Daedalus and Welborne projects ‘key to securing future funding for roads’

An artist's impression of what the Welborne development could look like
An artist's impression of what the Welborne development could look like

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PROJECTS like Daedalus and Welborne are needed to clinch future funding from the government.

That is the message from Fareham Borough Council leader Sean Woodward who says the council needs to prove to the government that plans are in place to create new jobs and houses.

For money to be unlocked for future infrastructure schemes, plans like Welborne and the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus are key.

Cllr Woodward, who is also executive member for transport, economy and environment at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘The government’s agenda is all about growth and economic growth in terms of jobs and housing.

‘Daedalus and Welborne create high-quality, well-paid jobs and housing.

‘The government is willing to fund infrastructure schemes if, on the back of them, there is going to be investment to create new homes and employment.’

Cllr Woodward added that Daedalus is expected to create 3,000 highly-paid and highly-skill jobs and Welborne will create 6,000 houses and 6,000 jobs.

But both schemes still need to be given the green light.

As reported in The News, the borough council has agreed in principle to take over a large section of Daedalus and the Welborne plan is being scrutinised at a series of hearings by independent inspector David Hogger.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘The county council can put in vital infrastructure to solve current congestion issues but also future issues of Daedalus and Welborne with the funding from the government if the plans go ahead.

‘The commitment I have always made is that for Welborne to go ahead, it is critical that we have the infrastructure.

‘My task for the last couple of years with the government is to ensure we do absolutely everything we can to ensure we get the funding for the infrastructure.’

Schemes to improve traffic issues in Gosport and Fareham include a £33m project to changes of Junction 10 of the M27 and the £29m Stubbington bypass.

Changes are expected to start early next year to Peel Common roundabout in Gosport, St Margaret’s Lane in Titchfield, which will cost £3m each and changes to Station roundabout and Gudge Heath Lane, in Fareham, which will cost £6.6m.