Let’s Slow Down The Traffic In Freemantle

As local councillors for Freemantle Ward, speeding traffic is one of the top issues raised with me and my colleague Brian Parnell, by local people.Being close to the city centre many of the roads are used as rat runs to get into town and to the station and they can get very busy indeed.Also the local schools have grown enormously. When I first became a school governor at Freemantle school it was a small infant school. Today it is a primary with 500 children. Similarly …

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Sulphur Plant: Local Meetings

The city council has organised a meeting on:
Wednesday 1st May at the Freemantle CE Community Academy in Mansion Road, 7pm – 9pm. 
Representatives from the City Council, the developer – Oxbow Sulphur and Fertiliser, and local councillors including myself will be present.
In addition Oxbow are holding their own drop in session:

Monday 29 April 2013 at the Freemantle CE Community Academy, between 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm

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My Written Submission to Helius

I have just made my written submission to Helius. The deadline for responses to Helius about their proposed power station is the 3rd August. All resident comments have to be in before or on 3rd August and need to be sumbitted to enquiries@southamptonbiomasspower.com.

Below is the submission sent by myself and Cllr Parnell:

Dear Sir

We are writing as local councillors for the Freemantle Ward to put on record to you our formal objection to your revised plans for a Power Station proposed for the Western Docks. We have also made representations …

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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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Michael Gove’s Visit to Freemantle Academy

Michael Gove’s Visit to Freemantle Academy

The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP, visited Freemantle Academy this morning, to officially open the school’s brand new Junior School building.Mr Gove met with the head, teachers, governors and pupils and heard about the fantastic work going on at the school. Freemantle was the city’s first primary school to convert to Academy status and is taking full advantage of the extra freedoms that comes with it, makes changes to term times, its curriculum and expanding from infant to primary. It was a great opportunity …

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Boost to Pupil Premium will mean more funding for local schools

The government’s Pupil Premium to support disadvantaged children will mean a big boost to the funding of local schools. Next year the pupil premium is set to rise to £600 for each Free School Meals eligible pupil.

Taking pupil numbers for January 2011 this means that Freemantle schools will receive the following Pupil Premium next year, over and above their normal school budgets.

Regents Park Community College: £174,600Banister Infant School: £21,000Foundry Lane Primary School: £59,400Freemantle Academy: £25,200St Mark’s CofE Primary School: £77,400

The Pupil Premium is great …

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Freemantle Academy’s New Website

Freemantle Academy has launched its new website: http://www.freemantleacademy.com/

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Good Luck Freemantle Academy

Good Luck Freemantle Academy

On Friday, Freemantle School officially became an Academy. This is fantastic news for the school and I have every confidence that with its new status and freedoms Freemantle will go from strength to strength.It was great to join governors and teachers on Friday evening to celebrate the school’s success and toast its bright future.

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Funding Boost for Local Children

The Coalition government is keeping its promise to spend more on schools and to target extra funding towards the most deprived parts of the country.

The details of the funding settlement for Southampton schools has now been announced. On average Southampton schools will receive an extra 3.4% in funding in this coming year and this includes more than £2.7m extra in the form of the new Pupil Premium. The Pupil Premium means that extra funding is targeted to support children who receive Free School Meals and …

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