Firing the Starting Gun For My Election Campaign!

Firing the Starting Gun For My Election Campaign!

Dozens of Conservative supporters met on Saturday to officially launch my campaign to become the next MP for Southampton Test.

New Forest West MP and Minister for International Development, Desmond Swayne, joined me for the campaign launch which marked 6 months until the General Election.

At the last election people trusted us on the economy and we have shown we can deliver; we have started to started to fix the damage done by Gordon Brown, growing the economy, cutting the deficit, creating 2m new jobs. But the …

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We Are Better Together

Well done to the Daily Echo for its bold editorial stance in campaigning to save the United Kingdom. The Scottish Independence vote doesn’t just affect the Scots, it affects the whole of the UK, and whilst we English are denied a vote, we should not be silent about our views.The Union between Scotland and England has lasted over 300 years and in my view served both countries very well. We are better together – safer and more prosperous.Real risk lies ahead for an independent Scotland; …

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Standing to be the Southampton Test MP

Standing to be the Southampton Test MP

Last night I was selected as the Conservative candidate for Southampton Test at next year’s General Election. Really honoured to be chosen and will work hard to become a good constituency MP.

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Changes to Bin Collections

Changes to Bin Collections

The City Council is changing the bin collection days for the whole city. Those areas shown in Blue in the map above will have their days on Monday and those in Orange on a Tuesday.The changes will coincide with the introduction of a new doorstep collection of glass. This new service is funded by the government (see link to earlier article about the bid to government) to improve recycling whilst keeping the our weekly residual waste bin collections.The changes will undoubtedly mean some teething problems …

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Street Drinking Update

This evening Cllr Parnell and I met with Council Officers from the Licencing and Trading Standards Departments and with members of the local Police. We met to discuss the problem of street drinking in and around Shirley Road and Shirley High Street. This is a problem I have been highlighting consistently for the past 2 years as I get regular complaints from local residents.I have raised the matter in Full Council meetings, the media and at the city’s Safer City Partnership.Tonight’s meeting was the second of …

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City Council Planning Inquiry

COUNCIL PLANNING INQUIRY

Southampton City Council is today kicking off an inquiry into planning issues. 

The first meeting of several meetings is being held this evening. All meetings will be conducted in public at the Civic Centre so people can go along. It may be possible to address the panel and people are certainly encouraged to make written representations.

I have attached a link this evening’s meeting, which is just setting out the terms of reference.

http://www.southampton.gov.uk/modernGov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=424&MId=2815&Ver=4

The main meetings are …

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Ranelagh Gardens’ new Community Garden

Ranelagh Gardens’ new Community Garden

Last week end I was very pleased to be at the opening of the new community garden in Ranelagh Gardens in Banister Park. An enormous amount of work has gone into turning an empty piece of land into a great space for the local community. The local residents’ association has done an amazing job and have worked with the city council, Radio Solent and the local Probation Service over the past 2 years. As well as being enjoyed by local residents the garden will used …

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Schools Strikes Will Damage Children’s Education

This week’s strikes will only serve to damage the education of thousands of children in Southampton and disrupt the lives of hard working parents. Many parents will themselves lose a day’s pay as they have to take the day off work and others will have to pay the cost of making alternative child care arrangements.Southampton’s schools are driving up standards and results are improving year after year. One of the key drivers of improvement is better attendance. The more children are in school the better …

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Northlands Gardens Cutway

Northlands Gardens Cutway

For some considerable time now residents have been concerned about cyclists speeding down the cutway between Northlands Gardens and Northlands Road. The situation is made more dangerous because the slope of the cutway allows cyclists to build up quite a speed and also because of the blind corner in the middle.

Cycling is not allowed in the cutway however the signs are often ignored.

Following requests by the local Neighbourhood Watch and a site visit with council officers and residents, the council has now agreed …

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A New Name For The Former Civil Service Sports Ground?

My letter in today’s Southern Daily Echo:

Dear Sir

The Daily Echo recently reported on a public meeting to discuss the future of the former Civil Service Sports Ground behind Malmesbury Rdin Shirley. It was a great meeting, bubbling with ideas, energy and excitement. It has taken a decade for the council to acquire the field for the local community and it was good to hear that local people are determined to work together to bring it back into public use. It will take a little while …

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