Local Issues

29 Feb

I was interested to meet Fareham Borough Council town security team recently.

The two town centre security officers started their roles in Fareham town centre in January 2020 as part of our StreetAid initiative. Their role is to keep Fareham’s streets safe. This involves foot patrols of the town centre, removing any drug paraphernalia and moving on any rough sleepers. They are establishing a good rapport with regular rough sleepers, directing them to get the help they need.

Last week the security officers dealt with 34 cases of antisocial behaviour – this includes shoplifting, drunkenness and drug use. They dealt with 9 cases of rough sleeping during that week and offered support.

The security officers have been employed following two Community Action Team meetings, where businesses and residents told us they wanted more done to tackle drug taking in public places.

Since the security officers have started their roles a number of residents have attended the Civic Offices to say thank you for employing them, noting the positive difference they have made, and describing them as as ‘most welcome’ and ‘brilliant’.

29 Feb

NATIONAL GRID IFA2 TOPPING OUT

It was a pleasure to welcome the Mayor of Merville-Franceville, Olivier Paz, to Solent Airport, Daedalus to join Fareham Borough Council Mayor Pamela Bryant in performing the topping-out in the valve room of IFA2 which expects to be exchanging electricity with France later this tear. The £0.7bn project is progressing rapidly. The other end of the interconnector is at Merville.

It was good to meet D’artagnan the Harris Hawk with his keeper whose job is to keep away the pigeons.

M Paz was pleased to receive a painting of a Dakota aircraft to mark the connecion between our two towns, especially with Daedalus being the most active airfield on D-Day 76 years ago.

22 Feb

MEETING WITH SECRETARY OF STATE AT MINISTRY OF HOUSING

Suella Braverman MP and I met Robert Jenrick in Westminster with Hampshire County Council Leader Keith Mans to discuss the funding of the new motorway junction on the M27 to serve the new Welborne Garden Community. Very positive progress was made now that Welborne has planning permission. The planning consent contains a clause such that not a brick can be laid until all of the funding is in place for the new junction 10.

We also discussed the issues of nitrate pollution and its mitigation preventing any new planning permissions for homes in South Hampshire as well as the crazy housing figures being imposed on the area by government.