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

Climate action plans take shape

Fareham’s plans to fight the Climate Emergency were outlined at a recent meeting of the Climate Change Scrutiny Panel.

See a sketch of them here, and we’ll pass on further details as they emerge.

Interesting that one idea being explored is to power Council vehicles with fuel derived from vegetable oil supplied by local farms – Fareham Lib Dems tried several years ago to interest the Council in a local farmer’s proposal to set up a plant to generate energy from waste vegetable matter.