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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.


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."

Backwards with the Tories

Latest government figures have shown 19,000 green job losses as a result of the Conservatives trashing the Coalition's green legacy, including by slashing subsidies for renewable energy.
Baroness Lynne Featherstone said, "The Coalition was the greenest government ever. We tripled the amount of electricity from renewable sources and set up the Green Investment Bank.
“On their own, the Conservatives are taking us backwards."
Roger Price, pictured, leader of the Lib Dem group on Fareham Council, added, "Our renewables industry can thrive with the right investment. It has huge potential for generating profits, creating jobs and exporting to the world’s markets".
Roger was the leader of Fareham Council when it pioneered waste recycling. More recently the Lib Dem group has urged the Council to work with local companies who have the potential to convert food waste to energy without having to transport it long distances.

Roger added: “It’s time the Tories started valuing the green economy – for creating jobs and better business as well as for its environmental benefits."


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.

Beach improvement brings traffic fears.

Work is under way 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.

 Ben Powell and Jim Forrest at Cliff Road

The work involves 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.

While this remedial work is very welcome, it's disturbing that it involves so many heavy lorry movements. We asked if the shingle could be brought in by sea, but Solent Costal Partnership explained that the configuration of Hill Head beach makes it unsuitable either from off-loading by lighter, or by spraying from offshore as was done at Hayling Island.

They gave an assurance that their contractors' drivers would be considerate on local roads.

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