The entire group of Chandlers Ford’s Liberal Democrat parish councillors failed to take part in discussions regarding the re-siting of the Council dump after all six members of the group were a ‘no –show’ at Tuesday night’s Parish Council meeting.
The Lib Dems -who campaign on a promise that they will ‘speak out’ and ‘stick up for our area’ – left the ‘sticking up’ and ‘speaking out’ on waste disposal matters solely to the Conservatives.
Eastleigh Council has proposed moving the busy Hampshire Waste Recycling Centre which is currently sited at Woodside Avenue to a site off Chestnut Avenue in order to redevelop the adjacent allotments for housing and the Conservative members were able to quiz Paul Ramshaw, Head of Regeneration and Planning Policy on the current status of the plans.
Many Velmore residents are concerned about the traffic, health and nuisance implications of a waste dump on their doorstep. However, neither of their two Parish councillors Paul Bicknell and Pete Luffman (Labour) were able to make the meeting nor was Alan Broadhurst the divisional County Councillor who is also a Parish Council member.
Unlike Borough or County Councillors, Parish Council members do not receive any pay for giving up time to perform their parochial duties and several seats on Parish Councils within the Borough went uncontested in last year’s elections – however there had been fierce competition for seats on the newly created Chandler’s’ Ford Parish Council .