Last year the local litter picks organised by the councils and highways agency were affected by new rules following a number of deths amongst roadside litter picking crews and the need to agree new safe working procedure. while this (thankfully) none of East Hants’ workforce were affected, it did drag out the buildup of litter for a number of weeks.
This years Spring works have been planned out and the A3 central verge is the first area to be litter picked. this will be in the first 2 weeks of February with lane 2 closed while the work is carried out.
The A3 verge will be litter picked the first week of March and will require overnight closures of lane 1. The work should therefore be completed in time for the Clean for the Queen weekend on 5/6 March.
The only proviso for the above dates is the final permission from the Highways Agency to enter the highway which can only take place at the time, The road closure space is booked but final permission is dependent upon traffic flows, otherwise severe delays could result.
The Blendworth Lane development which was put forward by Sunley Homes has been refused by EHDC without even going to a planning committee.
Sunley Homes originally came forward with plans for a large development which would have included building on a field in the conservation zone. This was refused by EHDC and then also at appeal but Sunley Homes then came forward with a new scheme which did not include the field in the conservation zone.
As we have an up to date local plan and have identified all of our development sites EHDC were able to refuse this application without going to the planning committee.
Sunley Homes have 6 months to present an appeal if they wish to.
Refused plan below:
RAPP – Rural Area Play Projects – is back with a big series of events between the 15th and 19th February and Get Activ8d with sports activities for 7 – 14 year olds.
Indoor Athletics, Climbing, Tennis, Dodgeball and more with indoor play projects for infants and older.
Government funding to Councils is reducing and despite reductions in the last years EHDC has been able to maintain all of the services. We also announced a plan to generate enough investment to be able to offset the need for the government grant within a 5 year period, and then within a further 5 years to reduce our share of the council tax bill to Zero.
Like all Councils we have some cash funds – but we are also able to borrow money at exceptionally low rates to further our plans. With interest rates at a record low we are currently expanding our property portfolio.
Since announcing the strategy in 2013, EHDC has bought five properties: Barclays Bank in Petersfield; the Co-Op in Four Marks; the services on the A3 at Liphook; Sheridan House in Winchester; and this week, New Barn in Petersfield.
These sought-after and secure tenancies generate around £759,000 in rent every year, around £650,000 more than could be gained through interest on cash savings and of course the property value increases with time. This in itself is more than 10% of our council tax income so we are well on the way.
EHDC’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Richard Millard, said: “With government grants dwindling every year councils must find other ways to keep the money coming in to sustain quality public services. We are determined to maintain our services to a high standard and keep council tax low. To do that we must make the most of our resources. These days, property investment brings better returns than cash and it’s clear our strategy to focus on high-quality, commercially attractive properties is paying off.”
New Barn is a modern office premises on Petersfield’s Bedford Road industrial park, currently occupied by the car finance experts Moneybarn.
Over the last 10 months the negotiations with the developers on land East Of Horndean have been carried out to finalise the Section 106 agreement. Most of the time taken has been to review some of the highways aspects – for example the roundabouts on the B2149 in front of the development and by Rowlands Castle and the motorway junction. Multi agency agreements take a little while, but we have been able to use this to finalise the community aspects of the Section 106 agreement including the community building, cricket pitch, pavilion, allotments, public open space and more! The final tally in favour of the community is approximately £17,750,000.
12 months ago we promised one strategic development would get more community benefit than any piecemeal development ever would and below is the list of what Horndean and the surrounding area will get – All £17,750,000 of it.
It is a long list… and one we are all very proud of.
At this weekends presentation held at Merchistoun Hall around 200 local residents stopped in and saw the details and possible design for the new community building. Links to ALL of the consultation banners are at the end of this article including a copy of the questionnaires which, if you could not make it to the event, you are very welcome to fill in. Please either email or forward a hard copy to your local District Councillor or the Horndean Parish Council offices any time before the end of February.
Here is information on the new building and some of the ideas we have had so far:
Based on feedback from this weekend consultation (and any more we receive in the next month) local Parish and District councillors will progress with the plans feeding in the ideas that we receive.
Here are the links to the rest of the information boards. They give a bit more information about the school, public open space, employment sites and more:
LEoH banner building use 200×80 0116
LEoH banner community building 200×80 0116
LEoH banner highways 200×80 0116
LEoH banner masterplan 200×80 0116
LEoH banner public open space 200×80 0116
LEoH banner S106 200×80 0116
LEoH banner school retail employment 200×80 0116
LEoH banner Character Areas 200×80
LEoH banner Cricket Pitch 200×80
Here are the links to the questionnaires for the Cricket pitch and Community Building:
LEoH community building questionnaire
LEoH pavilion questionnaire
People living in the Butser sector of East Hampshire which covers Petersfield, Rowlands Castle, and Horndean have taken part in an online survey to help set policing priorities in the area for the next three months. The feedback is assessed alongside crime trends and intelligence to identify issues for our local communities that can be addressed by your local neighbourhood policing teams (NPT).
Petersfield In Petersfield reports of non-dwelling burglaries have dropped, however this remains a district priority and officers will continue to offer advice and support to local businesses to prevent them from becoming victims of crime. Residents identified criminal damage as an area of concern and more reports have been received in recent months, this will be addressed by local officers. Anti-social behaviour was also identified by our survey and Petersfield’s NPT will target known hotspots to continue to prevent and deter unwanted behaviour.
Rowlands Castle In the Rowlands Castle area reports of non-dwelling burglaries have increased in recent months, officers will continue to offer advice and support to local businesses to prevent them from becoming victims of crime. There has also been an increase in reports of thefts from vehicles in the Clanfield area. Work is being done to address this and to ensure that residents keep valuables out of sight and unattended cars and vans locked. Residents have also highlighted an issue with motorbikes riding in the Havant Thicket/Manor Lodge Road area. This is supported by several reports of anti-social behaviour and vehicle-related nuisance. The Neighbourhood Policing Team will look into how this activity can be addressed appropriately.
Horndean In the Horndean area there are no patterns or trends of non-dwelling burglaries, however this remains a district priority and officers will continue to offer advice and support to local businesses to prevent them from becoming victims of crime. Residents identified their top priority of concern as nuisance anti-social behaviour in the Merchistoun Hall area in the survey. Work will continue with local schools and by undertaking regular patrols to address these concerns. Theft was also highlighted in the survey and although there are no particular trends or patterns have been seen in this district we will continue to work with retailers to prevent shoplifting.
Sergeant Phil Shore said: “I’m pleased that the local community has helped to shape our policing priorities for the next three months. It’s important that our local Neighbourhood Policing Teams receive feedback like this to ensure we are addressing the issues that affect you. I’d like to see even more people take part next time we carry out this survey in March, so that everyone gets to have their day”.
To take part in the next survey which will be launched on March please click HERE
To find out more about your local Neighbourhood Policing Team please click HERE
It is not often I copy and paste from another source so apologies to The News for the plagiarism. Please be aware though of the following from The Portsmouth News:
Fears as man approaches eight-year-old girl in Clanfield.
A MAN in a car approached an eight-year-old girl, it has been reported to police. Officers are investigating the ‘suspicious incident’ in Beckless Avenue, in Clanfield, on Wednesday. Hampshire police confirmed that a red car stopped near the girl, the man said something and then the girl ran away to her home. Her mother reported it to police following the incident 6.30pm and 6.45pm. The girl had been with her sister, 10.
A resident, who asked not to be named, said: ‘It’s a concern if it was a real attempt to entice a child into the car, and that there’s somebody there in the area. ‘They were playing and a car stopped, and a man tried to entice the eight-year-old girl into the car but luckily they both went into their home. ‘It’s general concern – it’s an estate with lots of children. ‘We’re just trying to make everybody aware.’
Neighbourhood officers are targeting the area. No-one was hurt or touched in the incident.
A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘An eight-year-old girl via her mother said a man she didn’t know has spoken to her from a red car in Beckless Avenue. The car then drove off. No contact was made or anything else. It’s under investigation however it’s certainly at the current time an isolated incident. There’s no other reports, nothing in the area.’
Local officers will be patrolling the area more than usual in the wake of the report. No arrests have been made, police said.
The resident added: ‘There was a suspicious car driving around a Clanfield estate. ‘The eight-year-old who was approached is very shaken up as a result. From the details the girls have given me the car was a large maroon car and the driver had frizzy ginger hair.’
Call police on 101 quoting 44160029922
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