Portsmouth This Christmas

Christmas is an important time of year for the city and its residents. This year we have a whole host of Christmas activities taking place across the festive period, some of which are listed below:
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Campaign to tackle absences at school

It was a double success (and 6 full council speeches in one meeting) for ex-teacher and education expert, Councillor Suzy Horton, with the City Council unanimously supporting her motion on the new campaign to tackle low attendance at school.

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Campaigning against government cuts to school budgets

Today Labour, Independent and Conservative councillors supported our motion from former teacher and university lecturer in education, Councillor Suzy Horton (Lib Dem – Central Southsea), condemning government cuts to school funding.

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Lib Dem motion passed calls on government to review PIP and ESA

We are delighted that today full council supported our proposal by Councillor Matthew Winnington (Lib Dem – Eastney and Craneswater ward) to call upon the government to immediately review their decision making process for personal independence payment and employment support allowance.

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Lib Dem plan to improve green spaces in Portsmouth gets go ahead

Portsmouth Lib Dems have given the green light to radical plans to expand green spaces in the city.

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Lib Dems Push To Support Naval Base

Lib Dem councillors Gerald Vernon-Jackson and Dave Ashmore took a motion to today's Full Council meeting (Tuesday 16th October 2018) which was passed with support from the whole council.

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Councillor Jennie Brent Joins Liberal Democrats

Councillor Jennie Brent has today been welcomed into the Liberal Democrat Group on Portsmouth City Council. Councillor Brent was formerly a Conservative Party member before becoming an Independent earlier this year.

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Distribution of new wheelie bins starts next week

Next week, will mark the start of Portsmouth City Council's new scheme to reduce waste and encourage recycling, as the distribution of the new wheelie bins for waste begins.

The scheme has been trialled around the city over the past two years and the use of the new bins saw the amount of rubbish being disposed of reduce by up to 20 per cent! This reduction will save money and protect the weekly collections

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Clearing up rubbish filled forecourts

New rules brought in by the Liberal Democrat-run City Council will see a crackdown on tenants and landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) - if they fail to dispose of their rubbish correctly.

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Stop Sewage discharge in Langstone Harbour

The Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Councillor Steve Pitt, has written to both the Environment Agency and Southern Water urging that the discharge of sewage and storm water into Langstone Harbour, a site of special scientific interest, is stopped.

The damage to the ecology of the area is unacceptable and the potential impact on shellfish stocks is of particular concern.

Please sign our petition to help us stop sewage discharges into the harbour and keep our beautiful waters clean and safe.

Portsmouth to get a new country park

We are really pleased that Portsmouth is getting a new country park with over 50,000 trees.

The Horsea Island Country Park will be built near Port Solent, on the old landfill site to the north west of the M275.

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Portsmouth Sea Defences

The Southsea Coastal Scheme is responsible for delivering new flood defences along 4.5km of seafront, from Old Portsmouth to Eastney. The aim is to create new defences that embrace everything we all love about the seafront, whilst reducing the risk of flooding to over 8000 homes and businesses in Southsea.

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Portsmouth City Council to finally pay Living Wage

We're thrilled to announce that after 4 years of a Conservative pay-freeze for the lowest paid council workers, we are now bringing in the living wage (as defined by the living wage foundation).

Council leader demands Government save Airbus jobs

The Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Lib Dem councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, has written to the government’s Business Secretary, Greg Clark MP, following the news that Airbus could pull out of the UK after Brexit.

He is demanding that the Business Secretary acts to save the 1400 highly skilled jobs in Portsmouth which are at risk. Airbus said they may be forced to relocate out of the UK, if the government negotiates a Brexit bad deal.

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New wheelie bins from Lib Dem council will protect weekly bin collections, encourage recycling & make streets cleaner

Residents across Portsmouth are set to receive new wheelie bins as part of a move by the new Lib Dem run council to protect weekly rubbish collections, encourage recycling and help make streets cleaner.

This follows trials across the city where the use of the new bins saw the amount of rubbish being disposed of reduce in some areas by around 20 per cent.

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