Local Issues

16 Sep

NEW GARDEN WASTE SERVICE UNDER CONSIDERATION

Plans for a new garden waste collection service which will allow residents to easily dispose of a lot more green waste will be considered at a Council meeting next Thursday.
In the first year the cost of the proposed service would be as little as £1.48 per week (using an early bird bin discount). This includes a one-off cost to purchase a new bin. In subsequent years the cost would reduce to £1.15 per week.
Residents who subscribe to the new service would have a 240 litre wheelie bin for garden waste to be emptied once every two weeks. The capacity of the bin is around three times greater than the current garden waste sacks while being much easier to manoeuvre. Households would have the option to share a bin and the cost with other residents if they preferred or even to purchase extra bins.
As part of the plan, the current free garden waste sack collection service would end once the new service is in place. The use of plastic disposable garden waste sacks would also end which will help achieve the Council’s aim of ending the use of single use plastics in the Borough.
Apart from Winchester (which has now also decided to introduce a charge), Fareham is the only Hampshire council where residents don’t pay extra for garden waste collection. The proposals also ensure the Council is aligned to the Government’s National Resources and Waste Strategy.
We understand some residents may be disappointed to lose the free garden waste service however, as we face both the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the ongoing need to replace other lost income we have had to look at new ways to bring in revenue to protect our residents’ vital services.
Garden waste collection currently costs the Council £336,000 per year and a recent decision by Hampshire County Council means that the Council will no longer benefit from the recovery of costs for material recycling, as this income, approximately £400,000, will be retained by the County Council.
I think the proposed new subscription service offers a good deal for gardeners and is the fairest option because only those using the service would be asked to pay. Subscribers will have the added benefit of being able to dispose of a lot more than they can using the canvas garden waste sacks. For those not wanting to pay there is the alternative of using the local free Household Waste Recycling Centre or buying a composter which is available for £19 from Hampshire County Council.”
The Streetscene Scrutiny Panel will meet to discuss the plans on September 24th. The proposals will then go before the Council’s Executive Committee for a decision on October 12th. Item 6 on this agenda refers https://moderngov.fareham.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx…
Cost breakdown: £60 a year + £34 one off bin purchase charge (£17 with the first-year early bird discount).
POST SCRIPT
The Council is currently receiving a lot of calls from residents requesting to join the new garden waste collection service.
I would like to stress that this is only a proposal at this stage and it is yet to be agreed by the Council. We will be discussing the matter at a meeting of the Executive Committee on October 12th. If the proposal is agreed, it is likely the new service would open for registration towards the end of next year. I will keep you posted as things progress.
14 Sep

Fareham College

Thank you to Andrew Kaye, Principal and Kevin Briscoe, Chairman of Governors for meeting me at

Fareham College today to discuss their future plans and show me the improvements made around this first class college over the summer break. Taken with the CEMAST and CETC campus at
Solent Airport, Daedalus this is one excellent and high-performing further education institution. No surprise it is rated as OUTSTANDING by Ofsted
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11 Sep

SARISBURY COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH RELAUNCHED

I was pleased to attend the initial training by
Hampshire Constabulary

Special Inspector Simon Tavender and Katie Strange at Burridge Scout Hut where the team members were able to familiarise themselves with the rules of the scheme and the equipment for which I allocated a £3,500 grant from my

Hampshire County Council

Members’ devolved grant scheme.

Community Speedwatch enables members of the community to become police support volunteers and take action against speeding on roads of concern within their area. I have recommended that particular attention is paid to the following roads which have all been approved for action:
Botley Road
Barnes Lane
Brook Lane
Sweethills Crescent
Swanwick Lane
Yew Tree Drive
Barnbrook Road
Volunteers use equipment that can monitor the speed of passing traffic and then record the details, later adding them to a database. Vehicle checks are then undertaken by the police and letters are then sent to the registered keepers advising them of their speed and reminding them of why it is a community concern. Repeat offenders receive a police visit.
Community SpeedWatch is an educational scheme, not enforcement. It is considered as the first tier response to speeding issues. If a problem persists, it can be escalated to tier two, meaning that enforcement can be undertaken by the police neighbourhood policing teams.
I am very grateful to all of the volunteers who care about road safety in their local community and especially to Stuart Kimber who will be the Sarisbury Community Speedwatch Co-ordinator. The team will be happy to have more volunteers.
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