• Locksway Road

    Traffic Survey shows risks of overdevelopment in Milton

    Back in the Autumn, volunteers from all over Milton took part in a traffic-survey around the area and last night the Transport Consultant employed by Portsmouth City Council presented the results of the survey to the public meeting of Milton Neighbourhood Forum.

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  • The Fort Cumberland Arms

    Save The Fort Cumberland Arms

    UPDATE 3RD OCTOBER 2012: I am delighted that the Planning Committee have listened to the concerns of local residents and rejected the planning application.

    UPDATE 29TH AUGUST 2012: I have used my powers as a local councillor to formally request that the planning application is considered by a committee of local councillors and NOT just considered by officers.

    Over 600 people have signed a petition against turning the The Fort Cumberland Arms  into a day nursery.

    The Fort Cumberland Arms is a thriving local pub – and it’s the only one left on Eastney Road. It’s an important meeting place for families and older people in the centre of Milton.

    The site is also wholly unsuitable to be a day nursery, it is on a busy junction with very little parking available. The applicants are proposing to have over 60 children and staff without providing sufficient additional parking. I previously raised concerns about people being forced to stop on double-yellow lines around that junction when Tesco submitted it’s original proposals for the garage site.

    The Fort Cumberland Arms is a thriving local pub – and it’s the only one left on Eastney Road. It’s an important meeting place for families and older people.

    Shockingly, these proposals come from Punch Taverns despite their reassurances last year that they had no further plans to close pubs in Portsmouth!

    I am pleased to support the campaign to save this pub and have already helped host a meeting with regulars and local residents to discuss how we can oppose the plans.

  • UPDATE: Tesco plans on hold

    Tesco has been forced to go away and think again about plans to convert the Cumberland Service Station into a supermarket. The owner of the site has withdrawn the plans over concerns about delivery vehicles stopping on Eastney Road close to the busy junction with Henderson Road.

    Over the last few weeks I have been visiting residents around the Eastney Road area to discuss the original proposals. The feedback that I have received is that many do not oppose the principle of the site being turned into a supermarket but local residents biggest concerns were with traffic and parking. Tesco was proposing that no delivery ‘yard’ would be provided and that HGVs would simply stop on Eastney Road to make deliveries. Even outside of ‘rush hour’ traffic frequently backs up from the traffic lights at the nearby junction meaning that this would make the road completely impassible from the North.

    Also, many residents raised concerns about the lack of adequate parking. Only 10 customer spaces were proposed and many local people highlighted the already difficult parking situation at other local supermarkets such as the Co-op on Highland Road. Neighbours feared that this may have a knock-on effect on parking in local roads and may even tempt people to stop on the double-yellow lines on Eastney Road.

    Should Tesco come back with amended proposals for the site I will, of course, submit these comments along with all of the feedback I have received to Portsmouth City Council to ensure that we get a responsible development which respects the local area.

  • Planning Application: Cumberland Service Station

    A planning application has been made to convert the Cumberland Service Station on Eastney Road into a convenience store.

    This would involve extending the current building to enclose virtually all of the area currently covered by the canopy. The current proposals include:

    • 279m2 retail shop
    • 10 customer parking spaces (+2 staff spaces)
    • No delivery yard – lorries delivering to the shop would stop on Eastney Road.

    Over the next week I will be visiting homes around the Eastney Road area to talk to people about the proposals and see if there are any specific concerns which I can pass on to the council.

    Formal representations on the plans can also be made to Portsmouth City Council by email to:
    planningreps@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
    or by writing to:
    PLANNING SERVICES, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AU
    quoting the Planning Application number:
    11/00523/FUL