Fight against Hayling Island homes plan

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A PETITION has been launched to fight against housing plans for Hayling Island.

Hayling Island Residents’ Association and Hayling Island Community Board have joined forces to organise the petition and hope to get more than 2,500 signatures.

The groups are unhappy with Havant Borough Council’s housing targets, which could see almost 600 new homes built on the island over the next 15 years.

Campaigners say the infrastructure is not there to support the new homes.

Paul Fisher, chairman of the residents’ association, said: ‘Several unique issues affect our island and its capacity to accommodate large-scale new development.

‘For example, its poor and congested road connection and expensive public transport link to the mainland; its old and seriously oversubscribed health centre; and its overloaded drainage and sewerage infrastructure.

‘We feel these issues have not been fully considered.’

Council officials have said each development will be considered on its merits and the infrastructure will have to be in place before permission is granted for any development to go ahead.

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