A funding fiasco means that the 6,000-home Welborne estate will be less effective than promised in providing homes for people who really need them. The developers, Buckland, will have to pay a bigger share of the cost of improving Junction 10 on the M27. Buckland has agreed to double its contribution from £20million to £40million. … Read moreGoodbye garden village?
Fareham’s Local Plan could be derailed because of yet another change of mind by Whitehall, yet the Council committee which oversees planning strategy is not due to meet until after the May elections. The Full Council meeting on December 17 was told that the Government had vetoed a reduction in the assessment of Fareham’s housing … Read moreWe need councillors, not cyphers
A local resident has recently reported a number of dead swans in the Fareham Creek area, and they have been found to have had Avian Flu. Fareham Borough Council’s Environment Department have confirmed toCouncillor Katrina Trott that they are liaising with both the lead agencies, DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and theEnvironment … Read moreSwans in danger
Ashley Brown of the Portchester Focus Team writes: We are pleased that the Planning committee again refused the Planning Application from Miller Homes to develop 350 dwellings east of Downend Road. As in the previous refusal the issue was all about traffic generation and traffic/pedestrians crossing the Downend Railway road bridge. The developer, in light … Read moreReprieve for Downend Road
Three important elections are due this May, for Fareham Council, Hampshire County Council and the Police Commissioner. To make sure of your vote, request a Postal Vote . That way you won’t miss out, even if locked-down, self-isolating, home schooling … or taking a long-delayed and welcome holiday.
Liberal Democrats have warned that the Government’s planning proposals will “disempower” local authorities like Fareham and allow developers to “run roughshod” over local communities’ wishes. A motion accepted at the Party’s Autumn Conference, making it official party policy, lays bare the risks of the Government’s proposals, which the Party says amount to a Government “power … Read moreStop Whitehall’s power grab
It is difficult to avoid the endless promotion of electric cars — but when will we ever see a similar transformation of boats? The idea of swapping out a smelly diesel engine, gear box and fuel tank for a small electric motor and a larger battery pack seems a fair idea — we could surely … Read moreFloating on the current
Local councils have put in temporary schemes to improve walking and cycling safety in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. They are bidding for funds for more projects. In the longer term, we need high-quality permanent improvements to encourage a shift away from unnecessary, polluting car journeys to healthier walking and cycling. The Government recently announced … Read moreCycle pathology
I’m in a bind. My car, a 1.6 diesel has done 216,000 miles and does 65 mpg. Great for CO2 and cost, but diesels have to go and surely mine will fail at some point. But what to replace it with? I have just investigated the brand new Toyota Yaris self charging hybrid. Toyota claims … Read moreWhat car?