Thank you for your support!

Thank you for your support!

“I am very grateful for the trust local residents have put in me by re-electing me as a councillor for Freemantle Ward.Thank you if you did vote for me this time, but either way I will work hard to represent you and to do a good job, standing up for the area and local people.“– Jeremy Moulton

The full results for Freemantle Ward are: 

BARTRAM, Dean – UKIP: 471 
BLUEMEL, Christopher Francis – The Green Party: 449 
MARX, Michael – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts: 36 
MITCHELL, Harry – Liberal …

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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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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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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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Southampton City Council Refuses to be Biomass Power Station Customer

Southampton City Council Refuses to be Biomass Power Station Customer

At yesterday’s full Council meeting the Council debated two issues that relate to the proposed Helius Biomass Power Station.
Firstly the Council approved the Hampshire Waste and Minerals Plan. This is an important planning document which forms part of the Council’s planning framework. Back in 2011 the draft plan was amended so that it ruled out very large developments in the Western Docks, such as the Helius Power Station. This change has been retained in the final plan and so this will be a powerful tool …

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Labour’s Night Time Parking Charges Need A Rethink

Plans by the Labour council to introduce evening parking charges in Southampton city centre need a serious rethink. Charging to park at night will damage businesses, hit city centre workers and also residents.It will mean more people parking on the outskirts of the city centre in places like Freemantle and Banister Park, to escape the charges. This will mean residents having to compete for parking spaces here when they return home from work. There is also a safety issue for people walking longer distances to …

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Public Exhibition Regarding the City’s Station Quarter

Public Exhibition Regarding the City’s Station Quarter

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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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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