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: