In a very welcome move, the latest edition of the Liberal Democrats’ Focus newsletter for Hartley Wintney and Eversley includes an article strongly opposing a new town in Winchfield.
The article is authored by David Simpson, the Hampshire County Councillor for the area. In it he says:
I have said, right from the start, that Winchfield is the wrong place for a major development as it is in the middle of the country lanes. To work it would need massive spending on new roads and infrastructure that will devastate the rural heart of Hart”…
“What is needed is proper planning of where new houses should go and how infrastructure is provided to ensure a good quality of life for local residents.
That means ensuring we can get to where we need to go without traffic jams; it means making sure we have all the services we need, and it means accommodating development without ruining our beautiful district.
Make sure you stand up to be counted be letting Hart know your views. We are at crisis point. If we don’t make sure they get it right, our children and grandchildren could regret these decisions for generations to come.”
We Heart Hart completely endorses this view. It is to be hoped that these views are shared by the Lib Dem councillors on Hart District Council and they now vote against the proposals for a new town and exert pressure to improve the Hart Local Plan.
Images of the newsletter are shown below:
Update: One Lib Dem councillor we spoke to last night at council denies having seen the article. So, this page has been sent to a number of Lib Dem councillors and we have asked them what their current position is on the Winchfield New Town.