By Christian Klapp – Putney Thamesfield Election Candidate
I cannot disagree more strongly with my Conservative opponent that concerns about overdevelopment are “noise” that “we have to look through”. The Conservative candidate wrote in his article on the Putney SW15 website earlier today: “A lot of residents have raised concern over the number of big developments, and we have to look through the noise.”
I know how strongly residents feel about the over-development blight to Putney: rightly so. To have the thousands of objections Putney has made dismissed as “noise” frames perfectly the choice before Putney at the by-election in a fortnight’s time. The idea that Putney must continue to expand regardless of whether the area can cope with the additional homes and simply because there is demand is wrong.
This stack-em-up, pile-em-high mentality is what blighted so much of inner London during the 1960s and 1970s. The message being sent to Putney is: vote Conservative if you want to be ignored on over-development and any other issue they think they know best on. Or vote for me if you want a councillor who listens.