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.
4 August 2020 - Small businesses and other enterprises in Gosport hit hardest by the pandemic are being offered another chance to get government cash support. In June, firms had an opportunity to apply to the council for money from the Local Authority Discretionary Business Grant Fund. But the pot was not used up, so the council has opened applications up again. This time, the eligibility criteria have been widened to include more businesses.
31 July 2020 - The council's support for the local armed forces community has been recognised by a top award from the Ministry of Defence. The council has won a gold award under the ministry's Employer Recognition Scheme, which highlights organisations that demonstrate exceptional support to military personnel, veterans, reservists, cadets and forces families.
31 July 2020 - Sophie, eight, saves up pocket money for presents for people in emergency pandemic accommodation, as councillors agree to keep the accommodation open for the foreseeable future.
29 July 2020 - Gosport Leisure Centre is to reopen on 3 August, the operator has announced. The centre, run by Places Leisure on behalf of Gosport Borough Council, has been closed to comply with national coronavirus safety rules. Following the government's decision to allow indoor gyms and leisure facilities to reopen, it is preparing to open its doors again.
24 July 2020 - Gosport's tourist information centre is open again, offering a range of services to local people as well as visitors. As well as providing tourists with information on the borough's attractions, staff can also help residents with information on activities in the area. They are also booking agents for National Express coach tickets, local theatres and other attractions. The centre also has a good selection of gift ideas and local history publications.
6 July 2020 Market traders in Gosport High Street won't have to pay pitch fees for another two months, Gosport Borough Council has decided.
3 July 2020 - Gosport people struggling to buy groceries because of the coronavirus crisis are to benefit from a £10,000 cash boost for the borough. The money will help the new Gosport Food Partnership, a group of local organisations who have joined together to support residents in need. It will help pay for food, freezers, cooking equipment, fuel, PPE and other essentials.
26 June 2020 - Gosport Community Safety Partnership funded four weekly 'bike doctor' sessions at Bicycle Recycling at Gosport bus station, with the final one on Tuesday 30 June from 10am to 4pm.
18 June - Government funding of £1.78 million is set to bring new life to Gosport High Street and Stoke Road, bringing major investment into the town and helping it bounce back from the coronavirus crisis. The council and Hampshire Cultural Trust have been developing an ambitious plan to regenerate the historic town centre for some time. The work was under way long before the pandemic hit. Now funding for the plan has been confirmed, and it will be a major plank of Gosport's economic recovery from the virus outbreak.
17 June - The council is aiming to help small businesses that have 'fallen through the cracks' until now and have been unable to access government funding. It has secured more than £600,000 of new government support for a discretionary grant fund aimed at small businesses and the hospitality and leisure sectors.