‘This is a betrayal of the residents’

Daily Echo: ‘This is a betrayal of the residents’ ‘This is a betrayal of the residents’

HAVING read the article “Legal challenge to plan for 1,400 homes is ditched” (Daily Echo, December 20), how I feel for the residents of Boorley Green and Botley, because this has been steamrollered through by leader Keith House and his Liberal Democrat councillors who enjoy a 40 to 4 majority in the council chamber.

I note Cllr House’s comment the borough council has acted properly and legally, under the current planning procedures.

Perhaps they have, but morally to pursue their political agenda to the detriment of the residents they represent is a betrayal. Closure of the golf club is linked to the success of the Ageas Bowl scheme’s upgraded golf course.

Those of us who have protested about the methods used in public consultations with regard to the local plan can accept there is a need for housing, however, the infrastructure, roads, sewers etc should be in place prior to development.

There is an alternative to revive the Major Development Area off Allington Lane, which included the missing junction 6 on to the M27, but as we know the council led by Cllr House are adamant this will not be considered.

Politics at its worse.

KEN WELLSTOOD, Eastleigh.

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4:02pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Saint Botley says...

Well said. This council have no regard for the current residents of areas affected by their proposals. As this and the greenfield development plans for Hedge End vividly demonstrate. Local mood is not good. However, if the lib dems are arrogant enough to believe they can alienate a vast area of previous support and still be re-elected then I suspect that justice will eventually be done. The latest edition of their Standpoint circular even has the audacity to claim they are 'protecting' the countryside, presumably believing that most of the public would not take the trouble to actually examine the proposals. I urge everyone to do so. Insulting, misleading and ill advised. A further example of politics at it's worst.
Well said. This council have no regard for the current residents of areas affected by their proposals. As this and the greenfield development plans for Hedge End vividly demonstrate. Local mood is not good. However, if the lib dems are arrogant enough to believe they can alienate a vast area of previous support and still be re-elected then I suspect that justice will eventually be done. The latest edition of their Standpoint circular even has the audacity to claim they are 'protecting' the countryside, presumably believing that most of the public would not take the trouble to actually examine the proposals. I urge everyone to do so. Insulting, misleading and ill advised. A further example of politics at it's worst. Saint Botley

10:43pm Thu 9 Jan 14

barker1m says...

They will not get re-elected next time around. Totally betrayed. I feel sick to the stomach that our local area is being desimated by people that dont understand what its like to live here. Sadly the death of a child outside Wyvern will show up the short comings. Hope to god I'm wrong but the lack of infrastructure investment will lead to this... totally betrayed. Move Cllr House to the edge of the development then see if all this Local Plan joke is a good idea...
They will not get re-elected next time around. Totally betrayed. I feel sick to the stomach that our local area is being desimated by people that dont understand what its like to live here. Sadly the death of a child outside Wyvern will show up the short comings. Hope to god I'm wrong but the lack of infrastructure investment will lead to this... totally betrayed. Move Cllr House to the edge of the development then see if all this Local Plan joke is a good idea... barker1m

12:20pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Saint Botley says...

I think they've badly underestimated the strength of feeling. They've managed to annoy Boorley Green, Hedge End, Botley, Bursledon, Horton Heath etc all of whom previously represented good support. It's political suicide really. They seem to think they can clumsily apportion blame elsewhere or that we'll all fall for their laughably transparent spin. As you rightly point out, the infrastructure plans are woefully inadequate for the scale of the proposals in Hedge End and Boorley Green and if these developments go ahead, the area will become considerably less desirable. It has been an attractive option in the past because of the green areas and convenient road networking, however these plans will render it featureless and congested. We're at breaking point now, this will push it over the edge, simple as that. It's ill advised, incredibly short sighted and the residents feel insulted, betrayed and ignored.
I think they've badly underestimated the strength of feeling. They've managed to annoy Boorley Green, Hedge End, Botley, Bursledon, Horton Heath etc all of whom previously represented good support. It's political suicide really. They seem to think they can clumsily apportion blame elsewhere or that we'll all fall for their laughably transparent spin. As you rightly point out, the infrastructure plans are woefully inadequate for the scale of the proposals in Hedge End and Boorley Green and if these developments go ahead, the area will become considerably less desirable. It has been an attractive option in the past because of the green areas and convenient road networking, however these plans will render it featureless and congested. We're at breaking point now, this will push it over the edge, simple as that. It's ill advised, incredibly short sighted and the residents feel insulted, betrayed and ignored. Saint Botley

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