Saturday, 22 October 2011
Lib Dem Gravel Pit Tiff
Reporting on Hampshire's recent decision to designate the old airfield at Hamble le Rice for gravel and sand extraction, Hedge End Town Councillor and County Member for West End and Grange Park, Bruce Tennent commented that if Eastleigh Lib Dems want to build nearly 10,000 houses over the next 15 years, the building materials have to come from somewhere.
Fellow Lib Dem heavyweights Louise Bloom and Keith House (County Member for Hamble) tried to get Bruce back on message, stating that the Hamble gravel and sand would not be used for houses, but for roads.
Bruce had the last word, pointing out that presumably the new houses would have to have roads leading to them. (He could also have reminded his colleagues that the Lib Dem proposals include a by-pass for neighbouring Botley, which means additional road building.)
Cllr Helen Corben expressed sympathy for the residents of Hamble, a sentiment I am sure was shared by all Hedge End Town Councillors. But it was strange that so much time was taken at a Hedge End Town Council meeting to discuss matters primarily concerning a nearby parish. Perhaps an indication of where the Lib Dem leadership's priorities lie at the moment.