Village Notice Boards Need Replacement

2018, The boards are showing the effects of 16 years of service

2018, The boards are showing the effects of 16 years of service

The Informal noticeboards beside the car park and the library path are in need of replacement.

It’s been suggested that they should be replaced by glass- fronted cases, with keys held at local shops.

Village Notice Boards

Village Notice Boards

However this could make it difficult for people who work during the day to post notices.

The notice-boards were provided in the 1990s using funds allocated by Lib Dem Cllr Dorrine Burton-Jenkins.

They were replaced in 2002 after vandalism to the original ones. Tell us whether you’d prefer them replaced by closed or open-fronted boards.

2002 Jim and Dorrine unveil the new notice- boards

2002, Jim and Dorrine unveil the new notice- boards

Old St decision – Wednesday 21st March

UPDATE: Planning meeting to be on Wednesday 21st March.

Old Street

 

Bargate Homes’ proposal to build 160 houses at Old Street is likely to come to Fareham’s Planning Committee in March.

Fareham planners have good grounds for rejecting it, because the Local Plan designates the site as part of the Countryside Gap separating Stubbington and Hill Head from Fareham.

Many residents were worried because planners recently agreed larger developments in Warsash.

However, those were on sites where proposed revisions to the Local Plan indicate that building would be allowed.

In contrast, a scheme at Titchfield on the other side of the Meon Valley was rejected because it also lies in the Countryside Gap.

We should emphasise though, that the Revised Local Plan is still under discussion and could be altered before it is put to the Government for approval.

The Old Street plans – and comments from public bodies – are on www.fareham.gov.uk Look for P/17/1451/OA

Update on our Old Street story 

Give village a facelift

Jim takes a walk on the wet side

Jim takes a walk on the wet side

Many residents complain to us about puddles on the footways behind the Stubbington Green bus stop.

The paved area has been extended over the years, but vans and lorries are often parked on the grass, churning it up.

Jim Forrest has asked the Council if they will:

– Replenish the sunken surface on the informal path from the bus shelter to the toilets

– Reseed and raise the grassed areas close to the paths

– Resurface the asphalt where needed and ensure that council and contractors’ vehicles keep to the paved area.

But it’s also up to all of us to protect grass verges on our streets – do try to make sure your and your visitors’ cars aren’t churning the grass.

 

Also see our story on the village notice boards.

 

LIDL: Fight to protect jobs

LIDL is being allowed to demolish its existing store in Newgate Lane, and the adjoining Apex Centre business units, to enable them to build a bigger store.

Three of the Planning Committee members voted against the proposal. They had tried to insist that the present store could not be demolished until the businesses in the Apex Centre are relocated.

But officers advised that planning rules would not allow such a condition.

Lidl say they will help the companies relocate – let’s hope they keep that promise, because there are some high quality products being made there, providing work, and work experience, for engineering students at CEMAST.

Delivery times to the new store will be limited, to help ease congestion.

Long wait at crossing

Some months ago, the time pedestrians have to wait at the Burnt House Lane Pelican crossing was extended.

This was initially done to reduce traffic queues during roadworks in the area.

But the change was made permanent after the roadworks ended, without any consultation with residents.

Many people have asked us if the shorter waiting time can be restored. What do you think? Give us your views at the address below.

How long do you have to wait?

How long do you have to wait?

Council plans to build teen shelter for the village.

Fareham Council is planning to erect a Teen Shelter in Stubbington. This follows a petition from local youngsters asking for a place where they could meet informally.

Alex Brims & Jim Forrest in the Rec

Hill Head Lib Dem campaigner Alex Brims and Stubbington Councillor Jim Forrest check out the Recreation Ground for possible sites for a teen shelter

The Council will consult residents about the best site for the shelter – probably in the Recreation Ground – the Ad Lib team will be happy to pass on your views, balancing the needs of our youngsters and the interests of people living nearby.

And we’re still seeking your opinion on another idea to improve the Rec. There’s been a favourable response to the idea of a drinking fountain/water filling station to reduce dependence on plastic bottles.

(Who can forget the Blue Planet film of birds and sea creatures dying because the oceans are choked with waste plastic?)

Several councils around the country are showing an interest in reviving drinking fountains, and Lib Dems are pressing Fareham to back the idea, as highlighted in our Autumn editions of Ad Lib. We’d like your suggestions of where to site one.

Teen Shelter

An example of a teen shelter. Closed or open-side versions are available

IFA2: Safety and noise tackled

IFA2, the inter-connector project at Daedalus, took a step closer at recent Council meetings.

The plans have been modified, reducing the size of the building and improving landscaping proposals to reduce its impact.

Safety concerns have been addressed, with live tests to ensure aircraft instruments would not be affected, and there are important conditions in the planning permission to prevent excessive noise.

The plan will fund a swathe of open space and woodland stretching from Southways to Peel Common and including a children’s play area and a raised observation area.

We’ll continue to monitor the project to ensure it works to the benefit of local residents.

Read our earlier article NATIONAL GRID MUST KEEP PROMISES

Our plea for cyclists gets results

We heard the day after Jim’s election that a revised plan has been submitted for the porch extension at the Community Centre.

It includes provision for replacement cycle hoops, which Jim Forrest had asked for in comments on the plan, and which we highlighted in a recent Ad Lib.

Good news for the many cyclists who use the Centre.

Email Scam

Beware of any emails telling you might be entitled to a tax rebate.
A very cunningly designed Internet scam links to a fake HMRC site, and asks you to create a Government Gateway account to claim money it says you’re owed.

HMRC say they NEVER notify people of tax rebates by email.

If you get such an email, don’t open any website link or attachment, delete it right away.

IFA2: National Grid must keep promises

A special meeting of Fareham Council’s planning committee on November 17th examined details of IFA2, National Grid’s proposed Interconnector at Daedalus, and the proposed new public open space to be financed by it. They included:
● Details of access, appearance, landscaping and appearance of the new public open space.
● Revised details of the converter station buildings.
● Reports on converter station noise, interference, and electro-magnetic fields.
● TV and radio interference assessment.
Jim Forrest spoke at the meeting as one of his first duties on returning to the Council. Jim said: “The proposed open space is much bigger and better than any previous public space offered at Daedalus.
“But planners must ensure it doesn’t come at an unacceptable cost to residents. National Grid must be held firmly to their promised safeguards on noise, public health and aircraft safety.”
See the planning pages at www.fareham.gov.uk for more details on IFA2. We’ll keep you informed of further meetings as they arise.