House building numbers set locally not by Goverement

To say the housing numbers we have today is the sole fault of government is a gross exaggeration. The housing projections we have today never even went in front of all the members, simply a selective few.

While we wait for the Government to announce their final draft of the New National Planning Policy Framework, which will have to go before Parliament for approval and is expected to bring about crucial changes to future new housing projections here in Fareham, we should not lose sight of the fact, the present housing numbers now driving development in Fareham are not merely the fault of central government.

PUSH ( Partnership for Urban South Hampshire) is a partnership of the councils of: Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton, Isle of Wight, Eastleigh, East Hampshire, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, New Forest, Test Valley, and Winchester.

Old Street artist impression of housing development.

The assembly of Local council leaders, senior councillors and officers commissioned a number of studies to help them PUSH forward their plans for economic expansion.

Although the studies were prepared in line with the National Planning Policy Framework, to establish and distribute the objectively assessed needs for housing and economic growth over the long term period to 2034 across the PUSH area, PUSH gave a commitment that the final Housing objectively Assessed Housing Need figures would be consulted on through a public consultation.

Trying to find the link where they consulted US, the residents. Sadly there isn’t one, because we had no say.

That important consultation never materialised, it was effectively cancelled and the new housing numbers we see today that are driving the destruction of our greenfields were passed to each local authority for them to consult on through their revised Local Plan Reviews.

Artist Impression of the Ranvilles lane Planning application

The critical point is, although the likes of Fareham can demonstrate they have consulted through their Draft Local Plan review it is meaningless because the consultation is far too late in the planning process. The public does not have a chance of changing those figures at that stage, a fact which is well recognised.

So if you hear the words, it’s all the Government fault, please be mindful that is not the case. Local politicians across our region including Fareham played a role in the thousands in the housing figures we see today.

New houses being built in Daedalus

Local girl stands for election

Sophie in the village chatting with residents

Sophie Foster-Reed, Alex’s stepdaughter, is also standing as a Lib Dem candidate in Sarisbury Ward in the Fareham elections. Her uncle, Clive Foster-Reed, is also a Lib Dem Councillor in Gosport.

Sophie is an A-Level Student studying Government and Politics, at Bay House Sixth Form. I plan to read “Politics and International Relations” at University this autumn; either at Sheffield, Exeter or Southampton, depending on the result of this election.

You may have met Sophie, as she is not only when door knocking to meet residents in Sarisbury for support, she is also been supporting Alex and Jim in Hill Head and Stubbington. She has been out knocking on doors and standing in the village on a Saturday morning.

The Lib Dem team in Crofton wish her all the best in her election.

Read Sophie’s election statement and other Lib Dems Standing in Fareham.

Charges at the Tip

Charges at the tip

Several residents this month have written to us concerned by the charges that the Conservatives have brought in at the tips in Hampshire. The charges are to cover rubble, plasterboard, and a few other things. The conservatives have proposed charging for other things but so far we have been spared.

The charges are from Conservative controlled Hampshire County Council who we pay our council tax to. They are legally responsible for disposing of the household rubbish taken to the tip. So we pay our tax and then pay again at the tip.

There is concern that the chargers are increasing fly tipping. One of the reasons HCC care little about the fly tipping, is that it is HCC that run the tips but FBC who pay to clear up the fly tipping. So HCC are reducing their costs while seemingly not caring that they are increasing the local borough councils costs.

The other thing we have heard people are doing is putting small amounts of rubble in they household bins each week. This again is extra cost to FBC. This is not just extra cost on our council tax but also the rumble isn’t recycled.

The Lib Dem have been complaining to HCC and we will continue to put pressure on them to improve recycling and remove the charges.

TOP TIP – Free Rubble Tip

If you do have some rubble in the future there is a place that will take it for free (as long as you have steel toe cap shoes.). It is on the Parkgate to Botley road, on the left straight after crossing over the M27.

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Our Policies

Fareham Liberal Democrats Policy

See our vision for the way your Council should be run, and the services it should provide. In summary:

Housing
We will promote the building of new homes, which actually serve local residents across all sectors of need, using Brownfield rather than Greenfield sites where possible.

We will press for better standards of design, more space and greater energy efficiency when building new homes in the borough to counterbalance falling Government standards.

Transport
We will campaign for the provision of bus services that promote residents’ independence and access to community facilities.

Health and Social Care
We will work with Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group to preserve access to services and Public Health England to make Fareham borough a healthy environment in which to live.

Democracy
We will promote democratic change in the running of council affairs.

Environment
We will work to protect and enhance our green spaces, reduce pollution, promote recycling and provide a healthy environment for the residents.

In detail:

Housing

We will seek to work with developers and neighboring councils to address the shortage of affordable homes, including social rental property. We will look favourably at well-designed developments that include up to four storey residential units.

All new properties should have access to high quality Internet access.

We will ensure that new developments have sufficient parking provision for both residents and visitors.

Will continue to resist attempts to bring forward greenfield sites for development when there are previously developed (brownfield) sites still available and previously consented sites yet to be built out.

We will seek reasons why planning consents for new residential developments have not resulted in building taking place.  Seek change in the law so that planning consents have to be built within three years.

We will work to preserve the character of the land that will be left between the Stubbington bypass and the existing district housing. Farming should continue, and rights of way must be maintained.

There are concerns about the proposed Welborne project.  We will press for the delivery of infrastructure and amenities that have been promised to make this a self-sufficient community.  This development should have, at an early stage, its own schools, shops, surgeries and employment opportunities.   The details as presently set out fail to address the problem of public transport access and the routing for the Bus Rapid Transport system.

Health and social care

We will press for better integration of health and social care.

We will press for adequate funding for mental health and substance misuse services.

We will press for better Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) teaching

to be given more priority in schools.  Pressures of exams has pushed PSHE to the margin in many schools.

We will promote policies to make Fareham Borough a healthy environment including the extension of the air quality monitoring zone and provision of safe cycling and pedestrian routes.

We will press for better support services and respite care for families caring for loved ones.

We will press for better management and more affordable rental for care providers at Fareham Community Hospital. This will improve the range of services available to residents more locally. We applaud the recent intervention of the CCG to facilitate this.

Environment

Street bins for recycling

We believe that each generation is responsible for the fate of our planet and by safeguarding the balance of nature and the environment, for the long-term continuation of life in all its forms.

We will work to maintain the existing Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) free of charge to domestic users and available seven days a week.  An increase in fly tipping is already being seen across the borough.

Democracy

We aim to disperse power to enable citizens to take part in the decisions that affect their lives.

We as members and elected representatives will work hard for our wards and divisions.

We will work with all other parties and agencies to serve all the residents of Fareham while also promoting liberal democratic policies and values in the Borough.

We do not believe that the current format and structure of the Council allows full and open discussion of matters concerning the running of the Borough and will, given the opportunity, seek to change the executive structure to a committee system.

We will support the formation of parish councils across the Borough as a matter of principle, but in the meantime call for Community Action Team meetings that give more opportunities for genuine discussion.

Continue to examine in detail Council finances and the investment strategies, and challenge the Executive where appropriate.

We will work to ensure consultations are properly worded and agreed by the scrutiny board to ensure their impartiality.  Ensure consultations are properly advertised and appropriate notice is given.

We will work to get a better balance between services and council tax, to protect the provision of essential services.

Transport

We will support an improved bus service to serve Fareham community hospital.

We will support the refurbishment of Fareham Bus Station.  Its replacement needs to be more generous in the space provided for passenger movement and waiting.

We believe concessionary travel should be extended to young people to the age of 18 in full time education.

More Information

If you would like further information or wish to comment our our policies, please contact us. We would love to hear your feedback.

Election Results

Win for Stubbington, a close second for Hill Head

Election results for Stubbington

 Jim Forrest Liberal Democrats  1398  57%  Elected
 Pal Hayre Conservative 906 37%
 Lindsay Brown Labour 91 4%
 Andy Annear UKIP 71 3%

 

Election results for Hill Head

Alex Brims Liberal Democrats  1072 40%
Steve Dugan Conservative  1463  54%  Elected
Kevin Alec Kearslake Labour  164  6%

 

Local – Fareham Borough Council Elections – Thursday, 3rd May, 2018

See all results for Fareham on the FBC website by ward 

Council Tax hike outpaces incomes

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.