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
The timetable for approving Fareham’s Local Plan will have to be re-assessed. With most of life and endeavour currently on hold, the only certainty is that plans will change once the plague has passed. The urgent and very necessary responses needed to combat COVID-19 have ensured that there will be no ‘getting back to normal’ … Read morePlanning Priorities: time to rethink
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.
We don’t need to look as far as the White House to find fake news. Listening to Matt Hancock repeatedly claiming that care homes have been prioritised since the beginning of the pandemic is an example close to home. This demonstrably false claim is worse than fake news, it is an attempt to exterminate the … Read moreWhat price for honesty?
By David Chalmers It is now over 12 weeks since the UK officially left the European Union and Boris Johnson has until 30 June to ask for the transition period we are now in to be extended by one or two years, otherwise we shall be crashing out with No Deal on 31 December. It … Read moreChoppy waters lie ahead
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