Local Issues

20 Jul

An amazing visit to Hampshire County Council’s Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Butser Hill to see the £3.5m improvements being made to the park including a fantastic set of enhancements to the visitor centre which will be completed by September.

Good to be shown around by Head of Countryside, Jo Heath and Rebecca Galbraith who is the architect for the project.

Then up to the top of Butser Hill to meet many of our countryside rangers and visitors from Natural England who are putting together management guidelines for National Nature Reserves. There are 10 of these in Hampshire, 5 of which are run by Hampshire County Council including Titchfield Haven.

19 Jul


The results of the referendum held in the Borough of Fareham about adopting a Titchfield Neighbourhood Plan are in.

Residents were asked to vote YES or NO to the question: ‘Do you want Fareham Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Titchfield to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

The result was 241 (40%) voted YES and 363 (60%) voted NO.

As less than 50 per cent voted YES the Neighbourhood Plan will not be made part of the statutory Local Plan for the Fareham Borough. That is an end to the matter and the only way it could be reconsidered is if the Titchfield Neighbourhood Forum wanted to start again and produce a new neighbourhood plan.

The turnout for the referendum was 31%.


14 Jul

Royal British Legion’s Sea Sunday service in Warsash

Pleased to be able to lay a wreath at the Park Gate Royal British Legion’s Sea Sunday service in Warsash today on behalf of Fareham Borough Council in recognition and memory of all those who spend their lives at sea be they Royal Navy or merchant seamen.

I was pleased to be joined by the Mayor, Cllr Pamela Bryant who laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Fareham and by Warsash Councillors Trevor Cartwright and Mike Ford.

Thank you to the many who attended, to Mike and Nicky-Sue Terry who presided at the service, the Warsash Band who provided the music and the Warsash Sea Cadets who were on parade.