General election, Andrew Hayward, Green candidate for Meon Valley, writes…

ADD UPDATE, 6 June 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.

Andrew Hayward, Green candidate for Meon Valley, has sent us the following email:

“While it is undeniable that a shortage of houses is an issue faced across the country, the development of green space as a solution is something I find unthinkable and is indeed the stance of The Green Party. The encroachment on our environment is unforgivable. This is without consideration for the impact on local services, transport congestion and furthermore the quality of the air we breath. In-city green spaces are essential to the health of the population both physically and mentally and contribute greatly to the biodiversity of any given area.

“It is my personal position that the development of derelict, waste and brown land should always be placed as a higher option to the tearing up of our precious countryside.  While I understand the pressure on local authorities to build more homes, it is crucial that we set an example to our children that our environment and the way we treat it is paramount.”

Andrew Hayward, Green candidate for Meon Valley