Headliners Don Broco are no strangers to Butserfest, having played the festival’s main stage in 2012. This time round they’ll be closing out the event – expect it to be big. At the start of 2015 they headlined the Kerrang! Tour with We Are The In Crowd, Beartooth and Butserfest veterans Bury Tomorrow, and with a highly anticipated brand new album due for release in August they will be rounding off an amazing 2015 festival season at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
Butserfest 2015 will also see the return of Milton Keynes rap djent crossover crew Hacktivist, who went down a storm on the Alternative Rock Stage in 2013, and first time outings for electro DNB outfit The Qemists and London rap rockers The One Hundred and Somerset post hardcore from Cardinal Bay who will also be gracing the main stage.
The Alternative Stage will see the crushing grooves of Brighton’s Fathoms, Manchester metallers Carcer City, must-see live band Zoax, Midlands hardcore in the form of Lock & Key, London melodic hardcore posse Create to Inspire, local metalcore lads Prolong the Agony, post hardcore from Manchester boys Lost Atlanta and last year’s Introducing Stage comp runners up – Farnham’s own Waking Angel.
Butserfest was founded following consultation with local young people in East Hampshire, who said there was not enough to do in the area. Now in its ninth year Butserfest has grown year by year and now has a reputation as the UK’s biggest alcohol-free festival.
Early Bird Tickets are on sale now priced at just £19.90 (and no booking fee) til the end of May from http://www.butserfest.co.uk/tickets
Photo: Don Broco will be headlining the main stage at Butserfest 2015
This is held at Jubilee Hall (off Crouch Lane, Catherington Lane) and all members of the public are welcome.
As this is the first meeting after the elections, the first agenda item is to elect a Chairman and Vice Chair followed by committee membership and Committee Chairs and there is also a public question time.
This field was in constant agricultural use for many, many years. It is low grade downland grazing suitable really only for sheep and it was was regularly used for growing a whole range of crops. When this field was sold to the Gladwish Company some years ago I became aware of the intention to sub divide the area into 95 separate plots which were subsequently marketed and sold with the suggestion they might get planning permission for development.
There was never any hope of gaining planning permission, as might have been suggested in the helpful pack supplied by the company to its prospective purchasers, as this land was included within the then proposed National Park and was additionally protected by a number of EHDC Planning Policies. At that time Sustainability was a key issue that was more clearly defined by then Government planning policy. This required a Post Office nearby, local shops, access to community facility, a bus service and other criteria.
The sale of the field to 95 individual owners was inevitably going to end up with plots being sub divided, fenced off, sheds and stables being built and eventually applications for habitable rights and some attempts at development. After consultation with the planners I asked them to place an “Article 4 directive” on the field. This prevents any fencing being erected without planning permission. A plot owner has recently applied to enclose his land and has been refused permission by EHDC. He has chosen to Appeal this decision and EHDC are currently awaiting a date from the Inspectorate for the Appeal to be heard.
The Article 4 directive does not preclude the land being used by the many individual owners for their own enjoyment or small scale agricultural activities. It simply prevents each plot from becoming enclosed by any form of fencing.
For the past 14 years EHDC have had to regularly carry out enforcement action to maintain this highly visible agricultural land. This includes parking of trailers, clearance of a burned out mobile home, dumping of rubbish and other activities. It has been a real concern to the local Councillors as this whole area is open and ungated and may attract unwelcome visitors that would be very difficult to move on because of the complexities of land ownership. We have been very lucky so far!
This field has a Footpath running from the SE corner to the NW corner which the public have every right to walk across, the rest is in private ownership. For the last few years all this land has been used by many people to walk their dogs or a place to exercise horses. Whatever happens to the land, this right of way remains in force.
Over the Easter weekend this agricultural land started to be cleared of vegetation and whilst I think it was badly timed because of the bird nesting season it must be acknowledged that the owner, or his agent, have every right to carry out work across this whole area. Following clearance the land was sprayed and the Farmer carrying out the work advises me he is ploughing the field in preparation for re-seeding and his intention is to graze cattle here once the grass has regrown. The Farmer advised me that a Mr John Suiter on behalf of Gladwish, having first gained the permission of the plot owners (with a few exceptions) had approached a Young Farmers group nearby and asked them to bring the land back into agricultural use, which they are now doing.
Local residents are naturally anxious about the work here and while I have been regularly meeting with them and establishing the intentions of the farmer I am grateful to them for keeping me regularly updated. The works being carried out on this land do not breach planning law or the article 4 directive and simply return the field to its former use. If any of the land owners feel they have not been consulted then I would suggest they contact Gladwish directly.
This alert sent yesterday afternoon warns of recent burglaries and attempted burglaries. Please keep on the lookout and if you would like to find out more about registering then please view the article “Police Hampshire Alert System” on this link HERE:
The Parliamentary results were counted overnight and from 2pm today the EHDC District Council results were counted. Turnout was exceptionally high and across EHDC the Council remains overwhelmingly Conservative in makeup.
On behalf of Sara, Lynn, David, Elaine and myself we would like to sincerely thank the community for the exceptional support and also the other candidates for fighting the wards. We look forward to picking up on the issues where we left off and making sure we get the best we can for Horndean. Thank you also for the exceptionally large turnout this election.
We would especially like to welcome Cllr Elaine Tickell who has been voted in to Hazleton and Blendworth ward succeeding Dorothy Denston who has stood down after 34 years service.
Here is a full breakdown of the vote in Horndean.
The following have also been elected in adjacent parishes:
Cllr Ken Moon – Conservative – Clanfield
Cllr Tony Denton – Conservative – Clanfield
Cllr Malcolm Johnson – Conservative – Rowlands Castle
While today’s news is election focused, it is important to remember that today is also the 70th anniversary of VE day (Victory in Europe) and of course, locally we took part in some VE Day celebrations. Horndean of course had an extensive war history with loss of civillian life, bombings, spies, plane crashes and of course the sacrifice made by locals fighting the war who are now commemorated on the war memorial. If you have not read this account is on this link here. Click on the newspaper image to the right to open a larger file.
As well as supplying troops and having its own battle scars, Horndean saw large numbers of Allied troops come and go with several large buildings in the community requisitioned and used by battalions or other organisations. The D Day build up resulted in thousands of troops camping in the area and the constant threat of a telegram delivering terrible news or bombing was very real. Soldiers in the village centre or marching to church parade were a regular site (photo below)
During the war Germany also carried out an extensive propaganda attack on England and as well as radio broadcasts this included leaflets being dropped across inhabited areas. This one landed locally and tells of German U Boat successes and shipping losses as well as forecasting food shortages. The Battle of the Atlantic was very much underway and it must have been difficult and worrying knowing what to believe. (Click on the image to enlarge)
When the opportunity came to celebrate VE day, Horndean and the surrounding area took part in full and here is a first hand account from local resident Boy Stevenson:
Boy Stevenson (of Catherington based the business ‘Cowplain Turf’) recalls being a young lad of 9 when the war ended, and well remembers the VE day celebrations. His local one was held at Morley Crescent, Cowplain (photo above). There was enough money to buy food, or bunting, but not both!
“Grandad Etherington cut the grass on the green between the 4 air raid shelters with a scythe to make space for the party. Mrs Kill did all of the organising. The Ladies saved tins of fruit and jellies and a collection was made to buy the other things and families contributed weekly to the cost. A piano was carried out from Mrs Carters house at no 5 for music and everyone sang all afternoon I remember we sang ‘Sweet Violets’ and the whole crowd joined in with the chorus. The party started at lunch time and went on until early evening. It was mainly for the children.”
Boy Stevenson also remembers spending long nights in the shelters. “These were very cold and we regularly had raids. We were not allowed to collect shrapnel after raids as it was too hot but in the morning the we were allowed to look for it. I remember one night a piece of shrapnel narrowly missing my brother Donald who was outside watching the raid.” Photo below is of shrapnel from World War 2 collected near here including two pieces of a fire bomb.
Research by Sara Schillemore
At around 8:30 this morning the Meon Valley constituency results were counted and declared. George Hollingbery has been returned as our MP with an increased share of the vote (61.1%) and larger majority. 71.1% of registered voters turned out.
Portsmouth South is now a Conservative seat (formerly Liberal Democrat)
Eastleigh is also a Conservative seat (also formerly Liberal Democrat)
Taylor Wimpey’s second targeted site in Horndean, Chalk Hill Road, has been refused by the planning team at EHDC without even coming to a planning committee. The proposed development which is along Highcroft Lane, a double parked and narrow road which was never intended to accommodate a further 50 homes at the end.
At the time the application was submitted, EHDC did not have sufficient houses in the application process to achieve a five year land supply. While this 5 year supply is developer driven if there are not enough houses being built then EHDC is not allowed to use its ‘Saved Policies’, one of which is that identified gap land can not be built on. The theory is that we need to get the right balance between protecting areas and building sufficient housing to meet our own needs.
During the consultation process a number of larger applications around the District were approved and this built up a large enough total in January to bring in the ‘Saved Policies’ and EHDC have been able to reject this application in part based on the Gap Policy. The second key reason is the emerging allocations plan which is now in its second round of public consultation which also identifies other locations for the local needs and this site is not one of them.
This is the second Taylor Wimpey application to have been made in Horndean and the second to be refused. White Dirt Farm was controversial in the quality of the consultation which was held in the wrong parish, and residents were somehow sent the wrong plans with a much larger scheme being presented to the planning office instead. Residents at the Chalk Hill Road were reportedly told by a Taylor Wimpey representative “We will loose this at the planning committee, but win it at an appeal”. At this point with the housing need being met this would be a waste of money for Taylor Wimpey who have not registered an appeal on the White Dirt Farm site despite their very confident approach to this development.
Cllr Sara Schillemore, whose ward it is in, said “I am very pleased as the access is totally unsuitable and this is another area of green space in gap land we have been able to turn down. Hopefully with the approval of Land East Of Horndean we will confidently see the end of this speculative development in Horndean.”
The Planning inspectorate have today notified EHDC and attendees at the Lovdedean Lane Public Enquiry that the appeal to build 38 homes on land to the rear of 191 – 211 Lovedean Lane has been dismissed (refused).
This is great news for local residents and the Ward Councillor, Sara Schillemore, who have worked hard to demonstrate the unsuitability of the development at appeal following the decision by the EHDC planning committee to refuse the development. EHDC fielded a barrister and legal team to present the case against at the appeal hearing which was attended by over 70 people.
The planning Inspector decided that “The proposed development would be significantly detrimental to the living conditions of all six adjacent occupiers on Lovedean Lane in respect of privacy”.
Since the appeal was heard EHDC has achieved more than its required 5 year housing supply, and a key property on Lovedean Lane which would be overlooked has been granted grade 2 listed status bu English Heritage.
Cllr Schillemore said “This is a landmark decision for Horndean that the planning inspector supported the view that development outside the settlement policy boundary is not required as we have achieved the 5 year housing supply and exceeded it by more than the required 5%. I am thrilled for the residents who worked very hard on this appeal and supported me through the process and also for the officers at EHDC who worked hard to support the case”
Click here to download the full Inspectors report: Lovdean Appeal Decision Notice
The proposed development of 15 houses would have been located at the Blendworth Fabrics business up Blendworth Lane. The site has access rights through the Gales development so the highways issues of Blendworth Lane we not a key deciding factor.
The reasons for refusal were as follows:
Loss of a key employment site
The site is outside of the Settlement Policy Boundary, and not an identified site in the allocation plan
There is insufficient information on the layout to establish what the impact would be on the trees, and a concern that allowing housing would result in the future loss of trees
There were no proposals supporting the application for affordable housing, open space contributions, transport improvements, community facility or schools contribution.
A copy of the masterplan showing the proposed housing is below and for even the least experienced at viewing plans you will see there is so little information to establish the proposed house locations and how to demonstrate there would be no damage to the trees. Click here to view the Crookley Park Plans and then select the ‘Documents’ tab.
Chief Inspector Beth Pirie, our new District Commander, is taking a very proactive role in community engagement, and one of the tools she would like to us to consider using is ‘Hampshire Alert’.
http://www.hampshirealert.co.uk is a free web based system which the public can sign up to and choose what information they want to receive and in what format – email, text or phone message – so the ‘alert’ is personal to them. People can sign up via the website, via their neighbourhood teams or via a portable kiosk that can be taken to events. People don’t need to have access to the internet as details can be added manually. Hampshire Alert is also linked to the Neighbourhood Watch network so anyone in a scheme can also access information about their specific Watch and NPTs can communicate directly with the database of members. Hampshire Alert is nothing like Facebook, Twitter or any other social media site. All the information is kept secure and private; you do not need to set up a social page or add pictures. Once registered, members only need to log into the system to update their details or preferences. Alerts will be sent to their chosen email or phone number. From April, Hampshire Alert will be the primary community engagement tool and the only method for how information is sent direct to communities.
What do we use it for? Primarily, NPTs will use Hampshire Alert to send out appeals, warnings about incidents, engagement events, Trading Standards warnings, crime prevention advice, good news – pretty much anything that would be included in a beat newsletter or Neighbourhood Watch communication. The benefit of it over our current distribution networks is that it can be used to target the community much more effectively using geographical or demographic data. It is also run via an external site so teams can send messages at any time from any internet enabled device. It is not linked to the force network. It also means that the whole team has access to all the community information, unlike now where many NPTs store lists in their own email contacts, or communication is reliant on a certain person being on duty. By using alerts and sending out information as and when incidents happen, teams will be communicating regularly with the public on the matters that they are interested in which is a much more effective and efficient use of their time.
Here is an example of a recent alert for the Horndean and Clanfield area:
This coming week sees the 70th anniversary of VE Day and 70 years ago Allied forces fought for our countries and several million lost their lives to ensure the freedoms we enjoy exist today.
Please, at the General Election on Thursday, whoever you support, go out and vote.
World War 2 started in September 1939 and as the Country sent troops over to France, defences at home were also very much a concern. The Battle of Britain, a campaign of air attacks by the Germans running from July to October 1940 brought the war to England. Horndean was very much affected by this as you can see in the “Horndean At War” article on the top right of this blog.
Horndean Parish Council, like others across the country played their part and took a lead role in organising the enrollment for the Air Raid Precautions volunteers. A large sign was placed at the junction of Five Heads Road and Portsmouth Road outside what was then the Village Hall listing the number of volunteers needed, and their expertise. It is difficult to make out but the list includes First Aiders, Dispatch Rider Motorcyclists, Wardens, Telephone Operator Clerks and others. At the time of this photograph 40 of the 80 required volunteers had been found with a plea for anyone who had not volunteered to fill in a form and put it in the box.
Today the village square is the location of the war memorial celebrating those who gave their lives for us today.