Eastleigh Borough Council election, 3 May: Paul Openshaw, Green candidate for Fair Oak and Horton Heath, writes…

ADD UPDATE, 24 April 2018: Ahead of the local elections on 3 May, ADD has invited each candidate standing for Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC) and Winchester City Council – as well as in the parish elections in Allbrook and North Boyatt, Chandler’s Ford, Hiltingbury, Colden Common & Twyford and Owslebury – to supply us with up to 350 words on their views on EBC’s Local Plan.

As you will be aware, on 11 December last year, EBC chose ‘options B and C’ for its Local Plan, namely proposals for 5,200 houses and a major new road north of Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Allbrook and south of Colden Common, Owslebury and Upham, significantly affecting Boyatt Wood, Chandler’s Ford, Hiltingbury, Otterbourne, Brambridge, Highbridge, Twyford and Bishop’s Waltham.

As part of this virtual hustings, Paul Openshaw, Green candidate for Fair Oak and Horton Heath on Eastleigh Borough Council, has sent us the following email:

“I do not support the draft Local Plan. This is not a NIMBY attitude… our children and grandchildren need homes and we do not have, and are not building, enough.

Before any more greenfield development we must ensure all brownfield options are developed. At the same time, we must ensure that our infrastructure is able to cope. Our schools, surgeries and roads are at capacity.

For the record, I do not support new road building (improvements here and there would be welcomed) but want to see huge improvement in public transport provision.”

Paul Openshaw, Green candidate for Fair Oak and Horton Heath on Eastleigh Borough Council