Postal voters in Gosport are being sent replacement ballot papers for the forthcoming borough council election, following a printing error in the packs sent out earlier. The error means that the borough council ballot paper is not legally valid, so replacements are being sent out. The county council and police commissioner ballot papers, also sent out earlier, are valid and not affected. Click below for more details.
15 April 2021 - Spot checks on Gosport businesses will be carried out from next week to make sure they have covid-secure measures in place. The checks, some by phone but others during unannounced visits, will be made by officers working for the council and the national Health and Safety Executive. The work is part of a programme of inspections being run all over the country by the HSE, working with local councils.
9 April 2021 - The Worshipful Mayor, Cllr Zoe Huggins, councillors and officers of Gosport Borough Council would like to express their deep sadness following the announcement of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
1 April 2021 - Gosport's parks, grass verges and open spaces will be looked after directly by a council team from today, instead of by a private contractor. The new way of working will mean quicker and more flexible responses, because decision-making will be more local. The new team will also benefit from major investment by the council in vehicles, tools and equipment.
23 March 2021 - Headstones in Ann's Hill cemetery were vandalised on Saturday 20 March and professional cleaners have been working to clean them, following a number of local residents coming together over the weekend to help remove the graffiti from the stones. The council is taking action to address these very upsetting acts of graffiti from a small minority that have caused a lot of upset to many. Chief Insp Mark Lewis, Hampshire Constabulary district commander for Fareham and Gosport, said: "We are taking these incidents very seriously and are investigating them as a priority. You will see an increased police presence in this area as a result."
19 March 2021 - The council, in partnership with Historic England, is on the search for local businesses interested in having their historic shopfronts restored. Businesses in Gosport's High Street and Stoke Road can apply for funding for improvements as part of a push to make the town centre a more lively and attractive place. Grants will enable shop owners and retailers to restore and enhance the local character and condition of historic shop fronts, and bring vacant spaces back into viable use.
18 March 2021 - Gosport has assembled a team of ambassadors to spread the word about the borough being a great place to visit, enjoy, invest and do business. So far 160 ambassadors have joined the team as part of the regeneration push led by the council. Launched in October 2020, Gosport Ambassadors unites businesses, organisations and individuals who are passionate about promoting change and building positive perceptions of Gosport.
9 March 2021 - Gosport residents are banding together to fight climate change with the help of the council. Gosport Borough Council is helping them form neighbourhood Greening Campaigns - part of a network of local groups that inspire communities to be more sustainable. The groups follow a tried-and-tested plan, with expert advice and support, designed to mobilise people in the area to reduce CO2 emissions, save water and cut waste.
8 March 2021 - The council has strongly condemned the damage caused by vandals to eight gravestones at Ann's Hill Cemetery and has begun work to repair and restore the gravestones. The gravestones were damaged by spray paint on Friday 5 March. The council is now working with a local stonemason to professionally clean the stonework and make sure there is no lasting damage. Where possible, relatives of the deceased are also being contacted by the council so that the families concerned can be kept informed on the restoration work.
5 March 2021 - Housing workers at the council are optimistic that they have helped a local rough sleeper find a safe and secure home. This week, a long-term rough sleeper who had been using a shop doorway in Gosport High Street accepted a flat, and a plan for long-term support.
24 February 2021 - Gosport's new Covid-19 rapid community testing centre is now open at Thorngate Halls in Bury Road. The centre will help bring the coronavirus infection rate down by giving eligible workers additional opportunities to get tested. It is for anyone who has to leave home to go to work, who is not covered by a workplace scheme. It offers regular testing using lateral flow tests. It is only for people showing no symptoms (asymptomatic) or who have not been told to isolate by NHS Track and Trace. The tests are free.
16 February 2021 - Community groups in Gosport, including two new volunteer-run libraries, are celebrating after getting grants worth thousands of pounds. A total of £27,673 has been distributed from the council's CIL Neighbourhood Fund. This consists of money from the community infrastructure levy (CIL) - a contribution developers must pay when they build shopping centres, housing or offices.
1 February 2021 - The council has launched a Go Local campaign to help support the local economy during national lockdown and in the future, once tier restrictions are eased. It aims to help businesses remain operational and encourage people to 'think local, act local and buy local'. The council hopes residents will consider independent retailers and show their support by shopping locally (online) where they can.
6 January 2021 - People in Gosport are being encouraged to get involved in re-drawing the local election map. They are being invited to have their say, as part of an independent review of the council's election boundaries.
23 December 2020 - People in Gosport are being asked for their views on whether Stokes Bay should get special protection as a conservation area. The council and Historic England have launched an online survey to find out what local people think.
19 December 2020 - The creation of a new-look gateway to the Alver Valley country park has reached a major milestone, following planning approval for a garden centre on its eastern side. The new garden centre, near Grange Farm, will have a restaurant, a coffee shop, an ice-cream bar and a function/community room, along with toilets. A separate children's play area is also planned.
17 December 2020 - Leader's statement on move to 'very high' alert
20 November 2020 - Visitors to Gosport High Street can recycle plastic bottles, cans and paper while they're out shopping, thanks to new bins. The recycling bins are being trialled by the council at two sites - one near Morrisons and one at the other end of the High Street near Coffee#1.
29 October 2020 - Gosport residents are being asked to take part in Remembrance Sunday this year by "remembering at home". The traditional civic ceremony won't be held, as a safety precaution during the pandemic. But the council is planning to bring it into people's homes using social media. At 10.55am on Sunday 8 November, a link to a specially-made video will be posted on the Gosport Borough Council Facebook and Twitter accounts.
15 October 2020 - A Gosport man has been ordered to pay £3,500 after he was caught fly-tipping glass in the borough.
14 October 2020 - Gosport's Stanley Park has won a coveted Green Flag award for the first time. It follows two years of hard work by the Friends of Stanley Park group, formed recently by local users of the area. Meanwhile, Crescent Gardens received the award for an amazing 15th time.
11 September 2020 - Local people are being asked to get involved in a major plan to help transform Gosport town centre. The council is asking them for their views and ideas, as plans for the future of the market on Gosport High Street are drawn up.
02 September 2020 - A project to build new sea defences has taken a step forward now that the planning application for the Alverstoke Coastal Scheme has been submitted for approval. The scheme, which would ensure reduced flood risk to 142 properties, is being developed by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP), with support from professional consultants, on behalf of the council.
20 August 2020 - A "bin it, don't sling it" campaign has been launched by the council in a bid to protect local beauty spots from people who spoil them with litter. The message is aimed at a thoughtless minority of people who leave rubbish behind or even throw it out of cars.