Two Days Left to Have Your Say on Albert Road Lap-Dancing Club Appeal

Local residents have two days left to state their objections to a proposed lap-dancing club on Albert Road, following the Council’s Planning Committee’s decisions against the proposal. Sarah Cheverton reports. Portsmouth City Council initially refused the proposed application from Mr Paul Ojla (who currently operates lap-dancing clubs Elegance and Wiggle) in September 2014 and a Read more

The Sailor Dad I Never Knew

S&C Contributing Editor John Oke Bartlett never really knew his father, who served in the Royal Navy in World War II. Now, some years after her death, he’s compelled to record as much as he can to put some substance around the weathered gravestone in the naval cemetery in Gosport that marks Reginald’s final resting Read more

‘Not Your Meeting’: Democracy in the Council Chamber

S&C regular and pensions campaigner Shelagh Simmons highlights one in a series of failures of local democracy, following her experience at last week’s Full Council meeting. Additional reporting by Sarah Cheverton. The Solent Combined Authority and the Arts Lodge at Victoria Park were just two instances where public opinion was swept aside at the Full Read more

Got the Pompey Labour Blues? Join the Tories Instead!

In the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election, reactionary members of the Labour Party are pondering their next move. Sir Eugene Nicks, Policy Advisor to the All-Portsea Conservative, Regressive and Imperial Association (established 1799), has a proposal for them. As someone who was voted ‘Most Devout Tory in Portsmouth’ every single year from 1933 to 2015*, Read more

Where are my Human Rights? Mental Illness and Solent NHS Trust

A month ago, local resident Charlotte Farhan wrote an open letter to the NHS and Adult Mental Health Services asking for help with her ongoing acute mental health issues. She’s still waiting for it to arrive. Here, Charlotte explains what it’s like for people with acute mental health living without the support they need in Read more

Portsmouth Momentum: What’s the Problem?

S&C Contributing Editor and Portsmouth Momentum member Maddie Wallace digs beneath the media smears to find out what Portsmouth Momentum is, why it angers establishment Labourites and its role in local campaigns against austerity, racism and domestic abuse. Within a week of Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as Labour leader – and with an even larger mandate Read more

Portsmouth is a Divided City, But Not in the Way You Think

Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Luke Stubbs, explains why he believes Portsmouth’s social divisions are between the east and west – rather than the north and south – of the city. In politics at least, much is made of Portsmouth’s north/south divide. Voting patterns differ in the two halves of the city and there Read more

You Say You Want a Revolution (Part II)

In the second of a special series of articles, cultural historian Dr Dave Allen looks back at Portsmouth in the late 1960s, a heady scene of hippies, hallucinogens and high quality music. San Francisco, London and other hip centres of the western world celebrated their ‘Summer of Love’ in 1967 after which we are told, Read more

Flick Drummond: Portsmouth Planning Should Look to Dubai

Photo of the speakers at the Industry Breakfast at Guildhall, from left to right: Prof Steffen Lehmann, Prof Graham Galbraith, Flick Drummond MP, Bev Lucas, Elad Eisenstein and Jason Syrett. The benefits of high-quality, people-oriented planning and design in urban spaces were under discussion at a University event bringing together academic experts and local industry, Read more

Home Thoughts of Portsmouth From Abroad

Having left Portsmouth for the United States and then come back to Pompey in later life, Gareth Rees ponders the meaning of travel and the definition of home. It’s hardly uplifting hearing folk running down their hometown. It’s the locality which is sunk in apathy. It’s not me, of course. And I’ve been guilty of Read more