Local Issues

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
17 Jul


I asked Hampshire County Council
Hampshire Countryside Service

to come up with this sign which we could display around Hampshire’s countryside sites where littering is a particular problem. There are some appalling anti-social behaviours which have become even worse during the lockdown. A good example is Strawberry Field in Warsash which will be the first site where these signs will be erected.

PLEASE leave only your footprints
13 Jul


A planning application has just been received for 38 houses in the countryside at Eyersdown Farm, Botley Road, Burridge which is next to Burridge Recreation Ground and Village Hall.. The planning application is viewable at http://www.fareham.gov.uk/casetrackerplanning/ApplicationDetails.aspx?reference=P/20/0506/OA&uprn=100062668205
It is totally contrary to a number of Local Plan policies as it sits in the countryside. The applicants were given a number of concerns by planning officers in both 2018 and 2019 regarding their proposals.
It sits on a road which, despite being a 30mph limit with flashing speed repeater signs has a poor accident record including several serious injuries. Bizarrely the planning application transport assessment claims the road to Botley is unrestricted (it is a 40mph limit outside Burridge).
The period for public comment runs until 7th August. Please do let me have copies of any comments to swoodward@fareham.gov.uk