Olson “disappointed” on Rec debate move

Godfrey Olson

Councillors arriving for last nights Full Council meeting were being tight lipped when asked for their thoughts on a Conservative motion to protect the Town’s Leigh Road Recreation from any future development.

Local residents had concerns after Area Committee members had indicated support for a  plan from Sainsbury’s to build on the rec and the Borough planning department  had recommended  it should be allowed.

Although Sainsbury’s withdrew the plan objectors feel a precedent has been set that could open the door for other planning applications and want  a reassurance from council members that the ground will be retained for  recreational use.

Council Leader Keith House had earlier dismissed the initiative as ‘political posturing”.

In the event the motion was proposed by Cllr Judith Gajewski and seconded by Cllr Godfrey Olson but was never moved – instead being referred for consideration by Eastleigh Local Area Committee under standing orders.

Speaking to local activist and freelance journalist Matthew Myatt afterward, Cllr Olson said he was disappointed the motion could not be debated and described  the delegation of the motion to the Area Committee as a “‘manipulation of procedure”.

Matthew Myatt has posted  this video report on youtube:



  4 comments for “Olson “disappointed” on Rec debate move

  1. Stephen Slominski
    October 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    If decisions regarding the Rec are solely the concern of ELAC then why were the views of residents in Chandler’s Ford and Bishopstoke canvassed during the Sainsbury’s consultation?

    • Chris Thomas
      October 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      East, Sainsburys sought the views of what they consider to be their customer base.

      ELAC will consider the motion whern it comes to us.

      Very very different matter.

  2. Stuart Jebbitt
    October 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    If they have anything about them, ELAC will support the motion to protect the Recreation from further commercial encroachment. Keith House told me “There is not and has not been a plan to develop the rec or give it away to commercial interests. We all value the Recreation Ground”. Therefore it follows that had the Sainsbury’s proposal continued, he would have voted against the new store building onto the rec? People are getting wise to the lib dems use of doublespeak and buck passing, they are not so much a party as an elaborate PR management scheme.

  3. October 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    How does the saying go..

    O what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive.

    Never a more true word spoken.!!

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