A TOWN with no name – that’s what the New Community North of Fareham has been.
But not for much longer, as the council is seeking public opinion on the perfect moniker.
Often abbreviated to the NCNF for ease, the new development will eventually be home to 7,000 houses and will be just north of the M27.
Since the concept of the new town in 2010, councillors have struggled to find an attractive way to refer to the town.
Fareham Borough Council has whittled the list of names down to three and is now asking the public to help it decide.
Researchers have gone through Ordnance Survey maps and used the museum’s archives to pick out three names of historic value to the area.
Each of the three names has a close historical connection with the land to the north of Fareham.
The names to chose from are:
· Spurlings: Marked on the 1879 Ordnance Survey map. In 1841 it was occupied by Charles Osborn, who developed the Victorian villas along Osborn Road. Today, there is a Spurlings Road north of the M27 at Junction 11.
· Swansdell: Also marked on the 1879 Ordnance Survey map, Swans Dell Cottage was occupied in 1841 by the gamekeeper of Roche Court and labourer John Stares.
· Welborne: Relating to fields immediately north of Kiln Road and south of Kneller Court, the land named Welborne was occupied by John Budd at the time of the tithe map.
The land was owned as part of Fareham Manor by the Gardiner family of Roche Court.
Council leader Seán Woodward said: ‘This is an opportunity for people to get involved and help shape the new community.
‘We are particularly keen that young people have their say as many of them will be part of the town in the years to come.
‘The identity of the new community is important and the name is obviously a critical part of that.’
Fareham North ward councillor John Bryant said: ‘I will wait and see what comes from the public consultation – my opinion will be just one of the votes.’
Cllr Pamela Bryant, who also represents Fareham North, said: ‘I’d have some reservations over the name Spurlings as it indicates an area that is further towards Wallington.
‘As regards to the other two, I really don’t have any preference.
‘It’s good that the public are being consulted as a lot of our residents are very wary of the whole concept as it will affect their lives tremendously. It is a huge amount of housing, the same amount as Petersfield.’
The consultation to name the town will start on Friday, February 1 and run until Sunday, March 31.
HOW YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE
THERE are a number of ways for people to get involved and vote for their favourite name.
Go to fareham.gov.uk or visit the Civic Offices and vote using tokens.
On Friday we will be printing a voting slip in The News, so that you can fill in and send back to make your voice heard.
Voting opens on Friday, February 1 and closes on Sunday, March 31.
The name with the most votes will be announced at the council’s executive meeting on Monday, April 15.