Closure of roads near seafront sparks campaign

Lennox Road South in Southsea.'Picture: Ian Hargeaves  (131278-1)
Lennox Road South in Southsea.'Picture: Ian Hargeaves (131278-1)
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NEIGHBOURS are being urged to get behind a campaign to abolish controversial traffic measures in Southsea.

Tory councillor Luke Stubbs is considering setting up a petition in response to changes being made and future developments.

Opponents of the plan say the pedestrian zone in Palmerston Road and new bollards in Lennox Road South, which stop cars getting to the seafront, cause problems.

The measures have created congestion in other roads and there are concerns that the matter will only get worse if the council decides to make alterations to Osborne Road.

Cllr Stubbs said: ‘There’s no question about it, a lot of people are upset.

‘A lot of people say they haven’t been consulted about the changes. The council isn’t thinking about how making changes to one street affects the ones around it.’

Linda Symes, who lives in Clifton Road, Southsea, said many residents were unhappy.

One resident told her they had recently seen someone get out of their car and unlock the padlock on the central bollard in Lennox Road South so they could drive through.

‘I have been out talking to residents and taking photographs of the displaced traffic caused primarily by the Palmerston Road pedestrianisation,’ said Ms Symes.

‘This situation has been exacerbated by the closure of Lennox Road South and Villiers Road.

‘It is understandable that residents there wanted the situation dealt with.

‘They already had problems with heavy vehicles using their street but this was compounded by the closure of Palmerston Road to traffic.

‘Now the residents of Florence Road have had the problem moved across to their street.’

Councillor Hugh Mason, deputy leader of Portsmouth City Council, said the changes in Lennox Road South were a six-month trial.

He said out of 249 responses in a public consultation, closing a road was the most favoured option.

He told The News: ‘If it solves more problems than it solves we will try something else. We will see how it works over the summer.’

A final decision will be made in October.