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.
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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