Residents’ anger as Fareham road plan is approved

4''Residents of Woodcote Road, off Newgate Lane, Fareham are angry at plans to build a new Newgate Lane which will run at the back and front of their houses. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14794-535) PPP-140319-221003001
4''Residents of Woodcote Road, off Newgate Lane, Fareham are angry at plans to build a new Newgate Lane which will run at the back and front of their houses. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14794-535) PPP-140319-221003001

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NEIGHBOURS from a Fareham lane have spoken of their anger after a new road close to their homes was given the go ahead by councillors.

The group, from Woodcote Lane, say they feel their voice has not been heard as Hampshire County Council presses ahead with plans to build a new part of nearby Newgate Lane, to run parallel to the existing road.

They also say the changes will have a ‘horrendous’ impact on their lives.

The new road is part of £90m of works designed to improve access to the Gosport peninsula that were signed off by the executive member for transport Cllr Sean Woodward on Monday.

These works could also include a Stubbington bypass if the council can find the money to pay for it.

Woodcote Lane resident Aimee White said: ‘It has been so underhand. We can’t even get our pot holes fixed as the council says there is no money yet there is money to build a new road in a new place, tearing up green fields.

‘The impact on our lives is going to be horrendous as the noise will be awful.’

Mrs White’s seven-year-old daughter, Emily, has a condition called hydrocephalus and is very susceptible to loud noises. She said she is terrified of how the works will impact on her daughter’s condition.

Another resident, Jean Huppler, said the residents felt duped by councillors and MPs who she claims had promised them during the initial consultation period last summer that the new road would not run close to their houses.

Mrs Huppler said: ‘It has all been badly mishandled. I believe that was to keep people in the dark.

‘There has been a lack of communication which seems to have helped the argument that residents are not complaining.’

Resident Chintan Mistry said he did not understand why the council will destroy countryside and playing fields in favour of a new road when there is scope to expand the existing Newgate Lane.

The decision meeting was brought forward to enable the council to apply for funding, which the residents say left them no time to apply to make deputations.

Instead they managed to write letters, which they hand delivered to Cllr Woodward.

Cllr Woodward said he had taken these views into account when making his decision and he has asked for council officers to find suitable mitigation works to reduce the impact of noise and pollution.

He said: ‘I have a letter from residents dated March 11, which arrived today for some reason. That means they did have time to ask to make a deputation.

‘All I did on Monday was agree a preferred route. It will go out to public consultation in the summer and come back to me for a decision in the autumn.

‘There will be an opportunity to make representations and deputations then.’