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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Action Needed to Tackle Street Drinking in Shirley Road

Action Needed to Tackle Street Drinking in Shirley Road

In Howard Road with a huge pile of beer cans – one example of evidence of street drinking 

I am calling for tough new licencing rules to be brought in to restrict further off licences and shops selling alcohol on Shirley Road and Shirley High St and the roads nearby. I recently told the Southern Daily Echo: “The pubs are well managed in the area but there are so many off licences there and we don’t need any more. It’s intimidating when you walk down the road and …

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Local Police Meeting

The next Police and Community Together (PACT) meeting for the Shirley, Freemantle and Regents Park area is on the 10th October at 18.30 at Shirley Parish Hall, Colebrook Avenue, Shirley.

I will be going along and there will be city council officer there to answer questions on parking, traffic and highways matters.

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Police and Community Together Meeting (PACT)

Last night I attended the Police and Community Together Meeting (PACT) at Freemantle Community Centre. I thought it would be helpful to post my notes from the meeting for those who weren’t able to make it.

Crime Rates:Overall crime is down locally compared with this time last year.Burglary is significantly down.The only crime which has gone up is theft from motor vehicles.The 3 priorities that the Safer Neighbourhood Teams have been working on since the last PACT meeting were: tackling anti social behaviour, combating street drinking …

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Council Tax Should be Frozen for Southampton Residents

Southampton City Council and now Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have said that they will be freezing their share of the Council Tax bill in 2012/13.

The Hampshire Police Authority is due to set its budget next Tuesday and I am calling for it to freeze Council Tax too.

Southampton residents should not have to pay a penny more in Council Tax in the coming year and with everyone struggling with bills and the cost of living and with the government offering an extra grant …

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Hypocritical Labour Shut Local Facilities But Say Don’t Blame Us

The hypocrisy of Southampton’s Labour Party over the closure of Portswood and Shirley police stations is absolutely incredible. It also offers a very clear picture of the approach they would take if they ever run Southampton City Council. Southampton has two representatives on the Hampshire Police Authority; myself a Conservative and Cllr Jacqui Rayment, the Labour representative and Chairman. At every recent Authority meeting I have spoken out against the loss of our community police stations. I spoke out against it at the public meeting …

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Meeting on Police Station Closures

There is a Public meeting on Police Station Closures this coming Tuesday.

Tuesday 13th September 2011

St Georges School between 19.00 – 21.00.

The Assistant Chief Constable will be present to answer questions, along with representatives from the Safer Neighbourhood Team. Your Freemantle Councillors are very concerned about the planned closure of Shirley and Portswood Police Stations. We are fighting for alternative police buildings in the community where the beat police are based. These should be accessible to residents so people can continue to report crimes …

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Police Commissioners Delay

I was disappointed to hear this week that plans to elect new police commissioners will be delay until at least November 2012. The elections had been scheduled to coincide with the local elections in May in order to cut costs and boost voter turn out. Click HERE for the story on the Echo website.

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Well Done Hampshire Constabulary

Well done to Hampshire Constabulary for their involvement in dealing with the mob violence that took place in London and other cities in August.

Not only did Hampshire provide invaluable support to the Met police, they did a fantastic job in reassuring residents across the County and in Southampton and in ensuring that those minded to cause similar acts of criminality locally were swiftly dealt with.

The extra police on the streets were very noticeable and very much welcomed by the community.

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We Need Local Police Stations in Southampton

We Need Local Police Stations in Southampton

Hampshire Constabulary are looking to close Portswood and Shirley police stations within the next 2 years. The closures are part of a wider programme to reduce the number of police buildings across the county, which might also see the police offices in Hulse Road close. The changes also reflect the fact that Southampton’s new city centre police HQ has recently opened.

I am campaigning to keep local police stations in our districts. It’s vitally important that local beat police are based in the area and …

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