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Message from John Mayes – Labour candidate for Fontwell Division


I have offered the candidates in the forthcoming County Council elections an opportunity to comment on the  draft Local Plan.

Here is a message from John Mayes, the Labour candidate for Fontwell Division:

“As I’m sure you will be aware, Arun District Council is planning a new so-called ‘Garden City’-style development of over 2,000 houses between Eastergate, Westergate and Barnham.

The Labour Party has deep misgivings about such plans, we would opt for preference for brownfield sites. We do accept that Arun has to share its part of the burden to provide decent and affordable homes, especially and in the main for those who live here and will be forming households (eg families, partnerships, single persons) in the next decade.

Such provision must have full infrastructure, with an emphasis on reducing environmental impact such as road traffic reduction, energy-efficiency etc. We also believe that jobs cannot grow in the absence of adequate housing supply including: bringing property into use for housing, refurbishment, and new-build.

We do consider the first requirement of a decent family life, good health, educational achievement etc to be a decent, affordable home. On that issue, we in Labour are solid, not to do this condemns people to failure, ill-health and also the community to increased spending to deal with the consequences.

Simply adding to the edge of the existing towns is misguided, and this applies to piecemeal development in rural areas. We want to see an adequate build on a brownfield site, preferably close to an existing rail link which has good access to Bognor, Littlehampton, Chichester, Portsmouth, Worthing, Brighton, London.

We want to see the rural environment protected as much as possible in this, not to the exclusion of those who NEED homes. Building unaffordable properties available only to the very well-off serves no local need. The Coalition budget plans do nothing to help those who NEED homes to be built.”

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  1. May 2, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I voted in the local council elections this morning, but was unable to find any information about the candidates in the papers or at the polling station. Can anyone post a link so I can find out about the one I voted for? Really wanted to vote NHA party, and will once a candidate appears.

  2. April 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    It would be fantastic to have councillors who do indeed work for the community not some who just repeat what Arun council have told them to say as in my case some of the current councillors have just ignored me some repeat what Arun say but repeatedly I’m told when councillors enquire in civic about me they are unable to get infomation I myself don’t care for the politics of it but I would at least be happier if infomation was honest ok it might not be what you want but at least it would be honest not what I have encountered which has been brush it under the carpet she’s just habitual and vexacious lets put her down as a nutter see if her medics will support her for mental health help which in my case hasn’t been an issue and medics won’t support my concerns are some of the current councillors seem to repeatedly look for glory so it would be happy days if this area had councillors who worked for fairness and democracy whatever there political believes and I’m not sure if this is doable given the state of play so yes robin and chuckle brother seeing is believing

  3. April 2, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Nominations haven’t formally closed and so the details of candidates are not published yet.

    I have done my best to identify who the candidates are on the local grapevine but could do with some help in the Angmering area. If anyone knows who the candidates are and their e-mail address I would like to drop them an invitation also.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

  4. Robin Mcdonald
    April 2, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Fine words indeed but is he prepared to put his money where his mouth is?

    Let’s hope that many more aspiring council candidates respond with their views including those current councilors who up to now have kept their own cards close their chests on this whole draft plan issue. Here’s their chance to express their views although I’m not holding my breath on that.

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