Thursday, 3 November 2016

October Branch Meeting

This meeting was held on the 25th October. The meeting was opened by Gill Bailley and quickly moved to the first item of business.

Mark Staplehurst gave an update on County Council issues. Congratulations are due as he has now been appointed Deputy Leader of the UKIP group on Hampshire Council. A major success for Marks campaigning has been that the Number 9 bus route, which was threatened with closure will be kept open for another 6 months. Hopefully this will give time for a permanent solution to be found. On a separate topic, the opening hours for the Household Waste Recycling Centres have been cut. This happened despite UKIP opposition. There are concerns that fly tipping may increase and Mark is planning to survey users of the facility to find out what they think. Mark has also been busy on the streets in the Farnborough West Division cutting hedges and supporting an outing for older residents. 

The meeting moved on to a discussion of the upcoming UKIP Leadership election (once again!) and also the forthcoming Hampshire County Council Elections which will be held in May 2017. 

In the meantime group members are busy distributing the "Lets Brexit" leaflet and also Councillor's newsletters. There was also discussion of this blog and the planned website.

A social event is being planned for sometime in the New Year and a membership campaign is also coming soon.

There was time for tea and a choice of cake before everyone went home.

Ken McNair

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