The planned closure of squash courts at Fareham Leisure Centre to make way for a soft play area and climbing wall has been criticised by Liberal Democrats on the Council. Lib Dem group leader Roger Price writes: It is deeply disappointing that the Executive member for Leisure and Community, at her decision day on the … Read moreSquash squeezed out
The Solent is polluted and local councils have a legal obligation to improve the quality of it. The level of nitrates is one pollutant which causes an algal bloom on mud which suffocates worms and other invertebrates which are an important source of food for wildlife. The main sources of nitrates are fertiliser run off … Read moreRemove nitrates, not farmland
The immense grief for lives lost in this pandemic will have impacts on many aspects of life and endeavour. Far from any return to normal, the new normality must respect those whose lives have been lost – and many other losses. Jobs, Opportunities, Education, Health, are just some of many missing ingredients that will affect … Read moreNew need for social housing
It is right and sensible that Fareham Borough Council has adapted to COVID conditions. This is no time for the regular run of council meetings and debates when Councillors are themselves self-isolating and minimising contact with the public and FBC employees. But that does not mean total suspension of democracy or the stifling of urgent … Read moreDefending democracy in a crisis
Members of Fareham Lib Dems have set up the Facebook group Fareham Coronavirus Support Group . The intention is to share ideas on how residents can help one another and support the most vulnerable people, while minimising risk of spreading the infection. In a fast-moving situation we need constantly to monitor the advice we share to make sure it … Read moreWorking and listening in the crisis
This response is made on behalf of communities within the jurisdiction of Fareham Borough Council and has been compiled, approved and submitted by Fareham Liberal Democrats as part of our support for local communities. In summary, we reject the rationale underlying the proposed options for Hampshire library service budget reductions. We call for a reversal … Read moreResponse to Hampshire County Council’s Library Service Consultation 2020
3,700 of our local children (nearly 1 in 5) are living in poverty . That may be better than the UK average but still grim. No ifs and no buts. This has been created by Tory policies. They have no shame. According to the Social Metrics Commission, nationally 14.3 million people in the UK are now in poverty and more than four million people are trapped in deep poverty. Seven million people, including 2.3 million … Read moreThis is Fareham in 2020.
Peter Davison writes: Fareham town centre has several more shops lining up for closure. Along with the previous losses of BHS, the flagship M&S and others, the town centre is becoming a ghost town of charity, coffee, pizza, phone and gambling shops. Portchester town centre has lost its Co-op and further closures are likely. This … Read moreGoing, going, gone?
Lib Dems called on Fareham Council to plant more trees in the Borough, using part of its large capital reserves rather than adding to the increase in Council Tax. A one-off spend of £100,000 would enable the Council to plant 500 extra trees, whose benefits would last for generations. The Council has reserves of £5,500,000 … Read moreFighting for more trees
There’s no denying the entrenched Conservative devotion of our parliamentary constituency but in contrast to their large gains elsewhere, Fareham folk bucked the trend, with the Lib Dem vote more than doubling. The marginal growth (0.7%) in the Tory share of the vote was underwhelming given that they must surely have benefited from former UKIP … Read moreThat’s Why They Call It The Blues