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
A 10-week public consultation is under way, asking for your views before March 18th There are two options proposed: Reduce opening hours of all Hampshire libraries by 25%; or Close up to 10 libraries and reduce opening hours of all remaining libraries by an average of 15%. This is a continuation of Austerity – cutting … Read moreLibraries under threat
Progress on the 6,000-home Welborne development is at risk because the Tory Borough Council, County Council and Government cannot get their act together. The three bodies are playing pass the buck over funding for the new Junction 10 on the M27 which is vital for the project to go ahead. There was a report last … Read moreSnarl-up over M-way funding
Land has been earmarked alongside the Fareham-Eastleigh railway line for a station to serve the planned 6,000-home garden village at Welborne.Fareham Lib Dems strongly support the idea – our Planning and Development spokesman Cllr Jim Forrest has convened meetings between Council officers and rail chiefs to advance the project. Fareham Council has put the case … Read moreWelborne needs a rail link
We will work to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society. We commit to working with all parties to serve the residents of Fareham while promoting liberal democratic values in the borough. Democracy We will promote democratic change in the running of council affairs. Housing We will promote the building of new homes, … Read moreOur Vision for Fareham
We’ve doubled our vote and quadrupled our membership in Fareham over the past four years. Sure, we’re sad to have lost our our bright young leader to a misguided surge of nationalism. But the challenges remain – to build better communities and a better world. To meet those challenges we’re right behind acting leader Ed Davey … Read moreHappy New Year from Fareham Lib Dems
Market Day in Portchester was (unusually) blessed with fine weather – fine freezing weather. Market Day in Portchester brings out the community – mostly warm-hearted. Market Day in Portchester had all the usual traders and the burger van was doing great business. Market Day in Portchester this last week also had Tory, Labour and Libdems … Read moreStanding With The Community