Fears raised after new access planned from Rowlands Castle road

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SAFETY concerns have been raised after a new turn-off has been proposed on a dangerous road.

Plans have been submitted to East Hampshire District Council for a new agricultural access from Whichers Gate Road to Mays Coppice Farm, Rowlands Castle.

The application has been called in to the council’s planning committee at the request of local councillor, Marge Harvey.

In a report she said: ‘There is already one very good access on this land that has been there for more than 100 years and there has never been a problem with it.

‘To make another access on to this land would be an intrusion into the countryside on a very busy road that has recently had another fatality on it.’

As reported, 25-year-old Joe Butland, from Westbourne, died on the road several weeks ago and the circumstances are still being looked at.

A report by officers said: ‘The access is reasonably required for farming and would not harm the appearance of the locality or inconvenience other highway users.’