IMPROVING the flow of traffic on and off the Gosport peninsula was a hot topic of conversation at a consultation on potential road changes.
Scores of residents packed Crofton Community Centre yesterday, to see the plans for a Stubbington bypass and improvements to Newgate Lane in detail.
The consultation is one of six being held by Fareham Borough Council so that it can gauge public opinion on its plans.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage and Hampshire County Council’s executive member for transport Cllr Sean Woodward stopped off at the community centre to answers people’s questions.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘It has all been very positive. Just to get here, there has been a huge amount of work put in.’
Ms Dinenage said: ‘We have been looking for some sort of silver bullet to ease congestion for some time.
‘This is a positive move in the right direction.’
She praised the working ethic of Gosport residents who endure hours sitting in traffic jams just to get to work.
She said: ‘We have a low unemployment rate on the peninsula so it proves residents are going out to work.
‘It’s a great tribute to the people of Gosport that they are prepared to fight for a way out to work.’
County councillor for Fareham Crofton Cllr Christopher Wood said: ‘It’s absolutely marvellous.
‘I’m chuffed to bits this is now on the agenda.’
Michael Spoor, 41, from Titchfield Road, said: ‘The concept for better access is good, it’s just there’s lots of things being shown here, not the full picture. I fear it will just move the problem on.’
Colin Ford, 64, from Crofton Court, said: ‘With the Daedalus expansion and now this, they are creeping around the edges of the strategic gap.
‘I also worry that the end product will simply move congestion, not solve it.’
Helen Yeates, of Marks Road, said: ‘If they haven’t made any decisions yet, then they can’t expect the public to make one. I suppose I have got a bee in my bonnet about it, but I like my view.’
The next consultation is at Royal Sovereign Pavilion, HMS Collingwood, from 10am until 4pm today and then again at the pavilion from 2pm until 8pm on Monday and Tuesday.’