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

Jan 2018 Crofton AdLib

Read the latest AdLib for Hill Head & Stubbington Crofton Ad Lib Jan 2018

Stories include:

  • Safe place to meet?
    • Council plans to build teen shelter for the village.
  • Old Street: Builders slip in an unwelcome Christmas gift
    • PLANS for some 150 houses on land to the west of Old Street have now been submitted.
  • NHS: Quicker appointments – but can you get there?
    • L ib Dems are pressing Fareham Council to look at options to restore a bus service to the Community Hospital at Locks Heath.
  • Long wait at crossing
    • SOME months ago, the time pedestrians have to wait at the Burnt House Lane Pelican crossing was extended.
  • Crumbling pavements
    • A resident pointed out that about five years ago many local pavements were resurfaced – but not all.
  • LIDL: Fight to protect jobs
    • L IDL 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.
  • IFA2: Safety and noise tackled
    • IFA2, the inter-connector project at Daedalus, took a step closer at recent Council meetings.
  • A case for cameras?
    • Flashing speed limit reminder signs have been in action recently at sites in Crofton.
  • Solving a thorny problem
    • There were some really nasty thorns on this shrub overhanging the pavement from the Titchfield Road electricity sub-station.
  • Pointing way to school
    • an incident when an emergency vehicle was unable to find the school

If you want to contact us about any of these stories or new ones please use the contact us page.

A case for cameras?

Flashing speed limit reminder signs have been in action recently at sites in Crofton.

We’ve asked if figures are available for the number of times they’ve been activated by vehicles exceeding 30mph, in which locations and in which directions.

And we’ll ask if the results justify the use of speed cameras with fines for those who have ignored the warnings.

Mays Lane,/Peak Lane, Gosport Road, Longfield Avenue and Titchfield Road are particularly prone to excess speed.

Crumbling Pavements

ALEX Brims has written to the County Council about the poor state of some of the pavements on roads off Plymouth Drive.

A resident pointed out that about five years ago many local pavements were resurfaced – but not all.

Many of those pavements are now in poor condition with broken tarmac, raised iron work and kerb edges and with large
puddles which are particularly dangerous for the elderly in icy conditions. We’re checking whether there’s a programme to resurface them.

poor state of local pavements

Poor state of local pavements

Poor state of local pavements

Pointing way to school

We’re backing staff at Crofton Hammond School who asked local councilors if the sign at the Bells Lane end of Mancroft Avenue could be altered to include the distance to the school entrance – some 400 yards.

This followed an incident when an emergency vehicle was unable to find the school, which is set back from the road.

Thorny Hedge – Titchfield Road

There were some really nasty thorns on this shrub overhanging the pavement from the Titchfield Road electricity sub-station.

Overhanging Hedge on Tichfieid Rd

Overhanging Hedge on Titchfield Rd

Jim Forrest reported it to the Highways team at the County Council, and within a few days it had been pruned to leave the pavement clear of obstruction. The eyesore patch of weeds also belonging to the electricity board which had spoiled the outlook of a neighbour’s garden was cleared at the same time.
You can report pavement obstructions like this online through an interactive map at Hants.gov.uk

The pruned bush will grow back in a more manageable shape

Rodent and Mouse Removal Petition

Fareham Borough Council has recently decided to change it’s policy on rodent and mouse removal. The service, which was previously free, will now cost £60 per treatment but will be free to households in receipt of benefits.

We believe this decision creates an unnecessary public health risk. It is not justifiable to ignore the predictable unintended consequences: incorrectly treated or untreated infestations and risk of harm to other animals including peoples’ pets.The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Professionals’ policy statement since 2011 is that charging for controlling rats and mice is not in accordance with councils’ duties under the 1949 Pest Control Act. This service is not currently free as some Conservatives have implied, it is paid for out of our council tax which was just increased again by the maximum allowed without a referendum. The council retains a duty to deal with rats and mice on our own land and they do not respect property boundaries. Residents who aren’t exempted because they are in receipt of certain benefits like Employment Support Allowance may nevertheless be on low incomes and face significant financial stress if faced with an unexpected expense of £60.
We have started a petition and are hoping to gather a large number of signatures to present to the council. If you can help, please print out a copy of the pest control petition and gather some signatures; they will need to be Fareham residents to count. Please return completed petitions to: 27 Shearwater Avenue, Portchester, Fareham, PO16 8YE