Concerns raised over Daedalus site traffic

GROWTH The airfield at the former HMS Daedalus site
GROWTH The airfield at the former HMS Daedalus site
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CONCERNS have been expressed over traffic levels when the Daedalus site in Lee-on-the-Solent becomes a new employment centre.

At a planning meeting at Fareham Borough Council, councillors approved plans for two new roads to be constructed to enable traffic to access the site.

The roads would be built from Broom Way in Lee-on-the-Solent and Gosport Road in Stubbington.

But concerns have been raised about how it will impact on the traffic in an area which is already very busy.

The flow of traffic in Gosport Road is proposed to be controlled by traffic light signals.

New pedestrian facilities will be constructed alongside the roads.

Ward councillor for Stubbington, Jim Forrest, said: ‘I’m fully in support of the application.

‘The proposed junction will inevitably bring some traffic on to Gosport Road which is already a very congested road at certain times of the day.

‘There is some concern that there could be more backing up of traffic, especially if the lights are holding things up.

‘I’d hope that in looking at future designs, some consideration could be given to solving that problem.

‘I’d also like officers to bear in mind the question of cyclists’ safety.’

Daedalus was awarded £5m by the Regional Generation Fund to turn it into a hub for marine, aviation and aerospace business.

The site has been identified as one of 11 new enterprise zones in the country designed to boost growth and create thousands of new jobs.

Councillor Arthur Mandry, added: ‘As we are all aware, Daedalus is one of the local employment areas that will benefit people both from Fareham and Gosport.

‘Significant sums of government funding have been allocated. There is a need to get on with the project.

‘That’s what the people of Stubbington, Hill Head and Lee-on-the-Solent require.’

Councillor David Swanbrow added: ‘We don’t want to miss this opportunity.

‘The fact that we are going to have some traffic lights there is a good thing.

‘It’s certainly going to slow some traffic down.’