At the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 13th October, Conservative and UKIP councillors forced through a motion closing the city's doors to refugees. This comes at a time when the people of Portsmouth have been showing kindness and compassion and despite protestors outside in Guildhall Square (shown above).
Local Lib Dems have backed coffee mornings that raise cash for tackling cancer.
Local Lib Dem councillors were on Southsea Beach litter-picking to help make the city that little bit tidier and cleaner.
Local Lib Dem councillor Ben Dowling was one of two judges at the annual Milton Beddow Library Bake Off. It was a great event with many residents entering in one or more of the four categories; adults' large cakes, adults' small cakes, children's large cakes and children's small cakes.
The recent Eastney Community Summer Fair was a brilliant success this year with hundreds of people coming through the doors.
Councillor Darren Sanders at Airbus Defence and Space in Copnor
Liberal Democrats have helped 1.8 million apprentices start training since 2010.
The outcome of the Council's parking zone consultation has come back and it is proposing several major changes to our area's parking zones.
The zone covering Baffins Road, Milton Road between St Mary's Road and just north of Hayling Avenue and the small Douglas, Dudley and Victor Roads sees the biggest changes. The Council wants to replace the current 24/7 restrictions with a zone running between 4pm and 8pm Monday to Saturdays only. Anyone can park outside those times; during them, parking will be restricted to permit holders only and visitors, who will still need to pay.
The zone covering Priorsdean Avenue stays as it is except that the free parking 'grace period' goes and parking is restricted to permit holders only and their visitors at all times.
The zone at Coniston Avenue remains unchanged.
The other major difference is that people in each zone will now pay £30 a year for their first permit. This comes after most people in each of them, when given a choice between paying and keeping the zone or losing it, decided to keep it and pay.
The Council will be formally consulting on its plans until early-mid August, then take a formal decision later in the year. If you have any ideas, please contact us or the PCC person overseeing the consultation, firstname.lastname@example.org
Up to 250 homes could be built at the former Kingston prison, the new owners have told Lynne and Darren.
We attended a presentation where the owners gave four possible designs. They told Lynne they were looking at a range of uses, including housing, a hotel and some community use. The housing, she was told, would be in the listed building and some ‘new build’ elsewhere.
They avoided telling people present how many homes they thought they could build. However, after questioning from Lynne, they said 150-250 homes was a 'ballpark figure'.
Just over 3,000 people came to the first exhibition, with 572 feedback forms completed. Several of the ideas people put on the forms have been taken on board in the latest designs.
“250 homes is too many for our area. It should be cut back. I am worried in particular that there will be more traffic and air pollution.”
The Daily Mirror has today advised Labour Voters in Portsmouth South to vote Lib Dem, to keep the Tories out of Number 10.
A tactical vote for Gerald Vernon-Jackson here is your best chance at getting a Labour Government, and keeping the Tories out of Downing Street.
To quote from the article on The Mirror's Website:
"The fewer seats the Tories win the better Ed Miliband's chances."
Make sure any Labour Voters you know get the message by sharing Gerald's post on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1dMUdcp
The article was published in today's Daily Mirror, and online last night. You can read the full thing here: http://buff.ly/1IMIxlJ
Paddy Ashdown has been in Portsmouth today to support the campaign to make Gerald Vernon-Jackson the next MP for Portsmouth South. Paddy is a former Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Chair of the Liberal Democrats 2015 General Election Campaign. He was also a royal marine.
Paddy started the afternoon visiting veterans and veterans’ families at Sirius Court in Sommerstown. Sirius Court is run by local housing association Agamemnon. A key issue for the residents was the Tories’ extending ‘Right to Buy’ so that it applies to housing associations.
Paddy Ashdown commented,
“This really is just madness. The Conservatives have made it clear that they simply don’t understand what is happening here on the ground. They’re selling off housing but then not giving councils enough power to build new ones in their place.”
Gerald Vernon-Jackson added,
“People here having a right to buy really threatens communities like this one where it’s a group of flats specifically for people with a service background. It really hasn’t been thought through. When I was Leader of the City Council, we started building council houses for the first time in a generation but there is still much to do to make sure we have enough affordable high quality housing for local families.”