"We have to fightback."

By Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Lib Dem Group Leader on Portsmouth City Council and the Local Government Association

Last month I was asked to address a staff conference at the LGA with some thoughts about the current political situation. In the past this would have meant a discussion on what bills were coming up through parliament and how this might affect local government. But things have changed so much over the last yea and the political landscape is now so different I thought I had to say something different.

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Richard Adair campaigning to clean-up Southsea streets

Born and raised here Richard Adair is putting his experience of 37 years policing to good work by campaigning to clean-up untidy streets and fly-tipping. Richard says, "It's an offence to litter streets, but too little is being done to prevent and deter those doing it," he adds "just out walking you can't help, but almost fall over fly-tipped sofas, fridges, freezers, rubble and all sorts of unwanted items and rubbish".

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Fly Tipping UP


By Lee Hunt

I attended the city's Environment and Community Safety meeting yesterday to make representations about NOT closing Paulsgrove tip on Thursdays and NOT reducing its opening hours.

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Lib Dem Campaigner Helps Out at Community Fun Day


Lib Dem Campaigner Richard Adair recently spent the day in Wimbledon Park helping at a community fun day. Richard commented: "It's really good to be helping local residents at the Wimbledon Park community fun day. Even the rain didn't put off several 100 local residents and children coming to find out more about animals, birds, bats and insects with Hampshire and IoW Wildlife Trust."

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Scores Sweep 'Sunny Southsea' Shore


Joining with scores of local residents local Lib Dem Councillors and campaigners helped the national 'Surfers Against Sewage' weekend on action to help keep UK beaches clean.

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Portsmouth Conservatives charge residents to get rid of their DIY waste

Portsmouth’s Conservative administration have decided people must now pay to get rid of their DIY waste.

The fees include charges to dispose of soil and rubble, plasterboard, and cement-bonded asbestos and came into force on Saturday. But critics say authorities are not being specific enough, nor clear over what waste remains to be free of charge.

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People Power VICTORY


Pressure from local residents and from Lib Dem councillors has changed the City Council’s mind. They will now rebuild the aviary in College Park that was demolished.

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Lib Dems Support New Mosaics

It was a rather wet Southsea Saturday but that didn't deter Lib Dem Councillors and campaigners from supporting the unveiling of the new Albert Rd mosaics.

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Annual Allotments Show continues to bring in the crowds

The Annual Milton and Eastney Allotments had another successful Autumn Show on Sunday 4th September. Local Lib Dem councillors Ben Dowling and Gerald Vernon-Jackson were on-hand to help with setting up and packing down.

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Southsea Fire Station open to public

Local Lib Dem councillors Ben Dowling and Tom Wood went along to Southsea Fire Station's recent open day.

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Portsmouth Lib Dems help New Forest candidate to victory

The Portsmouth Lib Dem team has been volunteering time to New Forest Lib Dems in their efforts to gain a seat on Lymington and Pennington Town Council during a recent by-election. Lib Dem candidate Jack Davies, age 20, was successfully elected after a nail-biting election day.

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Victorious Festival - A Big Success


Local Lib Dem councillors enjoyed Victorious Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend. (Above: Cllr Tom Wood, Cllr Ben Dowling, Cllr Suzy Horton.)

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Dial A Ride Saved!


Thanks to hard work from Business Angels, the Council and Portsmouth Liberal Democrats Dial a Ride will remain a functioning service in Portsmouth.

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Portsmouth's new Village Hotel - Opening November 2017


Local Lib Dem Councillors Ben Dowling and Lee Hunt with campaigner Richard Adair at the groundbreaking ceremony.

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Extend the 15 Bus

Local Lib Dem councillor Matthew Winnington is campaigning to get the 15 bus to return to serving the Hayling Ferry.

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