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.

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

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.

Old Street: Builders slip in an unwelcome Christmas gift

Old Street


PLANS for some 150 houses on land to the west of Old Street have now been submitted.
Our autumn issues warned this was likely, and we alerted hundreds of residents through emails and our Facebook page when the plans were posted on the Council’s website.
The deadline for comments was January 12 – so the timing of the application just before the Christmas break meant the time available for many residents to voice their views was very limited.
You can see the application – ref P/17/1451/OA – at www.fareham.gov.uk
Fareham Council does not support the application. The
land is part of the Countryside Gap, even under the revised Local Plan now being considered.
But a Government inspector
over-ruled the Council’s refusal of a similar-sized scheme in Portchester.
We hope that the importance of this site as a buffer for the nationally important Titchfield Haven nature reserve will protect it from a similar fate.

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.

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

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.

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