Standing up for our Communities

Our local communities have suffered terribly from overdevelopment and too much housing being built without sufficient local facilities and infrastructure. 

For over a decade, there has been an tireless drive by Lib Dem controlled Eastleigh Borough Council to build thousands of new homes on our precious green spaces. The character of our towns and villages has changed substantially with large-scale housing developments which have often been put in against the wishes of residents and local communities.  This housing has often gone up quickly but the community infrastructure has been slow to appear. We now have a situation where local transport links, health services and schools are overstretched and struggling to keep up with demand. 

I'm committed to Standing up for our Communities against this overdevelopment and fighting for better local services. We all recognise that housing does need to be built, but we must do it sustainably. We must take into account the effect that large scale developments have on our local communities and we must also take into account the amount of housing that has been built already before approving any more development. 

This is why I am campaigning to:

  • Scrap the unwanted Local Plan put forward by the Liberal Democrats and replace it with a sustainable plan instead.
  • Reject the sprawling development of 2,400 homes on greenfields at One Horton Heath, which is being put forward by the local council.
  • Regenerate our town centre and use the brownfield sites in and around central Eastleigh to meet future housing demand.
  • Install the community infrastructure we need before allowing any more new homes to be built.

News

Paul attends Eastleigh PRIDE

One of the great benefits of getting back to normal is that important community events can now go ahead. It was a pleasure to attend Eastleigh PRIDE with Eastleigh Conservatives and an array of brilliant charities, food vendors and businesses. 

Summer Update 7 - Surgery Tour

Throughout the Summer, I held a number of 'pop up surgeries' in locations across the patch to give constituents a chance to speak with me. 

Statement on recent Floods

Like many of you, I was shocked by the devastation that the floods caused across Fair Oak, Allington Lane, Botley and parts of Hedge End on Monday evening.

Paul visits Hamble Lifeboat

Last week I highlighted the amazing work of the Hamble Lifeboat to the Prime Minister and also took the opportunity to highlight the increased cost pressures being put on independent lifeboat stations at the moment.

Paul organises meeting to tackle flooding at Botley Mills

On Friday, I was delighted to organise at meeting at Botley Mills to explore how we can protect the site from flooding. Botley Mills and all the small businesses located there are a real asset to our local community.

New law needed to check Council Developments like One Horton Heath

Yesterday I proposed a new law to Parliament that would put extra checks and balances in place for Council housing developments like One Horton Heath. It simply cannot be right for Councils to award themselves planning permission, build out new houses and then keep the profits.