Council to spend £8k to avoid ‘political damage’

David Airey

“We must put up the strongest possible case”

Eastleigh’s Lib Dem cabinet has agreed to spend over £8,000 on  consultants to help fight plans to extract gravel at Hamble Airfield after cabinet member David Airey warned them it would be ‘Politically damaging’ not to do so.

A Public Inquiry into the Hampshire Minerals and waste plan is to be held in June. Eastleigh’s Lib Dem council has been against the Conservative County Council’s choice of Hamble as a site for gravel extraction while the Tory’s have maintained the gravel is needed to help build the roads and 10,000 homes EBC is proposing in their local plan.

Both the gravel extraction quota and the house building target have been inherited from the old (Labour Government) South East plan.

EBC say there are ‘significant ecological, economic, amenity, transport, road safety and air quality issues’  for the site while Lib Dems maintain  the Gravel extraction is a ‘Trojan horse’ for future housing development.

All three parish Councils and a large number of local residents have objected to the plans and at the cabinet meeting on May 17 members ratified the executive decision taken by leader Keith House and the Chief Executive to appoint ‘consultants’ at cost of £8260 to be taken from reserves – the item having been  submitted as an ‘urgent’ late paper.

Speaking during the debate Cllr Airey who represents Hound said the cost was justified.

“We must put up the strongest possible case, because otherwise we will be criticised by residents on the Hamble peninsula and it will be politically damaging if we don’t”.


see also Hedge End Blogger: Council to call in consultants

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  5 comments for “Council to spend £8k to avoid ‘political damage’

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    May 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Who said resident pressure groups don’t work?

  2. May 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Surely there are also some ‘significant ecological, economic, amenity, transport, road safety and air quality issues’ associated with the Boroughs proposed housing developments in Hedge End and Botley…

    Do the Borough Council only see those issues when it suits them…?

  3. P Roberts
    May 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

    It all depends on where they can stretch the lib dem vote. Hamble is border line. They are very smug about Hedge End.

  4. Peter Stewart
    May 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    If you dig deeper you’ll see the problem is far more serious than gravel.

    If you (the British voter) insist on voting for the three mainstream parties rather than UKIP, then you must accept the consequences, i.e. continued EU annexation, open EU borders, (uncontrollable) mass EU immigration, mass house building and ultimately mass gravel extraction.

    It’s no good turning round after the event and whinging and whining because the pro-EU policies you voted for start destroying your country.

    Let’s just remind ourselves that ALL three mainstream parties support our continued EU annexation and make no secret of this. I grant the LibDems are honest about it, although seriously misguided on this point while Labour supports it instinctively because it loves anything with the word “union” in it.

    But the Tory leaders are the most dangerous. They more than any, adopt a peculiarly “robust” tone of voice when facing the camera and they tell us (robustly) how they are “fighting our corner” in Europe. But as a certain Mr S. A. S. said, if we need our leaders to “fight our corner, perhaps we are in the wrong “club”.

    If more people voted UKIP, instead of sticking with the same old tired three mainstream parties, then this country could be great again (and we could once again regain control of gravel)!

  5. May 26, 2012 at 12:45 am

    So EBC are worried that this gravel extraction by HCC is a ‘Trojan horse’ for future housing development.

    Just remind me who approved the housing development on the southern end of the airfield which now surrounds the old aircraft hangers, as can be seen in my recent fly over.?? It could not haver been the FIB DEMS could it.!!

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