Ukip pledges new bus station as part of plans for Gosport

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A NEW bus station and an improved high street are just some of the proposals wannabe Ukip councillors have put forward.

At a meeting held yesterday at Thorngate Halls, in Gosport, Ukip party members told The News that if they get elected, they have plans that will improve Gosport.

These proposals include demolishing Gosport bus station and building a new one that is similar to that on The Hard, in Portsmouth.

But Chris Wood, Hampshire county councillor and Gosport’s prospective parliamentary candidate, and councillor Ray Finch, Ukip group leader, also revealed that they would look to improve the high street.

Cllr Wood, 24, told The News: ‘Transport is one of the biggest problems that Gosport has and we would look to improve this across all wards.

‘But another big issue is the high street.

‘Gosport is facing a huge crisis in the high street. Taking little measures to fixing things is not enough any more.

‘We need radical measures like getting rid of the bus station.’

Cllr Wood was joined by other Ukip members at last night’s meeting to discuss the role the European Union has on Britain and to introduce themselves to the voters.

As previously reported in The News, Ukip is looking to put candidates forward in all wards for the elections in May.

So far, the group has 15 candidates with two needed to fill the 17 wards in Gosport.

Cllr Finch added: ‘We will be bigger and better than last time and we are more prepared.’

But Cllr Mark Hook, the leader of the Conservative administration, said he isn’t worried about the upcoming vote.

He said: ‘I will encourage them to stand in every ward to find out their popularity.

‘Rest assured as Conservative, we will be standing 17 candidates and fighting.’

And Gosport Labour councillor Dennis Wright said this week that voters should be wary of Ukip and their policies and inexperience.