Traffic concerns for residents over Gosfest

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NEIGHBOURS of a four-day music festival say they fear traffic chaos while the event is on.

People living in Stubbington and Lee-on-the-Solent said they are expecting problems as thousands of people flock to GosFest.

It is unfortunate for the company because no matter where in Gosport or Fareham they held the festival, there will be traffic

Paul Davies

The four-day music festival is being held on Newlands Farm, near Peel Common roundabout, at the end of Newgate Lane in Fareham.

But people living near the site are preparing for long delays getting on and off the peninsula.

June Willis, from Stubbington, said: ‘I am dreading what the traffic might be like.

‘It is very good of the organisers to offer free shuttle buses which should help a little but traffic will be awful.

‘Newgate Lane and Stubbington will be the worst hit, as cars come off the motorway and towards the site.

‘People will probably opt to drive because the parking at the festival is so cheap.’

The organiser of GosFest, Eventures International Ltd, is offering free shuttle buses for ticketholders from Fareham train station and the Gosport ferry and bus terminals.

Parking will be available on the site for £2.

Peter Brown, from Lee-on-the-Solent, said his issue is the length of the festival, which runs from July 30 until August 2.

The 46-year-old said: ‘It is not just one day of traffic, which wouldn’t have been too bad.

‘Even two days might have been bearable but if they are expecting the amount of visitors they have said, then four days of it will be dreadful.

‘Congestion getting in and out of Lee-on-the-Solent is bad enough with normal traffic, let alone with the extra people going to the festival.’

Fellow Lee resident Paul Davis added: ‘It is unfortunate for the company because no matter where in Gosport or Fareham they held the festival, there will be traffic.

‘Events like this should be able to happen without huge concerns over traffic.

‘But unfortunately, it is the residents who suffer.’

Eventures has said it is expecting around 10,000 visitors to the festival daily.

But the company is yet to put in a licence application to Fareham Borough Council to hold the festival.

Although it is being held on private land and the land-owner has given permission, a licence is needed.

Advice from the Safety Advisory Group, which includes the emergency services, along with any public comments will be considered when the application is put to the licencing committee.

As part of the application, the company will put in a traffic management plan to address how it plans to deal with any additional drivers.