Car parking fears top of the agenda at Portchester exhibition on precinct’s future

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  • Residents voice fears over proposals to change parking and shopping provision in Portchester precinct
  • Exhibition allowed people to view proposals for precinct’s future
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PARKING and a variety of shops were the chief concerns as residents inspected designs to revamp an ageing precinct.

Residents from all over Portchester headed to the village precinct off West Street on Wednesday for a pop-up exhibition to see the plans which involve changing parking arrangements, building flats, and adding new cafes and shops.

I’ve mixed feelings about making changes as I’ve lived here since 1948 but the precinct does need investment and improvement.

Janice Smith, Portchester resident

Fareham Borough Council has produced a ‘vision’ for the plans and has been asking residents for their thoughts in a series of exhibition events.

Shoppers in the precinct could inspect the designs and comment at the final exhibition on Wednesday.

Janice Smith, a Portchester resident, said: ‘We need a variety of shops here.

‘I do all my shopping in the precinct and we need to make sure they offer a variety, not just cafes and restaurants.

‘I’ve mixed feelings about making changes as I’ve lived here since 1948 but the precinct does need investment and improvement.’

David McGregor, from Drayton, uses the precinct regularly and voiced his concerns regarding the car parking changes.

The council has proposed to reduce long-term parking spots in the village centre from 194 to 82 and boost the number of short-stay spots from 51 to 189.

Mr McGregor said: ‘The car park is the precinct’s biggest asset and one of the big reasons why people come here. Changes could disrupt that.’

Portchester resident Geraldine Smith added: ‘I worry about building homes on the car park. I think it would make a lot of people unhappy.’

The proposals suggest housing could be built on land just behind the Co-op on West Street.

People can complete a survey on the proposals at fareham.gov.uk with the consultation closing on Monday, February 20.