Brexitometer comes to Fareham

Picture of the Brexitometer, a chart with dots with most people saying Brexit is not going well, not good for jobs or the NHS and that people want a vote on the final deal.

The Brexitometer came to Fareham this weekend, asking local residents: is Brexit is going well, how it will affect Jobs, the NHS and should we have a vote on the final deal.

Lib Dems were joined by Green and Labour activists in a cross party attempt to engage with local residents, discuss the impact of the Brexit and call for a People’s Vote on the final deal. A broad range of views were encountered from wholehearted support to “We’ve already voted”.

A number of leavers declined the opportunity to participate, but of the people who did, a large majority do not think the negotiatons are going well and that we should have a final say on the outcome.

Photo of some of the concerned activists who spent time handing out leaflets during four and a half hours on a bitterly cold day!

Recycling slowdown

Fareham Councillors raised questions back in JULY about the slowdown in the Borough’s recycling rate. They mentioned the need to recycle a wider range of items, eg plastic tubs and trays.

Fareham’s Head of Recycling explained then that plans for a Super Materials Recovery Facility, which would give wider recycling opportunities, had been put on hold until after the Government’s Waste Strategy was to be announced in  AUTUMN.

Lib Dem Councillor Katrina Trott asked at the Council’s DECEMBER meeting whether that strategy had been announced, and was told it would be announced in JANUARY next year.

Cllr Trott says: “Fareham Council is quite rightly campaigning to reduce the consumption of single use plastics in the Borough, yet a project which could help with that has been needlessly delayed for SIX MONTHS.

“It’s yet another example of policies the public want and need being kicked into the long grass while Tory ministers stumble and squabble over Brexit.”

Fly tipping behind Argos removed!

However, already begun again? In October, residents of Moresby Court in Westbury Road asked me to ‘do something’ about the unsightly mess in the loading bay behind the closed Argos store.
I contacted our Enforcement Team, expectIng it to be removed within a few days.

WRONG! As it is on private land, not Fareham Borough Council land, it was not the responsibility of our Streetscene team to remove it!
I refused to take that for an answer and insisted that the firm now responsible for that land be asked to clear it straight away. 
It has taken too long for that to happen, despite the efforts of our Enforcement officer, but AT LAST, it has been cleared.

Sadly I found an abandoned sleeping bag there as the ‘photo shows. It was mostly dry, so cannot have been there long. I put it on the wall.