SP Man slams Rose Bowl Hotel plan

Nick Chaffey Socialist Party

Nick Chaffey. He may be left, but is he right?

‘Madness’. That is how Socialist Party organiser Nick Chaffey has described Eastleigh Borough Council’s decision to fund the building of a £32 million Hotel at the Rose Bowl complex.

Speaking  at the Inaugural meeting of the Eastleigh Branch of the Socialist Party, the former MEP Candidate told supporters gathered at the Home Tavern:

‘We are not opposed to the development of the Rose Bowl but for the Council to put up millions of pounds for a luxury 5 star hotel while the town is experiencing record unemployment and hundreds of people are struggling to pay their basic housing costs is obscene and shows how far out of touch with the needs of ordinary people this Lib Dem majority, fat cat council really is.”

“It is not as if most people in the Town will ever be able to afford to stay there.”

He added that Eastleigh Socialist Party would be calling a Public Meeting to ask the people of Eastleigh:

“How would YOU spend £32 Million in the Borough?”

Announcing the party’s intention to campaign in the forthcoming council elections Mr Chaffey said the needs of working Class people were under-represented in the Council, vowing:

‘We intend to give those people a voice’

photo by Bill Chandler

He may be left, but is he right? What do you think of the council plans, are they ‘Madness’ or a prudent investment which will shave £££££’s of middle income Council Tax bills?

  5 comments for “SP Man slams Rose Bowl Hotel plan

  1. Kevin Hayes
    March 4, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Eastleigh council have lost the plot. All over the world the effects of the recession are being felt. Greece is locked into a spiral of cuts that has seen tens of thousands take to the streets. Here in Britain we are seeing these same threat of cuts to areas important to millions of people. Students, including the Socialist Student Group at Sussex University stage a sit in as they are angry at the cuts to staff and courses (The University’s answer to the students was to call in riot police). How is it that this recession could cause the break up of the Euro, or see the level of unemployment goes through the roof across the globe, with the tax payer footing the bill? Plus of course, also losing by pay freeze, pay cuts, job losses leading to loss of homes and even the break up of families. How can Eastleigh justify spending such vast amounts of money, which I might add, very few if any will use or have any benefit from? What planet are they on?

    • March 4, 2010 at 5:38 am


      You have so hit the nail on the head with this.. Whilst the BARMY Lib Dems will write this story off as just Left Wing nonsense, they will have missed the whole point..

      Left Wing or Right Wing, this is about the common understanding of the needs of the people in Eastleigh and I am sure that even the Tories will get your message and salute you for making a very valid point.

      Come on people of Eastleigh.. Wake up for god’s sake and be prepared to fight for your Borough, its jobs and OUR children’s future.

      The Lib Dems have run this once great town of OURS into the ground and fleeced the pockets of its residents for far too long.

      It’s time for change.!!

  2. Davo
    March 4, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Nick Chaffy is RIGHT the counils priortys are WRONG

  3. March 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Why do councils seem to think it is their right to spend the taxpayers hard earned money on what are basically ego projects?
    I am sure the people of Eastleigh would rather have the money still in their own pockets.

    • March 9, 2010 at 1:15 am

      Or reinvested in the LOCAL community.

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