Daedalus traffic fears voiced at Titchfield meeting

Councillor Sean Woodward speaking to the Titchfield CAT meeting
Councillor Sean Woodward speaking to the Titchfield CAT meeting

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TRAFFIC problems caused by the development at Daedalus was one of the issues raised at a community meeting last night.

Fareham Borough Council leader Councillor Sean Woodward led the gathering, which drew about 50 people to the Titchfield Community Centre.

Parking, planning and traffic were among the issues raised by residents after Cllr Woodward gave a review of developments in the borough over the past year.

Residents voiced concerns that the business zone and planned collage at HMS Daedalus would lead to traffic congestion.

But Cllr Woodward said the developments at the former Royal Navy Air Station at Lee-on-the-Solent were designed to provide more jobs for local people.

He said: ‘It’s doing exactly the right thing.

‘If we create jobs locally, maybe some of the 50 per cent of the people who drive out of Gosport to work will be able to work at Daedalus.

‘We’re trying to create jobs locally that are highly-skilled and highly-paid.’

An 800-place vocational college for advanced engineering and aerospace students at Daedalus is due to open in September.

Cllr Woodward said a planned business innovation centre at the site should be finished in a year.

He was also quizzed about road safety around schools in the area, including Titchfield Primary School, St Anthony’s Catholic Primary and Saint John Primary.

He said concerned residents should meet with the council’s road safety officer to inspect the sites.

Parking around The Square in Titchfield, progress on the Stubbington bypass and work being done on flood defences were also discussed at the meeting.

Unsolicited advertising notices being put up on trees around Titchfield was also on the agenda.

Tammi Ley, a Police Community Support Officer based at Park Gate Police Station, spoke about of the increased potential for excessive noise and other problems in summer.

She warned residents against approaching people acting anti-socially.

‘Please call us, but don’t try and confront them yourselves.

‘If we can get out to there and then we will do.’

PCSO Ley also urged residents to be vigilant of thefts from cars, dangerous drivers and phone scams.