27 APR 2016

CAROLINE WELCOMES FALL IN CRIME

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has welcomed news that crime has fallen by over a quarter (32 per cent) since 2010, to its lowest ever level, according to the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales.

In the year to December 2015, there were 6.4 million crimes, 3.0 million fewer than the 9.4 million in the year to June 2010. This includes 226,000 fewer burglaries and 427,000 fewer violent offences.

Commenting on the news, Caroline said:

"In Hampshire, crime recorded by the police has fallen by 5%. This is making our community a safer place to live, work and raise a family, which is great news for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head.

"These figures show the strength of this Government's record in bringing crime down to its lowest ever level. It is important that we continue to build on this success by electing a Police and Crime Commissioner on Thursday 5 May that will work with the Government to deliver more visible policing and better use of police resources.

"That is why I am backing Michael Lane, the conservative candidate for Hampshire PCC, who I believe will do an excellent job building upon the strong record of Hampshire constabulary to further improve outcomes in policing, crime and disorder.'


25 APR 2016

CAROLINE ORGANISES VISIT TO NATIONAL GRID INTERCONNECTOR

On Friday 22 April, four local councillors and a senior member of Caroline Dinenage MP's staff visited the National Grid facility, BritNed, on the Isle of Grain, Kent.

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, organised the visit to learn more about the implications of interconnectors because of National Grid's proposals to build a similar facility at Daedalus airfield.

The facility at BritNed is not identical to that planned for Daedalus: it was built 7 years ago and technology has moved on. It also has more components located outside than planned for Daedalus. However, the visit provided local Councillors and the MP's staff member with the opportunity to see first-hand the facility and gain an idea of the size of the buildings and the sound and electro-magnetic waves it produces.

It was also an opportunity for Councillors to have their questions answered by National Grid's technical experts in front of similar equipment to that proposed for the IFA2 Interconnector at Daedalus. Local councillors together with residents associations and planners at Fareham Borough Council were all invited.

Those attending agreed that it was a very interesting and rewarding day and well worth the long journey to see for themselves a similar operational site to that being planned for Daedalus.

Councillor Tim Knight for Hill Head Ward said:

"I found it an extremely interesting visit which answered a lot of concerns that I had. A great pity that the three dissenting Resident Associations and my Fareham colleagues did not attend as I think they would have found the visit very helpful. All my questions were fully and satisfactorily answered."

Caroline said:

"A number of constituents have raised concerns about the possible implications of the IFA2 project on our local area. Therefore, I was keen to organise a visit to see a similar interconnector up close and gather information about the facility's impact on the area in which it is situated. I am pleased that the visit to the Isle of Grain provided local councillors and my office with the opportunity to better understand the visual impact, the noise produced and the electro-magnetic emissions of an interconnector."

For more information on the IFA2 interconnector click here


22 APR 2016

CAROLINE OPENS GOSPORT MENS SHED EXTENSION

Local MP Caroline Dinenage opened the Gosport Men's Shed extension in their home at St Vincent College today.

The Gosport Shed was founded in 2013 to provide a meeting place for men who no longer work and miss the companionship and camaraderie of the workplace and the membership has flourished since, reaching 100 members. There are men from all backgrounds who together combine their skills to help the community.

They are currently making picture frames for specially-commissioned paintings to be displayed on board HMS Warrior, renovating a play area and refurbishing the Institute of Naval Medicine Gardens, to name but a few projects.

During her visit, Caroline spoke to members of the Men's Shed and was given a tour of the new facilities.

She commented:

"I always enjoy catching up with the lovely chaps at the Gosport Men's Shed and was thrilled to see their fantastic extension which they have worked so hard for. I feel a closeness to this group as I was at their very first inaugural meeting and have maintained a close friendship with them ever since!

The Men's Shed gives older men a chance to get together for comradeship, to learn skills and take part in community projects."

Earlier this year, Caroline welcomed members of the Men's Shed to Parliament and supported them during their departure from Fort Brockhurst.

You can find more information about the group here: www.thegosportshed.btck.co.uk.


21 APR 2016

CAROLINE WELCOMES TESCO'S CARRIER BAG FUNDING

Local MP Caroline Dinenage is encouraging constituents to apply to Tesco's 'Bags of Help' funding.

As a result of the 5p bag charge, Tesco now have grants up for grabs for local projects to improve green spaces. The fund is managed by Groundwork, which specialises in improvements to communities and the local environment.

Tesco award grants each year in around 400 Tesco regions to make sure the funding is spread evenly across England, Wales and Scotland. In total the Bags of Help programme supports thousands of projects each year, due to the major demand for grants, Groundwork assesses all of the applications received and then provides a shortlist of the applications received for a Tesco Shortlisting Group to agree three successful projects to forward to a vote in Tesco stores.

Projects might include: parks, pocket parks and urban green spaces, green corridors & rivers, cycle ways, formal and informal play areas, open access sports facilities within public parks and recreation grounds, informal outdoor recreation facilities, Nature reserves, community woodland, churchyards, seafront improvements, community allotments, community gardens, orchards and city farms, spaces in the grounds of hospices and day centres, allotments, school grounds, community spaces on housing estates or residential areas

Caroline commented:

"It is fantastic to see that the 5p bag charge is already helping our community. The last round of funding led to grants being awarded two applicants in our constituency, CESSAC House for their garden which I am visiting soon, and Haven Nursery School and Children's Centre for an outside classroom!

This funding is a great opportunity for many local community groups."

For more information on how to apply for funding and to see if you qualify please visit http://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/tescocommunityscheme/pages/large-grants-tes.


19 APR 2016

CAROLINE TO HOLD OPEN SURGERY

Local MP Caroline Dinenage will hold an open surgery at the Gosport Discovery Centre this Friday.

Caroline's open advice surgeries give her constituents the opportunity to discuss their concerns about both local and national issues without making an appointment beforehand. By holding these surgeries, Caroline is fulfilling her pledge to reach out to people across the constituency.

Caroline commented:

"My open surgeries at the Discovery Centre tend to be really popular, particularly with people who wouldn't think of booking an appointment to meet me at my office.

It is so important that my surgeries are as accessible as possible so if you want to have a chat, raise problems or receive advice, please pop along."

Caroline's open surgery will take place between 2pm and 3:30pm on Friday 22nd April at the Gosport Discovery Centre.

For more information about these surgeries, please call Caroline's constituency office on 023 9252 2121.


19 APR 2016

CAROLINE BACKS THE LIVING MEMORY PROJECT

Local MP Caroline Dinenage is encouraging Gosport constituents to take part in the Living Memory Project.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has launched The Living Memory project to mark the 141 days of the Somme Centenary here in the UK as well as France by enabling community groups to discover war graves in their local area and remembering the "forgotten front" - the 300,000 war graves and commemorations right here in the UK. They are offering funding and creative resources to community groups to support local remembrance activities which raise awareness of war graves here in the UK.

Gosport Constituency has the 3rd highest number of war graves in the UK, with over 1,600 First and Second World War graves. These are located throughout Gosport at Haslar Royal Navy Cemetery, Alverstoke Churchyard, Ann's Hill Cemetery, St Mary Rowner Churchyard, Lee-on-Solent Memorial and Holy Rood Churchyard. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has 200 large sites across the UK, almost all in big city cemeteries and linked to the hospitals: the majority of these men either died of their wounds in hospital or (in 1918-19) died in the influenza epidemic. War graves in the UK are located in over 12,000 locations. They must not be forgotten.

Caroline said:

"The Living Memory Project is a great scheme from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It is so important that we remember the huge sacrifices that these brave people made to keep us safe 100 years ago.

Gosport's large number of war graves is even more reason for the local community to get involved and become a Commonwealth War Graves Champion."

For more information about how you can take part please visit http://www.cwgc.org/about-us/cwgc-projects/living-memory.aspx.


15 APR 2016

CAROLINE CONGRATULATES GOSPORT YOUTH COUNCIL ON SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCE

Local MP Caroline Dinenage has praised Gosport Youth Council for a successful 2016 Careers Conference held yesterday.

Gosport Youth Council conducted a survey in December 2015 to obtain views from young people living in Gosport. Results from this survey can be found here and amongst the findings, the top three concerns for young people in the Gosport area were: crime; bullying; and career opportunities. As a result of these findings, Gosport Youth Council hosted a Youth Conference, supported by Gosport Borough Council and Caroline Dinenage MP, which focused on the topic of careers for students in Years 10 and above. There were attendees from Bay House, Bridgemary, Brune Park, Motiv8 and Loud and Proud.

The conference consisted of inspiring local young people as guest speakers, workshops on topics such as CV writing and interview skills and stalls with information about volunteering, apprenticeships and much more to help improve the confidence of young people who are applying for employment opportunities. Feedback forms were completed by the attendees and nearly 80% found the whole day useful and enjoyed the event, 14% found just the morning or afternoon of benefit.

Caroline said:

"I believe that young people's concerns about the Gosport area should be raised to those who can implement change and this is why I wholeheartedly support Gosport Youth Council and the work that they do. I was delighted to hear how successful their first annual conference was since a break from 2012, with many of the members never running an event like this before.

I have previously held events with Gosport students regarding careers, most recently an Enterprising Women event at Bridgemary School, so I understand the importance of careers as a topic."

After attending the Conference, Leader of Gosport Borough Council, Mark Hook said:

"I was delighted to be involved with the Gosport Youth Council's annual conference. It was well attended, well run and extremely informative. For over ten years the Council have taken into account the views of young people, through the youth council, who have helped design skate parks, advised on lighting in parks to additional litter bins and youth shelters Young people have an important role to play in designing the future of their town."

Gosport Youth Council represent you if you are aged between 11 and 19 and you live in the borough of Gosport. They tackle issues that affect young people and get involved in projects such as Gosport Summer Passport, the Royan Twinning and Youth Award 2016. The next meeting is on Wednesday 4 May at 5pm at Gosport Town Hall.

For more information about Gosport Youth Council please visit http://www.gosport.gov.uk/sections/community/youth-council/. You can also keep up to date with the latest Gosport Youth Council news and events by following them on twitter: @GYC_online.


14 APR 2016

CAROLINE BOWLS OPEN THE SEASON

Local MP Caroline Dinenage officially opened Gosport Bowling Club's 2016 Season on Saturday.

Gosport Bowling club is a flourishing community facility with in excess of 100 members. Based at Anglesey Gardens, the club was founded in 1925 with one Green - a second Green was added in 1977. The game of Bowls is truly an outdoor sport for all. It can be played by all ages, abilities and gender, making it the perfect sport for anyone.

Caroline had a tour of the club facilities, met the club officials, captains and bowlers before 'delivering the first wood' of the season.

Speaking after the visit, Caroline said:

"This was my 3rd visit to Gosport Bowling Club, it was great to meet the players and officials and have a go at the sport myself. Bowling is good fun – it keeps older players active and healthy long into retirement, but it's also a sport for young people too. We're fortunate to have some great facilities in our area and I would encourage people to come down and check out this fantastic Club."

Gosport Bowling Club have an open day for all ages on Sunday 24 April from 2pm - 4pm. So pop down and have a bowl for free!

For more information about Gosport Bowling Club please visit http://www.hugofox.com/community/gosport-bowling-club-10588/about-us.


13 APR 2016

CAROLINE MEETS WITH NATS BOSSES TO DISCUSS PROPOSED RADAR REFERENCE FACILITY AT DAEDALUS AIRFIELD

Local MP Caroline Dinenage today met with NATS (National Air Traffic Services) bosses to discuss their plans to develop a Radar Reference Facility (RRF) at Daedalus airfield for engineering training purposes. 

NATS have held a public consultation on this issue to give residents the opportunity to ask any questions.

The deadline to register your concerns about the project is tomorrow 13 April 2016. This can be done either in writing to:

Planning Department
Fareham Borough Council
Civic Offices
Civic Way
Fareham
PO16 7AZ 

or on the Fareham Borough Council website here, by seaching for planning reference P/16/0270/FP .

An FAQ document for the proposed radar was handed out to residents at the public consultation. It is available online here.


12 APR 2016

CAROLINE FEATURES IN YEAR 9 PUPILS FILM ABOUT GOMER JUNIOR SCHOOL gSTEM INITIATIVE

Local MP Caroline Dinenage has featured in a short video filmed by Year 9 pupils from Bay House about the gSTEM initiative at Gomer Junior School in Gosport.

Gomer Junior School has introduced gSTEM (Gomer: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) into its curriculum. Every Wednesday morning, the pupils take part in STEM projects at school. Pupils also have the opportunity to attend the gSTEM club and get involved in exciting after school projects, supported by the British Science Association's CREST Star Award Programme.

The gSTEM programme aims to enable pupils to understand real world applications of STEM subjects by experiencing hands-on STEM activities that innovate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life.

In Autumn 2015, Caroline visited Gomer Junior School to see gSTEM in action. On the day, year 9 pupils from Bay House School filmed pupils taking part in gSTEM projects and interviewed both staff and guests, including Caroline Dinenage MP.

Caroline said:

"I was delighted to visit Gomer Junior school in December to see the fantastic gSTEM projects the pupils have been working on. I had the opportunity to talk with staff, key stakeholders and pupils, who told me all about their fascinating work using engineering, electronics and programming to better understand the mysteries of outer space.

"The gSTEM initiative is great because it engages pupils in subjects that so many of them find intriguing and thoroughly enjoyable. But as an MP I also know how important it is for our local economy to get these pupils involved in STEM subjects early on. Here in Gosport our local economy greatly relies on talented aeronautical engineers and it is wonderful that Gomer are taking such an innovative and enthusiastic approach towards training up our next generation of STEM specialists."

The full video, filmed and produced by a talented cohort of year 9 pupils from Bay House School, is available online, here.


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