We should all be thankful that here in Fareham we are one of the Local Authorities least affected by Covid-19. Leicester’s latest local lockdown, however, raises key questions for all Local Authorities and their communities. It is now abundantly clear that Leicester’s local management was not fully aware of its Covid-19 crisis. Central government had … Read moreCovid: Knowing our place
Mostly hidden by covid-19 and Brexit, the agriculture bill is steadily going through parliament. This bill will define the shape of farming, wildlife, water management and the quality of food we eat. It will determine whether we continue to push money to big landowners simply because they own land, or whether it is aimed at … Read moreSelling out our farmers
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage recently called for decisions on two proposed housing developments in Fareham’s Strategic Gap to be taken away from the Planning Inspectorate, and ruled on instead by the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. Yes, that Robert Jenrick! The Minister many say should resign because of his part in giving newspaper tycoon Richard Desmond … Read moreWith friends like these…
With the long lockdown, the calamities and the clapping, the confusions and cracks exposed, some things became blindingly obvious. These things may well have been obvious before – but only with Covid 19 did we really ‘get it’. Now we have a list of urgent actions. Stuff that must not be forgotten. Stuff that must … Read moreFinding Fareham’s fibre
The laser light of Covid-19 has pinpoint accuracy. It also has a surprisingly therapeutic effect – it stimulates imaginations. For decades now we have looked with envy at modern parliamentary design and the transforming impact of digital technologies. Electronic voting, presentation facilities, scope for remote inputs, easier debate management and greater citizen engagement – all … Read moreTime to extract the digital
The planned closure of squash courts at Fareham Leisure Centre to make way for a soft play area and climbing wall has been criticised by Liberal Democrats on the Council. Lib Dem group leader Roger Price writes: It is deeply disappointing that the Executive member for Leisure and Community, at her decision day on the … Read moreSquash squeezed out
All major oil companies have business plans showing growth over the next 5 years. To be fair to the oil companies, with the current world economic and money models, they have no choice but to go for growth. If a climate catastrophe is to be avoided, we cannot use the oil and gas reserves we … Read moreGreen shoots on Climate Change?
Creating & Sustaining Thriving Communities When the Covid door closes, when lockdown is unlocked, when partying has passed, what then? There will be no ‘ getting back to normal’ , not least because what was once familiar is already history, daring never to be repeated. Many are determined that life during lockdown should be a … Read moreOwning the future?
The Solent is polluted and local councils have a legal obligation to improve the quality of it. The level of nitrates is one pollutant which causes an algal bloom on mud which suffocates worms and other invertebrates which are an important source of food for wildlife. The main sources of nitrates are fertiliser run off … Read moreRemove nitrates, not farmland