John Beavis has been the Lee West Ward Councillor since 2008.
John has been a Lee resident for over 45 years and is married with two grown-up children and six grandchildren. In June 2011 he was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the Ministry of Defence and to the community.
Both he and his wife Christine are immensely proud of Gosport and particularly to have served as Mayor & Mayoress of the Borough in 2013/14.
As past Chairman of the Community Safety Partnership Board John has worked tirelessly for the good of the community, to help reduce crime and Anti-Social Behaviour throughout Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent. As the Gosport Older Persons Champion John works closely with the Older Persons Forum to address issues and look after the interests of the elderly in the community. He is also involved in many local initiatives to help young people in Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent.
John is actively working to engineer change in the future for the Daedalus airfield which in 2011, under the Conservatives, was made an Enterprise Zone with all the financial benefits that it brings. He is eager to ensure that all new opportunities for new business and employment are maximised for the benefit of the entire local community but in doing so seeks to protect the interests of residents and business people by securing the necessary infrastructure support and preventing the unique character of Lee from being overwhelmed.
John is pushing for greater investment into the Daedalus Enterprise Zone to create many employment opportunities for our community. Planning Permission has been granted for the re-development of Daedalus. The Daedalus Development Company, working alongside the council, community, and historical experts, these first phases will allow us to continue applying our hard-earned experience in preserving heritage, bringing community benefits, and developing successful places to make this much-loved site a vibrant and productive asset for Lee-on-the-Solent and the wider region.
In Gosport Town Centre John strongly supports plans for the redevelopment of the Gosport Waterfront including a new bus terminal. The creation of the Stubbington Bypass is thanks to our Conservative team and Conservative-led County Council, by getting the funding required. The Bypass will help to reduce the traffic on the A32.
John's record of service is such that you can be completely confident in his ability to represent your interests and get results.
John is an advisor to Portsmouth Harbour Marine which was formed to promote all that is good within the maritime sectors and has helped organise many and varied events that have put Gosport and Portsmouth Harbour on the marine map. As President of the Gosport Shed, he is a great supporter of their good work in the community. He also is a Trustee of the Gosport Solent Brass Band.