And here we have the final newsletter before the end of this term of office.
Inside you will find an update about White Dirt lane’s proposed closure, White Dirt Farm, Chalk Hill Road, the Allocation Plan, local bus service reviews, police survey and more!
Downs Newsletter April 2015
Here we have the November 2014 newsletter. It covers a lot of the material on the blog so that residents without computer access (or who have not discovered the website yet!) can keep in touch with what is going on.
Sincere thanks to the 12 volunteers who deliver the newsletter for me and without them it would not be possible to get them out nearly as often. Thank you.
To download the newsletter, click on this link here: Downs Ward Newsletter November 2014
Here we have an advance copy of the May 2014 news letter for online readers. It is off to be printed and after promising alcohol to the team of newsletter deliverers will hopefully be on doormats in about 7 days time.
The main theme affecting Horndean is Housing and this reflects the theme with an update on WDF, Land East Of Horndean and other planning matters, but there is so much more going on in Horndean from the War memorial project to a new Bandstand for Merchistoun and updates on Crime and lots of other stuff. The image below is a graphic I have knocked up to demonstrate feelings about the housing invasion we face. Hopefully ‘Land East Of Horndean’ is the answer, but we are looking at a series of battles to try to fight off the rest.
Click on this link for the Downs Newsletter May 2014 edition.
Happy 2014 everyone and I wish you all a healthy and prosperous new year.
Please find below a link to the January 2014 news letter which will be delivered to Downs Ward over the next few weeks. Sincere thanks to Jenni Castle who delivers most of these which is why she is very slim and fit, and I am not. Jenni very kindly delivers to about 1,050 homes and if you would be happy to help take on 100 or 200, then this would be greatly appreciated.
In this issue – Horndean Post Office to close, Disabled Servicemen Homes planned for Blendworth, JCS update, White Dirt Farm fears, and our Horndean Iron Age and Roman Age predecessors.
There is a bonus item this issue. Jane Gulliver at Hampshire Trading Standards has very kindly provided me with enough No Cold Calling stickers to give to every household. If you are not in Downs ward and would like one then email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be very happy to post you one.
Click on this link here: Downs Newsletter January 2014
Here we have a copy of the September 2013 newsletter which will be delivered in the next week. Many thanks to Jenni who delivers across much of Downs and if you would be happy to help deliver to a few roads then please do get in touch. Thanks, Guy.
Click here to download: Downs Newsletter September 2013
Following the April newsletter delivery the website had 150 visitors in one day, and during April reached a new high of 814 visits in the month. While canvassing for the County elections, feedback for the newsletter and website was very positive and both will continue with varied and local content.
Personally I do not like or enjoy canvassing as it is intrusive, but I do enjoy speaking to anyone about local issues. If you would like to see me to raise any local issues then email me on email@example.com and I will come and see you at a time that is convenient for us both.
Here we have the April 2013 news letter which will go through letter boxes in the next 2 weeks once it has been printed off.
To view a copy please click on this link here: Downs Newsletter April 2013
If you would be happy to help deliver in your road then I will be very grateful to hear from you! firstname.lastname@example.org
Correction. Since printing HCC have confirmed the street light replacement will be from JUNE 2013, not September 2013
Hot off the press, and here it is, the November Newsletter.
Click on this link Downs Newsletter November 2012 to download a PDF copy.
During the elections a number of comments were raised at the door, and a key one was that the visible presence of the Councillors is limited, and only during the election period. To address this I will be preparing 3 or 4 newsletters a year, and maintaining this blog. The first newsletter which was delivered in late August / Early September is here: August 2012 Newsletter
The next newsletter will go out in November.
Feedback to the newsletter:
- There have been about 20 email replies giving feedback, and the very clear response was that the newsletter is a good format to keep in touch, and far better than door knocking:
- There was support for a Blog, and, thankfully, no encouragement to use Twitter.
- Speeding a lot of support for the SID unit, some thoughts on keeping the locations fresh with other roads suggested. Will pass these onto the SID team.
- 1 respondent in favour of encouraging traffic to use Drift Road and London Road as opposed to Downwood Road. Some equal objections to use of Drift road too.
- Residents association – some acknowledgement that an Association has benefits, but overwhelming apathy
- BT phone Kiosk on North Road is unloved by BT, and also by the community as a whole, so I will follow up its removal.
- Damaged play area surface at Downs Park – reported to HPC who are following this up with repairs on other sites.
- Many concerns about parking on London Road near Horndean village centre affecting the traffic. Have followed up with the County Councillor.
- Patient capacity in the local surgeries needs to be monitored, especially with the closure of primary care trusts and County Councils taking on responsibility.
- Dog walkers and picking up – EHDC issued a fine on a walker in Horndean just recently.