If you watched BBC News South Today last week you may have noticed that the show ran a segment about the local elections scheduled for next May – and whether they might be cancelled. South Today was not alone. Media outlets, Press, TV and Radio, across the UK all had this topic injected into their … Read moreYour future is in the post
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
Are Fareham’s communities thriving? And, if not, what can be done? There are umpteen ways of gauging local communities. Do people want to live here? Is there work? Good schools? Full fibre? Are the natives friendly? Affordability? Clean air? Positive answers to most of these questions are very much in the hands of the local … Read moreChanging the lightbulbs
With the longer nights very much here, after a difficult year for our community, it can sometimes feel somewhat bleak. However as with all things there is hope and we can all be inspired to make positive changes. Something we found particularly uplifting this year was the seeming “bounce” our local wildlife enjoyed during the … Read moreShould we be blooming wild?
Gone are the days when the daily trek to Waterloo or wherever swallowed the early and late hours. Now employers question why their ventures spent so much on offices and why they ever needed physical meetings – and the scope for Fareham to be more than a sleepy dormitory town is so much greater. Just … Read moreFareham’s new realities
REMEMBER – Friday December 18 the deadline for the consultation on Fareham’s Local Plan, which will shape the Borough from now until 2037. If you want to comment, go to the consultatation pages HERE on Fareham Council’s website which givse advice and links on how to view documents and maps, and how to make comments. The … Read moreLast chance to make it YOUR Plan
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
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