We reported in the January Ad Lib that Lib Dems put a question to Fareham Council calling for the return of bus services to Fareham Community Hospital.
Fareham Community Hospital
Patients from Stubbington and Hill Head are increasingly being directed there.
We’re pleased to note that Fareham MP Suella Fernandes is on board, with a petition calling for hospital buses.
Jim Forrest asked Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage – now a health minister- to back her colleague’s campaign. Ms Dinenage replied that she would give what support she can, but that any help to the bus company would have to come from councils.
Jim also raised concerns about waiting times for appointments at the local surgery, and time taken to answer phone calls. The MP suggested that concerns should be raised with the Care Quality Commission at www.cqc.org.uk
** More on buses – we’ve asked if the 21/21A route can be gritted in snowy and icy weather.
At the Budget meeting, Fareham Council raised its tax again, with a £5 increase for band D properties.
Lib Dems supported the budget as a whole because of the need to maintain services.
But Lib Dem opposition leader Roger Price had concerns about the tax increase. Cllr Price said: ‘This will be the third year in a row that the council has increased council tax beyond the rate of inflation.
‘Sadly, residents’ incomes do not increase beyond inflation. In some cases they don’t even match inflation.
‘Therefore these increases could cause more people to get into arrears with their council tax payments.
Jim also sparked a debate on the installation of combined drinking fountains/waterbottle filling points in parks etc.
He asked for the idea – raised in the October Ad Lib at the suggestion of local Clean Beaches campaigner Meg Lampard – to be included in a motion about measures to reduce single-use plastics in Fareham.
Tory councillors voted down Jim’s amendment, claiming it added too much detail. But the chairman of the Streetscene panel, who put the main motion, said he would consider the idea when a working party draws up plans to tackle waste.
Jim Forrest visits Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club at Daedalus.
Jim raised concerns about the future of Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club at Daedalus. He told councillors: “I welcome the prosperity and employment investment at Daedalus is bringing to Stubbington.
“But I hope commercial flying will not endanger this club which has for so long been a leisure asset, a training opportunity for young aspiring pilots, and a much-loved feature of our seascape.”
Jim Forrest recently had meetings with officials of the club, and with Council officers, to discuss a proposal to end winch-launched glider flights from Daedalus.
The club fears that the increase in costs, and reductions in the number of flights they can offer, might have an impact on their ability to continue at Daedalus.
The club has operated there for around 70 years, and the tradition of gliding at Daedalus stretches back to the earliest days of the former naval air base.
Visit Portsmouth Naval Gliding Club website www.pngc.co.uk
Jim Forrest at a tree-planting ceremony
Jim Forrest joined other Fareham councillors recently at a tree-planting ceremony to mark the start of the new open space being funded by National Grid’s inter-connector project at Daedalus.
New park with walking and cycling in the north of Daedalus site.
Around 30,000 trees are being planted, creating a new woodland walkway from the edge of the built-up area to the Peel Common roundabout as well as screening the new buildings.
Jim said: “I’m pleased that work is starting on the community benefits right at the start of this project, rather than tagging along at the end.”
…Teen Shelter: Time is running out to give your views about the Teen Shelter proposed for Stubbington Recreation Ground.
Closing date for the consultation is March 19. You can find it online at fareham.gov.uk, or visit the display at Holy Rood Church Centre from March 12-19
An example of a teen shelter. Closed or open-side versions are available
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.