Farlington milestone

 

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You may remember that there was a milestone near the junction of Havant Road and Rectory Avenue. It was badly damaged in an accident between a car and a bus on 17th September 2016. The milestone was just a few feet within the Portsmouth City Council border, but the remnants were entrusted to Hampshire County Council (HCC). The metal plaque has been repaired but it needs to be fixed to a new stone before being re-installed. HCC have passed responsibility for future work on to Portsmouth City Council.
The milestone is a Grade II scheduled monument No. 1333219. Its National ID on the website http://www.msocrepository.co.uk is HA_HAPO02. We believe there is a legal obligation to look after it.

 

 

Details of the accident were posted on Streetlife (now defunct) by a correspondent called "Mark".

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Mark wrote: "The milestone was hit by a bus. The stone post was snapped of at ground level and the cast iron milestone plate, still loosely attached to the remains of the post, but was split in two. I was at the scene just after accident.
The details of the accident from people at the scene but isn't necessarily correct. At 17.57 on 17th Sept 2016 a Stagecoach bus was travelling east along Havant Rd. Farlington and a car was travelling in the opposite direction which crossed onto the other side of the road close to the junction with Rectory Ave. The bus attempted to avoid the car and mounted the grass verge, hit the milestone and had a head on collision with the car which then ended up on the south side of Havant Rd. crashing into the bus shelter. The bus shelter was written off. The driver and passenger of the car were injured and received treatment from a paramedic but didn't require hospital treatment.
I spoke to a Colas operative (Portsmouth City Council contractor) who was clearing the debris and he assured me that he would make sure the milestone would kept safe. I tried unsuccessfully to find someone within the Portsmouth Council that would take ownership of the milestone to ensure that it would be restored and replaced. Eventually I had a call from City Council Helpdesk to say that it was being held by Simon Protheroe of Hampshire County Council. I contacted him and he told me “Sadly the entire monument is irreparably damaged and will need to be replaced .Our specialist sign contractor has taken the plaque and is going to attempt to recast it, a new stone will however need to be sourced to mount it to. The remnants are not going to be disposed of until this is sorted or interested parties have been offered them”. He assured me that it would be reinstated.  Because it happened on the Portsmouth/ Havant border there was confusion over which council was responsible. The milestone is in Portsmouth but Hampshire C.C. has taken on responsibility for its replacement. I have also contacted Portsmouth Cllr Stephen Morgan (Heritage Champion) who also looking into making sure it is replaced. The missing bus shelter is within Havant and I am led to believe that it will be replaced on 15th Dec. using a second-hand one from Bristol.
The milestones in Portsmouth (6 in total) are shown on the link:-http://www.msocrepository.co.uk/search-2/advanced-search (scroll down to the bottom of the link). The damaged milestone is almost identical to the one opposite the Cycle Shop, 246 Havant Rd, Drayton (mileage different of course) also shown on the link. The above link is the on Milestone Society website http://www.milestonesociety.co.uk/   Attached is a photo of the remnants of the milestone post after the cast iron plate was removed and sent for recast, which seems to have some old markings on it."
 
Unfortunately we have not be able to get any news from Portsmouth City Council about restoration of the monument.
 
9th July 2018