Deputation on Local Plan by Robin Davison

DEPUTATION FOR EXTRAORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING 9 SEPTEMBER

I WISH TO REGISTER MY CONCERNS REGARDING THE PROPOSED HAVANT Borough Council Local Plan

I have been a resident of Hayling Island for some 30 years and also ran a business in Havant. I am also a member of the Councils Hayling Island infrastructure advisory group HIIAG

My concerns that I wish to register, are specifically related to Hayling Island as both a residential area and Holiday resort.

The proposals under the Local Plan do not address the unique issues relating to the Island, of which the main ones are.

1. A3023 main road

2. Flood protection

A3023.

The single access route on and off the Island has been discussed at HIIAG for some 3 years and the residents’ representatives rejected the findings of the modelling of the traffic flow on the A3023, and produced a critique of the TA Addendum, which was ignored. The Council voted on the TA Addendum and rejected it, demanding it be reviewed in a “Satchwell Amendment”.

Councillor Pike ignored the evaluations of the TA Addendum made by a) the Scrutiny Board, b) HI Councillors and c) members of HIIAG, and approved the TA Addendum, which remains strongly disputed by these 3 groups.

The Council’s proposed plans for redevelopment of the Seafront to provide a second class Las Vegas effect would appear to be money wasted as there is clearly inadequate infrastructure to cope with this type of development. Global warming issues could well render the scheme impractical as 50% of the Island is destined to be Cat 3 flood risk.

The rather derogatory remarks that Hayling is a “Bucket and spade beach” style beach should be reflected on by the payment collected from visitors parking this year which has seen record numbers of people thirsting for this type of family facility.

Large scale housing building projects should have no place on the Island, just to meet the government’s housing targets stealing the few green field sites left on Hayling.

FLOOD PROTECTION

Currently there are no considerations for Global warming and coastal erosion in the Local plan which may seriously affect Hayling Island particularly with the Managed retreat and non-intervention policies in place; this has to be addressed before a blanket plan is in place for the Island.

Hayling Island is a jewel in the crown of the Borough and serious consideration should be given to the possibility of spoiling it for future generations to come by agreeing to the Local Plan in its current form.

I URGE YOU TO CAREFULLY CONSIDER THE UNIQUENESS OF HAYLING ISLAND AND ITS VALUE TO THE BOROUGH AND REMOVE HAYLING ISLAND FROM THE LOCAL PLAN UNTIL ALL ISSUES OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND COASTAL EROSION HAVE BEEN FULLY ADRESSED

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATIONS

Robin Davison

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