Proposals for development of old cinema site on Fratton Road


Developers are consulting on the future of the large site on Fratton Road

A number of residents have been sharing views with me about development proposals for the old cinema site (currently United Footwear) on Fratton Road. 

With previous concerns around the impact of Asda’s expansion in the area and the number of late night licenses for premises on Fratton Road, it is important the pre-planning application process by the developers both listens and responds to the views of residents. 
People have already told me they are worried about the potential impact on the area including parking, density of the development, access to the site or expected disruption during the works. 
If any local resident has ideas or issues you would to discuss about the proposed development, please contact me – details can be found on the ‘Get in touch‘ page. 

Marking Holocaust Memorial Day 


Holocaust memorial on 27 January 2016

Today I’ve joined others across our communities to mark Holocaust Memorial Day by attending a remembrance event. 
As the number of witnesses falls, the importance of remembrance becomes more vital. 
Anti-semitism, racism and hatred still exists in our communities. 
We must continue to fight it. 


Guildhall Walk-In. Help us save it!


Stephen Morgan has been campaigning hard on the proposed closure of the healthcare centre


In less than a month the clinical commissioning group will be closing their consultation on the much-loved healthcare centre in Guildhall Walk. 
Help our campaign to save the centre from closure by signing the petition, sharing it on social media and encouraging absolutely everyone you know to sign it too! 
Here’s the direct link to where you’ll find the petition online: http://tiny.cc/8imy4x
Together, we can make a difference.

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Your doorstep team taking local action


Flytipping at Windsor House, Landport, is an eyesore

Whenever and wherever our local doorstep team is out and about across Charles Dickens ward we keep an eye out for local issues that matter to residents.

Residents have told us that flytipping and the dumping of things like shopping trollies and unwanted furniture is an issue for them – it’s unsightly and gives the impression that no one cares about the local area. Local Labour do.
That’s why every time we see things dumped in our communities we report it to the council or relevant agency.

Thanks to local Labour action we’re helping to clean our communities in the following ways in recent weeks:

  • You told us about abandoned Tesco trollies around the Crasswell Street. We reported this to the supermarket and ensured action was taken.
  • You told us about the broken down lift at Sarah Robinson House. We contacted Housing Services and kept the pressure on them to get it fixed.
  • You told us about the flytipping and eyesore that is Windsor House on the corner of Railway View and Canal Walk. We reported this and the council have issued a Community Protection Notice on the owner of the land and it is now with the council’s legal team for prosecution. 

These are just a few examples. We’ll continue to identify local issues and importantly ensure action is taken.

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Government defeated on child poverty


Child poverty is a real issue across communities in Charles Dickens ward

The Government were defeated in the House of Lords this week over proposals to change the way child poverty is measured.

Peers approved an amendment to the Welfare Reform Bill which blocks Conservative plans to abolish income-related child poverty targets.
This will mean the Government will have to continue to publish annual data on child poverty measured with reference to average household income.
The national charity, Child Poverty Action Group has welcomed the decision.
Stephen said “In Charles Dickens ward up to 65% of children live in poverty….
…In today’s age, that is unacceptable, and it’s one of the reasons I’m standing for the council. Our community needs strong representation on social issues like this and the council needs to do more to both address the root cause of poverty in the city, and support the most vulnerable families across our communities.”

Join the city's citizens' panel 


The council is calling for new panel members


Do you feel strongly about issues in Portsmouth?
Do you want to make your voice heard?
Would you like a chance to influence decisions?
Then join Portsmouth’s Citizens’ Panel and tell the council what you really think.
For more information and how to sign up visit: www.portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/the-council/transparency/citizens-panel-tell-us-what-you-really-think.aspx?platform=hootsuite

Thank you Jack!


Every bit of support to the campaign helps

Big thanks to Jack (aged 10) for my fantastic new handmade poster! 
This will be put to good use over thecoming weeks as the campaigning hots up.
I’m very appreciative of any time or offer of help people are giving to our volunteer efforts in Charles Dickens ward. If you can help with the campaign too we’d love to hear from you!
Please visit the Get in touch page to get in contact. 

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Well done Hampshire Police: You said, we did


Local police provide ‘You said, we did’ information

Well done to the local police team for their efforts to increase public assurance and proactive engagement with residents across Charles Dickens ward.
When crime is increasing in the city, and with apathy amongst some not to report crimes, I am pleased to see efforts to be more transparent and open with the public about the priorities for the local area and importantly, the action the local team take to improve our community.
On the webpage below the local police are regularly updating local concerns and the things they do about them. Take a look to see how they’re doing:
Crime and community safety issues remain a key concern amongst residents across the ward when I’ve been out and about talking to people on the doorstep. Please continue to report issues of concern to the local police. Details are included on the above webpage.

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Action taken on flytipping 

Flytipping in April Square, Landport

Yesterday residents told me and the doorstep team that flytipping was an issue of concern in Landport.
We take residents’ concerns seriously. I’ve been in touch with the local Tesco superstore and they intend to remove the abandoned trollies in the next 48 hours and also sweep the area looking for more.
An example of you said, we did. Let me know if there are other ideas, issues or concerns that you’d like to discuss. View the Get in touch tab to find out more.
I await a response from the council’s helpdesk on other concerns raised.

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Flytipping a hot topic on the doorstep in Landport


Labour Doorstep team out and about in the ward

The Portsmouth Labour Party were out in force on Sunday 3 January 2016 with a team of enthusiastic party members and volunteers talking to residents in Landport and the city centre in Portsmouth’s Charles Dickens ward.
The door knocking team spoke to voters in Landport about local issues whilst another team were out and about talking to shoppers in a busy Commercial Road about the local clinical commissioning group’s proposed closure of the much-loved Guildhall Walk health care centre.
Lots of people raised concerns about the potential closure of the walk-in centre, stopping in the wet weather to sign Labour’s well-received petition also available at www.stephenjmorgan.org
Stephen Morgan, Labour’s candidate for the city centre ward of Charles Dickens this May said:
“We’ve had a really positive response on the doorstep again today. Residents are pleased Labour are on their side at a time of cuts in public services and working hard to improve the quality of life for communities across this great city. Flytipping, parking and the contentious bus lane at the end of the motorway were all hot topics raised by residents I spoke to. I’ve already followed up with Tescos and the city council about the flytipping and will be picking up the other issues raised to ensure action for residents”.
The local party is encouraging residents to sign the Guildhall Walk-In petition also available online. The CCG’s public consultation on the centre is due to end in February.
The campaigning afternoon was helpfully instigated by Sue Castillion, the recently elected chair of the Portsmouth Labour Party.