Councillors reject plans for parish council in Fareham

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COUNCILLORS voted against plans for a parish council in the borough of Fareham on Thursday night.

Fareham Borough Council held a one-hour debate ahead of the vote during a full council meeting in which councillors backed the recommendation from officers.

The meeting was the culmination of years of work from Funtley Village Society, which secured a Community Governance Review on the topic last year as it aimed to secure a parish council for the village to the north of Fareham.

The society’s proposals were supported by the council’s Liberal Democrat contingent and independent councillor Jack Englefield but rejected by the rest.

A statement from Funtley Village Society read: ‘This is hugely disappointing and, we feel, undemocratic.

‘A parish council would have helped community cohesion, as Funtley is a distinctive and recognisable community with its own sense of identity.’