Transport fears rise again as neighbours meet about Daedalus airfield plans

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NEIGHBOURS living near the Daedalus airfield have demanded assurances traffic in the area will not become a bigger problem as a result of new jobs being created there.

Dozens of people packed out a meeting of the Crofton Community Action Team last night at the Holy Rood Church in Stubbington.

People living nearby had been invited to the meeting to hear the latest on plans for the Daedalus enterprise zone.

And while most welcomed the opportunities for new jobs, many fear what the knock-on effect will be for congestion in Fareham and Gosport.

Graham Smith, 53, of Eric Road in Stubbington, said: ‘Of course anything that could lead to jobs is to be welcomed.

‘But I, like a lot of people, am worried about what it will do to the traffic situation, which is already terrible.

‘Somebody suggested that once the Newgate Lane work is complete, there should be restrictions on the width of vehicles which come in to the area via Stubbington, and I think that is a fantastic 

Last night’s meeting heard the latest on construction work for Fareham College’s Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Advanced Skills Training, which is expected to teach skills to young people and set them up for work.

Meanwhile, Fareham Borough Council has submitted a planning application for a new business centre on the site.

The ultimate goal for the Daedalus zone is to see 3,500 jobs by 2026.

Councillor Arthur Mandry is the chairman of the action team.

He said a sudden influx of traffic would not happen overnight, and assured residents the situation on the roads would be monitored.

Cllr Mandry said: ‘People are obviously concerned about the traffic but we aren’t blind to these problems – we live in the area too.

‘There isn’t suddenly going to be lots of extra traffic rumbling down the road, and we will of course be seeing how it goes.

‘It is going to take some years to develop.

‘Hampshire County Council is the highways authority here, and there are lots of things we would like to see done but it is all about money.’