Leigh Park thoroughfare set to be spruced up by £120k boost

PLANS An artist impression are Dunsbury Way looking South East
PLANS An artist impression are Dunsbury Way looking South East
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A MAJOR revamp of one of Leigh Park’s busiest roads is set to take place next year.

Dunsbury Way is on course for a £120,000 investment to spruce up the tired-looking street scene.

NOW How Dunsbury Way looks now.

NOW How Dunsbury Way looks now.

The changes would mean large areas of asphalt pavement would become grassy spaces with new benches for people to wait for buses.

The route is often heavily congested, with up to 445 bus stoppages along the route during the day.

The changes would see new bus bays, a new bus shelter and 30-minute parking bays to allow people to access the community centre and creche.

The plans have been on show at Leigh Park Community Centre.

John Griggs, centre manager, said: ‘Certainly the improvements at the front of the community centre will be very welcome.

‘It’s an area that has been abused with parking on the pavements which is a threat to children coming out of the creche.

‘The landscaping at the front will be great. It will improve safety and make it a nicer environment.’

But he added: ‘I don’t know if people are so happy about the bus bays.

‘There’s a general feeling that the bus bays could be re-assessed to give more road space. If you have buses parking on either side, there’s only one lane up in the middle.’

Councillor Faith Ponsonby, who represents Battins ward, said one resident’s suggestion that might be looked at is rerouting northbound buses to go along Somborne Drive.

This could prevent Dunsbury Way from becoming too congested.

She said residents were concerned about a new bus shelter becoming a magnet for rowdy behaviour at night.

But she said: ‘On the whole I think it will improve it enormously and make it a more attractive area for people to wait for buses.

It’s a very depressing area when you stand and wait for a bus. It’s grey and bleak. Bringing some colour and some grassy areas and benches would be good.’

The scheme is being put forward by Hampshire County Council and Havant Borough Council and is likely to take place next summer.

The plans are available to view at havant.gov.uk or call (023) 9244 6019.

Residents, traders and shoppers are invited to take part in an online survey at havantsurveys.info/hbc/dunsbury/dunsburyway.htm.