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Archive for the ‘Local Issues’ Category

20 m.p.h. – please don’t phone US!

by Keith Watts on 12 May, 2014

The 20 m.p.h signs appearing in Whitchurch are for a “pilot” being run by Hampshire County Council.  Their enquiry phone number is 0845 603 5633. Please don’t phone your Liberal Democrat Borough Councillors, who have no inside knowledge nor influence over the scheme.

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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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Keith Watts intends to stand down from his position as Chairman of Whitchurch Silk Mill Trust as soon as a replacement has been found.  Keith has explained: “Last July, all of the other existing Trustees of the Mill resigned, appointing two new Trustees to work with me in appointing a new Board.  In September a […]

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SIX YEARS AGO WE WARNED YOU In March 2007 Liberal Democrats in Whitchurch warned that Conservative Councillors planned to spread housing development needed for Basingstoke people across the Borough to smaller communities like Whitchurch and Overton. After six years of detailed work on a Local Plan and many hours in long meetings, the Conservatives in […]

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“Top down” planning by Tory High Command

by Keith Watts on 21 February, 2013

64% INCREASE IN NEW HOUSEBUILDING PLANNED FOR WHITCHURCH The BDBC Cabinet Member for Planning, Conservative Donald Sherlock, will be recommending to the Conservative controlled Council’s Cabinet on Thursday 28th February that the allocation for new house building in Whitchurch over 15 years in the emerging Local Plan shall be increased from 350 dwellings to 550 dwellings, that is, […]

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QE2 Field – will Council break another pledge?

by Keith Watts on 24 October, 2012

When Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council agreed to reserve part of the Queen Elizabeth Field in Daniel Road for a future access to 200 houses behind The Knowlings, Council leaders promised that the houses will never be developed unless local people want them on that site.  Another promise was that it wouldn’t happen for a […]

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PLANNING NEW HOMES Liberal Democrats support a plan for Whitchurch to have enough new homes for local people but no more.  Of course, some people will leave and some people will come here but the town should not grow faster than the natural increase in population. The first phase will provide 37 affordable homes to […]

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Eric Dunlop is A local Councillor who knows Whitchurch and understands local issues An experienced Councillor who keeps you informed and asks for your views through regular Focus newsletters An effective Councillor who speaks up  strongly for all local people. Eric’s priorities for the Borough Council are: 1 Increase the number of affordable homes to […]

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As reported below, Whitchurch entered the QE II Fields Challenge to have a local recreation space preserved for ever and named a Queen Elizabeth II Field to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee. More people voted for the land at Daniel Road, Whitchurch than for any other site in Hampshire! Town Mayor Barry Jackman and Borough Councillor […]

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Vote NOW for a local park to be protected for ever

by Keith Watts on 23 October, 2011

2012 marks Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and it will be celebrated in fitting style. The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, operated by Fields in Trust, is a fantastic new campaign to protect 2,012 outdoor recreational spaces in communities all across the country as a permanent living legacy of this great event.  The campaign […]

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