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Fair Oak & Horton Heath Focus Summer 2021 Liberal Democrats
Election over - County Tories reveal NEW cuts…
County to AXE Crossing Patrols
Conservative Hampshire County Council is once again planning to stop all funding for school crossing patrols, writes Councillor Nick Couldrey.
Your Lib Dem councillors are strongly against this - safe routes to school are essential with our ever-busy roads.
In our area, crossing patrols are vital for children’s safety on the way to the schools on Botley Road.
The Tories plan to make the crossing patrol staff redundant.
The “consultation” document produced by the County is designed to give the impression residents back all the cuts.
Your Lib Dems have launched a petition to give YOU a REAL say to back school road safety - go to www.eastleighlibdems.org.uk/SOS or fill in and send back our back page petition - do it today!
The local winners! Source: Last local elections across our Borough
Lib Dem 1st
Everyone knows only the Lib Dems can beat the Tories
Lib Dems win here!
Focus is paid for by the local Lib Dems, serving our local community. It is delivered by a team of volunteers, who we thank for their help.
Nick Couldrey writes
I was disappointed to lose the Borough Council election and congratulate my Tory opponent on his win. But I am still here, one of the Lib Dem team working on local issues and services.
These are still important as we emerge from lockdown which we all hope will mean that the rest of the year is less fraught.
I hope you stay safe and enjoy the summer.
In This Issue…
Trees, trees trees!
Solar park saved
…and lots more local news!
Campaigning all-year-round for local people!
Many residents told Cllr Bruce Tennent that fixed and mobile broadband speeds are very poor in parts of our villages. Even making a mobile phone call indoors is not possible for some.
Bruce invited Openreach to a scrutiny meeting to explain their full-fibre strategy. They supply full-fibre Broadband infrastructure free of charge for larger new housing areas, but elsewhere only install where they believe they expect a profit. Funding to install new infrastructure in the existing areas of our community may be available in the form of contributions from nearby new housing development. Yet again, the government leaves it to councils to help fix needed infrastructure.
Across our Borough, Liberal Democrats won 10 of the 12 Borough Council seats up for election in May. On the Borough Council there are now 32 Lib Dems, 5 Independents and just 2 Conservatives.
In the County Council elections, the Lib Dem team won 6 of the 8 seats in our Borough.
Nick Couldrey, Mike Thornton and Bruce Tennent would like to thank everyone who voted for them here.
Your Lib Dem team are of course here for you all year round - unlike the Conservatives who only turn up when they want your vote!
All our local councils have now returned to “in person” meetings at local venues rather than meeting “online”. Check council websites for details.
**News from your Liberal Democrat campaigners - **
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Got an issue? Get in touch with the Lib Dem team!
The old Scout Hut on Shorts Road is due to be demolished. The Parish Council has been discussing the Fountain Cafe’s proposal to build a not-for-profit community cafe in its place. The Fountain Cafe is a community group run by volunteers. Residents backed the parish council’s consultation, and with funding from the developers’ contributions, the Parish Council is to prepare detailed plans.
The consultation also highlighted the problems caused by buses using Shorts Road. We’ve asked the bus company if the route can be changed.
HGVs and Burnetts Lane
HGVs from Chalcroft Distribution Park have been a problem for years. The opening of the new link road to Bubb Lane will be a big help. So will Traffic Regulation Orders for speed and weight restrictions on HGVs that Cllr Bruce Tennent has persuaded the County Council to bring forward and that will soon be on public consultation. Meadowsweet Way residents will also benefit because the Police will have powers to take action against drivers using their road as a short cut.
The Local Plan
The council is consulting on changes to the Local Plan. The proposal to build east and north of Fair Oak has been dropped. But the Planning Inspector also insisted that the countryside gaps proposed by the Council must be reduced. Some of the areas which now fall outside the gaps are protected for other reasons (e.g. woodlands), existing countryside policies should protect the rest.
Trees, trees, trees!
The illegal clearance of Scorey’s Copse has highlighted the continual loss of trees in the South east. Eastleigh Borough Council has taken strong measures in response to that piece of vandalism.
It has also started enquiries into two other episodes where more trees were cut down than authorised; County contractors working on the Botley bypass and its own contractors at Allington Lane. Both enquiries are currently sub judice and so we can’t comment further.
Trees and vegetation are easily lost to development. Existing planning policies try to limit the loss. But some developers clear sites before applying for planning permission. The Borough Council is trying to strengthen policies to protect trees, stop pre-emptive felling and insist on better replacements for trees that do not have to go. The Council is consulting about the new policy which is in a draft planning document available on its website.
We also need more trees. The Council has started planting the 160,000 new trees that it intends to add by 2030 and has created a tree nursery at Horton Heath to supply locally grown trees.
Council Safeguards Solar Park
Your Lib Dem Borough Council has saved Chalcroft Solar Park from being bought up for development - by buying it itself!
The solar park produces around six million kilowatt hours of power each year.
Developed in 2013, the site hosts more than 25,600 photovoltaic panels covering 34 acres of land. Power from the Park will help provide green electricity at One Horton Heath, as well as to the national grid.
Eastleigh Borough Council’s popular Park Sport is back this year with highly subsidised summer activities for 5-16 year olds at either £1 or completely free.
The programme will run from 26 July to o28 August and will see the return of popular activities, such as the free Skate Jams and Free Swimming at multiple locations across the Borough. [www.eastleigh.gov.uk] for details.(https://www.eastleigh.gov.uk)
Your Local Lib Dem Team
Your local team of councillors and campaigners
Nick Couldrey 07801 698611
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Helen Douglas 023 8069 2200
Michelle Marsh 023 8069 2403
Rob Rushton 023 8001 6240
Bruce Tennent 07703 447365
and a great team of parish councillors working on our local parish councils!
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Cllr Nick Couldrey Reports
The reopening of the library is beginning to progress
After closing the library at the end of last year, Hampshire County Council took until mid-June to transfer the building to the Parish Council.
Now volunteers are starting to get everything ready for reopening to the public. They hope to be able to do so before the end of July.
To begin with, everything will look much the same. But clearly the library is going to have to change.
it is not good enough to only be open for short periods during the day. that excludes children at school and those working during the day. And it needs to do more than just lend books. We can make better use of this community space.
Quite how the library evolves depends on you. When do you need it and for what? What do you think that the volunteers should do to make it a better facility for the community?
The library will be consulting widely. you can follow what’s going on and tell us what you think at - www.fairoakcommunitylibrary.org
Save our School Crossings!
“We the undersigned demand Hampshire County Council keep our children safe and save our school crossing patrols”.
What can we do for YOU?
If there are issues you want us to take up, or if you have a problem or an idea for our area get in touch with our team through our unique FREEPOST service. Email Nick.email@example.com or write to Nick and the Lib Dem team: Freepost RTLH-YXCX-BKXE, Eastleigh Liberal Democrats, 107 Leigh Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9DR. It won’t even cost you a stamp!
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