Having won the largest number of seats in the recent local elections, we are pleased to share our priorities for moving the city forward in line with the City Vision.
A HAPPY AND HEALTHY CITY
- Progress the Anti Poverty Strategy so fewer families live in poverty.
- Build new all weather pitches and a new pavilion at Cosham’s King George V playing fields.
- Bring forward detailed plans for a new swimming pool in the south of the city.
- Start the building of 150 council houses for local families and pilot Passivhaus principles for new council housing developments to ensure homes are as environmentally sustainable as possible.
- Buy back at least 100 former council flats/houses to house local families in need
- Start the demolition of Leamington and Horatia houses and work with local residents on a plan for replacements which include at least 272 affordable homes.
- Become an Accredited Living Wage employer. All PCC staff are currently paid at least the Real Living Wage, this would extend this to all staff working on contracts with PCC who work in private firms and the voluntary sector as these contracts come up for renewal.
- Invest an extra £2.8m in adult social care. This will mainly provide additional home care support to elderly residents so that they can stay in their own homes.
- Increase the number of mobile CCTV cameras
- Support Pompey in the Community with their plans for a new home at Moneyfields.
A CITY WITH A THRIVING ECONOMY
- Encourage in-house bids on contracts so that more services can be taken back in house.
- Create modern work spaces so people can work flexibly.
- Support the Football Club in their plans for better access to Fratton Park from Fratton Station.
- Invest over £7m in Commercial Road and Fratton Road to support the evolution of our high streets.
- Use the council’s new Social Value Policy to strengthen the 'Portsmouth Pound' by, where possible, ensuring Portsmouth City Council spends its money within in the city.
- Continue to work closely with Shaping Portsmouth and other partners to nurture local small businesses and help them to grow and thrive.
- Put culture at the heart of the city's culturally-led regeneration.
A CITY OF LIFELONG LEARNING
- Invest an extra £3.5m in the building of classrooms for children with special educational needs.
- Continue to provide placements for young people under the Kickstart programme.
- Invest in future-proofing vital IT to support local schools.
- Develop a partnership which aims to ensure that every child, young person and adult in the city has access to a digital device to aid learning.
- Continue to invest in ensuring our school buildings are properly maintained.
- Ensure that there are mental health teams supporting every school in the city.
- Continue to provide the Kooth service which gives young people access to an online mental health and wellbeing community.
A CITY RICH IN CULTURE AND CREATIVITY
- Buy the New Theatre Royal to ensure it remains as a community asset for future generations.
- Continue the rebuilding of the sea defences in Southsea, but invest in making the seafront the jewel in Portsmouth's outside space.
- Continue to support the regeneration of the Kings Theatre
- Continue with the bid to secure over £2million in investment to regenerate and restore Victoria Park.
- Support Portsmouth Creates to ensure our cultural and creative community thrives.
- Keep our libraries open.
A CITY WITH EASY TRAVEL
- Increase the number of electric charging points on streets in Portsmouth.
- Rework major junctions so traffic flows easier, air pollution is reduced and both pedestrians and cyclists are safer.
- Work with the bus companies to increase the number of buses, reduce fares and introduce through ticketing between companies to encourage more people to use the buses and leave their cars at home.
- Extend the Park and Ride at Tipner and look at providing a freight park so deliveries to the city centre can be with electric vehicles to help reduce air pollution.
- Work to encourage more people to cycle or walk through the city on safe routes and explore low traffic neighbourhoods in partnership with local communities to reduce pollution, improve road safety and make roads more pleasant.
- Support shops by maintaining car parking, but making areas easier for people to get to on foot, bus or bike.
- Create School Streets and more Play Streets in Portsmouth
A GREEN CITY
- Double the number of homes that receive food waste recycling services in the city and plan to make the scheme citywide as soon as possible.
- Start the build on an Anaerobic Digester to accept food waste from Portsmouth and other councils.
- Support the independently run Climate Action Board to bring forward proposals so Portsmouth can become carbon neutral by 2030
- Install more solar panels on council buildings, and offer free green energy audits to local residents so they can reduce their carbon footprint.
- Continue to oppose the Government's decision to force the building of 855 new houses in Portsmouth each year and their demand that land is identified for 20 years of building at this rate.
- Produce a local plan which recognises Government requirements, but does not sacrifice jobs for housing and which respects the importance of the natural environment.
- Continue to oppose the Aquind application.
- Invest £200,000 in greening projects across the city this year, including supporting a Community Greening fund in partnership with the Climate Action Board.