This is the way to deal with a shrinking budget.


Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Hampshire Police are to share some premises in a bid to improve services to the public while at the same time saving hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money every year.      The most significant building to become a joint facility is Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's Headquarters [...]

This is the way to deal with a shrinking budget.2014-07-31T08:04:15+00:00

Council Meeting


At today's council meeting I highlighted the plight of one of my constituents who has not had her glass recycling collected since the scheme was introduced in April. Despite calling the council's 'Actionline' five times and receiving assurances each time, her glass bin has not been collected. I raised it with the Cabinet Member responsible [...]

Council Meeting2020-08-26T13:35:33+00:00

We Must Do Better


If Southampton is going to reach its full potential the Labour Council simply must do better. Today the Daily Echo reveals that no bid will be made to attract the hugely successful and popular Clipper Race back to Southampton. We all know and acknowledge the financial challenge Southampton is facing but it's not all about money. In today's [...]

We Must Do Better2014-07-15T16:16:38+00:00

Conservative Group Meeting


This evening I chaired a meeting of the City Council's Conservative Group. We discussed Labour's mini budget announcement at length and particularly the huge job losses in day care services and the potential closure of the specialist dementia centre, Woodside Lodge. We are all shocked by how brutal these latest cuts are but probably not [...]

Conservative Group Meeting2020-08-26T13:35:33+00:00

New Waterfront Moves a Step Closer


Yesterday I attended the public consultation for the Royal Pier Development. Developers were asking the public for their ideas about what they would like to see included in the scheme. The redevelopment will not be completed for many years but at least it has moved a step closer. Dozens of Southampton residents attended the consultation [...]

New Waterfront Moves a Step Closer2020-08-26T13:35:33+00:00

Labour’s Betrayal


Today the Labour controlled Southampton City Council released details of its Mini Budget. This is an interim budget and while not being as significant as the Annual Budget it does allow us to gauge Labour's direction of travel. This budget is a betrayal of Labour voters and council workers. When Labour campaigned for office they [...]

Labour’s Betrayal2014-07-08T15:38:26+00:00

Southampton's New Tallest Building


This evening I attended the topping out ceremony of Southampton's new tallest building. The 26 story tower is Southampton's largest ever apartment block and now dominates the city skyline. It will be completed and ready for its first occupants ahead of schedule in November. 

Southampton's New Tallest Building2020-08-26T13:35:33+00:00
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