Local Issues

10 Jul


I am pleased to announce this application to destroy ancient woodland was today refused by
Fareham Borough Council

for the following reasons:

a) the development would result in the loss of priority habitat, for which insufficient justification has been provided. The loss of priority habitat, comprising a complex ecosystem of ground flora, woodland fauna and soils would be substantially altered by the proposal, and the proposed mitigation measures are not sufficient to compensate for loss of habitat or achieving a net gain in biodiversity.
b) the development would have an unknown level of impact on protected species within the woodland environment, namely foraging/commuting bats and dormice. These species are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), and insufficient information has been provided within the application to demonstrate that they would not be harmed by the development proposal.

The right way to increase medical provision for the North if Whiteley development is to build a new surgery. Squeezing a quart into a pint pot is not the right approach.

Winchester City Council

should have insisted on extra medical provision.

There are ways to improve the layout and capacity of the existing car park which the surgery owners have consistently refused to address such as having a dedicated IN and OUT. We remain keen to work with them to improve matters.
06 Jul


It was a real privilege to add my signature to the Mayor’s, Councillor
Pamela Bryant

in adding my thanks to all of the volunteers in Fareham who have stepped-up through the COVID-19 pandemic to help in their community. I have signed over 250 letters for volunteers helping through the following organisations:

Acts Of Kindness Community (Solent)
Waypoint Church
Citizens Advice Fareham
A.F.C. Portchester
One Community
Portchester Community Association

People have tirelessly helped to put together essential parcels and activity packs, delivered items to shielding residents, collected food donations, picked up prescriptions or just been amazingly good neighbours. Many hundreds of people in need have been helped across the Borough and it is right that

Fareham Borough Council

should express thanks to them all.

We are very keen to write to anyone who has been volunteering through this difficult time and I would be pleased to receive names and contact details plus a brief description of the help given so that these unsung heroes can receive some small recognition of the gratitude the community has for them. If you are aware of such people please do fill out the short form at www.fareham.gov.uk/thankavolunteer
04 Jul


As Hampshire County Council Executive Member for Recreation & Heritage I am very grateful for the support that residents have shown during the lockdown period and the way people have responded positively to the different ways of accessing Hampshire Library Service through the innovative use of technology.

During lockdown there have been many tens of thousands of eBook loans as well as services such as Baby Rhyme Time being delivered via Facebook. Our staff have worked very hard throughout and now extra hard to get our libraries open again.

There are some changes that visitors will notice:

Ready Reads: We Select You Collect

· Library staff will handpick a selection of books for customers who complete an online form call us in advance. These can be collected without queuing.

Book Lending and Short Visits

· To reduce wait times and allow as many people as possible to visit our libraries, people are asked to limit their visits to a maximum of 30 minutes and to keep browsing to an absolute minimum.

· Reserved items can also be collected at this time.

· Newspapers and magazines won’t be available for the time being.

· Customers are asked to use self-service machines to borrow or return items where possible or download the new Spydus Mobile app to check out books by mobile phone.

· Our toilet facilities will remain closed to the public for the time being.

Government guidance on Test and Trace

· New Government guidance has been produced to help organisations in certain sectors collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors on their premises, from Saturday 4 July onwards, to support NHS Test and Trace.

· We have been asked to keep a temporary record of our visitors for 21 days to help NHS Test and Trace to help identify people who may have been in contact with the virus and help minimise the onward spread of COVID-19. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.