Diane Furlong is delighted to have been elected as Conservative Councillor for Hardway Ward. 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 on a part time basis at Portsmouth University while still working full time. Diane is now retired but she is nevertheless actively involved with The Gosport Society, and invigilates exams on a casual basis.
Diane has served as Conservative Councillor for Hardway previously 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. She believes we are well served by the Conservative group on Gosport Borough Council which continually looking at ways to promote and enhance our Town and Diane would love to be a part of that team.
Diane will support the continuation of the ongoing work to promote Gosport and would make herself available to assist residents to find the best solutions for them and the town.
Diane fully supports the Conservatives who have been in control of Gosport for the past six years recognising all they have achieved over that period. Since 2010 they have put their plans into action and have delivered many projects throughout the Borough bringing investment, jobs, regeneration and conservation to Gosport. Investment has been achieved with many national and international companies coming to Gosport, bringing with them jobs, boosting the local economy. We have seen the demolition of the concrete jungle and the building of hundreds of new family homes in the Alver Village, providing a better quality of life for local people.
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.
Job creation within Gosport is vital to reduce out-commuting. Under the Conservative controlled council we have seen unemployment fall by 64% over the past five years to a record low of 1.1%. Jobs have been created throughout the Borough and in particular on the Daedalus Enterprise Zone. We are building new council homes in Forton, the first for decades.
New infrastructure has been delivered, a ferry pontoon, a new leisure centre, new hotel now being expanded, the splash park at Stokes Bay with plans to renovate the Falklands gardens and regenerate the bus station site.