Mixed views from public on future of Locks Heath

Solent Waspi campaigners attend Fareham fair

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PEOPLE have branded plans to overhaul the Locks Heath Centre as ‘disgusting’.

Fareham Borough Council is running a consultation to look at the potential to improve the district shopping centre, to replace outdated aspects and to improve choices for food buying.

It is also looking at the possibility of providing a new swimming pool in a leisure centre and community and youth centres.

Hundreds of people poured through the doors of an exhibition at the Lockswood Community Centre in Locks Heath for the chance to look at the plans.

People are being offered three options to pick from that give variations on layout and content.

Ivan Downer of Old Common Gardens in Locks Heath said: ‘I think it’s disgusting, it’s lovely here as it is. We’ve got everything we need here already, why change it?

‘Some of these plans are unbelievable.’

And William Bell of Richards Close in Locks Heath added: ‘Why do they want to knock down the Co-op? It’s wonderful for the people. It’s disgraceful.’

Carol Ritchie of Vine Close in Locks Heath said: ‘There will be too much building and not enough infrastructure, not enough car parking.

‘I hope they don’t take the library away, that would be awful.’

Brent Hartland of St Cuthberts Close in Locks Heath, said: ‘I can’t say I’m overly impressed.

‘With the developments that might come here, are they going to improve parking?’

But whilst some were angry, others gave the changes their strong support.

Heidi Van Deuren, of Gilcrest in Titchfield Common, said: ‘I think it will be good for the area, it’s what we need.

‘We’re a non-driving family out of choice, so it’s great to have everything you need in one place and within walking distance.

‘We don’t really go into Fareham any more, we’ve got everything we need here already.’

Penny Marchant of Raley road in Locks Heath, said: ‘I’m not against having a few more shops, and it looks good if they can keep some of the trees.’

There is another chance to see the exhibition in the same place today from 1.30pm to 7.30pm, or go online at fareham@gov.uk to have your say. The consultation runs until November 12.