Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Chris Huhne Promised to Stop the Sprawl

This screen shot is taken from the web site of Hedge End's MP, Chris Huhne.  It shows Chris and Hedge End Town Councillor Tennent promising to fight mass development here.  Elsewhere Chris poses with Hedge End Town Councillor Rupert Kyrle, apparently squatting in the same field.

In the light of last week's Hedge End Town Council vote, the words accompanying these images have a hollow ring:

"The Liberal Democrats have always opposed over-development, preferring to find sites for necessary new homes on old industrial land in existing settlements (for example the Pirelli and Causton sites in Eastleigh). By contrast, the Conservatives back Greenfield development when they are in Government, as this is lower cost for the developers. Most of the owners and managers of Britain’s biggest housebuilders –(names removed by Hedge End Blogger)– give money to the Conservative party."

Where green field development is concerned there's not so much contrast between Lib Dems and Conservatives any more.

We have had to get used to Lib Dems at national and local level breaking promises made at election time.  It is strange to keep making the promise after it has been broken.

The quoted text and images were still to be seen at http://www.chrishuhne.org.uk/issues/develop on 27th September.

Back on July 20th I emailed Chris. 

from Keith Day keithday2010@gmail.com
to Chris Huhne <chris@chrishuhne.org.uk>
date Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 9:23 AM
subject Eastleigh Local Development Framework
mailed-by gmail.com
hide details Jul 20

Dear Chris,
I am sure that you remember supporting the Hedge End Lib Dem candidates in the May council elections with an issue of "The Voice" headlined "Save Our Countryside" and promising to stand up for the Hedge End area against more building and even more traffic (scan attached).

On 14th July the Lib Dems on Eastleigh Borough Council voted to designate countryside in Hedge End a "preferred location for development" and now plan to allow at least 1000 houses on green fields in Hedge End.

You clearly thought that this was wrong in May and promised specifically to stand up against more housing in Hedge End and West End.  As our MP will you lend your support to those of your constituents who are opposing the Council's plans for the Hedge End area? 

I would like to publish your reply on my blog.

Thanks in advance,
Keith Day

If I get a reply I will post it here as promised.


  1. "I would like to publish your reply on my blog."

    Can I publish it too please?

  2. The Tories have also been campaigning against the development, but if you look at this it reads as though Tory-controlled Hamphire County Council is prepared to sell the Woodhouse Lane site.

    The big parties are all as a bad as each other methinks...