Keith Watts

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Whitchurch in Hampshire Learn more

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Liberal Democrats have welcomed the return of a dedicated Scrutiny Committee to Basingstoke and Deane Council.   Liberal Democrat Group Leader Councillor Gavin James said:  “It has taken months, years really, for the Conservatives to acknowledge and action what the report into the Manydown fiasco told them, that the Council needs a better scrutiny process that […]

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“Thank you for your confidence in me”

by Keith Watts on 24 May, 2014

Keith Watts has been re-elected to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council by a big majority of Whitchurch voters.                          The result of the voting on Thursday 22nd May was as follows: 1033 (55%) Keith Watts Liberal Democrat   469 (25%) Tom Thacker Conservative   203 (11%) Simon Hession UKIP   182 (10%) Colin Phillimore  Labour […]

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Keith Watts says “I have more work to do”

by Keith Watts on 14 May, 2014

My priorites are: Fight proposals to build more homes than we need (see more) Find answers to all our traffic and parking problems (see more) Upgrade all facilities for a growing population (see more)    

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It was recently announced that funds will be made available to enlarge Whitchurch Primary School.  New building in Whitchurch, Overton and around must be supported by money for growth of Testbourne School. Whitchurch has very few public playing fields for the number of people who live here.  Youth football teams have to go far afield […]

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Any new building will make our local traffic and parking problems worse.  Keith Watts has put forward a scheme for £70,000 to be spent in Whitchurch improving the situation over five years.  A decision will not be made on this until after the election.

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Because the Conservative-led Borough Council has taken so long to agree a Local Plan, and might yet take another two years, there is a real risk that developers will apply for permission to build lots of houses in unsuitable places in Whitchurch – and that government inspectors will allow them to do it. Keith Watts […]

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Go-ahead for new homes

by Keith Watts on 12 May, 2014

Planning permission has at last been granted for 83 new homes to be built on the site in Bloswood Lane, Whitchurch, between Park View and Groves Orchard. The plan is for 50 homes for sale in the open market and 33 affordable homes, four of them two bedroom bungalows to rent. Keith Watts said “When I […]

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Allotment site plan turned down

by Keith Watts on 12 May, 2014

A committee of councillors has rejected an application for houses to be built on the allotments in Bloswood Drive.

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New consultation on the Local Plan

by Keith Watts on 24 April, 2014

The next round of consultation on the Local Plan for Basingstoke & Deane will take place between 25th April and 13th June – see the Borough Council’s leaflet here.

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Funds for traffic and parking improvements

by Keith Watts on 16 April, 2014

Everyone who replied to a survey by the Whitchurch Liberal Democrats says that traffic and parking improvements are the top priority for Whitchurch. Keith Watts has now applied for Local Infrastructure funding of £70,000 to be spent on this issue over the next five years.  This proposal is supported by the Town Council, the Whitchurch […]

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