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Cllr John IRELAND 21 Devonshire Avenue SOUTHSEA. P04 9EA Tel: 92713825 Cllr Lee HUNT 5, Dockmill Cottages Napier Road SOUTHSEA. PO5 2RD Tel: 07972 477832 Cllr Margaret ADAIR 3, Dockmill Cottages Napier Road SOUTHSEA. PO5 2RD Tel: 92 825476 Mike Hancock MP Tel: 023 9286 1055 1A Albert Road, Portsmouth www.mikehancock.co.uk

SHAPING SOUTHSEA SEAFRONT

SUMMER OF FREE EVENTS, FREE SWIMMING & SEAFRONT IMPROVEMENTS

THE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND saw tens of thousands of visitors and residents descend on Southsea seafront for a weekend of free music and entertainment. Events over the weekend included the 18th Portsmouth International Kite Festival, a dog show on Castle Field and free live music concerts held at the bandstand, all supported by your local Lib Dem-run City Council. Over the weekend your local Lib Dem team surveyed over 2,000 local residents and visitors to get their views on the seafront as well as giving away many free balloons and stickers to the kids! This follows on from the ‘Sea Change’ consultation organised by local Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock and students from Portsmouth University.

SEAFRONT 2000 people ACTIVITIES

More than

took part in the Lib Dem Bank Holiday Survey

l (above) Cllr Lee Hunt (Cabinet Member for Leisure & Tourism) leads a Lib Dem seafront survey over the Bank Holiday weekend. l (left) Cllr John Ireland (Cabinet Member for Young People) at the Pyramids Centre.

THE NEW seafront volleyball courts have proved extremely popular over the summer and have now been joined by the new fit points along the seafront.

PYRAMIDS SAVED! EXCITING NEW PLAN SEES £2 MILLION INVESTMENT THE PYRAMIDS will remain open as a public swimming pool and music venue under an exciting new management contract between Lib Dem-run Portsmouth City Council and Southsea Leisure Ltd.

CONSERVATIVE LEADER REFUSES TO VOTE TO SAVE THE PYRAMIDS THERE WAS ANGER from local residents after, at the crucial council meeting on 30th July, the local Conservative leader refused to vote to support the plan to save the Pyramids and a further 4 other Conservative Councillors left the chamber.

“This is hugely disappointing, but not suprising” said local Cllr John Ireland “the local Conservatives have claimed to support the Pyramids and yet consistently failed to match those words with any positive action”.

Better still, the building will see a £2 million facelift including a new health and fitness suite, a soft play area for children and a seaside cafe, as well as a refurbishment of the changing facilities. After a long-standing local campaign to save the Pyramids from the risk of closure, supported by your local Lib Dem Councillors, and 6 months of intense negotiations an innovative deal was concluded to allow the company to take over management of the centre and keep a publicly accessible pool and music venue on the site. Local Lib Dem Councillor Lee Hunt, the Cabinet member in charge of leisure and tourism, said: .

“I am delighted that Southsea Leisure are taking on the Pyramids and giving them a new lease of life.”

l Cllr Terry Hall

These free exercise points, provided as part of a new scheme by your Lib Dem-run council to encourage healthy living, give free access to exercise machines for people wanting to keep fit on the seafront.

THE LATEST in a series of initiatives to provide better play facilities across the city will soon see a new ‘splash pad’ water feature for kids provided at Canoe Lake.

YOUR LIB DEM TEAM... FIGHTING FOR LOCAL PEOPLE


IN BRIEF A FAIR DEAL FOR PENSIONERS IMPROVING STANDARDS OF CARE FOR THE ELDERLY

PARKING

Local pensioners have been amongst the hardest hit by the recent recession and price increases.

IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS Cllrs Ireland, Research by Lloyds Bank showed that between 1998 Adair and Hunt have surveyed almost every and 2008, inflation for pensioners was 11% higher than local home about increasing on-street parking. the average rate. This is because pensioners buy a different mix of products and spend more money on The survey found huge support for the removal things like energy bills. of REDUNDANT street 'build-outs'. Now the three councillors have asked city officers to Local Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock has outlined the follow-up residents' wishes and investigate the action that he would like to see taken to help local need or otherwise for redundant or over-long pensioners in Portsmouth. build-outs identified by residents. This would start with an increase in the basic state Cllr Ireland says, "All our residents can be pension for a pensioner couple assured we will not seek the removal of buildUp to of £2400 a year. outs that make a positive contribution to the Mike also wants the Council Tax scrapped and replaced with a local income tax. Most local pensioners would pay no council tax or other local tax under this system saving the average income pensioner couple around £400 a year.

40%

of pensioners don’t claim all the benefits they are entitled to.

street-scene with trees and shrubbery, but where they are just used as a dump and don't work we look to see if we can create extra parking instead, as that is what local residents tell us they need". Cllr Lee Hunt and Margaret Adair made representations to the city's traffic bosses to shorten yellow lines where it is sensible and safe to do so - this has created 56 EXTRA spaces already. “We will continue to challenge planning applications that do not have parking, we will not always win the case" says Cllr Hunt, "...but we will always do our best - by working with local residents we can improve things for everyone, including those without a car".

- Mike Hancock MP

l Mike at the Pensioners’ Lobby of Parliament

RECYCLING HITS 42%

BETTER PAY FOR OUR TROOPS! FOLLOWING THE SHOCKING NEWS that our troops could be better off stacking shelves in supermarkets than fighting for their country, local Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock has backed a campaign launched today by Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg for better pay for our armed forces. This increase would cost only 1% of the defence budget.

l Mike Hancock MP meets members of the Gurkhas on their return from Afghanistan

Mike Hancock said: “Our soldiers and service personnel do a difficult, demanding and dangerous job. And it is clear that there is widespread dissatisfaction over pay. I can’t understand why the Government values so poorly the difficult work that our armed forces do – especially as that may include putting their lives on the line for our country.”

RECYCLING RATES in Portsmouth continue to improve ahead of the national average. .

Local residents now recycle 42% of all rubbish and 25% of homes in Portsmouth get their electricity from rubbish! “This is a great increase in recycling” said local Councillor Lee Hunt, “well done to all local residents for helping us to achieve this and lets keep on improving!”.

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Central Southsea Focus - September 2009