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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. 

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.

Overgrown Hedges

Fareham East Councillor Katrina Trott checked resident's complaints about 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. 

Setting Up Camp?

A local resident showed us 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.

Councillor Katrina Trott 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.

Homeless in Fareham Conference July 11th

Councillor Katrina Trott 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!!”

Gliding Club Closure at Daedalus

Jim Forrest visits Glider Club

Jim Forrest visits Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club at Daedalus.

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.

Visit Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club website

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