Tackling source of plastics waste

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.

Gliding Club closure at Daedalus

Jim Forrest visits Glider Club

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

Start of woodland walk

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 consultation

…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

Teen Shelter

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

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