COUNCILLORS say traffic is being ‘brought to a standstill’ due to failures to complete road works before the opening of a new Lidl foodstore.
The discount supermarket giant was given permission by Fareham Borough Council to open in Portchester’s Castle Trading Estate on the condition that ‘vital’ highway works were completed last November.
The start date for the work has since been pushed back twice.
It was meant to start last month but it didn’t and councillors claim it has led to disruption for motorists heading westbound on the A27 towards the village.
Councillor Nick Walker, who represents Portchester West on Fareham Borough Council said: ‘The delays in these vital works is having a crucial impact on traffic at peak times.
‘Cars can be backed up all the way to junction 12 of the M27 during the evenings. It’s causing a great deal of problems and I would urge Lidl to get on with it.’
All the time that Lidl are delaying this work, they are causing pollution at peak periods with traffic queuing on the A27 leading to motorists’ frustrationsCouncillor Roger Price
The work involves creating a new access on to the trading estate, widening the existing footway along the A27, improving the signal controlled junction and providing a pedestrian crossing.
Councillor Roger Price, who represents Portchester East said: ‘Lidl now needs to look at paying a premium to these companies to get the work completed post haste.
‘With so many promises and no action, it is difficult to believe anything they say.
‘All the time that Lidl are delaying this work, they are causing pollution at peak periods with traffic queuing on the A27 leading to motorists’ frustrations.’
A Lidl spokesman said that it was awaiting the removal of metal cabinets on the land before it carried out the works.
He said: ‘The planned highway works remain a priority.
‘We will commence with the improvements as soon as they have been removed.’