Botley Councillor, Mrs Cathie Fraser, has agreed to represent Eastleigh on a new forum run by Winchester City Council.
The North Whiteley Development Forum will consider the implications of Winchester City Councils housing development proposals for North Whiteley and the impact on the surrounding areas, including the Borough of Eastleigh and Botley in particular.
The 3000 new houses proposed by Winchester City Council at North Whiteley are expected to put extra traffic onto the A334 which runs through Botley village. “Early provision of a Botley bypass”, which will cross the boundary between Eastleigh Borough Council and Winchester City Council at Botley, is consequently factored in to those plans.
Cllr Fraser’s membership of the North Whiteley Development Forum is intended to help “mitigate impacts on Eastleigh Borough”
The decision to appoint Cllr Fraser was taken at the November meeting of the Hedge End West End and Botley Local Area Committee, and is proudly reported in the latest edition of the Lib Dems campaign newsletter, Botley Focus.
The newsletter contains a small headline noting that “Borough meeting appoints rep to Whiteley Group” and a bold headline that reads “Conservatives go home early!”
The Lib Dems claim;
Botley and Hedge End Conservatives didn’t even stay at the meeting for this discussion – they went home early! Oops!
Eastleigh News did however stay to the end of that meeting and saw exactly what happened.
Appointment of a representative to this forum was the very last item on the agenda, item14. The main business of the meeting, various planning applications, had been given a lot of time and had been dealt with. The Conservatives had indeed gone home and the Lib Dems were keen to do likewise. All that remained to be done was to appoint a representative to the North Whiteley Development Forum.
The Chairman of the meeting Cllr Rupert Kyrle asked;
Do we have a volunteer
Cllr Fraser raised her hand and Cllr Kyrle said;
Whereupon the meeting was swiftly drawn to a close. There was no discussion of the impact of the North Whiteley development. The purpose of this agenda item was only to appoint a representative.
Conservative campaigner Paul Redding has this evening said to Eastleigh News;
I checked with Graham and Jerry and we agreed that we had done what we came for so we left. It is cheeky for the Lib Dems to spin that in the way that they have, but sadly it is not unusual.