General Election, Malcolm Jones, UKIP candidate for Eastleigh, writes…

ADD UPDATE, 21 May 2017: Ahead of the general election on 8 June, ADD has invited each candidate for each constituency 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 Allbrook, Bishopstoke and Fair Oak) to supply us with up to 350 words on their views on options B and C and their intended actions relating to them.

On 20 May, Malcolm Jones, UKIP candidate for Eastleigh, sent us the following email:

“The so called public ‘consultation’ was flawed – as an option not to build was never offered.

‘The ‘relief roads’ have no covenant protecting their flanks from future development, so will just become ‘link roads’ to more building sites – destroying our area even further.

“The plans fail to meet our requirement for a sensible supply of suitable homes to meet the needs of local people, in addition to a sufficient quantity of mortgage paying jobs for existing residents (to replace those lost under previous administrations).

“Options B and C will destroy our green spaces, cause excessive traffic and pollution, have been forced through without ‘meaningful consultation’ and do not meet the needs of local people – I fully oppose them on this basis.

“To this end, when elected I will co-ordinate a campaign involving Government Ministers, Cross Party Representatives, Local Interest Groups, Businesses and Residents – so we can overthrow these damaging ‘options’ and instruct the council to produce a long-term plan that meets the needs of those who live here.

“A campaign only works with good communication, so to get the message across I will work with you to organise the following:

  • We will work together organising street stalls, public meetings and media coverage to get our message across to the whole electorate.
  • As your MP I will address school and college assemblies, educating students on how mass development will damage their future – so they can educate their family and friends.

“Through a well-coordinated campaign, we will be able to unite the whole community and apply the necessary amount of pressure on the council to ensure we protect our area from the developers and secure its long-term future.”

Malcolm Jones, UKIP candidate for Eastleigh