Local Issues

06 Oct


I am pleased to announce that the Planning Committee next Wednesday will be considering a recommendation of REFUSE for the erection of 38 houses on this countryside site. This follows the receipt of 76 letters of objection from local residents.
The report states that the proposals are contrary to 11 different policies in the Local Plan and specifies 8 reasons for refusal including it being in the countryside, in an unsustainable location, advese effect on the landscape, adverse effects on Protected Sites and lack of mitigation for disturbance of reptiles known to be on the site.
29 Sep


I have received a number of complaints about the incorrect diversion route being used for M27 motorway closures which is sending over-height “double decker” HGVs via the A27 Bursledon railway bridge near Swanwick. A bridge height below 16 foot 6 inches cannot accommodate these lorries and there have been instances of them meeting the 15 foot 9 inch bridge and needing to turn around which is inconvenient and disruptive.
Highways England claim the agreed diversion route is via Swanwick which is simply not correct. The appropriate route is via the A3051 through Burridge to Botley. Signage will now be corrected for future closures starting next week to sign over-height HGVs onto Botley Road from the Kam’s Palace roundabout.
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26 Sep


Fareham Borough Council is launching a free parking permit that will enable NHS hospital workers who live in Fareham to park for free at barrier car parks in the town centre from 1st October 2020 to 31st March 2021.
To apply for a permit, NHS employees will need to provide proof that they live in the Fareham borough, together with a copy of their NHS hospital ID, and their vehicle registration.
This new initiative is designed to help busy hospital workers who need to pop into town for some shopping after a long shift.
I am delighted that we are now in a position to formalise a scheme to ensure NHS hospital workers continue to benefit from free parking in Fareham; they are doing such a superb job. I do hope that this small gesture goes some way towards thanking them for their ongoing hard work in these exceptional times.”
To apply for a free parking permit, NHS workers who live in the Fareham borough and are hospital-based should email parkingservices@fareham.gov.uk to request an application form.
The scheme comes into effect from 1st October and those who have successfully applied for a parking permit will be able to use Osborn Road multi storey, Fareham Shoppers’ multi storey and Market Quay car parks. A physical permit will not be issued as automatic number plate recognition technology will be used.
The Council introduced free parking for all key workers in May then all NHS workers from July. The permit arrangement from October will be for all NHS hospital workers through to the end of March 2021.
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