ADD UPDATE, 9 December 2016: Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC)’s cabinet have today published a paper ahead of the crucial full council meeting next Thursday (15 December) recommending that the council pursues options B and C. Setting out some of the factors in the debate, the paper recommends “the Council confirms its commitment to act in progressing” these proposals.
This heads-up makes it EVEN MORE ESSENTIAL that all of us who believe options B and C represent an unsustainable and undeliverable solution to Eastleigh’s housing problems attend the council meeting to register our opposition to them.
Not only are they the most environmentally damaging options but they also offer no prospect of linking to a sustainable public transport system. They will therefore – without doubt – generate huge additional traffic congestion for the whole area.
If you live in Bishopstoke, Fair Oak, Upham, Owslebury, Allbrook, Colden Common, Chandler’s Ford, Highbridge, Brambridge, Twyford or Otterbourne, you are likely to be badly affected by these ill-considered plans.
The meeting will be held at 7.00pm next Thursday, 15 December, at Kings Community Church, Upper Northam Road, Hedge End, Southampton, SO30 4BZ.
This unusual venue takes up to 1,300 people, which suggests the council knows local residents oppose these plans in their droves. TV, radio and newspaper journalists are now interested in this story. We really do need EVERYONE there to make our case as forcibly as we can.
Councillors need to understand that we won’t cease in our opposition, and will go wherever we need to go to attend meetings. This is a fight for the sustainability of the future of Eastleigh and its surrounding area – our villages, our lifestyles, our environment.
We demand the best for the whole of the borough. PLEASE ATTEND. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD.
To read the full paper, click here. The key clauses are numbers 44-70.