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Message from Steve White – Lib Dem candidate for Fontwell Division

Here is a message from Steve White, the Lib Dem candidate for Fontwell Division.

First, as the Liberal Democrat Candidate in this election I am opposed to the Garden City development. Residents simply do not want to see it because it threatens the nature of our existing rural communities. One of the great pleasures of living here is that we are close to open countryside around our communities. Many of us moved here because of it and we want to keep it that way. In addition this development will have huge implications for potential of flooding in the whole area.

As a newly elected Liberal Democrat Councillor to Eastergate Parish Council I worked with my fellow councillors on Barnham, Aldingbourne and Eastergate Councils to organise meetings in all three parishes to tell residents about Arun District Council’s plans for the 2,000+ development.

A Liberal Democrat leaflet was produced at the time to tell residents about these meetings explaining what was happening.

We couldn’t believe that Arun was holding a consultation during the summer holiday period. The meetings were packed and residents expressed their views. Arun is planning to hold the next major meeting on the Plan after the elections…

We must have an Arun District Council Plan in place so that we can all be protected from unwanted development. The longer we don’t have a plan the greater the risk of development.

Residents heard at the meetings that, sadly, we will have to accept some development in our villages in order to ensure we get the plan agreed.

My personal view is that if this really is necessary that it should be for young people who have been brought up here to have a chance to stay here. Some older people who may want to “downsize” would like to stay here as well. Any Plan should meet these needs before anything else.


Published & Promoted by Greg Burt, on behalf of Liberal Democrat Candidate Stephen White, all at Office Address, Flat 2B, Albert Terrace, High Street, BOGNOR REGIS, WEST SUSSEX, PO21 1SS. Printed by Bognor Liberal Democrats, C/O 39 Marshall Avenue, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO22 2TL

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