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.