|Threatened countryside at Woodhouse Lane|
Back in April Hedge End Blogger pointed out (here) that Lib Dem Borough Councillors (who get a generous taxpayer funded allowance on the expectation that they will actually turn up and represent the people who voted for them) seemed to have stopped attending council meetings.
At the time I thought it was because they were following party orders to deliver more and more of their repetitive campaign leaflets (which seem to have been full of promises they knew they were not going to keep) in their desperate battle to buck the national trend and keep control of Eastleigh.
But the trend continues after the election. Of the three Lib Dems elected in Hedge End this year, not one, not a single one, was at the council meeting on Thursday when the decision was made to designate the countryside opposite Hilliers Garden Centre in Woodhouse Lane a “preferred location” for large scale development, and rubber-stamping a document which states up to 2320 houses could be built there.
In fact out of seven Borough Councillors, only three Hedge End members were there.
Cllrs Jenny Ann Hughes, Cllr Derek Pretty, Cllr Mick Wheatley, and Cllr Jane Welsh were all absent.
Cllr Keith House proposed the motion, spoke twice in favour and voted for. Cllr Louise Bloom spoke in favour and voted for. Cllr Peter Hughes did not speak and voted for.