road warrants a 20mph limit for many reasons. It is probably the most densely populated residential road in the town having one hundred and eighty two households, many of which are less than two metres from the carriageway.Residents include families with young children and many elderly people. The road has a T junction at either end where many pedestrians cross. Along its short length there is a dangerous bend in the middle, a cross-roads, three other road junctions, a cycle route and two more pedestrian routes that cross it. It is crossed by large numbers of pedestrians every day (we have done counts). There is an overwhelming safety argument for extending the 20mph zone to Ackender Road.

Parking in the road acts to slow traffic to some extent. However, the 30mph sign gives drivers entirely the wrong signal that it is acceptable to speed up to pass through Ackender Road. A 20mph limit would re-inforce the message to drivers that this is a residential road and that more care should be taken.

ARRA continues to monitor traffic numbers on a regular basis. In the 1990’s it was predicted that traffic flows on Ackender Road would at least double as a result of new traffic systems in the town centre and the new Sainsburys. Residents campaigned successfully for a TRO making Ackender Road and the surrounding block of roads all access only. Our traffic counts, performed in a consistent manner over a span of many years, demonstrate that this TRO continues to be extremely effective in preventing the predicted increase, with traffic flows remaining below levels prior to the introduction of the TRO.

Contact Details : Rosie Haywards -