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Growing and looking ahead

A warm welcome to all the new members who've joined the Liberal Democrats. In the past month around 20,000 across the nation have joined us, and here in Fareham we've seen a growth of almost 40 per cent in our membership.

All new members have been invited to take part in our planning for future campaigning in Fareham, and as well as our formal meetings we'll be holding a serious of informal get-togethers so that new and extab lished members can meet and exchange ideas.

The first of these is on Saturday, July 23, 3pm at Coffee#1 in West Street Fareham. Watch for news of further ev ents on the Facebook link on the right of this page, or send us your views via the Contacts button on our masthead.

Beach improvement brings traffic fears.

Plans have been submitted to transport thousands of tons of shingle to the beach at Cliff Road, Hill Head to raise the beach level and curb erosion.

Residents will remember the severe damage done to the promenade and beach huts there when the coastal defences were undermined during winter storms.

Lib Dems Ben Powell and Jim Forrest at Cliff Road

The plans submitted by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership can be seen here. The work will involve closure of the car park alongside Hill Head Sailing Club to allow lorries to bring in and deposit the shingle. About 200 lorry-loads will be needed over a delivery period of 10 working days, with a likely maximum of 25-30 lorry movements per day.

A map submitted with the application shows the lorry route from the M27 following the A27 to the Titchfield Gyratory, then via Titchfield Road, Bells Lane, Crofton Lane and Hill Head Road.

While this remedial work is very welcome, it's disturbing that it will involve so many heavy lorry movements. These will pose serious problems in Titchfield Road, particulary in the narrow section approaching Stubbington village, and in Bells Lane, Crofton Lane and Hill Head Road.

The source of the shingle is not indicated, but since most of this material comes from coastal locations, we've asked whether consideration was given to bringing it by sea using shallow-draught lighters, as was done with the boulders forming the groynes at Lee-on-the-Solent a few years ago.

Clearly tidal restrictions would mean that the work would have to be spread over a longer period if it were done that way, but the reduction in road traffic might make make this  worthwhile..

The planning application number is P/16/0800/D3 and comments can be submitted via Fareham Council's online planning pages until August 8.

Fareham Borough Council Election 2016

Liberal Democrat Candidates

Fareham East Maryam Brady
  Katrina Trott
Fareham North Peter Trott
Fareham North West Dominic Wong
Fareham South Teigan Newman
Fareham West Rowena Palmer
Hill Head Ben Powell
Portchester East Shaun Cunningham
Portchester West Ward Gerry Kelly
Sarisbury Ward Jim Weeks
Stubbington Jim Forrest
Titchfield Jill Underwood
Titchfield Common Martin Francis
Warsash Jim Palmer

Peter Trott was also the Lib Dem Candidate in the by-election for the Fareham Town division on Hampshire County Council, also being held on May 5.

Congratulations to Katrina Trott on her re-election, and to our new councillors Maryam Brady and Shaun Cunningham. See the full results at

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