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Tory swerve on tip tax

Hampshire's ruling Conservatives have been forced to postpone reduced hours at Household Waste Recycling Centres - at least until after next May’s County election.
But they are planning BIG changes:
* Charges for many items they say are not “household” waste (these start NOW!)

And from next October:
* All Tips only open from 11am each day
* All Tips closed every Thursday
* Threat of fees for everything in the future

The reduced hours were originally supposed to start on January 1, 2017 - see Ad Lib October below, one of dozens of Lib Dem newsletters across the County which alerted residents to the proposals.

The Tories claim they need more time to consider their plans because of a letter from the Government questioning the legality of charges. But the effect is to postpone a deeply unpopular and environmentally unsound policy until after they have to defend their seats.

Fareham Lib Dem vice-chairman Jim Forrest said: "It’s clear the only way to stop closures after May is to make sure we have a Lib Dem County Council after next year’s County Election!"

Team up with our world champion

Gold medallist Sandra Abrams

Congratulations to Sandra Abrams, Secretary of Stubbington and Hill Head Lib Dems, who’s just won gold at the World Triathlon Championships in Mexico.

Sandra already holds medals as the fastest woman in her age group, in England, Britain and Europe.
No wonder, for Sandra and her husband David are out every day in all weathers, running or cycling on the roads round Hill Head, or swimming in the Solent.
And despite that intensive training, Sandra also finds time to be a stalwart of the Lib Dem team - she’s twice been our Hill Head candidate for Fareham Council.
Why not join Sandra and the Lib Dem team. We won’t claim that delivering our newsletters will guarantee you international athletic success, but it’s a fun way to get out and about and meet people.
And you’ll be helping keep local residents informed about decisions that affect us all.


Growing and looking ahead

A warm welcome to all the new members who've joined the Liberal Democrats. Over the summer 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 hold a serious of informal get-togethers so that new and estalished members can meet and exchange ideas.

The first two of these at Coffee#1 and at Cafe Imbizo saw lively discussions with new members making a big contribution. Watch for news of further events on the Facebook link on the right of this page, or send us your views via the Contacts button on our masthead.

Sense on transport

Councillor Maryam Brady and Fareham Lib Dem Vice-Chair Jim Forrest are pictured at the party's conference in Brighton before joining its debate on transport policy.

The conference adopted a strategy which included a call for transport infrastructure to be incorporated with new urban and housing developments.

Maryam said: "Fareham Council has still not come up with firm and realistic plans for decent public transport to ensure its Welborne development doesn't choke our roads with thousands more cars every day.

"I'm proud to belong to a party that takes public transport seriously."

Jim Forrest added: "During the conference we were able to travel all over Brighton on frequent bus services running right through the evening. What a contrast to Fareham where huge areas have no evening or Sunday services."

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