Statement from Cllr Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment
Friday, 24 May 2013
I'm delighted to have been appointed Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment for Hampshire County Council.
Addressing traffic issues around Stubbington and access to the enterprise zone at Daedalus are very important local matters, and one of the first things I will be doing in my new role is to commission further work in relation to proposals for Stubbington By-pass. The first steps will be a review and updating of technical work, and an initial consultation on the development of options for a highways scheme around Stubbington, linking to Segensworth and the A27.
It's important that we work on proposals to bring forward scheme development so that we're in a position to bid for Government funding at the earliest opportunity. I recognise that the development of a second strategic highway access to the Gosport peninsula remains vitally important to the area's long term economic prosperity and to improving the quality of life for local residents.
I want us to work closely with the local community who are already experiencing the impact of traffic on the local highway network, and I will be considering proposals early next month for extending our planned consultation on the proposed Newgate Lane improvements to also consider initial ideas for a wider by pass for Stubbington.
The development of improved access for the Enterprise Zone at Daedalus, via the proposed Newgate Lane scheme is the immediate priority, and we have secured widespread support and a funding package to start this work in 2014. Any wider scheme proposed for Stubbington will need to complement this work and support the development of the Enterprise Zone.
I am very pleased to be working closely on these issues with our influential local MP Caroline Dineage, who said
"I've been campaigning for large-scale improvements to the local roads in and around the Gosport peninsula since my election, recently showing a Transport Minister first-hand the problems motorists have to endure on a daily basis.
I'm delighted that Seán Woodward's Transport Department at Hampshire County Council is now looking again at options for a Stubbington Bypass. I have also recently secured a visit from the Secretary of State for Transport to visit our area in June and Seán and I intend to use that meeting to further the case for major road investment in our area."