Over the next 6 weeks, consultations are underway across the county for Street Light replacement. This is good news for Horndean as many of our columns are life expired and rusting. Conservation areas will get a style of column that is more suitable for the heritage of the area, but generally the lighting will be low energy lighting which is capable of being dimmed. the neon yellow lighting that remains in areas will also go as only white light lamps will be fitted.
Works are phased depending on the type of road, but due to start around September 2013.
Click here for a link to the Horndean plan: Street Light Replacement Plans
Amber roads – columns replaced 1:1.
Red Roads, Black roads – Lighting to be redesigned to meet British Standards (more columns).
Blue Roads – Lantern heads replaced only.
A new Gymnastics club has opened in Horndean at unit L2, Hazleton Interchange Lakesmere Road.
Xcel Gymnastics, a non-profit organisation (formerly Harlequin Gymnastics) were formed in 1981 and have many gymnasts as members at county, regional and national championships in a variety of disciplines including Women’s and Men’s Artistic, Acrobatics and Tumbling.
For more details visit their website on http://www.harlequinsgymnastics.com/index.html
Just before Christmas residents on London Road received a consultation letter about a proposed development of 50 to 70 houses. This has caused some outrage, and rightly so, as the suggested land is in the South Downs National Park, would take up a field, has poor access, and is not a site that has been considered for development. It appears the land owner is suggesting that access might be through the Gales Site, something of a surprise to the Gales marketing suite who are selling the new homes with views over the national park.
As this is in the South Downs National Park, it is highly unlikely to be given any approval, but it is also essential that as many people as possible respond to the consultation to say “no” so that we stop this dead.
The consultation document from the land owners agents is here: Anchor Field Consultation
To give the developers your views about building on this land, please email them on email@example.com and refer to the ‘Blue Anchor Field Site’ in the subject line.
Photo – White Dirt Lane Christmas 2012.
The last month has seen persistent and heavy rainfall, making 2012 the wettest year on record (like we needed to be told…) and this has had an impact locally on our roads, and threatened some properties. Rowlands Castle was particularly affected by the Lavant Springs, and flood wardens spent considerable time clearing ditches and culverts from debris, and placing an estimated 300 sandbags supplied by EHDC and HCC.
In the last weeks the problems have been so large that flooding has to be prioritised where occupied properties (particularly with people less able to help themselves) came first, and other problems followed.
If there is a flooding problem, then you can contact me, or any of the organisations below depending on where the flooding is.
If your HOME is at risk of flooding then call EHDC on 01730 266551 (please note this is specifically the home, not garden, greenhouse, garage etc) or 07850 358156 out of hours.
If ROADS are flooded then call Hampshire County Council on the emergency floodline 0800 807 0600.
The Environment Agency floodline number is 0845 988 1188. This will be more useful to people outside of Downs Ward who are in a recognised flood risk area.
If you are also at risk of your home being flooded then please call me too (07973 739988) and I will give what support I can.
Useful information from EHDC on flooding: Flooding Advice Note