Chancellor’s Chickenhall Lane election pledge

The Conservatives have promised to deliver vital road improvements for Eastleigh if they are re-elected with an outright majority.

Chancellor George Osborne has announced funding for a Botley by-pass and a new Chickenhall Lane link road to alleviate congestion and pollution in the town – two key projects that have been under discussion for many years.

The improvements ar part of a package of proposed upgrades to the transport infrastructure on the South Coast- also in the table are improvements to the M27 with a new junction and £350 million to improve the A27.

The Conservatives have promised to sign off all these projects within their first 100 days – although the caveat is that if they find themselves in a coalition – then their partners might have other priorities.

Mims Davies the Conservative Candidate in Eastleigh said:

“It’s something I have been lobbying for, I had the Transport Minister in Eastleigh a couple of weeks ago and those projects had certainly been stalling’

“Now there is a commitment to work with the Local Enterprise Partnership and bring these schemes forward under a Conservative majority government.”

While on a recent tour of the GE Aviation at Hamble the chancellor told reporters he had included funding for these projects in the Conservative’s £2.4 billion infrastructure plan for the South Coast after Davies had raised the issue of Eastleigh’s traffic problems with him.

George Osborne told Eastleigh News that he thought Mims Davies would make a ‘turbo-charged MP’.

The chancellor also explained why the Conservatives had put so many resources into campaign in Eastleigh

It is a close election and a seat like Eastleigh is absolutely critical to the outcome

A member of Eastleigh Conservatives told Eastleigh News that they had more people canvassing on Saturday then on any other day in the 2013 by-election.

Speaking for Labour, their Candidate Mark Latham said:

 “We welcome the plan – but don’t believe it.”

The Lib Dem candidate, former MP Mike Thornton said:

“Good to see that Osborne agrees with me and with local Lib Dem policy while local Conservatives have not supported it.

“Another example of the Conservatives “borrowing” good Lib Dem policies.”

The following candidates are also standing in the Eastleigh Parliamentary Election:

Declan Clune – TUSC

Mark Latham- Labour

Mims Davies- Conservative

Patricia Culligan -Ukip

Mike Thornton – Liberal Democrat

Ray Hall – Beer, Baccy and Scratchings

Ron Meldrum – Green Party

  13 comments for “Chancellor’s Chickenhall Lane election pledge

  1. May 6, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Love the video “fading out” to the sound of car engines, unfortunately there are no plans for Hamble lane and you can clearly see the new development across the road.
    However, “former MP Mike Thornton” does have a ring to it!

  2. Matthew Myatt
    May 6, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I have not made any comments during the election campaign but given there is only 30 mins to polling day I though to myself, why not have a go now..

    So there must be an election on the cards if we are talking about Chickenhall Lane road promises again.. YAWN.!!!

    Mr Thornton makes me laugh with his comments, so its his parties idea is it then.?? Funny how they never commit to it in any of their election, non recycled paper..

    Interesting to note however that UKIP are the only party standing in Eastleigh that have had their election martial printed locally and on recycled paper.!!

    So much for the Fib Dems protecting the environment, local jobs and O yes, green spaces..

    Dont forget to vote everyone.

    • May 6, 2015 at 11:51 pm

      Beer, Baccy & Scratchings has also had leaflets printed locally, though not sure if it was recycled paper.

      As for the promised improvements…

      Well. It would have been much more convincing if the Tories & LIb Dems had signed-off these much needed works in the last Parliament, whilst they were in a position to do so. We should be voting on deeds they have done, rather than promises they can break…

      • Matthew Myatt
        May 6, 2015 at 11:55 pm

        Very wise words indeed sir.. Sadly the BB&S paper was not recycled at the time of printing but I do hope it will be after the election.;-)

  3. John Renard
    May 7, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Hang on! They are promising improvements / upgrades to junction 6 of M27??? There ain’t no junction 6, never has been!

    • May 7, 2015 at 1:23 am

      Always so negative! 😉

      • John Renard
        May 7, 2015 at 1:32 am

        Sorry, Morning Flight, but how can one promise to improve something which does not exist? (My apologies if your post is intended as sarcasm.)

        • mm
          Eastleigh Xpress
          May 7, 2015 at 8:42 am

          Getting an extra junction will be an improvement!

  4. Rosie
    May 7, 2015 at 3:48 am

    No mention at all in the past of Mike Thornton and the Lib Dems doing anything to improve the A27, which has far worse traffic problems than Hamble Lane and is far more dangerous to cross. The Lib Dems are just hugely adding to the A27 and M27 problems by building hundreds of houses immediately off the A27 and just off junction 8 of the M27! We’ll need a fatality on the A27 before anything is done by the Lib Dems. Crossings with traffic lights are needed at a few points along the A27. Schoolchildren, the elderly and everyone else risk their lives daily trying to get across the 40mph A27 at the Dodwell Lane junction and other points by Bridge Close, the River Hamble and the Lowford junction. The speed limit also needs reducing to 30mph, as is the case at the Sarisbury end.

  5. Judith Grajewski
    May 7, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Local Conservatives have always supported the construction of the Chickenhall Link Road. Lib Dems’ motion to Council in February asked Council to “re-affirm its commitment” to a whole host of measures and the CLR was wrapped up in these which we could not support en bloc. We would have been happy to support a single issue motion that ensured the CLR was progressed.

    Let’s not forget that the CLR was first suggested by Conservatives when they were running the Council. For over 20 years since then, all the Lib Dems in charge have done is “re-affirm their commitment” to a CLR. All talk – it’s taken Conservative PPC Mims Davies to come along and speak up for residents with Government ministers and secure the investment we need. No Eastleigh Lib Dem MP has managed to do that.

    Conservatives don’t need to borrow Lib Dem policies we have our own and can turn policies into action.

  6. May 7, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    And of course the Botley by-pass will just dump traffic on the outskirts of Hedge End which will become a massive gridlock of cars and lorries trying to get to the M27 …

  7. Matthew Myatt
    May 7, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Go girl.. You are totally right that the Fib Dems did try to ring through a whole hosts of THEIR policies on the back of CHL support which was and has always been a local Conservative objective as far back as the Tory council. This is just typical dirty underhand Fib Dem lies and Fib Dem practice of trying to have their cake and eat it all the time. They treat voters intelligence like they treat their ex lovers..

  8. Matthew Myatt
    May 8, 2015 at 7:51 am

    So here we go, AT LAST the CHL road will NOW be built.!! We have it in black and white now and I will be waiting, like the rest of Eastleigh, for the work to start..

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