Residents attend unveiling of £90m road plan to improve Gosport peninsula access

The �90m road plan was unveiled yesterday
The �90m road plan was unveiled yesterday

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SCORES of residents packed out a community centre eager to see how a £90m plan to improve access to the Gosport peninsula could affect them.

Hampshire County Council held a consultation at Titchfield Community Centre yesterday.

The council is in its second round of public consultation about the scheme, which includes a Stubbington bypass, a new Newgate Lane South, improvements to the A27 and a better Peel Common roundabout.

The council would also like to ensure that motorists can exit both ways at junction 10 of the M27.

It is hoped funding for the project would come from a bid put in to central government.

Numerous consultation events are being held, with the first in Stubbington on Monday.

Titchfield villagers were less welcoming of the plans than those in Stubbington, with many raising concerns about noise, the impact on the environment and an increase in traffic near to their village.

Julie Harding, 39, of Stroud Green Lane, Titchfield, said she thought the bypass was too close to houses and that it should be moved further up, so that it passed to the north of the fishing lakes.

Mrs Harding raised concerns about the wildlife, such as badgers, deers and geese that currently use the land and said she would be eager to see the council’s environment studies.

She added: ‘There is a need for it but I do not really like it.’

Chris Walker, 79, of West Street, who also runs the village’s Speedwatch scheme, said he was worried about traffic bottle-necking further along.

As was Derek Thorne, of Segensworth Road.

Mr Thorne, 79, said: ‘It has always been a problem in this area and one gets the feeling we will produce a snarl up at the end of Newgate Lane instead.’

Not everyone was negative about the plan. Tim Mason, of South Street, said that ‘on balance’ it was a scheme that needed to be done.

Dr Mason, 62, said: ‘There are so many people wanting to travel about in this area, whether we like it or not we need to provide them with the means.’

The next consultation is due to take place tomorrow between 3pm and 7pm at Lee-on-the-Solent Community Centre.

For further dates go to hants.gov.uk/transport-schemes-index.