|Threatened green space|
A survey of nearby residents in June last year revealed overwhelming opposition to the plan. The Lib Dems clearly did not like this result as they commissioned another consultation in September, this time asking people living even further away what they thought. Even this exercise revealed a large majority against more concrete and tarmac.
In the face of local opposition and with the burden of a "Save Our Countryside" election promise last May, our councillors have a difficult decision. The report to be presented recommends going ahead with the plan despite acknowledging that average occupancy of the existing parking spaces is only 70-75% and that even a £3 parking charge (which would be retained to pay for the extension) diverts commuter parking into nearby residential roads, for which there is evidence in my July blog post - here.
Other agenda items of interest to Hedge End are:
Allocation of funds totalling £11,000 to various youth and community organisations
Financial support for Community Speedwatch (Upper Northam Road, Turnpike Way, Botley Road and Kings Copse Ave are mentioned as early candidates)
Investment of £23,000 in library equipment to help Conservative Hampshire County Council cut back on paid staff in Hedge End library (See earlier blog post - here).
The meeting starts at 7:00pm in the 2000 Centre and is open to the public. The full agenda is on the Council web site - here.