Protest as Hamble Lane enquiry gets underway

Lowford protest

Local residents and councillors made their views known very clearly on Tuesday morning at the Lowford Centre in Bursledon ahead of a planning inquiry.

“No” to more building on Hamble Lane.

Bursledon Parish Councillor Jane Rich (front, centre) led the demonstration opposing a plan from big builder Taylor Wimpey to bust the Council’s Local Plan and build housing west of Hamble Lane.

Jane Rich said:

“Hamble Lane is one of the busiest B roads in the country.  It is an Air Quality Management Area and suffers the worst traffic congestion in the Borough, day after day.

“Building a new junction onto the Jurd Way roundabout at Hamble Lane would cause even more congestion and slow traffic and it would eat into the countryside gap between Bursledon and Southampton next to the car boot sale  site”.

Eastleigh Borough Council, Bursledon, Hamble and Hound Parish Councils and local residents all spoke out at the first day of the inquiry that is set to last all week.  First to give evidence was Borough Council Leader, and County Councillor for the area, Cllr Keith House.

“Amazingly despite an initial objection the County Council has failed to follow through and back local concerns on this development”

said Cllr House, who for 15 years, has led protests at the County Council’s plans to turn Hamble Airfield into a gravel pit.

“We all stand together, except for Hampshire County Council”.

Keith House is leader of Eastleigh Borough Council

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