Diane Furlong is your Conservative Councillor for Hardway Ward and is currently Mayor if Gosport. She has lived most of her life in Hardway and attended Elson and Brune Park schools, as did her twin sons. She was a Civil Servant, her first job having been at Priddys Hard. As a mature student Diane Furlong got a BA (hons) degree in Public Sector Studies, studying part time at Portsmouth University while working full time. Diane is retired but she has been involved with The Gosport Society, and invigilates exams on a casual basis.
Diane first served as Conservative Councillor for Hardway from 1983 to 1987 and has always retained an interest in local issues and been an avid supporter of achieving what is best for Hardway and Gosport and its residents.
Diane supports the continuation of the ongoing work to promote Gosport and although busy with a Mayoral duties, supporting residents and acting as Ambassador for our tow, she still makes herself available to assist residents to find the best solutions for them and the town.
Diane fully supports the Borough in bringing investment, jobs, regeneration and conservation to Gosport and believes that our town is proving attractive to employers who are helping to redress the move of the many military staff who have moved. However she supports any initiatives to encourage the retention of HMS Sultan in our town. Job creation is vital to reducing our-commuting from Gosport.
Being a densely urbanised area it is important to keep our green and open spaces. That is why we will continue to oppose building on these areas, for example the wildlife area beside Forton Lake. We will carry out further refurbishment of local areas such as Stanley Park. We will continue to develop the Alver Valley Country Park to act as a green lung for the enjoyment of all. Diane is also an advocate of keeping our town clean and supports the work of the Wombles.