Residents share concerns about future of United Footwear site

Residents share concerns about future of United Footwear site


Proposed view of new development on Fratton Road

Residents in Charles Dickens ward have shared concerns about the proposed development of the United Footwear (old Troxy Cinema) site on Fratton Road ahead of plans by developers to be submitted to the city council later this year.
In the submission to the developer’s consultants, residents have stated:
“We wish to make known our very real concerns regarding the proposed new development.  The concern is not with the development itself but with the parking issues. We are all led to believe that there will be no inclusion for parking spaces… It is very naive for the council to assume they will all use buses!”
The submission adds: “When will the council listen to our views? We have to live here, they need to sort the problems out”.

Proposed development in context with surrounding area

Stephen Morgan also added:
“The proposed development could help bring much needed housing to the area. But a development scheme of this size requires careful and considerate planning.
I will continue to liaise with residents and local businesses so that the developers and council hear the views of local people and take on board concerns for the benefit of everyone”.
A planning application is expected to be submitted to Portsmouth City Council in June 2016.

Keep our central police station open: show your support

Keep our central police station open: show your support


The only public police station in Portsmouth is now threatened with closure

First it was the threat of closure of the much-loved Guildhall Walk healthcare centre. Now it is another essential public service at risk in the heart of our city: Portsmouth Central Police Station.
The police are looking at closing the station in Charles Dickens ward to make way for a new investigation centre outside of Portsmouth, possibly in Havant.
If this happens, there will be no public police station left in the whole of Portsmouth after several closures in recent years.
Stephen Morgan, said:
“At a time when crime in the city has increased, we are concerned about the impact this proposal will have on the people of Portsmouth, the lack of police visibility in our communities, the feelings of safety and security in our city and the ability of residents to report crime and disorder face-to-face”.
Your local Labour team are urging decision-makers at the Constabulary to reconsider the proposals to keep the station open and a police presence in the heart of Portsmouth.
Please show your support for this important campaign by signing and promoting the community petition.
Sign the petition

It’s important to keep our community safe from the risks of ‘legal highs’

It’s important to keep our community safe from the risks of ‘legal highs’


The use of legal highs can have a huge impact on individuals and the city’s communities

You may have heard about so-called ‘legal highs’. Perhaps you know someone who has experimented with them. Maybe you have even tried them yourself.
But did you know that in many cases, they are not actually legal? And many have been shown to be unsafe, and their use is being raised on the doorstep across Charles Dickens ward.
‘Legal highs’ is a misleading term. We should really call them ‘New Psychoactive Substances’ or NPS for short.
Produced in factories in China, many of these drugs are imported to Portsmouth by post. They are designed to reproduce the effects of illegal substances – from stimulants like cocaine and ecstasy, to hallucinogens like ketamine and LSD.
The range of NPS is constantly changing. A number have been proven to cause paranoia, psychosis, seizures and even death.
More than 500 have already been banned. But new ones arrive on the market regularly. And they are sold not only by drug dealers, but also over the counter by certain local shops.
The truth about NPS is that most have never been properly tested on people. We don’t always know what the risks are in taking them.
But some risks are clear:

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    Local resident campaigning about the impact of legal highs

    users curious about drug taking, and reassured by the idea of a ‘legal high’, may suffer serious ill health as a result of experimentation
  • NPS represent another, easily available, way to further degrade the lives of vulnerable people
  • seen potentially as a ‘safe option’ by dealers, NPS may encourage drug dealing on our streets, along with associated crimes like theft and violence
  • all of the above may be harmful to quality of life in our community.

My first priority is always the wellbeing of the people who live, work and study in Charles Dickens ward.
Put simply, I want our community to be a safe, healthy and happy place for everyone.

Faith groups praised for work in supporting local needs

Faith groups praised for work in supporting local needs

In a letter to faith leaders across the city centre of Portsmouth, Stephen Morgan, Labour’s ward campaigner for Charles Dickens recognises the value of faith groups in civil society. 

In the letter, being delivered to faith organisations and places of worship this week Stephen writes:

“I believe faith-based organisations have a huge role to play in the life of this great city by addressing need at local level; delivering important services to marginalised and isolated groups; working together with others in the voluntary and community sector to build cohesion and celebrate diversity; and; speaking out on current issues and campaigning for the common good.”

Engagement with faith groups follows successful contact with local business leaders recognising their work in enhancing economic wellbeing across the city’s communities.
Stephen adds: 
“I look forward to working with you for the benefit of residents across our part of Portsmouth”.

Hopes are high for saving well-loved Guildhall Walk-In centre

Hopes are high for saving well-loved Guildhall Walk-In centre

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Stephen Morgan submitting Labour’s petition to the clinical commissioning group yesterday

Community campaigners fighting to save the Guildhall Walk-In centre, in the heart of Portsmouth, are delighted with the support the public have shown for the centre.
The local clinical commissioning group (CCG) has been consulting on the future of the popular health care centre in Guildhall Walk since late last year. The deadline for responses from the public was Friday 19 February. And on the day the consultation closed, the campaigner’s petition reached the important milestone of 1,000 signatures.
As well as providing a crucial out-of-hours service for residents, the Guildhall surgery provides support for students, visitors to the city, homeless people and substance misusers.
Stephen Morgan petition organiser and standing for Labour in Charles Dickens ward this May – the home of the walk-in centre – said:
“Due to unfair cuts to the local NHS the Guildhall Walk Healthcare Centre faces closure. We’ve campaigned relentlessly over the last few months talking to hundreds and hundreds of people on the doorstep, at street stalls and community events. People have shared their concerns and views on the potential impact of any closure…
…Labour want to keep this vital local service open. We care about public services.  The closure of the facility will put further pressures in surgery waiting times in the city. I’ll continue to press the CCG to rethink their position and keep this essential service in the heart of Portsmouth for everyone”.
With over 1,000 local people supporting the ‘We Love the Guildhall Walk-In’ campaign, the team of volunteers were also delighted to receive the backing of their efforts by local pharmacy Lalys on Guildhall Walk, and well-known actor David Ames, better known as Dr Dominic Copeland, of Holby City fame.
In a letter accompanying the petition submission to the Chief Operating Officer of the Clinical Commissioning Group, Stephen Morgan and Cllr Yahiya Chowdhury, Charles Dickens ward councillor, write to the CCG:
We recognise that you are operating within a difficult financial climate due to central government cuts. But with very strong support from residents, and a clear message from communities across this city, we urge you to keep the Guildhall Walk Healthcare Centre open”.
For more information about this campaign and other local issues visit the local Labour Party’s website or

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