12 YEARS OF HARD WORK FOR THE FREEMANTLE WARD

12 YEARS OF HARD WORK FOR THE FREEMANTLE WARD

Dear ResidentI have been your local councillor for the past 12 years and on 22nd May I am standing for re-election.I have always worked hard to represent everyone in the area and to get things done and make a difference. For me this is the best part of being a councillor. It’s a job I love and which I put my all into and I hope after May to continue to represent you and the area I grew up in.We have great community spirit in …

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Civil Service Ground Update

You may be aware that Southampton City Council now owns the former Civil Sports Ground. I would like to take this opportunity of updating you with what has happened and what we intend to do in the near future and in the coming years.
The site has been bought in order to provide more school sports pitches but we are also very keen to look at future opportunities for the land including community use.  To this end, Councillors and Council officers have met with a number …

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Civil Service Ground Consultation Meeting

There will be a Public Consultation meeting at St Marks School, Stafford Road on 21st May, between 5pm and 7pm.

Local residents and other interested organisations are being invited by the City Council to discuss proposals for the former Civil Service Sports Ground site and to give their views.If you can come I look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Tough Mudder Challenge

I will be taking on the Tough Mudder Challenge in Winchester as part of the Team Spirit team. The aim is to raise sponsorship money for the Civil Service Sports Ground venue in Freemantle. The money will be given to local school children who can decide how the money is spent. The Tough Mudder challenge is on 8th June and is a grueling 12 mile assault course. As without doubt I am the least fit in the team, I am in emergency training!I will be pestering people …

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Plans for the Civil Service Sports Ground

Plans for the Civil Service Sports Ground

How the field might be laid out for community and school use

The emerging plans for the former Civil Service Sports Ground are very exciting indeed. The field will be opened up to schools and the community next year and I am hopeful that we can achieve this by the spring or the summer at the latest. The sooner we can get the site tidied up and into use the better. I think the field will very soon become the heart of the local community in …

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Conservative Action All Year Round

Conservative Action All Year Round

Our Work This Year Alone…April 2012Freemantle Spring Clean underway. Attending local residents’ association meetings promoting our new No Cold Calling Zones. Meeting with the police to discuss the problem of street drinking.March 2012Secretary of State for Education officially opens Freemantle Academy’s new Junior School building. Funding secured for improvements to the Civil Service Sports Ground. Residents updated on Helius’ latest Biomass plans. New planning rules for Houses in Multiple Occupation come into force.February 2012Civil Service Sports Ground saved from development. Council Tax frozen once again. …

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Thank You to the Friends of the Field

Thank You to the Friends of the Field

Last night the Mayor of Southampton, Terry Matthews, hosted an event in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Civic Centre to say thank you to everyone who has been involved in the 10 year campaign to save the Civil Service Sports Ground. It was great to bring together local residents, local headteachers, school governors and councillors to formally recognise all the work that has been put in over the years and a chance to plan for the future for this fantastic open space in the middle …

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Half A Million Pound Boost For Civil Service Sports Ground

At today’s Council meeting I was very pleased to approve £550,000 for improvements to the former Civil Service Sports Ground and to bring it back into use for the benefit of local schools and the wider community.

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Campaign Success: Civil Service Sports Ground Saved!

Campaign Success: Civil Service Sports Ground Saved!

Cllr Michael Ball at last year’s Foyes Corner Festival on the Civil Service Ground

A 10 year campaign by local residents and Freemantle’s Councillors has finally ended in success! The former Civil Service Sports Ground (behind Malmesbury Road) has been saved from residential development, safeguarding it for use by the local community and local schools, and ensuring that it stays green.

As your local Councillors, Michael Ball, Brian Parnell and I have been pushing the council to buy or compulsory purchase the land for many years and …

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Civil Service Ground Progress

Yesterday the Council’s planning panel unanimously approved official open space status for the Civil Service Ground. This is a key step towards the council acquiring the site for school and public use, later this year. Your Freemantle councillors all wrote in support of the application.

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