On Saturday 24th April 2010, Spectacle visited the small town of Bordon in East Hampshire to speak to local residents and councillors about the proposed Eco-town development.
The plans consist of 5000 new dwellings in Bordon built to meet the Government's criteria on 'Eco-towns' as set out in the Planning Policy Statement in July 2009.
The following interviews outline local opinion on this controversial plan for the town and what effects both positive and negative the development is likely to have.
You can see the Masterplan here as laid out by East Hampshire Council.
Alternatively, please see the Masterplan summarised by Bordon Area Action Group (BAAG).
For the latest updates on Eco Towns and Viilages please visit the Spectacle Blog.
Andrew Smillie - Local Resident
Andrew discusses his biggest concern for the Bordon Eco Town proposal which is the lack of infrastructure to support such a development. He refers to traffic congestion, parking problems and talks about the unrealistic eco targets set out by the Council.
Claire Rowe - Local Resident
Claire is another resident very concerned with the sheer size of the planned Eco Town and the problems this will create with local roads and wildlife. She is particularly concerned about the working farm owned by the Council which is planned to be destroyed and also feels the Council members dealing with the plan should be local to the area.
Simon Joslin - Local Resident
'A rural environment which is going to be urbanised' is how Simon sums up the new Eco Town plans for Bordon. He is concerned with the negative impact this development is going to have on traffic noise, pollution and wildlife in a town already lacking facilities.
Nicola Reffold - Local Resident
Nicola is a local resident who discusses several reasons for her concern over the Bordon Eco Town development. Infrastructure problems, traffic congestion and also the employment situation. When the Ministry of Defence (MOD) leave the area, what happens to the people who lose their jobs? Where will the new jobs come from for the 15,000 new residents?
Kevin Stretch - Local Resident
Kevin discusses his concerns with the Bordon Eco Town plan and how the development will dramatically increase the towns population. Bordon is a nice and small town, why change it?