Scuba Lagoon Plans Divide Village
A proposed scuba diving lagoon would cause traffic chaos if built, village residents have warned. Inhabitants of Hambrook, in Hampshire, are concerned that the planned venue could cause traffic jams and a lack of parking spaces if thousands of people flock to the attraction as expected. A business plan drawn up for the owners of the site, the Scales family, says 8,000 visitors could reasonably be expected in the first 12 months, rising to 12,000, 18,000, 20,000, 24,000 and 26,000 in the following years. Access to the site is planned along a bridle ridge over the A27, but residents fear sat navs and careless drivers will cause the other access through Hambrook Hill South to become blocked with parked cars. Peter Laughton, of Shepherds Close, Hambrook, said: 'There are a number of keen divers around this area, but we don't want it here." If built, the lagoon will be 60 ft deep and 220 ft wide.