New car park for busy Locks Heath road

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A new car park could be built in Locks Heath in a bid to battle parking issues along a busy road.

Fareham Borough Council has agreed with Hampshire County Council for a lease of land at Hunts Pond Road.

It comes as plans were recently announced for a £4.2m extension of Locks Heath Free Church, much to the anger of local residents.

The car park, which would have around 110 spaces, would be built on part of the sports field on Hunts Pond Road.

It would benefit visitors to the church as well as people using the recreation ground and allotment holders.

Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of the council, said: ‘The road is a very busy road. There’s not a lot of scope for parking on that road.

‘People using the playing fields and the allotments don’t have any parking.

‘If we can get this in and find the money to turn it into a car park it might solve some of those problems.

‘There are already parking issues around there.

‘At the moment people are parking in side streets.’

However, concerns have been raised about the impact that a new car park could have on the area.

Mike Gausden, 73, of nearby Ascot Close, said the number of people using the church could cause chaos on the roads.

‘There’s going to be extra noise and extra traffic and extra disruption,’ he said.

‘It’s not just going to be on a Sunday. It’s going to be seven days a week.’

Pauline Griffiths, secretary of Locks Heath Free Church, said although it will be useful for them, it will benefit other members of the community too.

‘We will use this facility on Sundays and when we have large events going on here,’ she said.

‘It will help us with the new premises.

‘It’s for other people to make use of as well. It’s not just solely for our use.’

It’s expected that it would cost around £100,000 to build the car park, but it’s not yet known who would pay for it. The issue will be discussed at an executive council meeting on Monday.