RESIDENTS have criticised a decision to allow a McDonald’s drive-through to be built near one of Havant’s most congested roundabouts.
Neighbours were angry after Havant Borough Council’s planning committee voted to approve plans for the £1m restaurant near the Asda roundabout at Bedhampton.
As reported in The News yesterday, the meeting heard concerns from community leaders that the roundabout was at saturation point and was an accident waiting to happen.
Highway engineers at Hampshire County Council told the committee they recognised there is a problem at the roundabout, but it could be several years before improvements can be made due to funding issues.
Jackie Bampton, of Mitchell Road, Bedhampton, said: ‘I think it’s wrong.
‘They need to do the work first before they give permission. It’s like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.’
Cherry James, of Littlepark Avenue, Bedhampton, added: ‘It’s a fatality waiting to happen.’
The meeting heard evidence from a detailed traffic report, stating that the roundabout will be able to cope with the extra cars.
Cllr Elaine Shimbart, who sits on the committee, told The News: ‘We were told there were no sound reasons for refusal. We could have refused it, it would have gone to appeal and they would have won on appeal, that’s 99 per cent certain.’