Local Issues

27 Jul

As Highways England continues to convert the M27 between junctions 4 and 11 to a Smart Motorway
it will be installing the new North Fareham Footbridge which will be situated between junctions 10 and 11 of the M27.
The bridge installation will require a full closure of the M27 between junctions 9 and 11 (including access off and onto the M27 at junction 10) from 9.00pm on Friday 4 September
2020 through until 6.00am of Monday 7 September 2020.
A diversion will be in place during the closure and Highways England say it will ensure that everyone living along the diversion route will be informed in advance.
24 Jul


Everyone Active, which operates Council-owned Fareham Leisure Centre and Holly Hill Leisure Centre has confirmed it will reopen both leisure centres to the public from Wednesday 29th July for gym use and group exercise. The swimming pools will reopen to the public from 1st August.
The decision to reopen follows agreement in principle of a COVID-19 recovery deal between Everyone Active and Fareham Borough Council of up to £1.83 million.
A report https://moderngov.fareham.gov.uk/documents/s24327/Covid%2019%20Impact%20on%20Leisure%20Centres%20-%20Summary.pdf seeks approval from the Council’s Executive for agreement in principle to the funding. It also asks the Executive to proceed with the planned capital expenditure of £6.81 million to enhance the leisure facilities at both centres.
The two figures amount to a huge sum totalling more than £8.5 million which is a significant investment from the Council and reflects the importance it places on leisure for the community.
As has been widely reported, leisure centres across the country have lost a huge amount of income and, to date, the Government has not announced any financial support packages specifically for them. Over the past few weeks the Council has been working closely with Everyone Active, the operator of both leisure centres, to understand the level of support they need to continue to ensure leisure facilities are available for all our residents to enjoy.
The report also sets out our plans for improvements to the leisure centres, particularly Fareham Leisure Centre which, having served the community for 40 years, will benefit from the exciting changes proposed by Everyone Active.
23 Jul


Fareham Borough Council has approved over £820,000 in grant payments to small local businesses to help them through the pandemic.
The cash has been allocated from the Local Authority Discretionary Business Grant scheme. The scheme gave businesses which had not qualified for any other Government support, the opportunity to apply for a share of a £1m pot.
Over 100 grants have been paid of up to £10,000
Types of business which have been helped include small manufacturing firms, businesses located in share offices, dentists, a podiatrist and a nail bar.
We know this has been a very challenging time for local businesses, so I’m pleased that we have been able to process applications for this funding so quickly. This funding will be a lifeline for businesses which had slipped through the net for other forms of Government support during the pandemic.
The businesses to benefit are linked here. Limited companies names are available to be released whereas individuals’ names need to be redacted unless they give their consent including all the market traders who have each received £2,500 http://moderngov.fareham.gov.uk/documents/s24325/Part%20Confidential%20Appendices%20A-D.pdf