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Homeless in Fareham Conference July 11th

Katrina says; “I am delighted that FBC's leader has at last arranged a Conference to find a way forward for constructive help for the unfortunate people who sadly sit around our Town Centre, sleep in car park stair wells or camp in The Gillies or various places in Fareham East.”

“Sadly some are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. We do have the Two Saints run hostel at 101 Gosport Road which is shared with Gosport. There are too few beds there and some people choose not to be there, even if there is space.”

“As former Councillor, Dr. Maryam Brady and I have previously called for in Council meetings, there is a need for more Outreach workers to encourage and mentor those suffering from addiction. It is insufferable that the areas around St. Peter and Paul Church and Holy Trinity Church plus other public areas around our Ward and the town, should have residents including schoolchildren witness to drug taking and detritus. Clearing up needles, foil, broken bottles is dangerous!”

“Through conversations with Fareham Citizen's Advice staff I have heard that our MP is arranging a similar Conference with a slightly different remit and invitees on July 13th.”

“Sadly there are too few places where people can stay and be helped to overcome their addiction. There are too few places to live when they are clean. Too few mental health workers. This all comes down to decisions about what and where to spend money!!”

Overgrown Hedges

After having been alerted by local residents, Katrina checked the pathway between Westborn Rd and Westbury path as shown in the photos.

She is now pressing for this overgrown vegetation to be cut back. Hampshire Highways are responsible for the upkeep of roads and footpaths not FBC, so she has asked for this to be passed to them for action. 

Eastern Parade Play Area

Residents who read our regular FOCUS newsletters will know that as well as successfully arguing for a toddler friendly slide at Bath Lane, Katrina has explained that improvements are also planned for the Eastern Parade children’s play area during the current financial year 2018/19. This is part of the ongoing 5-year programme to refurbish and improve all 43 children’s play areas. 

74 residents responded to the Eastern Parade play area consultation, the majority asking for a large, themed multi-climbing unit to be installed. It is reported that work should begin next Spring with the play area being completed by Summer 2019.

Katrina has previously pointed out to council officers the need for a 'dropped kerb’ on Eastern Parade to allow easier access to the play area for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Investigation is continuing.

The Wallington Village Walk Around.

Once a year the Wallington Village Community Association (WVCA) invites Officers and Councillors from both Fareham Borough Council and Hampshire County Council to a walk around the village.  Many issues from potholes to fences and flooding to tree management are discussed in an informal atmosphere and the officers get the chance to see, at first hand, the problems that affect the daily lives of village residents. 

Arising from these walk rounds, the WVCA has recently provided funding for the installation of a new street light on top of the footbridge from Wallington to Fareham town across Wallington Way dual carriageway and for the complete resurfacing of the historically important Five Arch Bridge.  Further funding is being negotiated to replace the fencing along the stretch of the river Wallington in the village.  These works have been made possible by the close cooperation over many years between the village and the two councils.

We think similar events could be very advantageous to some of the other villages making up the borough of Fareham.

The picture below shows village committee members, including Councillor Katrina Trott, with council officers discussing drainage and roads in Broadcut, on the border of Wallington village.

Setting Up Camp?

Alerted by a local resident, we were shown the evidence of some people who had set up a ‘camp’ in the undergrowth of the open land behind the resident’s garden. They had reported noise and nuisance from what appeared to be a group of younger people. The pictures below give an impression of the resulting mess left behind.

Katrina reported it to the Community Safety Team, local police and the Two Saints outreach officer. PC Graham and Outreach worker Nicole Jones investigated. The youngsters were known to Two Saints and preferred ‘living rough’ rather than being with their parents. They were not homeless. 

The site was cleared away within a few days, much to the relief of the residents.

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