HCC elections: Victoria Jones, Green candidate for Bishops Waltham, writes…

ADD UPDATE, 3 May 2017: Ahead of the Hampshire County Council (HCC) elections on 4 May, ADD has invited each candidate for each ward that will be impacted by options B and C of Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC)’s Local Plan (namely its plans for 6,000+ houses and a major new road north of Bishopstoke and Fair Oak) to submit an article of no more than 100 words that describes their position with regards to this proposed major development area.

On 3 May, Victoria Jones, Green candidate for Bishops Waltham (including Colden Common and Upham), sent us the following email:

“I have a degree in conservation biology and I am appalled about the planned development. I understand the area includes not only several areas of designated ancient woodland and hedgerows but also a part of the River Itchen (including a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation). Clearly environmental concerns should form a major part of the case against this development. It is against EU laws for Eastleigh Borough Council to adopt this area as the site for such as major development. Green spaces should be protected. The same is happening in Bishops Waltham. It’s unnecessary.”

Victoria Jones, Green candidate for Bishops Waltham