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Report May 2014 - Local Plan Public Consultation and Borough Elections

Local Plan Public Consultation

Basingstoke and Deane Council have approved the draft Local Plan for another round of public consultation between April 25th and June 13th. The Local Plan will determine the housing requirement and sites in the Borough up to 2029.

Any comments should be confined to changes that have been made since the last public consultation. All previous consultation submissions, from the end of last year, will be forwarded to the Planning Inspector.

Borough Elections 22nd May

SOLVE remains an apolitical organisation. However, we support Councillors who support our aims of protecting the Loddon Valley from development. Therefore SOLVE is delighted to hear that Councillor Onnalee Cubitt is standing for re-election as an Independent in the Basing Ward. We are indebted to her for her continuing support and work within the Council on behalf of her residents. She has worked tirelessly, diligently and passionately for her ward and it is good to see that there are still some politicians with the courage and integrity to put the interests of their residents before their political career.

Onnalee has a wealth of knowledge regarding the local plan, its background and the difficulties encountered during its preparation. She is ideally placed to take this forward on behalf of all the residents in our ward and it would be a tragedy if she were unable to represent us in the future. SOLVE has no hesitation in supporting Onnalee.

Councillor Cubitt was not allowed back into the Conservative group because she had the courage and integrity to stand up for the people who elected her even if it meant voting against the party she has supported all her adult life. In essence Councillor Cubitt was unable to give an assurance that she would not put her residents before the party. It is deeply ironic that this comes at a time when the whole country is questioning the motivation of politicians.

A Conservative candidate, who was rejected by the Basing and Lychpit Conservatives, has been imposed on the Ward by people who do not live here and who were at the heart of the campaign to exclude Manydown from the original Local Plan. Onnalee’s stance was vindicated when a Judicial Review declared the Local Plan “unlawful” in 2012 (See below the report on 18th April 2012). This action, to reject Councillor Cubitt and impose a candidate, prompted a number of Basing and Lychpit Conservatives to resign from the party and support Onnalee’s campaign.

For the record, SOLVE does not endorse any other candidate or party standing in this May’s elections. Any claim, inference or oblique references by other candidates, either in the Basing and Lychpit Ward or elsewhere, were not agreed by SOLVE. We will continue to be loyal to those who have supported us.

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Peter Bloyce
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