Jim raised concerns about the future of Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club at Daedalus. He told councillors: “I welcome the prosperity and employment investment at Daedalus is bringing to Stubbington.
“But I hope commercial flying will not endanger this club which has for so long been a leisure asset, a training opportunity for young aspiring pilots, and a much-loved feature of our seascape.”
Jim Forrest recently had meetings with officials of the club, and with Council officers, to discuss a proposal to end winch-launched glider flights from Daedalus.
The club fears that the increase in costs, and reductions in the number of flights they can offer, might have an impact on their ability to continue at Daedalus.
The club has operated there for around 70 years, and the tradition of gliding at Daedalus stretches back to the earliest days of the former naval air base.
The Informal noticeboards beside the car park and the library path in Stubbington Green are in need of replacement.
It’s been suggested that they should be replaced by glass-fronted cases, with local key-holders putting up notices and removing out-dated ones.
However this could make it difficult for people who work during the day to post notices.
Another suggested option is latched glass-fronted cases, but this could carry the risk of doors swinging open
The present notice-boards have worked well for more than 20 years, though notices can be affected by weather. A little roof might help prevent this.
The first notice-boards were provided in the 1990s using funds allocated by local Conservative councillors. They were replaced in 2002 with the help of Lib Dem Dorrine Burton-Jenkins, after vandalism to the original ones. Tell us how you’d prefer them renovated - Cllr Jim Forrest and local Lib Dem campaigner Alex Brims pictured have prepared this survey so you can Tell Us Your Views.
Fareham Council is looking at options to restore a bus services to the Community Hospital after pressure from Lib Dem councillor Maryam Brady.
And more recently, Fareham MP Suella Fernandes has joined the campaign.
A new triaging system - assessing the urgency of treatment need - means patients who same-day urgent appointments might be able to have them at the hospital if their local surgery cannot offer them.
Maryam pointed out in a question to the Council that people with mobility problems have difficulty getting there.
Fareham's executive member for health responded that the Council would appproach First Bus, who run most services in the Borough, and Hampshire County Council which has the power to subsidise services which bus companies consider unprofitable. However, Hampshire is axing most its subsidies to public transport as part of its huge package of budget cuts.
The executive member also said the council would talk to "relevant contacts at the Fareham Community Hospital" whose services could be better used if bus services were improved.
Now Suella Fernandes MP - recently made a junior minister - says she would support the return of bus services to the hospital.
The hospital had a bus service when it opened, and Lib Dems have always argued that it was withdrawn too soon. The argument that it was underused took no account of the potential for growth in patient numbers.
We will continue to press for a decent public transport service to the hospital so that it can be used by those who most need it.
Stubbington Liberal Democrats lost no time in thanking local voters for giving us a record 55% share of the vote to win the November 9 by-election.
The local team, and colleagues from Fareham, were out again in Stubbington Green on Saturday to hand out the first copies of a Thankyou leaflet detailing the result. Click on the image to see a copy.
Jim Forrest won the Fareham Council seat, beating nearest competitor, Tory county councillor Pal Hayre, by more than 400 votes.
Jim had previously represented the seat between 2002 and 2004 and later between 2006 and 2014.
Cllr Forrest said: 'I am really pleased to be back, and humbled by the number of local people who have told me they're pleased too. This has come about due to a lot of hard work from a lot of people over the last few weeks and it was great to see such a high turnout for a local election in November.
"Nearly 40% came out to vote - higher than most council wards across the country can expect, even in the normal May elections.
"I look forward to rejoining the Liberal Democrat team on Fareham Council, where we are the onlyeffective opposition."