Test Valley's decision to put all planning applications on the internet could prove a great help to financial crooks.

That's the view of Baddesley Borough Cllr Alan Dowden, who points out that the name, address and most importantly signature on applications will be available for all to see.

"After receiving a complaint about this from a local resident I rang Test Valley to complain," he told The Romsey Advertiser.

He was told by an official that other local authorities were doing this and there was nothing illegal about such a procedure.

Cllr Dowden agrees it may not be illegal but holds that it is irresponsible.

Under the old practice those calling at the borough's offices could see individual applications containing address and signature of applicants but Cllr Dowden thinks the internet move makes things much easier for crooks.