Lee-on-the-Solent is one of the finest
coastal towns on the South Coast with a close community spirit and a village
atmosphere; I have been fortunate to live here with my family for over 37
years. I am married with two children and five grandchildren.
I have a particular affinity with
Daedalus as I served there during my time in the Royal Navy; it ceased to be a
Naval Air Station and the home for Air Engineering training in 1996. The GBC part of the site
is owned by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and FBC own the Airfield & Control Tower part all are working closely
with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Partnership for South
Hampshire (PUSH) and Local Authorities to determine the future for the site.
(See Daedalus update under my news tag).
Both Fareham and Gosport Borough
Council unanimously approved outline proposals for Daedalus in March 2012.
In the long term (2026) the development is expected to bring around 4,000 jobs
to the area, mostly in the marine and aerospace fields. There will also be more
than 200 homes, some shops, allotments and a 34-acre public open space. In April 2015 Fareham Borough Council took ownership of the Airfield and Control Tower and have announced a draft development plan.
Almost 1,200 of those jobs will be created after
plans were unveiled in Oct 2012 to invest more than £25m of government money
into the creation of a huge business park. Of the £25m, £15m will be used
to get 21.6 acres of land ready for the new business units that will be built
on the Daedalus site, as well as 101 new homes which have been built next to the Married Quarters
site. I am very concerned about the National Grid's plans to build the huge IFA2 Interconnector in Fareham owned land in Daedalus near Peel Common roundabout (See my news items for more detail).
I hope during my tenure as Councillor for West Lee
to help to instigate actions to help to form an agreeable employment-led plan
with the maximum jobs and minimum housing.
I was Deputy Mayor in 2012/13 and Mayor
of Gosport in 2013/14. It was a great honour and a privilege to be the Civic
Head of the Borough, First Citizen and Queen's representative for the people of
our amazing Borough during my Mayoral Year with my delightful wife Christine
always at my side. We are very proud of Gosport and to have served as Mayor
As your Ward Councillor representing
Lee West Ward, I will not only represent local people to the very best of my
ability but pro-actively become involved in issues and proposals which
affect our local community.
I enjoy being your Ward Councillor and
have helped many local residents resolve some of their issues effectively. If
you think I may be able to help with local concerns, please contact me. My
telephone number is 02392 793063 and my email firstname.lastname@example.org
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