THE case is getting stronger by the day.
That was the verdict of Fareham council leader Sean Woodward on the prospects of the government handing over more than £30m to make the Stubbington Bypass a reality.
It came as about 500 people attended a public exhibition in Stubbington and the vast majority showed broad support for the bypass to help ease the area’s traffic congestion.
The case for the bypass is strongly linked to two other major schemes – the development of Daedalus airfield and the new Newgate Lane South – which were also part of the exhibition at Holy Rood Church.
Fareham Borough Council, which acquired 369 acres of land in March, plans to retain and grow the airfield, while creating an aviation-led business development to create around 3,500 jobs.
The council’s vision sees the northern section of Daedalus retained as community green space.
Edwin Cooke, 71, from Hill Head, who came to see the exhibition, said: ‘We have got to go forward.
‘I would like to see Daedalus preserved as an open space.
‘The bypass is an absolute must. Diverting some of the traffic from the village centre will be a great help.’
A public meeting was held after the exhibition and several members of the audience expressed relief that Daedalus had not been given over to housing or gravel extraction.
But Daedalus becoming the success everyone hopes it will be depends crucially on the bypass getting planning permission later this autumn. Only then will the funding floodgates open.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘There’s been a great deal of support for these road schemes and for our vision for Daedalus.
‘I think the case is getting stronger by the day. A very important part of that case is that planning permission is granted.’