Labour’s Late Night Levy Will Hit Local Pubs In Freemantle

On Wednesday at Full Council, Labour will look to push through a new tax on pubs in the city. This ‘Late Night Levy’ was initially billed as a measure to ensure that pubs and clubs in the city centre, pay more towards the ‘costs’ of the city centre night time economy. It is claimed that the funds raised will be spent on policing and street cleaning, but the worry is that the money will simply backfill other budget cuts.It has since become clear that this …

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Again Labour Show Why They Can’t Be Trusted

The deceit of the Southampton Labour Party knows no bounds. Ahead of the last council election they were peddling the message that the Council’s Community Language Service was safe with them and that the Conservatives would end it. I recall one Labour Councillor, now the Communities Cabinet Member, telling a packed public meeting this in 2012. Now Labour are in power they are axing the service. When the Conservatives ran the city we protected Community Languages because we valued the work of all the dedicated …

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Plenty of U-turns when it comes to parking charges

Do we believe Labour when they say no more parking charge hikes in Southampton? They made a similar promise before the 2012 council election but as soon as they were in power they set about increasing charges and introducing new ones like residents parking first permits and night time city centre charges. They also voted through plans for charges for shoppers in district centres like Shirley and Portswood. If Labour are genuinely having a rethink and accepting that their approach up until now was wrong, …

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Scrapping City Patrol Would Be a Big Mistake

The City Council is currently consulting on its proposals for next year’s council budget changes. Amongst these is the scrapping of the City Patrol service. I would urge a rethink. City Patrol do a huge amount of good work – dealing with matters like fly tipping, illegal car sales, dog fouling and littering. I use the service frequently in dealing with issues in Freemantle Ward.  At the last Full Council meeting I asked how many matters they have dealt with in the last 2 years …

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Conservatives Oppose Labour Plans to Charge for Green Waste Collections

Conservatives Oppose Labour Plans to Charge for Green Waste Collections

Local Conservatives are fighting Labour plans to charge up to £55 a year for green waste collections in Southampton, a service which was previously free.Council officers have warned the Labour Administration that their charges will hit recycling rates in the city; with an estimated 3,000 tonnes of previously recycled garden waste now either going to landfill or incineration. It is thought that 25,000 household which previously used the free garden sack service will not now sign up to the new charges, reducing Southampton recycling rates by …

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Labour Should Rethink Hiking Up Charges On The Vulnerable

I am delighted that the Labour Council Administration in Southampton has delayed its decision to hike up care charges following last week’s council scrutiny meeting. Further consultation has now been extended until 2nd of April and I would urge people to use that time to make the case to the council that some of the planned changes to the charging policy for social care needs a rethink. The impact of some of the proposed changes will be devastating with charges for many increasing by thousands …

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Labour’s Vendetta Against Coxford

Labour Council Leader Richard Williams seems hell bent on attacking residents in the Coxford Ward after two of the local Labour councillors left the Labour Party to become Independents. Our worry is that he is now on some sort of vendetta to punish these councillors and local residents who have opposed Labour’s cuts and broken promises. In recent months Labour have:

– Shut Oaklands Pool despite a clear promise before the election not to do so.
– Tried to pretend that money was not there to do …

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Labour To Demolish Oaklands

Labour To Demolish Oaklands

Labour have set aside HALF A MILLION pounds in the city council budget to demolish the Oaklands site.

Local Conservatives warned that Labour planned to demolish the site and have been calling for the swimming pool to be reopened and for the former school to be made into an asset for the local community – as a community centre and for other uses like space for a nursery or even small businesses.

There has been no consultation about this and it is again another betrayal …

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Labour Plans To Charge You To Park Outside Your Own Home

Labour Plans To Charge You To Park Outside Your Own Home

Labour have announced plans to introduce new charges for residents who live in permit parking areas in the city. Until now residents with permit parking have not been charged for a permit for their first car. Labour made no mention of their plans for first permit charges in their election manifesto last year and instead they claimed that they would reduce parking charges in the city if elected. Another broken Labour promise!Parking is a massive problem in Freemantle, made all the worse by all the …

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The Prime Minister Commits to In – Out EU Referendum

The Prime Minister Commits to In – Out EU Referendum

Campaigning for a EU Referendum at last year’s Conservative Party Conference

Today’s speech by the Prime Minister was truly historic and marks a watershed in Britain’s relationship with Europe. The British people will be given a say on whether they wish to remain in the EU. I was not alive when Britain last voted on Europe and only those who are at least 55 today had a say when the country was last given a vote in 1975.The vast majority of the public are thoroughly unhappy …

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