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PARKING limits are set to be introduced on some residential roads in Havant to stop students leaving their cars there.

People living near Havant College have been complaining for years about students parking indiscriminately outside their driveways and making access more difficult.

Following a petition, Havant Borough Council is planning to introduce parking restrictions from Monday to Friday between 9am and 3.30pm along Stockheath Lane, south of Barncroft Way, and the entire length of Nicholson Way.

It follows similar moves to limit parking in other roads near the college including Trosnant Road and Brookfield Close.

Resident Lawrence Jackson, of Stockheath Lane, said: ‘At the moment after 8am this road becomes a one-lane highway. It becomes very dangerous.

‘I would be happy to see some sort of control.’

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: ‘It’s a disaster out here.

‘It’s just the bad parking. We are all happy about what’s going on.’

John McDougall, principal at Havant College, said the college car park has 90 spaces for students and he was planning to add 12 more spaces from September.

The spaces have been used by Havant police for overflow parking until now.

He said: ‘It’s been an ongoing issue for a number of years, in spite of our green travel policy where we encourage public transport and students to come by train or bus.

‘We encourage students to share cars and do postcode analyses so students know where their fellow students live.

‘In spite of this, the truth of the matter is when students pass their test, they want a car. They want to bring it to college and we have got limited capacity.

‘We could quite easily find space on the campus for 50 or 60 cars. That would sort it.

‘But we would not get planning permission for it.’

The scheme would also see prohibited waiting restrictions staggered along Stockheath Lane. The council says this would reduce the speed of the cars.

The parking scheme will now be advertised for public comment before getting the final go-ahead.