June 2015

25 June 2015

Excellent Experience with Enterprise!

Free enterprise talks and support sessions for small local businesses and budding entrepreneurs will begin next month in Fareham.

Each month, two expert speakers will be presenting to share their knowledge, provide tips, advice and answer questions on a variety of relevant topics that are necessary for a thriving business.

Fareham Council has teamed up with small businesses experts Enterprise First who will run and host the events. This follows on from the successful launch of the ‘Fareham First for Business’ free business training and mentoring scheme in March.

Enterprise First Business Adviser, Julie Easterbrook says: “By providing these events and offering free one to one sessions, we will assist businesses to survive and grow in the town. In addition, we will stimulate local networking, encouraging opportunities and collaborations amongst Fareham business people. Whilst individual businesses will gain valuable knowledge from these events, we expect there to be a wider benefit to the business community over time.”

Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Conservative Cllr Seán Woodward says: “These sessions are going to be beneficial to the entrepreneurial minds of Fareham. Enterprise First has a track record of offering events and support that will benefit those who are either thinking of setting up their own company or who have recently done so.”

The early evening sessions will take place between 5.30pm and 7pm at the Ferneham Hall starting on Tuesday 7th July.

Free tea and coffee will be provided and there will be an opportunity for networking with other attendees.

We anticipate strong support for these events and would encourage early booking.

Please therefore register your attendance prior to the event at:


For further information, please contact: julie.easterbrook@enterprisefirst.co.uk


18 June 2015

Review continues for Warsash Maritime Academy

Cllr Seán Woodward, Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council and Warsash councillors, Cllr Trevor Cartwright and Cllr Mike Ford, met with Professor Mike Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Southampton Solent University at the Warsash Maritime Academy on Friday 12 June.

The visit followed the University’s announcement earlier this year that a review of the facilities at the Warsash Maritime Academy was being undertaken. The visitors were able to see at first hand the size, scale and value of the world-class maritime training currently being provided.

There is much local interest around the evaluation and the three previously published options currently being explored by the University. During the discussion these were confirmed by Professor Wilkinson as either an investment in the Warsash campus so that it can continue to deliver maritime training and education on-site, or relocation and investment in new facilities at the University’s East Park Terrace in Southampton and dispose of the entire site for possible development.

Alternatively a third option would be a hybrid solution where the waterfront facilities at Warsash campus are retained and invested in while the remainder of the site is disposed of for possible development and services not requiring water access relocated to new facilities at East Park Terrace.

Conservative Cllr Woodward said: “There is significant local concern about the future of the Warsash Maritime Academy. I was pleased to visit the site with local Councillors so we could appreciate the breadth of the training delivered as well as the local economic benefits of the training to Warsash. It was also an opportunity to understand the aims and ambitions of the University.

“I understand any possible changes will not take effect until 2018 at the earliest and we will engage with the University so we can reflect local issues and understand their aims and ambitions.”

Professor Mike Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Southampton Solent University said: “We place great value on our maritime education and training provision and we need to ensure we are able to continue the standard of excellence that enables us to consistently meet and exceed expectations for maritime education and training.”


 16 June 2015

Work begins on Holly Hill Leisure Centre 

The ground breaking ceremony for Fareham’s new multi-million pound Holly Hill Leisure Centre took place on June 15.

Conservative Cllr Seán Woodward pictured with the Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Mike Ford and Conservative Cllr Trevor Cartwright.

Fareham Borough Council has contracted Balfour Beatty to construct the Leisure Centre on the site of the Coldeast Hospital in Sarisbury Green. When complete in summer 2016, the centre’s facilities will include:

  • A 25 metre pool with 6 swimming lanes
  • A learner pool
  • A gym with at least 100 pieces of equipment
  • Exercise room
  • Dance studio

Conservative Cllr Sue Bell, Executive Member for Leisure and Community said: “Work is starting on the Holly Hill Leisure Centre which is due to be completed in summer 2016, and when open will allow local residents to enjoy the excellent facilities it will offer them.”

Jon Chew from Balfour Beatty said: “The Holly Hill Leisure Centre will provide a fantastic hub for the community to come together to get fit and at the same time give several apprentices the opportunity to take their first steps in the construction industry working on this great project.”

When finished, the Leisure Centre will be managed by Everyone Active on behalf of the Council. There will also be two new junior football pitches, a children’s play area and a multi-use games area for people to enjoy on site.  The Council’s Countryside Service and volunteers are managing the different natural habitats surrounding the centre.

For further information about this exciting project, please visit: http://www.fareham.gov.uk/hhleisurecentre


15 June 2015

Fareham CAT Meeting

The next summer Community Action Team (CAT) Meeting will take place on Wednesday 17 June at Ferneham Hall from 7.00pm to 8.30pm.

At this meeting Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Conservative Cllr Seán Woodward will give a presentation about initiatives taking place across the whole of Fareham as well as the ones particularly relevant to the people living in central Fareham. There will also be an update from the local police.

Chairman of the CAT, Conservative Cllr Seán Woodward said: “I would encourage people to come along to hear about what is going on in Fareham and ask any questions or express concerns they may have to their councillors.”

More information about CATs can be found online at www.fareham.gov.uk/cats or by emailing cats@fareham.gov.uk.


12 June 2015

Be aware of doorstop scammers

Fareham Borough Council is warning residents to look out for door-to-door scammers offering new windows at a discounted rate.

The advice comes after a resident who lives in Newtown, Portchester, opened her door to a man claiming to be from a company called Safer Windows UK. The salesman claims his company is currently doing work for Fareham Borough Council and is offering private residents their service at a discounted rate of 65% off, while they are in the area.

Executive Member for Policy and Resources, Conservative Cllr Seán Woodward said: “Fareham Borough Council does not work with Safer Windows UK and have never heard of such company. If you have someone who fits this description knocking on your door, please do not part with any money. Instead report them to the national Action Fraud hotline by ringing 0300 123 2040.”

11 June 2015

Field in Trust is Shown on the Green

On Saturday 13 June 2015, the ‘Show on the Green’ event organised by Sarisbury Green Community Association will be held on Sarisbury Green, from midday to 4pm.

At 1:45pm, a special dedication and plaque unveiling will be made by Conservative Cllr Woodward, Leader of Fareham Borough Council, to celebrate Sarisbury Green’s new status as a permanently protected Field in Trust.

Executive Member for Leisure and Community, Councillor Sue Bell said, “The unveiling of the plaque during the Show on the Green event, will be a wonderful opportunity for the local community to come together and celebrate the securing of the green at Sarisbury Green as a recreational space for generations to come.”

For further information about this event, including nearby parking facilities, please contact the Leisure and Community Team on 01329 2361000 or visit www.fareham.gov.uk.


9 June 2015

Portchester Summer CAT meeting

There will be an update on the Cranleigh Road planning application at the next Portchester Community Action Team (CAT) meeting taking place on Wednesday 10 June at Portchester Community School from 7pm – 8:30pm.

At this meeting Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Conservative Cllr Seán Woodward will also give a presentation reviewing the last 12 months in Fareham. You will get the chance to ask him any questions you may have. Residents will also hear an update from the local police.

Chairman of the meeting, Conservative Cllr Seán Woodward said: “I would encourage residents to come along to the meeting to raise any issues or concerns they might have with their local area and to talk to their councillors. You will also get to hear an update on the Cranleigh Road planning application.”

More information about CATs can be found online at www.fareham.gov.uk/cats or by emailing: cats@fareham.gov.uk