Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson
Local residents have reacted with fury to proposals to charge for their first residents’ car parking badge.
The proposal from the Conservative/Labour/UKIP coalition running the City Council is that all residents will have to pay £45 a year for their first residents’ car parking badge.
"This is a stealth tax," says Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate Gerald Vernon-Jackson.
"When residents’ car parking was brought into our area we were all told the first pass would be free. Now the Conservative/Labour/UKIP councillors putting together the new council budget are forcing local families to pay for this service. This is breaking their word that the first permit would be free.
"Local families tell me their budgets are really stretched. Why should the Council demand more money from families when their budgets are under such strain?
"It may be because so many Conservative councillors have off-street car parking at their homes that they don't care about ordinary families who cannot afford this," says Gerald Vernon-Jackson.
The Conservatives have also removed the residents’ car parking scheme south of Fratton station against the wishes of local people, and refused to bring in schemes when local people voted for them.
"This is real arrogance," says Gerald. "Councillors should listen to local residents, not ignore them."
Please sign our petition to stop the Conservative/Labour/UKIP councillors, now running the Council, forcing residents to pay this extra tax. You can find the petition at https://www.change.org/p/permit-charge
Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson (second to end on the right) supports the City of Football bid
Portsmouth Football Club faced their toughest game yet against a team of Portsmouth City Councillors, the Royal Navy and the University, in the Guildhall Square on Monday 8 September at 3.30pm.
The game was to show Sport England representatives, who visited the city, why Portsmouth should be crowned the UK's first City of Football and benefit from £1.6m of National Lottery funding.
Starting at the Dockyard, Sport England were shown around the city, demonstrating why Portsmouth should take the accolade.
Football fans were urged to cheer on their city at the Guildhall Square and have the chance to grab one of 500 free footballs if they are wearing blue, or a Pompey shirt, to show their support.
Councillor and Pompey supporter Gerald Vernon-Jackson said:
"It was great to show what the city has to offer, and how passionate the people of Portsmouth are about football."
Clare Martin, Pompey in the Community director of community projects said:
"We were really excited that Sport England are visited Pompey as part of the bid as this gave Portsmouth the opportunity to showcase how football is in the DNA of our city."
The announcement of the City of Football will be given later in the autumn.
Councillor Darren Sanders
The Milton allotments recently held their annual Autumn Show. It was yet another successful event with people of all ages enjoying the entertainment and viewing the prize-winning fruits, vegetables, jams and cakes.
Lib Dem Baffins Councillor and Parliamentary Spokesperson for Portsmouth North Darren Sanders was at the event which takes place every year at the end of the summer.
“The 54th Portsmouth Scout Group have been here all afternoon raising funds with their bric-a-brac stall and crockery smashing shire,” said Darren, “the kids have had lots of fun and people have been saying how great the produce from these allotments is.“
Fellow Lib Dem councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson was hard at work throughout the afternoon in the refreshments tent serving tea and other drinks.
“It’s been a really positive afternoon,” said Gerald, “there have been lots of families from around Milton coming down to enjoy the festivities which is great to see.”
Councillor Lynne Stagg and Darren Sanders, along with former Councillor Darron Phillips support Baffins community events such as the Moneyfields Show
Love Baffins is a local group set up by a Baffins resident to encourage local people to get involved in our community and take pride in it.
So far three meetings have been held in Baffins venues – The Rose in June pub on Milton Road, City Life Church on Tangier Road and the Stacey Centre on Walsall Road. The next one will be at the Baffins Pond Association.
Darren Sanders and Lynne Stagg have attended and are members of sub-groups (hopefully) moving LOVE BAFFINS forward.
Ideas include a Christmas Market on a decorated Tangier Road which will give an opportunity for local people to sell their goods at the same time as bringing custom to the local shops.
Also putting on special events on Baffins Field and local venues, involving local schools and Portsmouth College and generally bringing the community together as well as attracting participants from across the city to show off our beautiful ward.
You can donate to Gerald's campaign by clicking here.
Karen chats to Antoni and Chris about business
Karen Tyrrell, General Manager of Lakeside North Harbour Business Park caught up with Antoni Dimitrov, Managing Director of Eco-Drift Commercial Cleaning and Tony Bailey, Owner of Baileys Buses, at the 1000 Lakeside Business Centre.
"Managing a multi-occupied business complex, I see first hand how locally businesses are growing. Several of our occupiers this year have created more jobs and expanded their office space as a result. Our free shuttle bus passenger numbers have also increased hence a new partnership with Portsmouth based Baileys Buses"
"We have also appointed another local company, Eco-Drift to carry out our commercial cleaning following their successful car cleaning service introduced last year. With over 3,000 people in 1000 Lakeside the cleaning team has had to expand and in doing so, provide flexible working for local people."
Councillors Jason Fazackarley and Leo Madden have been keen followers of the project from the start
By Councillor Jason Fazackarley
The work for the Tipner regeneration project is zipping ahead, with the new Park and Ride scheme set to open on time and on budget in 2014.
The project will provide sustainable transport, for the increasing numbers of visitors to Portsmouth generated by a better city centre and seafront, as well as for commuters and people attending events in the city.
So often on a weekend, the traffic jams in and out of the city are huge, especially on football match days. The Park and Ride scheme will offer an alternative to going no where quickly. It leads on from the successful ‘Park and Sail’ scheme which operated from the International Port to Gunwharf Quays during the summer.
The regeneration will also see new homes and space for commercial premises being used.
Gerald Vernon-Jackson chats to a local florist about business
No-one can deny that losing ship-building in Portsmouth has been a blow. However, there is a lot of good news to set against that.
Across the UK now, for the first time there are 30 million people in work. Portsmouth Lib Dems have been fighting hard to bring in new jobs for local people. We want to boost businesses and help keep down the cost of living.
Councillor Mike Hancock explained,
“We recently signed an agreement with the Government to help back up the work we have already been doing for businesses in the city. From the new M275 junction to the new Ferry Port Terminal and more besides we are investing to ensure we maximise local jobs. A recent report showed Portsmouth is doing much better than Labour-run Southampton!”
Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson said;
“We really know how hard it is for most people. We are doing everything we can to help on the cost of living. We are freezing fuel duty for the rest of the Parliament and cutting energy bills by £50.
“Council tax has either risen below inflation, or has no rise for five years while income tax is now lower for ordinary households.”
“There is still much to do but we are determined to help reduce the cost of living.