Important announcement: Parking arrangements for Botleigh Grange protest, this Friday 22 November

ADD UPDATE, 16 November 2019 – PLEASE READ: As many of you know, we are encouraging anyone who is opposed to Eastleigh’s Local Plan to attend a mass ‘presence’ at 8.30am this Friday, 22 November, in front of Botleigh Grange Hotel where the examination is taking place. This is aimed at Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC), not at the Planning Inspector who is required to determine the soundness of the plan and is completely impartial. The press and media will be present to record the opposition of local people and we will have photo-shoot at 8.30am prompt.

Thank you to everyone who has already indicated via our Facebook event or by email to [email protected] that you are coming. Your support is much appreciated. Please read on for an important announcement re car parking.

Car parking at the hotel is very limited so we are encouraging maximum car sharing but in addition special arrangements have been made as per below. Please follow this guidance carefully so that we can make our views known without causing undue disruption to others, including hotel guests.

  • Anyone who is coming primarily for the demonstration at 8.30am and cannot stay for long thereafter is asked to drive to the Ageas Bowl in Botley Road (SO30 3XH) and then take a shuttle bus from there to the Botleigh Grange Hotel. The buses will be provided by EBC and will collect people from the Ageas Bowl’s west car park, which is on the right off Marshall Drive (the main entrance road). The buses will travel to and from Botleigh Grange and the Ageas Bowl between 8.00am and 12 noon. Stewards will be on hand to give assistance where needed. The journey should take less than 10 minutes.
  • Parking at Botleigh Grange is very limited but those who wish to stay for more than a couple of hours after the demonstration to attend the Planning Inspector’s examination should drive to the hotel where there will be some parking available. Again, stewards will be there to direct people to the appropriate parking area. Please do not park without guidance as some areas of the business park around the hotel are subject to penalty fines for unauthorised parking.

After years of hard work, we are optimistic about a successful outcome to our campaign against Eastleigh’s ill-considered and deeply flawed plan. We are hugely grateful to our thousands of supporters and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at 8.30am next Friday, 22 November. Together we can win.

Thank you.