Councillors Present: Cllr Woodward, Cllr Needham, Cllr Mandry, Cllr Dugan, Cllr Hayre
Cllr Needham, the Chairman of the meeting, gave a brief introduction and introduced the speakers.
Insp Kearley introduced himself and PS Young. He acknowledged that the Police have struggled over the last few years but welcomed the move by a new leadership to put Neighbourhood policing at the core of policing. Effort is being focussed on bolstering resources and supporting teams to focus on long term issues. This will ease pressure on the service further up. Currently, the two key issues in Fareham are incidents of antisocial behaviour in the town centre and car meets. The town centre has a dedicated PC and PCSO, with a long-term strategy being developed in partnership with partner agencies to manage antisocial behaviour in the area. Car meets and loud cars causing antisocial behaviour are a particular problem in Warsash, but the issue is now spreading to other areas. The team have been given funding to increase the number of officers and specialist roads policing officers to focus on the issue.
A: The antisocial behaviour strategy begins to come into force now and we work closely with partner organisations and services to support residents. Unfortunately, we have had only 50% of the PCSO resource in post since last August. A new PCSO takes up post in July who will be the dedicated PCSO for this area. With an emphasis now on district policing, Insp Kearley has more control over response team patrols.
A: We have done a lot of work on car meets, and Hill Head is on our radar of places to target. There are three types of occurrences which we are targeting:
Large car meets (including those at Segensworth) with people from outside the local area congregating. There is a strategy in place to manage these and we have met with the local MP and other local authorities to discuss the issue.
Local youths meeting as groups.
A general refusal of some drivers to accept the law, including speeding and jumping red lights.
Please report car meets using the online form . This provides the information we need for planning a response and evidencing the need for resources.
A: Some people are confused with the legislation surrounding e-scooters. Local authority sanctioned ones (which are insured by virtue of being hired) are legal for use by people aged 18+ in areas where they are available. Use of privately owned e-scooters is illegal. We will shortly be undertaking a campaign to highlight that they will be seized if seen.
A: Crofton and Titchfield are part of the Fareham West Neighbourhood Policing team, and currently have one dedicated PC and one dedicated PCSO. We would like two of each to support the area. The first step for the Inspector is to make sure that all Councillors are contacted by a named officer and a named sergeant. We are hoping to start community engagement again, its high on our agenda.
Cllr Woodward gave a presentation on recent developments and Council initiatives across the Borough and outlined some of the exciting projects that are planned over the next few years. This is a link to the Stubbington Community Action Team presentation (10 MB).
A: Hampshire County Council are responsible for highways in the Borough, but road sweeping is outsourced to district councils. There is a set programme for how frequently HCC requires sweeping to be done which the Council adheres to. Please speak to a local councillor who can raise your concerns directly with HCC.
A: Action Hampshire are an umbrella organisation who provide information and support to community groups on a range of areas. They work in a similar way to Community First. There are several organisations who can provide support and advice to community groups in the Borough. This is the webpage providing information on the community support available.
A: This is an application for 1250 homes on land at Newlands Farm, immediately south of Longfield Avenue. The planning application is currently undetermined, pending the resubmission of an amended application in line with the Borough Local Plan.
A: The Council recognises that people shop differently now, and that successful town centres now have a focus on leisure opportunities rather than retail. Fareham Live is currently in development, due to open early next year, and new car parking is planned. The Council run a regular events programme which encourages people into the town centre. Fareham town centre also offers bowling and a cinema, whilst retaining a row of independent traders along west street running down to train station. The Council wants to do more and is currently putting together a masterplan for town centre. This includes a plan for 630 new homes which will help vibrancy in the town centre, ensuring it does not empty at 5pm.
A: We are not charging for events which we are letting happen. For example, we have recently introduced an artisan market. Although this was initially on a small scale, it will increase in size as it becomes more established. We have been unable to identify a farmers market company to run in Fareham.
A: Providers are not allowed to run a service at a loss, and Hampshire County Council subsidies have been - and to continue to be - reduced. We can encourage bus operators to trial a service, but if they are not profitable, they can't remain. Fareham is fortunate to be served by Eclipse bus which is one of most successful bus services. The Council do not charge for car parking in the evenings to help the town centre evening economy.
A: Hampshire County Council introduced on-street charging, with Fareham Borough Council strongly objecting. The Council have committed to keeping parking at district centres free.