£90m bid to improved access to Gosport peninsula given go-ahead


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A PACKAGE worth £90m that will improve roads to the Gosport peninsula has been approved by the county council.

The works include a Stubbington bypass costing £30m that was put out to public consultation last year.

Executive member for transport Cllr Sean Woodward approved the plans at a meeting earlier.

There was drama at the meeting as residents against the bypass interrupted and a member of the public gallery was taken to hospital after suffering a suspected stroke.

Several councillors, both from Hampshire County Council and Fareham Borough Council, spoke in support of the scheme.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage also urged councillors to vote for it.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘The silver bullet is the new road, it’s what we desperately need.

‘We have lost so many jobs at BAE in Portsmouth and at Ford in Southampton and the government has acknowledged this with a pot of money but fundamental to kick-starting what this money can deliver is a good road infrastructure and that’s why this road is key.’

She added: ‘I will continue to fight tooth and nail to get this under way.’

Ms Dinenage also raised the issue in the House of Commons, to raise awareness of the south’s transport plight.

The package includes works on the southern section of Newgate Lane, and improvements to the Peel Common roundabout and the A27.

The council will now look for public and private funding opportunities, including those from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

If funding bids are successful the works could be completed in 2017/18.

A further public consultation will happen in June, the outcome of which will be considered as part of the Fareham and Gosport Strategic Infrastructure Plan in the autumn.

Cllr Woodward, who is also the leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: ‘It is absolutely critical for the overall economic development of Fareham and Gosport and for the quality of life for residents.

‘It has taken 10 months but it was something I set as a goal to finally sort out transport issues for these towns.

‘The main drivers for this are the Solent Enterprise Zone and the building of Welborne – these have allowed this infrastructure project to be put into place and enabled us to bid for this money.’