Consultation is given more time after big response

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A PUBLIC consultation on the future of Locks Heath district centre has been extended after more than 700 people attended a two-day exhibition.

The high level of response to the exhibition at the Lockswood Community Centre in the village centre last week has prompted Fareham Borough Council to put back the deadline for comments by a fortnight to November 26.

Many people turned away from the exhibition without looking because it was so busy and they were told by council officers they could look at the proposals online.

The consultation is looking at the potential to improve the district shopping centre, to replace outdated aspects and to improve choices for food buying.

Ward councillor Susan Bayford said: ‘I went along on Friday and was surprised by just how many people were there.

‘I am impressed by the level of engagement it demonstrates, and it really does show democracy in action.

‘It will be interesting to see how it evolves. This is a very densely populated area, so it’s not just Locks Heath people who go there and have an interest in what will happen.’

Councillor Keith Evans, who is in charge of strategic planning and environment matters for Fareham, said: ‘We would like as many people as possible to take part in this consultation and help us pick the right regeneration options. This is why we have extended the consultation period and added two extra public exhibitions.’

Residents and local businesses can look at and comment on the options at fareham.gov.uk/consultation, or view a hard copy of the plan at the civic offices.

There will also be two extra public exhibitions at the centre where people can talk to council officers about the possible options: next Thursday from 10.30am to 2pm and next Friday from 4pm to 7.30pm.

If you have any queries about the plan or would like a hard copy of the response form call 01329 236100 and ask for planning strategy or email planningpolicy@fareham.gov.uk

The results of the consultation will be analysed by council officers before they are put to the council’s ruling executive for a decision in January.