News and Campaign Updates

Lib Dem Bassett campaigner Richard Blackman is calling for the current 40mph limit between the Chilworth roundabout and the junction with Bassett Green Village to be reduced to 30mph.

Richard states: “With its long steady incline from the motorway exit down to Bassett Green, vehicles pick up speed making junctions dangerous, including those with Monkswood Gardens and Bassett Green Close. Residents have expressed concerns about a number of near misses over the summer and autumn on this stretch of road”.

Richard also notes that “it’s very difficult for pedestrians to cross Bassett Green Road. We need to make things safer for residents wanting to cross between the cut to Bassett Green Close and Monkswood Gardens towards the Stoneham sports facilities, and also for students coming in and out of Greenwood Court Halls.”

Local resident Martyn Sheridan voiced his support for the call: “We simply want to make our neighbourhood safer and quieter. Reducing the speed limit to 30mph on Bassett Green Road is a really important first step in doing this.”

The speed limit on Bassett Avenue was reduced to 30mph over the summer. Richard Blackman believes this safer limit should apply to both Bassett Green Road and Bassett Wood Road. We need to calm the traffic for the benefit and safety of residents and the local environment.

Campaign update:

This story has now been picked up by the Daily Echo. You can read the story here.

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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.


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