I have lived in Netley Abbey for 43 years. In previous years, when work commitments allowed, I tried to make a contribution to the life of our community, by, for example, volunteering for the (now defunct) Hound Good Neighbours Group. As I head towards retirement I am looking to contribute again, and believe that one of the ways I can make a difference is by challenging the unhealthy dominance of the Liberal Democrats on our local councils, standing as a Labour candidate. The council undoubtedly achieved good things for Eastleigh in its early years, but is now complacent and out of touch with local needs and opinions. The Lib Dems claim credit for achievements they have not delivered, particularly that they have frozen council tax, when they have instead loaded charges on to the services we depend on, at point of delivery.
Hamble and Netley are being negatively impacted by uncontrolled housing developments. Yes, we desperately need housing, but the houses that are being built in huge numbers along Hamble Lane and in the areas around Junction 8 are not serving our needs. Genuinely affordable housing is few and far between, so our young people are priced out of our area, while the new developments are attracting buyers who are already on the housing ladder and are trading up, bringing increased pressure on our GP practices, schools and our already crowded roads. The Lib Dems have allowed this over-development of housing and under-investment in services because of their negligence in producing a local plan that might have afforded some protection. They have yet to offer a plausible excuse for this failure, and they face no pressure to do so because they have no opposition in the council chamber.
I hope to be able to redress this balance by becoming the Labour councillor for Hamble and Netley Ward on May 3rd.
Promoted by Siobhan O'Rourke and Eastleigh Labour Party, both at 69 Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DF