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Tories cut funds for yellow lines

Tories on two local councils have made it more difficult for Fareham residents to obtain yellow line parking restrictions despite Lib Dem protests.
Hampshire County Council decided to cut its funding for the work by 60%. So Fareham Council, which did the work under contract, would have to pay more than £59,000 a year, instead of £6,000.
When Fareham’s ruling Conservative executive therefore decided to end the service, Liberal Democrats insisted the decision be examined by the council’s Scrutiny bBoard, rather than just rubber-stamped.
Lib Dem Councillor Maryam Brady told the Scrutiny Board meeting: “If we scrap this contract, I’ll have to send residents to our MP to solve our road issues.”
But with a strong Tory majority on the panel, The vote was six to two to go ahead with the termination of the contract.


Tory swerve on tip tax

Hampshire's ruling Conservatives have been forced to postpone reduced hours at Household Waste Recycling Centres - at least until after next May’s County election.
But they are planning BIG changes:
* Charges for many items they say are not “household” waste (these start NOW!)

And from next October:
* All Tips only open from 11am each day
* All Tips closed every Thursday
* Threat of fees for everything in the future

The reduced hours were originally supposed to start on January 1, 2017 - see Ad Lib October below, one of dozens of Lib Dem newsletters across the County which alerted residents to the proposals.

The Tories claim they need more time to consider their plans because of a letter from the Government questioning the legality of charges. But the effect is to postpone a deeply unpopular and environmentally unsound policy until after they have to defend their seats.

Fareham Lib Dem vice-chairman Jim Forrest said: "It’s clear the only way to stop closures after May is to make sure we have a Lib Dem County Council after next year’s County Election!"

Sense on transport

Councillor Maryam Brady and Fareham Lib Dem Vice-Chair Jim Forrest are pictured at the party's conference in Brighton before joining its debate on transport policy.

The conference adopted a strategy which included a call for transport infrastructure to be incorporated with new urban and housing developments.

Maryam said: "Fareham Council has still not come up with firm and realistic plans for decent public transport to ensure its Welborne development doesn't choke our roads with thousands more cars every day.

"I'm proud to belong to a party that takes public transport seriously."

Jim Forrest added: "During the conference we were able to travel all over Brighton on frequent bus services running right through the evening. What a contrast to Fareham where huge areas have no evening or Sunday services."

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