When news happens, text AND and your photos or videos to 80360. Or contact us by email and phone.
UKIP pledge to back councillor
9:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
THE leader of UKIP’s 10 county councillors in Hampshire has paid a visit to Andover and promised to back local councillor Tony Hooke with a number of proposals designed to boost efficiency and effectiveness of every pound spent here.
Most eye-catching of the initiatives is the plan to re-open the magistrates court as a fully operating facility and to relocate all council services and police operations at Beech Hurst.
It would mean the demolition of the 1950s police station if the pilot project is accepted.
Councillor Hooke said: “The current way of working costs more money.
“Crime is going down because police take the decision not to cart people off, often because there are not enough cars in the area.
“We need to keep the whole justice system working with more flow.”
Theplans are notdissimilar to those being outlined in Wiltshire, where significant reorganisation is already seeing services being co-located under one roof in each town on ‘campus’ sites.
Following his tour Cllr Finch, a Havant councillor, who is in the running to be selected as an MEP candidate forUKIP in next May’s elections, said: “From my visit it is apparent that the town is struggling a bit – particularly the centre.
“Town centres are important for the community and can’t just be full of coffee chains and charity shops.
“The Tories want to close town centres down and make them housing areas.
“In areas like Andover people are looking for alternatives!”
He predicted that the Conservatives would at first reject their proposals but they would return in a few months claiming them as their own.
Comments are closed on this article.