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Whiteley residents will today find out whether the Yew Tree Drive bus gate will be permanently opened to motorists.

Hampshire County Council’s executive member for transport Cllr Sean Woodward will make a decision at a meeting in Winchester at 2pm.

The automatic bollards, which protected a bus lane on Yew Tree Drive, in Whiteley, have been the subject of nearly two years of council discussions.

The bollards were lowered and the road opened to traffic from February to the end of May this year for a trial period.

A public consultation was also carried out, with 86 per cent of those who responded supporting the permanent opening of the bus gate.

Surveys were sent out to 5,287 properties in Whiteley, with 4,711 to residents and 576 to businesses.

The council says a total of 2,126 responses were received.

A report by Hampshire County Council’s head of transport recommends the bollards be permanently lowered, but the final decision rests with Cllr Woodward.

People have taken to the Facebook page Voice4Whiteley to have their say.

John Baker, commenting on the page, said: ‘To close the bus gate now would be utter insanity.

‘It is vital that Whiteley starts to get a proper road infrastructure that increase vehicular access.’

Kate Keay also commented and said: ‘My mornings of trying to get one son to nursery in Whiteley, my other son to school in Titchfield (couldn’t get a place in Whiteley schools) and me to work on time would be impossible.’

If the decision to remove the bollards is given the go-ahead, an application will then be made to Fareham Borough Council for the permanent opening of the Yew Tree Drive bus gate.