David Brunnen writes: 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 … 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
Creating & Sustaining Thriving Communities – by David Brunnen 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 … Read moreOwning the future?
David Brunnen highlights a question that will have to be re-assessed in Fareham’s Local Plan.The immense grief for lives lost in this pandemic will have impacts on many aspects of life and endeavour. Far from any return to normal, the new normality must respect those whose lives have been lost – and many other losses. … Read moreNew need for social housing
David Brunnen argues that the timetable for approving Fareham’s Local Plan will have to be re-assessed.With most of life and endeavour currently on hold, the only certainty is that plans will change once the plague has passed. The urgent and very necessary responses needed to combat COVID-19 have ensured that there will be no ‘getting … Read morePlanning Priorities: time to rethink
It is right and sensible that Fareham Borough Council has adapted to COVID conditions. This is no time for the regular run of council meetings and debates when Councillors are themselves self-isolating and minimising contact with the public and FBC employees. But that does not mean total suspension of democracy or the stifling of urgent … Read moreDefending democracy in a crisis
Members of Fareham Lib Dems have set up the Facebook group Fareham Coronavirus Support Group . The intention is to share ideas on how residents can help one another and support the most vulnerable people, while minimising risk of spreading the infection. In a fast-moving situation we need constantly to monitor the advice we share to make sure it … Read moreWorking and listening in the crisis
Peter Davison writes: Fareham town centre has several more shops lining up for closure. Along with the previous losses of BHS, the flagship M&S and others, the town centre is becoming a ghost town of charity, coffee, pizza, phone and gambling shops. Portchester town centre has lost its Co-op and further closures are likely. This … Read moreGoing, going, gone?
Lib Dems called on Fareham Council to plant more trees in the Borough, using part of its large capital reserves rather than adding to the increase in Council Tax. A one-off spend of £100,000 would enable the Council to plant 500 extra trees, whose benefits would last for generations. The Council has reserves of £5,500,000 … Read moreFighting for more trees
A 10-week public consultation is under way, asking for your views before March 18th There are two options proposed: Reduce opening hours of all Hampshire libraries by 25%; or Close up to 10 libraries and reduce opening hours of all remaining libraries by an average of 15%. This is a continuation of Austerity – cutting … Read moreLibraries under threat