JanHousessHousing Summary

UKIP believes that new housing should be built mainly on brown field sites with sufficient houses made available that are affordable to local residents.  The Conservatives, being driven by their leader, Hayling Island councillor Michael Wilson and their Cabinet Lead, Hayling Island councillor Leah Turner are engaged in a huge house-building programme with sites identified to build the following dwellings

Area Dwellings
Emsworth 525
Havant 4.472
Hayling Island 971
Leigh Park 567
Waterlooville 1,866

 

The 4,472 inclues filling the Havant-Emsworth gap, and this number could be much larger.  These figures are minimum numbers do not include windfall that may add 10-20% to the numbers above.

Specifically for Hayling Island, outside consultants have determined the capacity of the A3023 main Havant Road, and Government projected the projected traffic when combined with the extra houses on Hayling Island will cause grid-lock and even more delays on the main Havant Road. 

housingsThe text below in purple is my response to the Hayling Island Resistents Association in which they expressed support for Conservative Councillors.

It has always been my opinion that HIRA is apolitical and so I was concerned to read the HIRA support for Conservatives councillors and HIRA consider: “many feel that they will be hard to replace”.
There has been considerable opposition to the mass housing development taking place on Hayling Island. I believe that Islanders need reminding that the ever-increasing house building targets are Conservative Policy which their party members including councillors support and will implement via the DMC.
If the Island wants any opposition at all to the mass development, they should consider voting for an alternative party to break the Conservative monopoly. Can I add that UKIP oppose the massive housebuilding programme both nationally and locally, believing it is unnecessary and that development should be focused on brown field sites.

I should also add that the Conservatives look like applying a further 5% increase in Council Tax for Hayling Island and Havant residents from next year, making the increase over 20% for the past four years while incomes for those in work have barely increased at all.

ambrexitTheresa May's Chequers proposal had further concessions made to the EU and resulted in the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement that was endorsed by leaders at a special meeting of the European Council on 25 November 2018.

This agreement grants the ECJ primacy over UK legislation and makes further unacceptable compromises.  On 20 November 2018 I wrote an open letter to Alan Mak to request that he supports the 2016 UK Referendum Result and that of the Havant residents in his constituency.  

Alan Mak has responded by confirming his support for Theresa May's proposals.

housingThe Government has directed all Councils across the UK to implement a massive house building programme and Havant Borough Council has agreed and had its target increased to at least 450 houses per year.

Hayling Island has severe traffic congestion issues on the main A3023 which affects Langstone and Hayling Island.  Despite the Hayling Island Save Our Island group conducting a detailed technical study on traffic flow which identifies gridlock is inevitable, there is a danger that the Conservatives who control Havant Borough Council and occupy all the Council seats on Hayling Island will get their houses built to the detriment of the well being of Hayling Islanders.

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Hampshire Bus Charges Proposal for pensionersPensioners were given a free bus pass outside peak-bus hours in lieu of an old age pension increase.  This concession had the additional benefit of targeting less well-off pensioners as more wealthy pensioners would likely use their own private cars.  The additional benefit of offering the bus pass was to improve the inclusivity of pensioners who may otherwise be stuck inside at home and be unable to afford to travel away from home.

Despite the Conservatives in Hampshire County Council raising Council Tax on Havant residents by 15% over three years, more than double the rate of inflation, there are currently proposals to charge pensioners 50p per bus trip.

Many people need to take two or more buses to reach their destination, and if accompanied to a local hospital, the new proposed charges for pensioners would be £4-6 instead of nothing.

I particularly oppose these proposed charges as they are targeted at less well off pensioners, and this is so very unfair.

The Conservatives have hugely increased our Council Tax over the past three years, and these proposed charges are not needed, not wanted and not necessary since the Council has benefitted from a significant revenue increase from Council Tax payers.

I would like to see Havant Town Centre with a strong local economy and having a vibrant community supported by policies that produce a thriving collection of local businesses.

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HavWStSmallWest Street Havant - Torn ripped plastic shop fronts are no substitute for real shops.

Instead, the Conservatives have raised business rates for small businesses while at the same time providing unfair business rates and tax concessions to large businesses.  The unfair treatment of small businesses together with a "DON'T CARE" attitude to Havant Town Centre by the Conservatives running Havant Borough Council have led to decay in Havant Town. 

The further 2018 increase of up to 50% in Havant Council car parking charges will further drive shoppers away from small business and local shops to out of town shopping centres and the Internet.  

jphustingsCould I thank the Hayling Island Residents Association (HIRA) for organising the Hustings this evening and the United Reform Church (URC) on Hayling Island for allowing the Hayling Island Hustings to take place this evening on 25 April 2018.

Hayling Island residents came up with some very interesting questions on Hayling island's Infrastructure, the 2036 Local Plan, Beach Huts, Dog poo, and human waste deposited by Southern Water into our local harbour.

My full speech is below:

In my last Councillor Report for the 2014-18 period that I was elected for, I note my main concerns:

Hayling Islander Report by John Perry

  • The 2,000+ new houses to be built on Hayling Island and the 25% increase in people and traffic
  • The funding cuts by the Conservatives to Hayling Island and Havant Schools
  • The 'wrong' and unfair student grant system that has extortionate interest rates
  • My opposition to the hike in Council Tax for the Borough of Havant residents.
  • My support for Lidl and the benefits of quality cheap food. 

 

I also thank Hayling Island residents for electing me as their councillor for the past four years.

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