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And In Other News - January 2021

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Crimestoppers Update

Portsmouth Roads Update

New Council Homes in Portsmouth

Crimestoppers Update 

Community Warden Update: Portsmouth City Council Community Wardens work to help keep the city safe, clean and tidy, while providing support and advice when needed. We can help with:

Reports of Anti-social behaviour

Fly tipping

Graffiti

Dog nuisance and Dog Control Orders

Dog fouling

Littering

For further information or to report an issue, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone us on 0800 085 3840 between 10am and 10pm – at all other times please leave a message on the answerphone.

Please use the online form to report a street issue such as graffiti, or fly-tipping.

Trading Standards Update: Fraudsters pose as COVID marshals: Criminals are posing as COVID marshals and medical professionals to gain access to people's homes, according to reports received by CTSI. The scam is similar to earlier incidents this year in which fraudsters pretend to be healthcare workers offering fake COVID-19 testing kits. More info on https://www.journaloftradingstandards.co.uk/crime/fraudsters-pose-as-covid-marshals/

New HMRC scam targets public: The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has uncovered another telephone scam from individuals pretending to represent HMRC. The caller claims the recipient has underpaid their council tax, due to a supposed change in their tax band under COVID-19 measures. One caller threatened a target with a visit from the police and arrest if they did not consent to have their payment details taken.

More info on https://www.journaloftradingstandards.co.uk/crime/new-hmrc-scam-targets-public/

Trouble with Cold Callers? To request a 'no cold calling' sticker pack please email with your full address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Suspected scam emails can be simply Forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and then delete.

If you feel that you or someone you know has been or is currently suffering from falling victim to a scam then contact;

Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting-fraud-and-cyber-crime

or alternatively;

Citizens Advice on 03444 111 444 or https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/reporting-a-scam

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers,

from the Portsmouth NW Association, the Portsmouth Police, Portsmouth Community Wardens and the

PortsmouthTrading Standards Team

Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Portsmouth Neighbourhood Watch Association

Phone: 023 9284 1461 E-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Facebook: portsmouthneighbourhoodwatch Twitter: portsmouthnwa

Website: www.hinwa-nw.org.uk.

Portsmouth Roads Update

New speed restrictions on M275 from 1 January

From 1 January 2021, there will be new speed restrictions on the M275 southbound with speed limits of 40mph on the motorway and 30mph on slip roads. This is to manage potential congestion caused by lorries travelling to the EU via Portsmouth International Port.

There will also be a short-stay lorry triage facility at Tipner West, which will see an increased amount of traffic using junction 1 (Tipner) on the M275. Temporary traffic management measures will be in place here and at junction 2 (Rudmore roundabout).

Read more about the scheme

Traffic management for freight vehicles travelling to the EU

Date

Activity

19 Dec - 24 Dec

M275 lane closures 1 and 2 southbound

23 Dec - 23 April

24/7 - Lane 1 closure (Park and Ride Roundabout)

Lane 1 and 2 - Off-slip closure (southbound to Tipner Roundabout)

Traffic control measures for HGV only on 23/12/2020 Lane two is closed

27 Dec - 31 Dec

M275 southbound - Road closure (night)

One-night closure 30 - 31 Dec. 27 - 28 Dec held as contingency dates for possible adverse weather

Road closures to enable social distancing (until further notice)

Charlotte Street

From Landport View to Cascades Approach

Guildhall Walk

From junction of Alec Rose Lane to the junction of Spring Gardens

St George's Road

Temporary footway closure

Palmerston Road South

From Villiers Road to Osborne Road

Castle Road

From Hambrook Street to Regent Place to enable increased walking and cycling. Vehicles diverted from Southsea Terrace, Bellevue Terrace to Hambrook Street

Other activity

Date

Road

Activity

Purpose

31 July

for 18 months

Ashburton Road

24hr road closure at junction with Kent Road. No through road, access only from Osborne Road end

To facilitate works associated with building structure adjacent to the highway

Date

Road

Activity

Purpose

28 Sept 2020

-

28 March 2022

Coburg Street - Unity Hall

Closure of north side footway footpath from Wigmore House to Holbrook Road. Road closure between Deaf Centre car park and hammerhead area of Coburg Street. Diversions in place

Building development site

5 Oct 2020

-

5 May 2021

Queens Road (Langley Road)

Road closure.

Diversions in place from Queens Road.

Demolition works in Langley Road

4 Dec - March 2021 (nights)

Cow Lane

The majority of work will be at night while trains are not operating, except Monday 4 January 2021 to Friday 15 January 2021 where daytime work will take place to carry out the bridge replacement. The replacement work will involve use of a crane.

Replacement of railway bridge

1 Dec 2020

-

March 2021

Cow Lane

Work associated with bridge replacement

30 Nov

-

30 June 2022

Doyle Ave/

Conan Road

Prohibition of loading and waiting. Diversions in place

New housing development site

Date

Road

Activity

Purpose

4 Jan

-

22 Jan

Magdalen Road

Road closure

Gas main repair works

7 Jan

-

16 March

Havant Road

Side road closures and multi-way lights in place. Affecting Rectory Avenue, Old Rectory Avenue, Gillman Road

Gas repair works

25 Jan

-

14 Feb

The Circle

Road closure

Gas repair work

From 6 Jan 2020 - Installation of noise barrier M27 Port Solent, Cosham (Highways England). Various road and lane closures.

M27 westbound carriageway at Port Solent from Cosham Link at junction 12 of the M27 to the bridge carrying the M27 over the railway line near Paulsgrove.

The works will include:

  • Overnight closures of M27 between junction 11 and Portsbridge Roundabout
  • Overnight closures of Cosham Link at junction 12 (from A27 Southampton Road junction to the M27)
  • Overnight lane closures on the M27 westbound carriageway
  • Overnight temporary traffic lights along Southampton Road
  • Daytime lane closures with 40mph speed limit on Cosham Link at junction 12
  • Occasional full weekend closures of the Cosham Link at junction 12

New Council Homes in Portsmouth

From an email to local residents sent by Cllr. Darren Sanders,   Cabinet Member for Housing & Preventing Homelessness:

One of the really humbling parts of my role as Cabinet Member for Housing & Preventing Homelessness is getting to share actions this Liberal Democrat Council is taking to improve the lives of Portsmouth residents.

While continuing to invest in building new homes like at the award-winning Ivy Close, we're also buying back homes to help address the need for council housing in this city.

By March 2021 we'll have purchased 230 homes, nearly doubling the number of council properties outside housing estates. This would put us on track to purchase nearly 600 homes by April 2024 - representing homes for over a quarter of the people on the waiting list.

Sometimes we need to sell older properties, those with dysfunctional layouts or requiring too much work to reach modern housing standards. If we can't bring a property up to scratch, or renovate it into the type of properties we need, selling it on to fund purchasing suitable properties that are is absolutely the right thing to do.

The housing team are doing fantastic things to continue to provide homes Portsmouth people can afford. I'm immensely proud and want to thank them for their work.

I hope you agree with me that purchasing or building new homes is a much better way to answer the housing problems people are facing in this city


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