Community Actions: whatever, wherever, whenever.

Councillors and candidates are, by definition, engaged in community issues. Our recently elected Councillors are finding their ways around the mysteries of Fareham Borough Council, and candidates still awaiting the call for democratic duties are equally busy dealing with the issues raised during the last campaign and limbering up for the next. For who knows how soon that will be?

Healthcare

Scores of doorstep grumbles about the Highland / Warsash / Titchfield doctors’ surgery have kept LibDem Pauline Galea on the front line despite coming second in Fareham Northwest. Social Media and local news channels have been abuzz with complaints about the Sovereign Health Partnership and their struggles to recruit enough doctors, operate an effective booking service and umpteen other shortfalls highlighted at open forums. Talking to those on the front line you can get a good sense of their honest attempts at remedial actions but also a reminder that this privatised piece of the NHS needs careful monitoring. There is, of course, a deeper back-story – lingering resentments dating from the integration of surgeries when the Sovereign Health enterprise was instigated by local Conservative Councillor Woodward

Weedkillers

Glyphosates may kill the weeds that some find offensive, but at what cost? If verges can be exterminated, turned to dust, then could they also make dogs, cats and other wildlife sick if they come in to contact with it? Some pet owners certainly think so. There’s surely a case for a ban on toxic weedkillers and Gerald Drabble of Hill Head would very much like more signatures for a petition. Cllr. Chrissie Bainbridge (Portchester East LibDem) has heard concerns from worried pet owners and is well placed to question the Parks people on this and other environmental issues.

Wellbeing

LibDem Cllr. Jean Kelly (Portchester East) was waylaid last week by a sprightly resident (age 90) up in arms about the car park at the back of Iceland. To his dismay his regular parking spot had been converted for disabled users. – “I’m not disabled”, he insisted, “but I do need to park a bit closer to shops”. It was an issue quickly solved when Jean ferried him to the Council Offices where he could be registered for a disabled badge. So often we forget that not everyone has the Internet skills to navigate their way around rules set for younger folk.

Three small examples that may to some seem trivial.

Three small examples that to individuals are a real worry.

Three examples of everyday community actions that make Fareham a fair place to be.

Next month’s Community Actions will be different but no less essential.

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