Bishopstoke artist raises £750 for Local Plan challenge

Bishopstoke artist raises £750 for Local Plan challenge

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A Bishopstoke-based artist has donated the proceeds from the sale of one his paintings to help pay the legal costs of campaigners opposed to Eastleigh’s Local Plan.

Paul Stratton – a lifelong Bishopstoke resident – described the Borough Council’s proposal to construct a new 6,000 home community with an accompanying motorway link road in countryside North of Bishopstoke and Fair Oak as a ‘disaster’. The Artist explained that he donated one of his paintings because he is keen to support residents action group ADD who are contesting the soundness of the council’s plan at the Planning Inspectors Examination which gets underway at the Botleigh Grange Hotel tomorrow morning (Friday 22 November).

The framed oil painting, which shows Bishopstoke Woods as seen from Upper Barn Copse, sold for £750 in an online auction woodland.

ADD Chair John Lauwerys said:

“We are immensely grateful to Paul for his support and to all those who bid for the painting,” said ADD chair. “It is a great illustration of how the community in Bishopstoke and elsewhere in Eastleigh is pulling together to support our campaign. We feel buoyed by the support and the donations both large and small, that we are receiving and still need to receive if we are to succeed.”