New Forest Local Plan is approved | Advertiser and Times
FREE VOTE OR A BULLIED VOTE
It was interesting to witness every Conservative Councillor on New Forest District Council voting in favour of the Local Plan that clears the way for 10,000 houses to be built.
You can hear the debate on this by visiting the New Forest District Council website.
I told the Liberal Democrat group that they should make up their own minds and not feel bullied to vote for something they cannot support. We do need homes, but whether we need this many in the next 20 year period without the infrastructure being in place is quite another question.
Almost everybody agrees that the A326 (the road that runs up and down the Waterside) cannot take much more traffic. Whenever there is an incident on the single carriageway road, all the traffic re-routes through the centre of Marchwood village. It's absolute chaos. I honestly don't know how Conservative Councillors must have felt supporting the plan, knowing this was the case.
One Conservative Councillor claimed they weren't being bullied, but then admitted that if they didn't vote for the plan, government would impose even higher housebuilding targets in the area. That sounds exactly like bullying to me!
CONTROVERSIAL Local Plan to build more than 10,000 homes in the New Forest have been approved amid a failed bid to delete land earmarked for 100 properties.
SIGN UP FOR DAVID'S NEWSLETTER
Search the site
Latest Marchwood Stories
BEAVER DELIGHT I am delighted at today's news that beavers have been granted permanent status in the UK. Beavers are a keystone species. What they do to habitats has a very positive impact, benefiting biodiversity. I am pretty sure that there are parts of the New Forest that would benefit in a similar way to…
VALUES OF THE MAFIA The Times, (always a Conservative supporting newspaper) is full of stories today about the Conservative party which shows it in a very poor light. There are reports of the party accepting very large donations from Russian oligarchs, including a number of current Conservative government ministers. Surprise, surprise, the Russian businessman who…
HEDGEHOG MARKING I have had somebody, living locally, complaining that somebody appears to be marking hedgehogs spines with different coloured paints. I am puzzled why anyone would do this to a wild animal, unless it is for some research purpose. Has anybody seen any examples of this (Totton area), or even throw any light upon…
COUNCIL COLOURS I am sure it is just a matter of luck when it comes to the dominant colour scheme, but I do take off my hat to the Liberal Democrat run Portsmouth City Council for the brilliant flower schemes to be seen around the city.
GDP / HAPPINESS This is a very interesting illustration of global changes in economic fortunes. Even if the United Kingdom stays together (which now seems increasingly unlikely given that Scotland wants to stay in the EU), it seem that we are destined to slip further down the rankings as our traditional trade diminishes. An important…