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Southampton City Council

The current political composition in Southampton is:

  • Liberal Democrat 0
  • Labour 25
  • Conservative 19
  • Independent (Councillors Against Cuts) 3
  • Independent 1

Southampton Liberal Democrat Group

Achievements & Campaigns:

  • Initiated programme of street light replacement and upgrading throughout the city.
  • Launched an £18.5 millions scheme to reverse years of neglect of our highways. Have consistently put forward the highest funding for road and pavement repairs.
  • Consistently implemented or advocated below-inflation Council Tax increases.
  • Lead the way on campaigning for stronger powers to manage the spread of Houses in Multiple Occupation.
  • Backing the campaign to save the children's heart unit at Southampton General Hospital.
  • Oppose the proposed Millbrook biomass plant on environmental and aesthetic grounds.
  • Played a key part in preventing the Conservative Administration from selling works of art from the City Art Gallery.
  • Championed the new Arts Complex on the former Tyrell and Green site.
  • Launched major initiatives to combat Anti-Social Behaviour, including more City Patrol officers, and better funding for City Safety and the Youth Service.
  • Invested in Improvements to Local Areas, including shopping parades and street cleaning.
  • Opened up all Council meetings so key decisions would be made in public after consultation (since largely reversed by the Conservatives).
  • Campaigned against distribution of free alcohol samples for young people in the City Centre.
  • Increased recycling from 11% to 35% (since declined to 24%).
  • Oversaw essential secondary school re-organisation and initiated primary schools review.
  • Have led the campaign in Southampton for adequate powers to manage the spread of Houses in Multiple Occupation.

The Liberal Democrat Group

Prior to the 2014 elections, there were two Liberal Democrat Councillors serving on Southampton City Council, working tirelessly on behalf of their constituents :-

  • Cllr Adrian Vinson (Portswood Ward): Lib Dem Group Leader and Spokesperson for Economic Development & Leisure and Resources.
    Council Committees: Vice-chair, Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee.
    Outside Bodies: Member, Partnership for Urban South Hampshire Overview and Scrutiny Committee; Association of Port Health Authorities Scrutiny Committee; Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Government Association; University of Southampton Court; Southampton Record Series Committee; South East Employers
  • Cllr Maureen Turner (Swaythling Ward): Group Secretary and Spokesperson for Children's Services & Learning, Adult Social Care & Health
    Council Committees: Health Scrutiny Panel; Corporate parenting Panel; Standards and Governance Committee; Member User Group; Assessment Appeals Sub-Committee
    Outside Bodies: Member, Southampton International Airport Consultative Committee; LEA Governors' Appointments Panel
  • Related links :-

  • Southampton City Council
  • Councillor Contacts