Team Lib Dem gets cracking

Fareham Lib Dems’ new-look Council group got straight down to work as the Council held its Annual Meeting, with spokespeople appointed to shadow and challenge decisions on the key committees.

The Council’s new Lib Dem team (from left) Jean Kelly, Paul Nother, David Hamilton, Katrina Trott and Chrissie Bainbridge

Katrina Trott, the Group’s new leader, will scrutinise the main “people-oriented” areas – Leisure & Community, Housing, and Health & Public Protection.

Deputy leader Paul Nother will take on Planning & Development, where there are big decisions to come on the Local Plan and on major economic growth areas such as Welborne and Daedalus.

Chrissie Bainbridge takes on a role on behalf of the whole Council, bringing her professional experience as FBC representative on public transport bodies, as well as scrutinising Streetscene and the all-important Climate Change agenda.

David Hamilton will be our spokesman on Policy and Resources and on Audit and Governance, looking at the Council’s spending plans.

Jean Kelly will serve with Paul and Katrina on the Licensing Panel, which will shortly be examining proposed changes to the Council’s ward boundaries, as well as deputising on the Housing and Climate Change panels.

This month’s local elections confirmed the Lib Dems’ position as the only effective opposition to the Conservative ruling group, and the new team will give residents a strong voice where it counts – in the real world of the Council’s decision-making.

Sewage dumping angers voters

Pollution of our coastal waters and rivers has been one of the biggest concerns raised with our candidates as we’ve been out and about talking to residents.

With many more residents taking to local watersports during the restrictions on overseas travel, voters are incensed by the frequency with which water companies allow discharges of raw sewage.

They recall angrily that Fareham’s MP was among Tories who threw out a Lords’ amendment to the Environment Bill aimed at stopping the practice.

See more about local voters’ concerns.

Fly-tipping – at last Whitehall listens

New measures to combat fly-tipping are a response at last to residents’ concerns which Fareham Lib Dems have been raising for years.

The Environment Departmant this week announced that households will no longer have to pay to get rid of DIY waste under plans set out by government to change the rules that currently allows some Local Authorities to charge for DIY waste from households.

Under the proposals, household DIY-ers would not be charged to get rid of waste including plasterboards, bricks and bath units.

Lib Dems protested when Hampshire County Council introduced the charges at its tips.

Our Vision for Fareham proposed: “Remove tip charges for bulky waste for domestic households, making it free of charge to domestic users and available 7 days a week, in our efforts to prevent fly – tipping.”

Thank goodness Whitehall has stepped in to help prevent eyesores like this: