BUSINESS DOMINATED WATERSIDE In my nightmares, I have a vision of Totton and th…

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BUSINESS DOMINATED WATERSIDE

In my nightmares, I have a vision of Totton and the Waterside being completely dominated by business interests, at cost to the environment and the people that live here.

We already have a very substantial amount of commerce and industry here, including a lot of large facilities that serve the nearby city of Southampton.

When looking at the future, I want Totton & The Waterside to remain a pleasant place to live, with space for nature. The danger is that, squeezed between the Southampton Water and the New Forest National Park, all sorts of undesirable development will be permitted with little to compensate for it.

The Fawley Waterside development has much to commend it, but it will have a negative impact north of the Dibden roundabout with nothing in place to mitigate the expected extra traffic congestion.

What further misery might arise when we see Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre developed for commercial use and Dibden Bay developed?

Against this background you might expect the Conservative District Council to be looking out for the interests of the people that live here and the environment. However, the reality is rather different.

In fact, what they have done is formed an informal consortium, completely dominated by business interests, which has already produced what they describe as a "Vision for the Waterside". They are proposing to adopt this as a formal high level document that will guide local policies.

This document is set to be rubber stamped at a virtual meeting of the District Council's Cabinet meeting tomorrow (Wednesday August 5th) and to be subsequently endorsed by the full Council.

This unelected and unaccountable consortium has a membership that comprises of Associated British Ports, Solent Gateway Ltd, Fawley Waterside Ltd, Exxon and Barker Mill Estates. Another major player is the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (primarily an organisation devoted to encouraging economic growth).

If you look at the Vision they have produced for our area there is a lot of emphasis on expanding business (surprise, surprise). Also, a lot of greenwash… mentions about the environment without anything specific.

The Liberal Democrats aren't at all anti-business, but we strongly believe that the needs of business and the profit motive should not be allowed to completely dominate. There needs to be balance, with quality of life for the residents and space for nature to be protected.

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