The Liberal Democrat Council team are the effective Opposition group on Fareham Council
Group Leader Chrissie Bainbridge takes on a role on behalf of the whole Council, bringing her professional experience to the job of FBC representative on public transport bodies, as well as scrutinising Streetscene and the all-important Climate Change agenda.
Deputy Leader Katrina Trott scrutinises the main “people-oriented” areas – Leisure & Community, Housing, and Health & Public Protection.
Paul Nother monitors Planning & Development, where there are big decisions to come on the Local Plan and on major economic growth areas such as Welborne and Daedalus.
David Hamilton is our spokesman on Policy and Resources and on Audit and Governance, looking at the Council’s spending plans.
Fareham Council's budget for 2023-24 places an unfair burden on council tenants, say the Liberal Democrat group.
Speedier introduction of powers to increase council tax on second homes, and relinquishing proposed increases in councillors' allowances, they argued.
Below is the Budget speech by Councillor Katrina Trott, leader of the the Lib Dem group.
The Conservative government is extremely good at wasting time and tax-payers’ money on changing leaders and cabinet members with monotonous regularity. Plus defending members who have
Fareham Borough Council is accountable for Waste Collection, Housing, Planning, Licensing and providing local services and facilities, such as sports centres, parks and gardens, playing fields and car parks.
Liberal Democrats are also the main opposition on Hampshire County Council, with 17 councillors.
Lib Dem Roger Price represents Portchester, one of Fareham's six divisions on the County Council.
Roger, pictured right with Portchester borough councillors Chrissie Bainbridge and Paul Nother, is also a long-serving member of the county's Fire and Rscue authority, and represented Portchester residents on Fareham Council for 51 years. He was recently made an Honorary Alderman for his services to Fareham.
Hampshire County Council is accountable for Education and Learning, Health and Social Care, Transport and Highways, which includes pavements and their trees, Rights of Way and disposal of waste from their tips.