Waterlooville traders still not convinced by £350,000 revamp

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PLANS for a £350,000 redevelopment of a shopping parade in Waterlooville have received a mixed response.

Hundreds of people attended a public consultation about plans to revamp Hambledon Parade, off Hambledon Road.

Havant Borough Council is looking into two options after setting aside £352,000 from developers’ contributions from the west of Waterlooville development, which will eventually comprise 3,000 homes.

For years businesses in Hambledon Parade have complained about congestion problems caused by the poor road layout.

The council is now looking at either making the parade one way or widening it so that two cars can pass while there is still parking either side.

There would be new recycling facilities and environmental improvements – such as adding new trees and hedges.

But not all traders are convinced about the changes.

Jennifer Edwards, manager of Genuine Styles hairdressers, said: ‘I’m not keen on the two hour time limit as customers need longer for perms and hair colours – I think four hours would be better.

‘A lot of people in the area think it should be one-way in and out. It’s very different as an idea compared to when you’re living there everyday.’

The manager at Swim Stop, who did not want to be named, told The News: ‘I think the plans are absolutely disastrous.

‘The end of the road should not be filled in as there’s been fights between cars trying to get past each other.

‘I suggest they make it one-way as you could get far more cars along the road.

‘It hasn’t been thought out well.

‘I don’t think it will affect our business though because we are a specialist shop and our customers travel especially, so they will just park down Sunnymead Drive.’

However, other traders have said the changes are long overdue as many customers cannot find a place to park.

Elizabeth Richards, owner of Diamonds Health and Beauty, has previously said that the huge pavements are ‘completely wasted’.

No final decisions have been made yet by the council.

A statement from the council said: ‘The Hambledon Parade consultation was well attended, with over 100 people filling out questionnaires with a lot more just coming along to see what the options are. So far there has been a range of responses, however we are still analysing these.’