From left to right: Toby North (Council Candidate, St Barnabas Ward), Sharon Montgomery (Council Candidate, St Michael Ward), Councillor Janet Berry (St John & All Saints Ward), Mark Chaloner (Labour Parliamentary Candidate), Beryl Addison (Secretary, Chandlers Ford Labour Party).
Members of Winchester & Chandlers Ford Labour Party yesterday (Sunday 19th April) held a stall on the High Street to ask local people what they wanted to see from the controversial Silver Hill development. The results from their survey will help to inform the party’s future position on the scheme.
Following the High Court ruling that the Council’s procurement process for the scheme was illegal, the project has been put in doubt. Labour want to use this as an opportunity to reassess what Winchester wants from such a regeneration, so that the council can put real pressure on developers to deliver it.
Labour Parliamentary Candidate Mark Chaloner said: “After the saga of the Silver Hill court ruling, it is crucial that the Council and the developer embark on an exercise of genuine public consultation before going back to the drawing board on the scheme”.
“The Conservatives running the council and the Liberal Democrats on the planning committee which consented the revised scheme clearly don’t have the political will to stand up for the interests of local people against a big developer”.
Adding to Mark Chaloner’s comments, Labour Councillor Janet Berry said: “Winchester is in the midst of a housing crisis. When I speak to local people about Silver Hill they think it’s a disgrace that the Council hasn’t fought for affordable housing in a regeneration scheme that is so important for the city”.