As a reminder the new war memorial in Horndean will be dedicated on Tuesday 4th February 2020 at 12:00 with The Royal Marines School of Music performing from 11:45.
This is to commemorate the two RAAF pilots who were killed 75 years ago to the day while flying back from a bombing raid. The plane was lost and in very poor weather clipped the roof of the old parish hall at the end of Five Heads Road before crashing and blowing up behind the old brewery site.
Because they were not residents in Horndean they did not qualify for a place on the village War memorial so for the last 75 years their sacrifice has not been given proper acknowledgement.
The Children Of Horndean 1940’s who have had this vision for decades and are thrilled to see it a reality and with 9 members of the Airmens family flying over to take part in the dedication they would like to welcome you to join in the ceremony.
This will be attended by:
- The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Rear Admiral Iain Henderson CB CBE DL representing Her Majesty The Queen,
- Air Commodore Allan Vaughn representing the RAF and RAAF
- Representatives from The Australian High Commission,
- RAF Padre Charles Lewis
- The Venerable Gavin Collins, Arch-Deacon of Portsmouth
- 9 relatives of the airmen
The Royal Marines School of Music have also very kindly given their support to the event and will be providing a group of musicians to take us through The Dam Busters March, Hymns and Anthems.
You are most welcome to come along and support the event.
Hampshire County Council are reviewing all of their services to find savings on some to help fund rising costs in others, for example, Adult Social care. The consultation runs until Wednesday 18th March 2020 and details on how to respond are in the link at the end of this article. There is also a consultation event at Horndean Library on Monday 10th February from 2pm to 6pm where the consultation information is available to view and you can leave your views there and then.
As well as responding to changing needs, the library service is looking to make savings of £1.76 million. All areas of work across the County Council are being looked at to find savings needed to bridge the current funding gap faced by local authorities across the country, as demands for council services grow.
Options include the following:
• change how council-run library services are delivered, including:
• closing up to 10 libraries; and/ or
• reducing and standardising staffed opening hours;
• deliver library services differently within local communities, through:
• transitioning Tier Four council-supported, community-managed libraries into
independent community-managed libraries; and
• exploring better ways to deliver library services in Hampshire’s most deprived
• make further efficiencies; and
• generate additional income.
Horndean is on the short list of ten libraries to close as with the HCC scoring method it is ranked at number 46 out of the 48 libraries in Hampshire with the other 9 being equally spread throught the County. this will save £37,000 – which does not seem like a lot considering the value that HCC need to find.
To view the consultation details and give feedback please click on this link HERE
To view the consultation document please click on this link HCC Libraries Consultation
You can also contact Cllr Marge Harvey as the HCC County Councillor
On Monday this week, 27th January 2020, The One Stop on Five Heads Road was robbed. The robber is described as Male, dressed in a black coat with hood up and dark tight jeans of tracksuit bottoms with white trainers. He was also wearing a pair of tights over his head and carrying a Blue Lonsdale ‘Bag for Life’. The robber got away with cash and cigarettes.
If you have been offered cigarettes for sale at a cheap price, or saw a red and white mini which was seen nearby at the time of the robbery the police would like to hear from you. The mini driver may been involved, or have seen something that can help the police.
If you can help please call the police on 101 and quote reference 44200033501 or crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where you can leave anonymous information.
Aquind who are proposing the new power interconnector from France to Lovedean sub-station are also it appears considering laying a fibre optic cable at the same time. It is understood that this allows the equipment at both ends of the cable to be monitored for balancing power etc but would have spare capacity for wholesale use to telecoms providers.
Ok, makes sense and if they are laying a cable then why not lay two.
I’m a little concerned however as this comes with the opportunity to be granted a licence by Ofcom to install infrastructure without planning permission, streetworks licences and to secure access on private land through the courts. Extract below from the Ofcom notification of consultation.
The electronic communications code is a set of rights that are intended to assist providers of communications networks and/or systems of infrastructure. Operators to whom Ofcom applies the Code may:
• construct and maintain communications networks and infrastructure (such as ducts, cabinets and poles) on public highways without the need to obtain a street works licence to undertake such works;
• construct communications infrastructure which is classified as ‘permitted developments’ under Town and Country Planning legislation (such as certain types of masts, poles and cabinets) without the need to apply for planning permission; and
• in the event that agreement cannot be reached with the owner or occupier of private land, concerning the deployment of communications networks or infrastructure on private land to apply to the Court to impose an agreement which confers the Code right being sought by the operator or provides for the Code right to bind the landowner or occupier.
Ofcom considers applications for the grant of Code powers from providers of electronic communications networks and providers of systems of infrastructure (or both) with reference to the matters set out in section 107(4) of the Communications Act 2003.
This is an area of expertise that few people locally have had to deal with and my question would be the following: If they are granted this power, and the fibre optic cable runs from interconnector to interconnector they would be able to install this cable from Portsmouth to Lovedean without getting planning permission or streetworks licences. What is to stop them from installing their power cables at the same time? After all we often criticise utility companies for digging up the road to put in a gas pipe, then two days later for a water pipe, “why cant they do it at the same time?” we ask…
Click on this link 2020 01 21 Aquind code-powers to download a PDF of the Ofcom consultation and consultation-form (3) to download a word copy of the response form which has the reply email details in it.
For me I will be replying that the licence should only be granted if the scheme as a whole is given planning permission (so as not to be used as any alternative mechanism to lay cabling) and that it is only to allow the installation of telecommunications equipment, all other utility infrastructure, particularly power cable, to be required to go through the normal planning and highways approval processes.
The Ofcom consultation closes on the 21st February 2020
The Aquind planning application has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for them to decide. this means that EHDC, Winchester City Council, the South Downs National Park Authority and other key local organisations are now just consultees who can give a view on the application.
As a “Nationally Significant Infrastructure project” (NSIP) the Planning Inspectorate weigh up the application from a planning perspective and importance to the Nation.
Details of the application including the documents submitted and the next steps are on this link HERE
The application has been accepted for examination and interested parties have until the 19th February to register. Any group, business or private individual can register and doing so means you are notified of key steps in the application including progress of the application (hearings etc) and the decision. it also means you can register your comments and views.
The link to register for updates and to give your views is HERE
And… a link to the 536 documents (at the time of this blog…) is on this link HERE