Portchester Common users are warned of scrub work

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RESIDENTS are being warned to keep pets on leads and follow directions at Portchester Common as extensive scrub clearing takes place.

Fareham Borough Council will be redirecting people while overgrown shrubs and scrub are cut back.

The vegetation has been interfering with power lines owned by Scottish and Southern Electricity (SSE), which run along much of the southern end of the common.

SSE contractors will undertake the work, which involves clearing a 5m wide corridor under the power lines.

SSE has also agreed with the council to extend the clearance work beyond the power lines, at its own expense, to recover grassland and improve the habitat for native wildlife.

Weather permitting the work is expected to last five days.

Member for streetscene, Cllr Leslie Keeble said: ‘Although restrictions will be in place people will still be able to use the common, in the interest of their safety we ask for their co-operation during this period.’