Kicking up another stink

Two controversial votes in quick succession have caused even life-long Tories to wonder if their local MPs truly represent them.

The decision to delay action to protect our rivers and coastal waters against sewage discharges was quickly followed by the attempt to dismantle centuries-old protections against parliamentary corruption in the Owen Paterson affair. Fareham and Gosport’s Tory MPs supported the Government in both votes.

Fareham Lib Dem David Brunnen explores the links between these two unsavoury episodes in this article, written originally for the online forum Liberal Democrat Voice.

Tower Bridge and London’s sewerage system were both designed by Joseph Bazalgette

Green policies? It’s what we do

As this autumn’s Climate Change conference in Glasgow approaches, politicians of all shades are eagerly parading green credentials. It’s worth remembering what Lib Dems DID for the environment during the Coalition Government of 2010-2015.

(And what we have done and continue to do in Fareham, as set our in our Climate Emergency pages.)

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Lib Dems force review of parking charges

A special meeting of Fareham’s Health and Public Safety Scrutiny Panel has been called at the request of Lib Dems to examine the decision to impose parking charges at Portchester Car Parks.

The meeting on Wednesday, August 18, follows a request from Lib Dem Councillors Roger Price and Jean Kelly, supported by independent Geof Fazackarley.

They argue that the decision by the Executive member for Public Protection was taken without proper consultation.

Roger and Jean say:

i. The Executive Member did not consider fully people’s rights to attend his
decision day.
ii’ The effect of charging was not fully considered in how it would affect the
continuance of the long-standing Portchester Gala which is when all the groups
come together with residents annually.
iii. Did not consider higher charges for coaches so that car parking could be free.
iv. Did not explain how there was increased costs for issuing 3- or 6-month season
tickets compared with 12 month season tickets.
v. Gave no consideration to volunteers who give their time freely for the church,
sailing club and scouts and wiil now have to pay for that pleasure.

The implementation of the decision stands suspended at least until the matter has been reviewed by the Scrutiny Panel.

lf Wednesday’s meeting decides the matter requires further consideration by the Executive
Member for Health and Public Protection, then the decision stands adjourned until that
reconsideration.