Newton Poppleford and Harpford Neighbourhood Plan

The next meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan group takes place on Monday (February 16).

For more information on how to get involved with the plan, or if you wish to attend Monday’s meeting, contact David Zirker, who will confirm the venue of the talks, on 01395 567430 or email

Now even dinner is secret if you are a Tory!

Because David Cameron didn’t want us to know who went to his £15,000 per place fund-raising dinner, there was no guest list and no seating plan for the room. Do, how did guests know where to sit? They were given a secret code to a secret website from which they had to follow instructions (wonder who sat next to Peter Stringfellow?).

Now we know where EDDC gets its taste for secrecy – straight from the top!

We do know that our (current) MP, Hugo Swire, was not only a guest but also the auctioneer for the evening, when he made a tasteless joke about Greece:

Pretty poor judgment from a senior man from the Foreign Office, what.

Councillor wins judicial review over £165m city centre scheme

Includes loss of civic amenities …

Cllr Gottlieb leads the Winchester Deserves Better campaign that opposes the scheme, arguing that the scheme is poorly designed and over-sized for the setting. He is also concerned that under the terms of the variation, affordable housing and civic amenities have been removed from the scheme.

Sometimes Goliath does lose.

Important paragraph omitted from Local Plan letter below

“However, because of the forthcoming local and national elections this would not appear to be a viable route to follow, as there is concern that the process could be seen as politically motivated, which would overshadow the soundness of the plan. While mindful of the need to progress quickly, the significance to the process of members’ consideration and consultation should not be overlooked, and consequently it is unlikely that we will take the report to our members until shortly after the May election.”

Quite. Perhaps, also, the news will be too much for us to bear and might affect our voting choices …..

REMINDER: ‘Knowle landgrab’ objections DEADLINE NEXT FRIDAY 20 FEB

What is widely considered the secretive saga of EDDC’s bungled relocation plans, is reaching a costly crescendo…and not just in monetary terms. If the District Council’s plans go-ahead, this unique landmark parkland will have restricted access, and the Public Open Space will be much reduced.

To have your say, see

What happens when you put all your eggs in an “anchor store” basket

“…The problem now is that many of the Tesco developments on which town hall leaders had staked regeneration plans have been cancelled. These include schemes to redevelop the town centre in Kirkby, Merseyside (where previously Tesco’s plans to build a complex alongside a new stadium for Everton FC were rejected by the government in 2009) and the former Royal Hospital in Wolverhampton, West Midlands …”

Local Authority publicity – the rules, particularly during an election period

General principles:
Publicity by local authorities should:
• be lawful
• be cost effective
• be objective
• be even-handed
• be appropriate
• have regard to equality and diversity
• be issued with care during periods of heightened sensitivity

Publicity during periods of heightened sensitivity

33. Local authorities should pay particular regard to the legislation governing publicity during the period of heightened sensitivity before elections and referendums – see paragraphs 7 to 9 of this code. It may be necessary to suspend the hosting of material produced by third parties, or to close public forums during this period to avoid breaching any legal restrictions.

34. During the period between the notice of an election and the election itself, local authorities should not publish any publicity on controversial issues or report views or proposals in such a way that identifies them with any individual members or groups of members. Publicity relating to individuals involved directly in the election should not be published by local authorities during this period unless expressly authorised by or under statute. It is permissible for local authorities to publish factual information which identifies the names, wards and parties of candidates at elections.

35. In general, local authorities should not issue any publicity which seeks to influence voters. However this general principle is subject to any statutory provision which authorises expenditure being incurred on the publication of material designed to influence the public as to whether to support or oppose a question put at a referendum. It is acceptable to publish material relating to the subject matter of a referendum, for example to correct any factual inaccuracies which have appeared in publicity produced by third parties, so long as this is even-handed and objective and does not support or oppose any of the options which are the subject of the vote.

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