We are lucky to live in a prosperous part of the country where almost everyone who wants a job has one. Looking to some of our local, district and town centres, however, it is clear to see that Fleet, Yateley and Hook are all in real need of revitalisation and regeneration. I’ve been spending time speaking to your local Councillors about this and taking a look at the work that needs to be done.
I am more convinced than ever that all three places have great potential – be that simply as shopping destinations or, with the right infrastructure improvements, as great places for our young people to get their foot on the housing ladder.
The trouble is that there is no ‘masterplan’ for any of these places. I will be raising this with Hart District Council personally – but I need your help. If you want smart new shops, some new flats for local young people to buy above them and better car parking, then act now.
I've done this before. North East Hampshire is made up of parts of the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane and parts of Hart District. When I served as Deputy Leader of Basingstoke and Deane, I drove forward the regeneration of Basing View, began the process for the regeneration of Basingstoke's Leisure Park and revitalised the 'Top of the Town'.
Please sign my ‘revitalise and regenerate’ petition below – so that I can show Hart District Council that local people really do care about their area too and want to regenerate ‘brownfield’ land for new retail and residential development that will benefit the local economy and the local community.