Sgt Mark Lamper introduced himself and spoke the following topics:-
Rough Sleepers Campaign - aimed at both tackling the issues linked to those sleeping rough as well as providing support to those that need it.
Speeding - Two areas flagged as having issues with vehicle nuisance & speeding - Old Turnpike Road & Wickham Road have had the following incidents recorded since beginning of 2015:-
3 x vehicle seizures; 1 no tax, 1 no driving licence & 4 devoid tyres, 1 no insurance 1 x speeding & devoid tyres—fines given.
Anti-social behaviour— at the rear of Trinity Church taking place by a regular group of individuals. Patrols have been increased in this area and an area clean up has been arranged with the Probation Community Payback Team.
Theft from motor vehicles - 26 offences have been reported since the beginning of May. Investigations are still underway for many of these, with 3 offenders having been arrested so far.
Residents asked what could be done about parking problems in Wickham Road, Arundel Drive and Redlands Lane and he agreed to meet with Highways and carry out an assessment of the areas. He also agreed to check non cycling signs in the precinct and to target cycling offences in the town centre.
Council Leader, Cllr Seán Woodward, gave a presentation about what had happened in the Borough of Fareham last year, and what is coming up in the next twelve months.
Are there any plans to use Fareham Community Hospital as a minor injury unit? It's underused and we want to see it used more. Persuaded authorities to reserve land next to it. It's currently used for consulting, phlebotomy, scans, MRI scans but don't have a minor injury unit. Would like to see these provided at Fareham Community Hospital as well as maternity beds and older people's beds. Look at Gosport – they are better off and Fareham has a larger population. Need similar facilities. Meeting Red Cross in a week or two to discuss.
You mentioned how stray dogs are now the responsibility of Fareham Borough Council. The Police used to have a dog pound. Where do you put yours and how long can they remain there? We use Stubbington Ark and they stay there for as long as is possible. We are not into destroying them.
Do you have a vague idea on when you might start on the slip road at J10? There are three different designs for the J10 scheme – there is now a preferred design. Want to see it provided as possible, as does the government, so really need to get on with it. Funding is there, hoping to move as soon as possible. Looking at next few years.
Can you tell us what is happening to the old Fish & Chip shop in Trinity street? Good question, not our only eyesore also the old Highlands Pub. The owners can hold the land as long as they want. Would make a good residential scheme there but it is for them to come forward. Have been some talks with planners but can't force it.
All this euphoria for Daedalus. How can you get the workers there? Gosport has the lowest percentage of adult workforce with jobs that work in Gosport. Over half of them of working age have to come out of Gosport. If we can provide 3,500 jobs on the Gosport peninsula might even see some of that congestion reduced. Have worked with County Council and Skills Agency to build a college there and have 900 students on site learning those skills hopefully to be able to do those jobs.
Regarding Welborne – can you tell us where exact boundaries are? No development south of M27 at all. Fareham Common will remain undeveloped. It is within the boundaries but is zoned as open space. All land between south of M27 and Kiln Road undeveloped.
You say £300M for infrastructure in Welborne. I went to a presentation on A27 improvements yesterday. That is only going to come to about £20M. Numbers don't add up. The junction 10 works are around £35m. Additionally it is much more expensive to change existing road structures as traffic flows and road width need to be retained throughout the works. It is easier and less expensive to build new roads. The costs I've provided are round figures but I've given you the shopping list today and what it adds up to.
Spoke about Newlands plan – is that a new one? No, it's for 1500 houses. Revising plans to about 1,000 houses. Lots of work needs to go into that application. Planning authority need to decide whether it is a new application or an amendment. When a conclusion is made on that, we will determine what consultation needs to happen.
Will it be rejected? Can't stand here and say FB planning committee will reject it, especially on camera, as that would predetermine the outcome. Can say that there has been a public enquiry and inspector did not see fit to include Newlands. It sits in a strategic gap.
I think Hallam are dragging their feet because of the Stubbington bypass? Is it because it is not yet decided? Bypass is agreed – we do know that. Good idea to get local plan adopted before their plan was put in rather than after.
Would like to ask about development plan for Fareham. In the 1980s and early 1990s I was called by your planning dept to come along and help with town planning. As a result, have often wondered about that development plan for Fareham. How will you constitute that? Will it be associated only with planning department or wider? We consult widely, Fareham Society scrutinises planning – have worked together and fought each other. We treat all societies very seriously in terms of feedback. In Welborne, we have a Welborne standing conference where everyone sits around the table. Also lots of other interested groups – schools, FSB, health etc. Many organisations have a stake and we take them very seriously.
Newgate Lane – all boils down to Gosport Road. Is there ever going to be a solution? I am a politician who is not going to stand there and make a promise I can't deliver. Eclipse bus service has produced a small reduction in traffic. Years ago proposals were made for a bridge. Fareham accepted / Gosport rejected.
Is there any scope for council reviewing residents' parking in the high street? Can only have one permit each. Can only park in roughly half the high street with those permits. Very difficult – tension between high street with businesses and residents in it. If we turned it all over businesses would move or go bust. Happy to have a discussion afterwards if you have any ideas.
There seems to be a public health concern. In the two months before general election strange sort of flu that affected everything. People still coughing on election day. Odd for three reasons. Could catch more than once. Strange cough associated with it. Third thing most significant – it normally occurs at about seven degrees C it was occurring at about 15 degrees C. Should get health people to look into it.
Alright—I will do.