Row over misleading newsletter headline

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UKIP councillor Chris Wood was called on to defend a misleading headline in his recent newsletter at a community meeting.

Cllr Wood, who represents Stubbington on Fareham Borough Council and Crofton on Hampshire County Council, was challenged by Stubbington resident Peter Wason over a leaflet he circulated which carried a headline that implied the Stubbington bypass had been fully funded.

Mr Wason publicly challenged Cllr Wood at the recent Community Action Team meeting held at Holy Rood Church Hall.

Mr Wason wanted to know why the leaflet carried the headline ‘Stubbington bypass money allocated.’

Cllr Wood said the article clearly explained the details and that in it he referred to a statement that had previously been sent to him by roads minister Robert Goodwill stating that the bypass had not been funded.

Council leader Sean Woodward, who was at the meeting, reiterated the bypass would not receive funding until planning permission was secured.