He may be quite a new boy at Waverley Towers, but having helped prevent the closure of a Godalming School Councillor Paul Follows is now turning his attention to the town’s mounting traffic problems.
During my by-election (way back in December) I pledged a number of things, but these included:
1) To support local schools, fight cuts to education and strive to improve local schools;
2) To support sensible planning i.e. Yes to reasonable developments but ONLY with proper infrastructure investments for current and future residents.
Our successful campaign for Green Oak school (I believe) has shown my firm commitment to that first point – and I will continue to resist further cuts in any way I can.
Today I want to discuss local planning and infrastructure.
The attached quotes below are from this week’s Surrey Ad regarding the proposed development in Ockford (Ockford Park).
Your local Liberal Democrat Councillors in Godalming are happy to state their views and intent for the record – tell us what you think?
“I want to see the full report about that when it is out because I, and many others at the consultation and since do not believe the impact will be minor”
“Also, we all know or highly suspect that neighbouring sections of Guildford will go out of the green belt in their plan [as other developments are suspected to be planned very near Ockford Park] – so talking about the impact of 270 homes worth of traffic is perhaps premature”
On affordable housing:
“Broadly we need the housing but 30% affordable needs to be at least that when its done and actually be affordable to local people”
“Like many others, I would like to see at least a regular visiting clinic”
“I will be hoping to see a reasonable section 106 agreement when the planning application is discussed so that current and future residents have meaningful infrastructure investments. I would hope to see investments in local schools.”