News and Campaign Updates

Retailers and residents have welcomed Bassett, Freemantle, Portswood and Shirley Liberal Democrats' campaign to Shop Local - Protect Small Business - Save Jobs.

As Southampton City Council estimates that more than 9,000 jobs are at risk in the local retail and hospitality sector following the COVID-19 lockdown, local Lib Dems are cementing their record as the party of small business by campaigning for residents to love local or lose it.

Freemantle activist Andy Beal said "local businesses up and down Shirley High Street have gone the extra mile for the community during the lockdown. I'm calling on local residents to repay those sacrifices by shopping local. Every pound spent at your community shops and takeaways will support the livelihoods of families in the City."

Here in Bassett we have already lost Bassett Tea Rooms and hope that others will not follow.

Lib Dem campaigners call on the Labour administration to back this campaign. Support our campaign by joining our mailing list here and keeping up to date with our campaigns.

I have always been a fan of the outdoors, but during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic I have come to acquire a special appreciation of our open spaces in Bassett. Like many, I’ve lived with a degree of anxiety about the circumstances of the lockdown and how we will move beyond it.

Daily exercise from the doorstep has become an important part of the new routine, and I have really valued the time walking through Bassett Green Woods and across the sports centre. Over the spring this year it seems that the air has been fresher, the trees and plants more verdant and the birdsong more vibrant.

I might have felt tense confined at home for long periods, but I have often felt relaxed in the woods, taking advantage of the therapeutic benefits of their almost wilderness-like environment, and revitalised by the green and undulating landscape of the municipal golf course and the blossoms on the sports centre trees.

It’s times like these that the importance of our natural environment for our well-being hits home.


The Pedestrian Crossings at the junction of Hill Lane and Burgess Road have long been considered by local residents to be dangerous.

Large numbers of pedestrians using the crossings which act as a link between the Sainsbury's Local and the rest of the shops in Bassett and the heavy traffic also present make it one of the most dangerous crossings in Southampton.

Bassett Liberal Democrats have called on the council to improve this junction as a matter of urgency to make Bassett safer.

The large number of pedestrians using the crossing to enter the Common or to visit local shops means we believe that improvements are a priority. The improved junction would also improve traffic flows and reduce congestion.

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