Mass opposition for proposals to revamp busy Southsea road

PLANS The designs for Osborne Road, Southsea
PLANS The designs for Osborne Road, Southsea
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RESIDENTS have spoken out against plans to improve a main road in Southsea.

A drop-in consultation session about Osborne Road was held for residents and businesses, in St Jude’s Church, Kent Road, yesterday.

Portsmouth City Council is in the running to get funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, but it can only be used on a certain project.

The money would be used to make changes to Osborne Road to widen the pavements, improve pedestrian crossing points and appearance of the street, add atmospheric lighting and provide extra seating.

It comes after the south end of Palmerston Road was pedestrianised, and bollards were introduced in Lennox Road South, blocking off access to the seafront.

Scores of people attended and gave their view on the proposals.

A short questionnaire and comment box was being handed out on a leaflet, about all three improvements.

John Wood, of Southsea, said: ‘The questionnaire was disappointing, as it doesn’t have the options a lot of people would like to choose.

‘That would be to restore Palmerston Road as it was, and not to make changes to Osborne Road.

‘If we don’t spend this government money, then you lose it – well if it isn’t needed, then maybe we should give it back.

‘Maintenance of the road should be done anyway.

‘These plans warrant a full consultation.’

And Jean Fry, 77, of Lennox Road North, called the proposals ‘horrendous’.

She said: ‘I’ve lived in this area for 42 years and think these plans are horrendous.

‘Osborne Road works well as it is, it doesn’t need anything doing to it.

‘Lennox Road South needs to be returned to the way it was.’

Council officers were also there to explain the plans and answer questions.

Amber Kerens-Bathmaker, road safety and active travel manager, said: ‘It was a very busy session, with lots of open discussion.

‘Osborne Road is part of a bigger picture, and we weren’t expecting the lack of support.’

A consultation trailer will be in Palmerston Road, on Saturday, July 13.