Victorious future secured

img_6092-1Victorious Festival’s future in the city was secured today following a decision by the city council.  

The council agreed to start discussions with event organisers for the festival to continue in Portsmouth for at least another five years.

Following the decision on Monday morning organisers will be allowed to stage Victorious in Southsea until at least 2025 after their current deal up until 2020 expires.

Cllr Stephen Morgan, Labour’s culture, leisure and sport spokesperson said:

“I’m a fan of Victorious and what it does for Portsmouth. It creates excitement and a real buzz in the city we all want to see.

Not only does it bring economic benefits to Portsmouth estimated at £5.2m, it also has real social value helping local voluntary groups to succeed and community projects to flourish.

With assurance that organisers and officers involved take residents’ complaints seriously and take on board feedback to improve the event’s planning, I’m in full support of efforts by the administration to secure Victorious’ future in our great city”.

Labour raises concerns over future of local counselling service

counsellingThe future of the local charity the Portsmouth Counselling Service (PCS) is in doubt following decisions by the City Council and Clinical Commissioning Group.

The PCS is one of the most valuable services provided by the voluntary sector in Portsmouth as it deals with some of the most vulnerable people in Portsmouth. Read the rest of this entry »

Road safety priority on Lake Road

img_5941-1Residents campaigning for a pedestrian crossing to be installed on Lake Road in Landport have received the backing of their ward councillor, Cllr Stephen Morgan. Read the rest of this entry »

What has Portsmouth’s Tory council done to help the homeless?

homelesscampLabour housing correspondent Cal Corkery writes:

Many people will have noticed the growing homelessness crisis in our city. The official rough sleeper count in Portsmouth trebled between 2010 and 2015 as more people are forced onto the streets by insecure employment, benefit sanctions and a lack of affordable housing. Read the rest of this entry »

Take action on the future of Victoria Park

cou-victoria-park-action-plan-960Here are two ways you can contribute to supporting the future of Victoria Park and the Arts Lodge which have been under question over past months.

Click here to find out more about the consultation launched by Portsmouth City Council – the closing date is 11 November Read the rest of this entry »

Press Statement on Councillor John Ferrett’s Resignation

Portsmouth Labour Party are disappointed to hear of the resignation of Cllr Ferrett this morning. It is also regrettable that Cllr Ferrett did not inform Portsmouth Labour party of his decision to stand down.

We would like to thank Cllr Ferrett for his work with the Labour Party.

It must also be noted that less than six months ago Cllr Ferrett was elected as a Labour councillor. We hope that in calling a by-election he will give the residents of Paulsgrove the opportunity to have their say on his decision to leave the Labour Party.

Siôn Reynolds,

Portsmouth Labour Party

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