GREEN campaigners have always been a prominent voice in Havant.
Now they are hoping for political power as they make a bid to form an opposition against the town’s Conservative-dominated administration.
IT consultant Tim Dawes has stood for election in St Faith’s ward for the past six years.
He is hopeful he and five other Green candidates will be able to snatch some of the 38 seats on the council – 35 of which are currently blue.
The 59-year-old father-of-three said: ‘If people don’t want the same Tory council they need to vote for someone who is completely different and has more radical views and we are the only party that fits that.
‘We have a situation where the Tories are more or less monolithic.
‘I don’t think people around here want to see huge new supermarkets like Tesco instead of local shops.
‘We want to see development and new houses but done in the right way, not at the bottom of Warblington School playing fields but at sites like the former gas works north of the railway.’
Tory Ken Smith is standing in Bedhampton.
He said: ‘I campaigned hard against the Scratchface Lane development because I knew the noise from the A3M would be detrimental to potential residents. We don’t want development at any cost, only want what is right for Havant.
‘Tesco has actually dramatically increased footfall into the town centre which is good for other businesses.’