Please click on any of the images to see a larger photograph.

Hampshire Bus Charges Proposal for pensionersPensioners were given a free bus pass outside peak-bus hours in lieu of an old age pension increase.  This concession had the additional benefit of targeting less well-off pensioners as more wealthy pensioners would likely use their own private cars.  The additional benefit of offering the bus pass was to improve the inclusivity of pensioners who may otherwise be stuck inside at home and be unable to afford to travel away from home.

Despite the Conservatives in Hampshire County Council raising Council Tax on Havant residents by 15% over three years, more than double the rate of inflation, there are currently proposals to charge pensioners 50p per bus trip.

Many people need to take two or more buses to reach their destination, and if accompanied to a local hospital, the new proposed charges for pensioners would be £4-6 instead of nothing.

I particularly oppose these proposed charges as they are targeted at less well off pensioners, and this is so very unfair.

The Conservatives have hugely increased our Council Tax over the past three years, and these proposed charges are not needed, not wanted and not necessary since the Council has benefitted from a significant revenue increase from Council Tax payers.

I would like to see Havant Town Centre with a strong local economy and having a vibrant community supported by policies that produce a thriving collection of local businesses.

Please click on any of the images to see a larger photograph.

HavWStSmallWest Street Havant - Torn ripped plastic shop fronts are no substitute for real shops.

Instead, the Conservatives have raised business rates for small businesses while at the same time providing unfair business rates and tax concessions to large businesses.  The unfair treatment of small businesses together with a "DON'T CARE" attitude to Havant Town Centre by the Conservatives running Havant Borough Council have led to decay in Havant Town. 

The further 2018 increase of up to 50% in Havant Council car parking charges will further drive shoppers away from small business and local shops to out of town shopping centres and the Internet.  

jphustingsCould I thank the Hayling Island Residents Association (HIRA) for organising the Hustings this evening and the United Reform Church (URC) on Hayling Island for allowing the Hayling Island Hustings to take place this evening on 25 April 2018.

Hayling Island residents came up with some very interesting questions on Hayling island's Infrastructure, the 2036 Local Plan, Beach Huts, Dog poo, and human waste deposited by Southern Water into our local harbour.

My full speech is below:

In my last Councillor Report for the 2014-18 period that I was elected for, I note my main concerns:

Hayling Islander Report by John Perry

  • The 2,000+ new houses to be built on Hayling Island and the 25% increase in people and traffic
  • The funding cuts by the Conservatives to Hayling Island and Havant Schools
  • The 'wrong' and unfair student grant system that has extortionate interest rates
  • My opposition to the hike in Council Tax for the Borough of Havant residents.
  • My support for Lidl and the benefits of quality cheap food. 

 

I also thank Hayling Island residents for electing me as their councillor for the past four years.

Please click on the image to read the full report.

At the 21 February 2018 Full Council meeting, the Conservatives announced a 5.63% rise in Council Tax for all residents in Havant, St Faiths, Emsworth, Bedhampton, Purbrook, West Leigh, Leigh Park and on Hayling Island.  The increase was determined as below:

jpplaza  3.14% Hampshire County Council - Basic
64.0% Hampshire County Council - Adult Social Care
  7.25% Hampshire County Council - Police and Crime Commissioner
  2.98% Hampshire County Council - Fire and Rescue
  6.00% Hampshire County Council - OVERALL
  2.99% Havant Borough Council
  5.63% Havant resident increase

You may read or hear my Budget reply speech that was recorded in the Havant Borough Council Chamber on 21 February 2016.

ParkingP1s

The front page of the Portsmouth News dated 9 February reports of the secret £25,000 target of parking charge notices that the parking wardens should achieve. 

It has always been my opinion that Parking Wardens should be there to facilitate the smooth flowing of traffic and to only issue tickets for flagrant violations of parking regulations.  It is unacceptable to incentivise parking wardens to issue as many tickets as possible.

This report should not be seen as a criticism of council officers as it is they that have to implement the parking charge quota that is set by the Conservative councillors.

Please go HERE or click on the image to see the full page 1 of The News.  The story was also published online HERE

jpparkingsOne Conservative policy that I find unacceptable, is allowing organisations to bill residents massive charges for minor administrative errors.  

Examples of unacceptable policies are:

Litter: the charging of Havant residents £75 charges for dropping a cigarette butt or allowing a piece of litter to accidentally fall out of your pocket.

Car parking: Issuing huge charges for minor administrative errors in either public or private car parks.

As a councillor, I have helped 15 people recover over £1,500 of unfair charges; the individuals had initially appealed and had their appeal refused.

weed2Hayling Island is a holiday destination and having well kept grass verges and roads and paths free of weeks is essential to maintain the attractive location of Hayling Island for not just residents but also to holidaymakers.

However, the Conservative administration failed to enforce weed control during the summer of 2017 leaving the roads and paths in having looking untidy.

I have done my utmost to ensure that weed control and grass cutting is maintained at an acceptable level.

 

havantbottles1sDuring the summer of 2017, bottle banks across the Havant Borough were neither been emptied regularly nor were they secured appropriately.

Instead of the regular emptying of bottle banks, it was left to residents to telephone the Council to have them emptied.

The photograph on the left shows a Hayling Island bottle bank that was overflowing.

I brought the issue of the failure to empty bottle banks in full Council on 20 September 2017.

Hopefully the improvements in the regular emptying of bottle banks will remain..

John Perry Havant Borough Council EU DebateEU Membership Debate: In April 2016, Councillor John Perry raised a motion for a debate on EU membership in the Full Council Meeting. However, the Conservative Councillors struck out the motion to deny residents the opportunity to see or read about the debate.

EU Flag Flying Debate: The EU Flag is flown at Havant Borough Council's mayor-making ceremony and Councillor John Perry raised a motion in October 2016 requiring the council to no longer display it to respect the 62.4% majority vote in Havant to leave the European Union.

Page 2 of 3