Hart District Elections
3rd May 2012
Hello, I'm John Bennison
I have lived in and around the Fleet area for 24 years, with my
wife Jane, having moved in to our first home, in Castle Street in
1987. We spent many happy years there and this was the house in
which we raised our two children.
I have been a member of the Community Campaign since its inception
campaigning against unsuitable development on the QEB, Farnborough
Airport expansion and for the parishing of the unparished areas.
I have been serving on Church Crookham Parish Council for the last
two years. I also served as a District Councillor at Hart between
2006 – 2010 and would be honoured to use my experience to
represent the people of Courtmoor if elected.
I have had a life long interest in long distant running and
competing in triathlons. I have been active in helping the local
athletics club suitable facilities on the new Crookham Park (QEB)
development. I am delighted that after many years of struggling
the athletics club now have a permanent site for a high quality
Actions speak louder than words;
The Community Campaign have long worked to ensure that as far as
possible the impact of the QEB development is mitigated. Now that
the work has started and some of the anticipated problems have
begun to occur we continue to hold the authorities & the
developer to account to redress the issues.
We continue to campaign for the right level of school provision
and argue strongly against inappropriate, ineffective and
dangerous traffic calming schemes such as build outs. We have
succeeded in having signalised crossings scheduled for Aldershot
Road to give safer routes to school.
The government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and
Hart’s own proposed Local Development Framework (LDF) are policies
which hand in hand threaten to ring Fleet & Church Crookham
with an unprecedented level of new housing development. While it
is arguable that some level of new housing is required (especially
houses that young families can afford) it is not acceptable for
this new development to be simply tagged onto the edge of the
existing town, with no thought for traffic congestion, the loss of
biodiversity rich countryside on our doorstep or forcing children
into oversized secondary schools.
The Community Campaign shall continue to challenge inappropriate
development while holding developers of new builds to account for
mitigating the adverse impacts that they have.
Keeping Fleet viable
The Community Campaign enabled the successful amendment to Hart’s
2012 budget to subsidise parking in Fleet by £37k – so that the
town council could look at ways to make parking in Fleet more
attractive to shoppers.
Help me make the difference
Without having to adhere to party political pressures, Community
Campaign Councillors have made a positive impact in Hart by being
able to do what they feel is right. Our Councillors consider
alternative ideas with an open mind and readily challenge what
others claim to be inevitable.
What does the Community Campaign (Hart) stand for?
have no political dogma. We simply want to fairly and
effectively represent people.
are free from party politics so are free to exercise our
best judgement, on ALL ISSUES. We can approach each issue
with an open mind.
believe that best results are achieved by people working
together, by looking for the best way forward and by being
open to good ideas.
are prepared to challenge when necessary.
all else, we want to do this because we care about the
John Bennison says; “There are many challenges ahead
for our local communities. We face the very real risk that
unless we make a stand, many more houses will be foisted on
the area, with far too little infrastructure to support
them. In particular a chronic lack of secondary school
places and the inadequacy of local road junctions will have
a real impact on the quality of our everyday lives.”
Politics, It is about where you live
Promoted by: Julia
Ambler, 39 Du Maurier Close, Church Crookham, Hampshire,
on behalf of the Community Campaign (Hart), 63A Sandy
Lane, Church Crookham, Hampshire, GU52 8BX.