‘Gridlock snaps show roads are at capacity...’

North Hill in Fareham packed with cars is one of the pictures taken by campaigners against plans to build the 6,000-home Welborne development
North Hill in Fareham packed with cars is one of the pictures taken by campaigners against plans to build the 6,000-home Welborne development

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THE roads can’t cope and 6,000 new homes will only make it worse.

That’s the message from campaigners fighting the bid to build Welborne.

Operation Snap saw them take to the streets and get photographs of congestion in nearby Fareham.

They took 170 photographs, which will be given to the inspector who is looking into the Welborne scheme.

Organiser Shaun Cunningham said the photos are a key reason as to why Welborne shouldn’t be built.

‘Operation Snap is the latest piece of evidence proving Welborne is wrong,’ he said.

‘It shows that Fareham is gridlocked without these new houses.

‘We don’t need new infrastructure in a few years, we need it now.

‘Traffic is one of the main reasons why Welborne shouldn’t be built and these pictures prove that.’

The pictures will be put into a dossier and handed to independent inspector David Hogger who will scrutinise the plans for the new 6,000 homes.

The inquiry, which starts next Wednesday, will see if the plans for Welborne are sound and Mr Hogger will hear from more than 600 residents and community groups.

Mr Cunningham added: ‘We hope the inspector will see from the photos that Fareham is congested and simply can’t cope.’

Fellow campaigner Jason Mudge agrees.

He said Welborne will cause chaos on the roads.

‘Operation Snap arose from a groundswell of public opinion that people wanted the inspector to understand just how congested the roads already are, especially in North Fareham,’ he said.

‘We believe Welborne will cause even more chaos to an already chaotic situation.

‘And even though the pictures were taken during a relatively quiet period, they have resulted in some shocking images.

‘We all hope a picture speaks a thousand words.’

But for Fareham Borough Council leader Councillor Sean Woodward, the traffic problems and the Welborne plans are not linked.

He said: ‘The traffic issues and Welborne are separate.

‘We will be phasing in the 6,000 houses and we are already spending money to fix the current traffic issues in Fareham.’