Local Issues

12 May


I was contacted by one of the owners of The Horse & Jockey country pub &. Restaurant at Curbridge, Tony Lynam recently who wanted to know how they could help in the fight against corronavirus while closed. Following a lot of thought Tony decided that they would provide fresh hot meals free of charge to NHS and emergency services staff working on the front line.

The initiative launched on Sunday night and the guaranteed socially-distanced photo shows South Central Ambulance Service staff Hannah Wise, Chrissy Jenkins and Julia Blake receiving their meals after their busy shift. If you are working in our emergency services please just give them a call on 01489-796654 to book your meal which will be served daily between 5pm and 9pm.

Thank you to Tony and the whole team for what you are doing at this difficult time. If any local business would like to donate any fresh produce to help make these delicious meals please do get in touch.

30 Apr


Fareham Borough Council has today made its first ever decision using online technology. The ‘virtual’ decision was taken as part of a meeting held using Microsoft Teams to consider the Council’s recommendation to write off £130,000 of irrecoverable debt.

The Council’s philosophy in these challenging times is for democratically elected Members to continue to be involved in the decision-making process as much as possible rather than relying on officers to take decisions using emergency powers.

Today was a first for the Council. As Executive Member for Policy and Resources I agreed with the Officer’s recommendation to write off a significant amount of debt as there is no further legal action that can be taken to collect it. This decision will help the Council to maintain accurate and healthy budgets, something which is even more important than usual in the current climate.

Pictured with me are Leigh Usher, Head of Democratic Service, Mel Bettley, Committee Clerk and Andy Wannell, Director of Finance and Resources.

31 Mar

Fareham Borough Council supporting Food Bank Charity

About a week ago I learned that the Food Bank in Fareham would have to close temporarily as they were concerned about the health and wellbeing of their volunteers, some of whom identified as vulnerable. After discussions with them the trustees kindly agreed to release all of their food and future supermarket donations so it could be got out to the most needy in Fareham.

The Council offered a warehouse facility to local Charity, Acts Of Kindness Community (Solent), so that they could effectively set up a temporary food bank, and arrangements were made for all the food already donated to be moved from the former Food Bank to the new location.

I am delighted that Fareham Borough Council has been able to provide accommodation to Acts of Kindness to ensure that essential supplies of food to those in hardship in the Borough are able to be maintained.

I was pleased to take a day away from council duties at home yesterday to do some lorry driving and help load and move many tons of food from the food bank. This was a real community effort with dozens of Acts of Kindness volunteers with Kerry Snuggs teaming up with Solent Stars childrens motorcycle stunt team who lent their lorry and Joanne Bull to assist.

The Council will be moving many tons more tomorrow from storage to ensure that the food is got to where it is needed as soon as possible.