Portsmouth MP tackles ‘beach clean’ to highlight litter problem

IMG_2855Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan joined the local Wildlife Trust on Southsea beach to do a mini ‘beach clean’ and highlight the problem of litter.
Many conservation organisations and campaign groups encourage people to spend a few minutes picking up litter that’s been washed up or left on our beaches, to prevent harm to wildlife and people. It’s estimated that UK beaches have on average over 2000 pieces of litter per kilometre stretch. Plastic items, which break down into smaller and smaller pieces, and enter the food chain, usually make ups over half of our beach litter.
Local volunteers organise a monthly beach clean on Southsea beach, usually on the first Saturday of the month. For more information and the next date, visit:https://www.facebook.com/SouthseaBeachwatch
Stephen Morgan MP said:
“It was great to visit Southsea Beach with the local Wildlife Trust to hear more about the problem of litter on our beaches. 
I was shocked by just how much we found in a matter of minutes and would encourage everyone in Portsmouth to get out and do their bit in cleaning up our city’s fantastic coast”.
Debbie Tann, Hampshire and Isle of Wight WIldlife Trust Chief Executive said:
Litter in our oceans and on our beaches is a real threat to both wildlife and people. Plastic is a particular problem, as it never really degrades and instead breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, affecting fish, seabirds and marine mammals. 
Every piece of litter collected is a step towards cleaning up our amazing marine environment.”

Local MP and community campaigner highlight problems of fly tipping.

FlytippingToday (Thursday 28 September) Sumel Chowdhury, community campaigner in St Thomas ward, went on a walkabout around the neighbourhood with Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth South’s Member of Parliament.

The walk around of the streets north of Elm Grove enabled the pair to see firsthand recent issues raised by local residents and community groups so that action can be taken by the appropriate agency.

Fly tipping is one local issue raised by local residents, and in particular the regular dumping of domestic rubbish down the alleyway between Elm Grove and Belmont Street. Sumel has subsequently reported recent incidents to the city council so the alleyway can be cleaned up.

Sumel Chowdhury said: “Residents have raised with me the constant mess and fly tipping we’ve seen in the alleyways near Cottage Grove school. It is completely unacceptable as key walking routes to this local school.

It was good to take a walk around the community with our local MP, Stephen Morgan, today and following up the concerns with the council. I will always work hard for this community and stand with them to tackle issues affecting  neighbourhood”.

Stephen Morgan MP added: “Local groups such as the East St Thomas residents’ forum are bringing the community together to tackle every day issues and make this special part of Portsmouth even better.

Sumel and I will continue to listen to local concerns and take action until we see an improvement in fly tipping levels and our community is cleaned up”.





Our Plan for Affordable Housing

This article is part of a series based around our Plan for Affordable Housing which you can read more about here.

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Having lived almost all my life in Portsmouth, I’m passionate about our city and its residents. But in recent years we’ve been let down by a council leadership seemingly intent on destroying our public services and converting the local authority into Portsmouth PLC. The Tories have failed to invest in health, education, social care and for me most crucially in housing. Continue reading

Milton Residents Gather to Discuss Local Plan

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Residents gathered at the Milton Neighbourhood Forum earlier this week to discuss the Local Plan and proposals for development in the area. Presentations were given on the ongoing Local Plan review process as well as the latest proposals for housing development on the St James’ Hospital site. Continue reading

New deputy crime commissioner must prioritise Portsmouth

Police2Responding to news that the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner has appointed a deputy commissioner to help him do his job, Portsmouth Labour has said priority must be given to tackling crime in our city’s communities and giving the police the resources they need.
Michael Lane, the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire, has announced today that Flick Drummond who served as a Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South for two years, will be his first ever deputy commissioner.

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Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.

LonelinessStephen Morgan, Portsmouth South’s first Labour MP, has met with the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness and made a pledge to tackle loneliness in the city. 

Jo set up the Commission, along with 13 organisations including before she was murdered just over a year ago. The Commission is continuing her legacy by raising awareness about loneliness and working to try and reduce the stigma of being lonely. Continue reading