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PLANS to ease congestion will go ahead regardless of the Welborne decision.

That is the message from leader of Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Sean Woodward.

Several plans are already in place to ease congestion in the town, including improvements to the access of Daedalus and improvements to the northern end of Newgate Lane.

But the council also has plans in the pipeline such as the Stubbington bypass and improvements to the St Margaret’s roundabout in Titchfield.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘Traffic at peak times would only get worse as new housing development schemes came on line, whether at Welborne or, if Welborne did not go ahead, at many other sites unless these projects were carried out.

‘So the transport infrastructure has been a priority.

‘That is why we have all these schemes in progress now.

‘If Welborne goes ahead that will present different challenges. That is why we are insisting that the required infrastructure improvements are identified and funded for the area before it can go ahead.’