Battle goes on for new road at building site in Portsmouth

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RESIDENTS are pushing for action on long-standing plans to place a temporary road into a building site.

Concerns have been raised about heavy goods vehicles going up and down residential streets to get to the Tipner site in Portsmouth, which is being prepared for development.

John Cass, chairman of the Tipner and Stamshaw Neighbourhood Forum, pictured in Twyford Avenue. 'Pictue: Allan Hutchings (142659-329)

John Cass, chairman of the Tipner and Stamshaw Neighbourhood Forum, pictured in Twyford Avenue. 'Pictue: Allan Hutchings (142659-329)

Although the landowners say they are happy to pay for a shortcut from the M275 to Tipner, so far nothing has happened.

John Cass, chairman of the Tipner and Stamshaw Neighbourhood Forum, is concerned about the amount of traffic which is going down Twyford Avenue and wants to see a temporary road to the site for goods vehicles.

Mr Cass said: ‘There have been concerns from residents.

‘Why is there traffic going through Stamshaw when it could be linked to the motorway?

‘This is a cul de sac. All the traffic that comes down here has to come back up again.

‘It’s not going to get any better. It’s going to get worse but nobody seems to want to do anything about it.

‘All we are trying to do is take some of the traffic and stick it on the motorway.’

John Henry Pounds, owner of the Tipner site to the west of the M275, has offered to fund the temporary road.

The Tipner Regeneration Company (TRC) owns the eastern side where new houses are being built. Director Steve New said: ‘It’s been going on for many years. All we are trying to do is satisfy the local residents.

‘We might as well use the junction at the same time because it makes perfect sense.

‘The council needs to put the application in – we will pay for a new road. The council needs to sort it out. TRC has got the eastern side but that’s not where we can connect to the motorway. The road will have to go to the western side.’

Seamus Meyer, the council’s strategic project manager, said: ‘TRC has approached the council about allowing direct motorway access to vehicles involved in developing its land on the east of the M275.

‘We can see the benefit of this and are working with TRC to find a solution which would grant them a temporary licence to do this. Once a temporary route is in place it would provide an alternate route for the HGVs that use the northern part of Twyford Avenue to access land on the west of the motorway owned by John Henry Pounds.

‘Our overall goal is to have a permanent route installed as part of the regeneration of land on the west of the M275. and this would stop this traffic using existing residential areas.’