The laser light of Covid-19 has pinpoint accuracy. It also has a surprisingly therapeutic effect – it stimulates imaginations. For decades now we have looked with envy at modern parliamentary design and the transforming impact of digital technologies. Electronic voting, presentation facilities, scope for remote inputs, easier debate management and greater citizen engagement – all … Read moreTime to extract the digital
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
All major oil companies have business plans showing growth over the next 5 years. To be fair to the oil companies, with the current world economic and money models, they have no choice but to go for growth. If a climate catastrophe is to be avoided, we cannot use the oil and gas reserves we … Read moreGreen shoots on Climate Change?
Creating & Sustaining Thriving Communities When the Covid door closes, when lockdown is unlocked, when partying has passed, what then? There will be no ‘ getting back to normal’ , not least because what was once familiar is already history, daring never to be repeated. Many are determined that life during lockdown should be a … Read moreOwning the future?
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
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