I’ve lived in Bishopstoke for many years, and since retiring have taken an increasingly active part in our village community. I was a Bishopstoke Parish Councillor (with a particular interest in Planning) between 2008 and 2016. I'm passionately opposed to the Liberal Democrats' proposals for Bishopstoke (options B and C) contained in Eastleigh Borough Council's draft Local Plan and supported by all three of Bishopstoke's Liberal Democrat councillors.
Housing : The Liberal Democrat council failed to produce an acceptable Local Plan back in 2011. This has led to the creation of another draft plan, ticking all the Tory Government's boxes.
So what have we ended up with? A proposal for another 5200 homes over the next 18 years, destined to change the face of Bishopstoke forever. Two things: firstly the Liberal Democrats have changed the goalposts: building 3200 homes would have met the Government's requirement. Secondly, if new homes are to be built, we need them to meet local need, and that need is for good quality affordable housing with plenty of options to rent.
I am standing in these Council elections because I want Bishopstoke residents to have a voice: to have a Councillor who listens to them rather than following the majority Party's line.
We're not too badly off for public transport in much of Bishopstoke. No. 2 buses are frequent and reliable. For people living in the furthest reaches of Bishopstoke it's a different story. If you live in Stoke Common you're nowhere near a bus stop. If you've lived in that area for a while, you'll know that sometimes there's a bus service there - and sometimes there isn't ... And having a Car Share isn't the same.
Bus routes spring up in our village - and then disappear. Anyone remember Black Velvet? The Blue Star F service? You can now catch an Exel bus to Hamble from Bishopstoke - via Horton Heath! Great news - but how long will this new service last? For too long the Borough Council has been hostage to the whims of the bus operators.
Bishopstoke residents need Councillors who can argue for their transport needs.
One GP Surgery, (Stokewood) serves many of the 20 000+ residents of Bishopstoke Fair Oak and Horton Heath with the possibility of attending routine appointments at the (now) satellite surgery, The Old Anchor.
The surgeries, like others throughout the country, are stretched to the limit. Waits of 5-6 weeks for a non-urgent appointment are the norm. With a growing number of homes in the area things can only get worse. Labour believes there's an urgent need for another surgery in the BIshopstoke Fair Oak and Horton Heath area and/or the return of Old Anchor to its former status as a fully operational GP surgery.
A shortage of GPs and the drastic underfunding of the NHS by the Tories is the root cause of the problem. Vote Labour to help us try to redress the balance.
Promoted by Sue Toher and Eastleigh Labour Party, both at 69 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DF