Construction of new social housing at Blackfriars Close has commenced
Work has started on new social housing in north Somerstown after planning permission was granted last October.
Portsmouth City Council will build 51 flats and nine houses, ranging from one to four bedrooms, on the Somerstown Health Centre site, in Blackfriars Close.
These new homes should help ease housing problems for people in Portsmouth at a time when there’s huge demand for good quality housing in the city.
The development, designed by architects Re-Format, have been approved after consultation with local residents, stakeholders and community groups.
Contractors PMC hope to complete the flats in Wellington Street before the end of 2016.
Local community activists were out in force yesterday across the city encouraging residents to join Labour’s campaign to save the much-loved Guildhall Walk Healthcare centre from closure.
Community campaigners outside the Jami Mosque
The local clinical commissioning has been consulting on the future of the walk-in centre since late last year with the public asked to submit their views by Friday 19 February.
Teams of volunteers were dispatched across the city, discussing concerns and the impact of any closure of the health service in the heart of Portsmouth with worshippers at city’s mosques.
Stephen Morgan, standing for Charles Dickens ward this May was joined by the party’s representatives for St Thomas ward Sumel Chowdhury at Jami Mosque on Victoria Road North, while Copnor’s Rumal Khan led a team at Central Mosque and sitting councillor Yahiya Chowdhury spoke to residents in Buckland.
Stephen Morgan, the walk-in centre petition organiser said: “We’ve had another fantastic response from the public today. People have been pleased to see us and assured we’re working in communities to fight for services they depend on”.
Labour representatives said: “Today is just one of the many ways the local party is out and about in local communities across Portsmouth, talking to residents, and demonstrating that Labour is on their side working hard to defend public services”.
You can view and comment on the petition at http://tiny.cc/8imy4x
For more information on Labour’s community work, visit the party website at www.portsmouthlabourparty.org.uk
Stephen Morgan with local people campaigning to save the Guildhall Walk-In from potential closure
Volunteers were out in force this Saturday as part of a final push to help save the much-loved Guildhall Walk-In centre from closure. The local clinical commissioning group is currently consulting on the future of the healthcare centre in the heart of Portsmouth which is threatened with closure to save money.
Labour Party members and friends were out and about in Commercial Road talking to hundreds of local people and encouraging them to sign local Labour’s petition.
Stephen Morgan, Labour’s local election candidate for Charles Dickens ward this May, who organised the street stall, said:
“Despite the cold and wet conditions we’ve had a fantastic response from residents today with people stopping in the rain to be part of our campaign to save the Guildhall Walk-In centre. We’ve heard so many stories about how the centre has helped people’s lives it’s imperative the clinical commissioning group listens to what people across this city is telling them, and keep the centre open…
…It was also great to have Mr Laly, of Lalys Pharmacy, here in support too. Mr Laly runs a successful pharmacy on Guildhall Walk and he knows only too well how important the walk-in is to fellow residents, students, visitors to the city and the homeless. As the deadline for the consultation looms, we’ll continue to work together to ensure local people’s voices are heard, and fight to keep the centre open”.
The CCG’s consultation closes on Friday 19 February 2016. To sign the petition visit the Portsmouth Labour Party website or directly at http://tiny.cc/8imy4x
Peter Hain is a well-respected national figure
Stephen’s campaign for the local election in Charles Dickens ward has been boosted today with the endorsement of a political heavyweight, Lord Peter Hain former Cabinet Minister and Labour MP for Neath.
“Stephen is a long standing community activist who cares about Portsmouth and the issues residents face.
His professional background in the public and voluntary sectors puts him on a strong footing to be an excellent representative for residents across Charles Dickens ward.
I hope you’ll give him your support this May”.
A political activist and campaigner for over 50 years, Peter Hain was until recently one of the most experienced politicians in the House of Commons.
He served the country across a number of Cabinet roles and as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland negotiated the historic peace settlement establishing devolved government for the area.
“I’m absolutely delighted with this news. Residents in Charles Dickens ward need strong representation on the council, someone who will get things done and make Portsmouth better.
It is fantastic to have Peter’s experience and support behind our campaign”.
It is great that local businesses such as Lalys Pharmacy in Guildhall Walk have joined the campaign to help save the much-loved and well-used healthcare centre in the heart of Portsmouth.
The Guildhall Walk-In centre is a popular local health facility in Charles Dickens ward serving the city
“At a time when the UK’s most critical healthcare priority is to provide alternatives to hospital A&E, the only out-of-hours GP surgery in Portsmouth city centre is under threat of closure” according to the Guildhall Walk surgery website (see www.guildhallwalksurgery.co.uk).
Lalys Pharmacy have been arranging a series of ‘come and talk’ events at Pharmacy so that people can read their professional views and concerns.
To send a strong signal to the local clinical commissioning group to not close the Walk-In centre please sign our petition at: http://portsmouthlabourparty.org.uk/2015/10/26/save-the-guildhall-walk-health-centre-from-closure/
You can also download a poster for your window to show your support.