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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Concerns about new ‘tip tax’ in Portsmouth

rubbishNew charges will soon be imposed on Portsmouth residents as a result of Hampshire County Council changes to waste recycling services. Concerns have been raised by the city’s Labour Environment and Community Safety spokesperson. Read the rest of this entry »

Charles Dickens councillor is Portsmouth’s new heritage champion

Stephen MorganElected in May 2016, Cllr Stephen Morgan of the Labour group is one of Portsmouth’s newest councillors. As a representative for Charles Dickens ward, Cllr Morgan focuses on getting things done today, while exploring ways to improve future opportunities for local people.

Now, in a brand new role, he will also be responsible for preserving, promoting and getting the best from the city’s past. The city council has appointed him Portsmouth’s first ever ‘heritage champion’. With a citywide remit, the post has been created to be an advocate for our historic environment. Read the rest of this entry »

Call for rethink on ‘Pay to Stay’ policy

Pay to StayThe Local Government Association, a national body which supports local government, is urging new government ministers to rethink the ‘Pay to Stay’ policy which will require councils to charge some of their tenants higher rents from April 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

Call for answers over next steps on Victoria Park

Victoria ParkEarlier in August, Portsmouth Labour set out the facts about the future of the popular Victoria Park after the city council proposed a new action plan.

We welcomed this commitment to enhance and upgrade the park for the benefit of all local people. Like many in the community, we care about the future of this scarce and important public space in the heart of our city. Read the rest of this entry »

Portsmouth Labour welcomes pledge to bring an end to homelessness

handsHomelessness in England has reached crisis proportions.

Last year a total of 3,569 people were reported to be sleeping on the streets, a rise of 30% on the previous year’s total. This national trend is reflected in Portsmouth too with the official number of rough sleepers on our city’s streets increasing from 5 in 2010 to 15 in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »