Eastleigh Borough Council election, 3 May: Ray Dean, Independent candidate for Bishopstoke, writes…

ADD UPDATE, 30 April 2018: Ahead of the local elections this Thursday, 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, Ray Dean, Independent candidate for Bishopstoke on Eastleigh Borough Council, has sent us the following email:

“Having never been a member of any political party, I am standing as a truly independent candidate for the borough council elections on 3 May.

I believe that there is no room for party political “bun fighting” at local government level and that councillors should represent the views of their electorate.

I have supported ADD’s campaign from the start because I feel that EBC’s options B and C for the Local Plan will be disastrous for our community: increasing traffic, not providing the homes required to meet the local need, destroying our countryside, and over-stretching our infrastructure and local services.

For truly independent representation at the borough, vote Independent. Thank you.”

Ray Dean, Independent candidate for Bishopstoke on Eastleigh Borough Council