T: 023 8086 4500 | M: 075 4532 5209 | E: dharrison100@aol.com

T: 023 8086 4500
M: 075 4532 5209
E: dharrison100@aol.com

Councillor Davod Harrison

If They Can Afford It ….

press report on budget speech
press report on budget speech

Good press coverage today, following my budget speech at New Forest District Council.

It was interesting that a large number of conservative Councillors approached me after the event to congratulate me on the content of my speech and tell me that they privately agreed with almost everything I had said, including abolition of the Right to Buy council housing which has led to the loss of 50% of our council homes in the New Forest.

Government has squeezed council finances so much that I think all parties have become quite disenchanted.

We seem to be moving towards a situation where the council will be able to do little more than pick up household waste.

The cutbacks do not impact everyone equally.

If you are wealthy you can insulate yourself from the loss of public services by all sorts of means.

Drivers of 4X4 Range Rovers are less impacted by potholes.

If the local leisure centre closes, they have the capacity to buy private gym memberships.

Who needs a library when you can buy all you want from Amazon?

Local park not maintained?… Why worry if you live in a large New Forest home with a few acres of land.

Increase in crime?… This always affects poorer people much more than the rich.

I think we might have got to the point where some people might willingly pay an extra sum voluntarily if it means society isn’t to break down in a way that will ultimately divide and destroy the quality of life for many people who aren’t wealthy.

In my view, it’s worth a try… see if it works.

If it doesn’t then perhaps socialism will take over!

SIGN UP FOR DAVID'S NEWSLETTER

Sign up to David's latest stories which are delivered to your inbox in the morning. Please note: your details including your email address will not be sold or given to a third party. 
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

Leave a Comment





Search the site

Latest News

Overgrown Garden

Overgrown Gardens

I sometimes get complaints or questions about what the Council can do when a neighbour allows their garden to become completely overgrown with brambles and possibly harbouring rats.

Street Lighting

The Big Switch Off

The next item being considered by Tories at Hampshire County Council, who have recently announced an intention to save a further £80 million, is street lighting.

Wooden Bridge Through Forest

New Forest Keeps Planning Standard

I was involved today in one of the most important decisions that will impact on planning and development control that will ever be made in the New Forest.

Travelodge Sign - bed and breakfast

District Council’s “B & B” Bill

I was shocked to find out that the Tory run New Forest District Council is now spending annually up to £700,000 of taxpayer’s money on putting up people in temporary housing, such as Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Travelodge Hotels.

Parking Sign

Why Residents Parking Permit Schemes Aren’t Always The Answer

I get a lot of requests from residents suggesting that the Council implement a “Residents Only” Parking scheme where they live.