Portsmouth councillors out in force to promote stay safe and warm message

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Councillors across Portsmouth have successfully set up a series of street stalls and surgeries with advice on how to manage winter fuel bills this winter.

The ‘Stay Safe and Stay Warm’ initiative took place in Cosham High Street, Baffins Library and Paulsgrove Housing Office earlier today.

The support today has been amazing.

Cosham Tory councillor Hannah Hockaday

An extra street stall will be set up in North End on Friday from 10am to 12 noon.

Cosham Tory councillor Hannah Hockaday, who kickstarted the scheme last year, said, ‘The support today has been amazing.

‘We’ve given out all of our advice packs today to residents as well as a huge amount of help materials that were provided by the Conservative party, local energy firm SSE and Portsmouth help charities.

‘This is the second time I’ve run this initiative and with the help of community activist Jim Fleming and MP Penny Mordaunt, I have been able to expand it too into other areas of the city such as Paulsgrove and Baffins. I’m hugely grateful to all of them.’

Mr Fleming said: ‘It’s great that councillors are taking such bold initiatives and going into communities to provide support and help during what can be a worrying time for some residents.

‘Councillor Hannah Hockaday and Penny Mordaunt have been working on this project for some time.

‘I’m also thrilled that SSE have been able to extend their community project team and provide help and materials for the street stalls too.

‘The expert advice on hand from SSE and Councillor Hockaday and Robert New will really help people to Stay Safe and Stay Warm this winter.’