THE people who will have up to 7,500 homes built on their doorsteps have the chance to put the council leader behind it on the spot.
Fareham Borough Council’s Tory leader, Cllr Sean Woodward, will be giving a presentation and taking questions on the controversial proposals for the new town on green fields between Fareham and Wickham.
Two sittings of the Fareham north community action team will take place at Funtley Social Club on September 19.
Both sessions are ticket-only and nearly all 200 places have already been snapped up.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘I’m putting myself in the lion’s den, but I always said I would come back and speak to the residents of north Fareham after I got the inspector’s report.’
Leaflets advertising the meetings and telling people admittance would be through free tickets were put through all the doors in Funtley, and interest has been high.
‘It will be ticket only so we can control who’s coming,’ Cllr Woodward added.
‘The last thing I wanted was adverse scenes of people being turned away. The first lot of tickets went in a few hours.’
But Lib Dem Cllr Katrina Trott, for Fareham east, said: ‘It’s a shame it wasn’t made clear earlier by the leader that this was going to be largely for Funtley residents.
‘And I was incensed to find that only the Fareham north councillors were to be allowed to go until after I complained.
‘The Fareham town CAT area is ridiculously huge, and this will have a great impact on residents in Fareham east and Fareham north-west as well.’
But Cllr Woodward said: ‘This is a meeting for residents, not for councillors, but we will have a Liberal representative at each one.’
If demand is great enough, Cllr Woodward pledged to hold a further meeting to discuss the proposals at either Henry Cort School or Ferneham Hall.