So the candidates have been announced for the 2017 General Election and are as follows:
George Hollingbery – Conservative
Andrew Hayward – Green Party
Sheena King – Labour
Martin Tod – Liberal Democrats
Paul Bailey – UKIP
To register to vote please click on this link HERE and you need to have done this by 23:59 on the 22nd May
For a postal vote click on this link Here and the deadline is 5pm on the 23rd May
Don’t forget http://www.horndeanmatters.com is running a poll to predict the outcome of the election and you can cast your vote below now – it is anonymous and in return you will get to see how everyone else is planning to vote.
The next Horndean and Clanfield Litter Pick is Sunday 21st May meeting at Morrisons at 9:30 in the far right corner of the car park. All are welcome and pick tools, bags, gloves are provided and the bags taken away by EHDC afterwards.
Please feel free to come and join us for 2 hours activity!
For those who voted today in the County Council elections – thank you for taking the time to go out and vote, whoever you supported. If you have not yet there is still a few hours voting time left!
So we also have a general election coming and the good news is that it is only a 6 week build-up instead of the usual 6 months politicking and speculation… One website worth keeping an eye on is Electoral Calculus who are one of the (many) independent commentators analysing opinion polls and plotting how the outcome of the vote might be. A screen shot is below (which will please and upset depending on your politics!) and to visit the site click on this link here: Electoral Calculus
Currently our MP is George Hollingbery who is also PPS (Parliamentary Private Secretary) to Theresa May which gives him unique access and insight to all of the current key political issues. here is George’s statement on the early election:
The Prime Minister’s announcement today is absolutely the right decision in the national interest because it allows voters to make the choice between stability and certainty as we leave the EU or instability and chaos at the hands of a coalition of Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP. These parties are only interested in reversing the referendum result or weakening our negotiating hand so there is no strong deal when we leave the EU.
It will also allow the Government a new mandate at the same time as there are newly elected leaders in France and Germany and this could prove very helpful in the months to come.
The PM has made it clear she was reluctant to make this decision but, considering the posturing of those political parties who want to do all they can to frustrate our negotiations to leave the EU, she was left with no alternative. In this she has my full support
Finally we are running our own local pre-election poll to see how Horndean will contribute to the national picture. The poll is below, you can only vote once and for one option. when you have voted you will see how the local community is intending to vote.
One of the biggest sources of complaint is to do with litter on the side of the road, and fly tipping. Currently EHDC enforces littering and has a ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy to littering which results in a £75 on the spot fine for littering. Recently EHDC took a number of non paying offenders to court which significantly increased their fine – and resulted in a criminal record. A harsh outcome but after dropping litter, getting a notification of a fine, and several other steps before court action I have little sympathy on anyone who managed to get this far.
Country wide we spend £800 Million a year on clearing up litter and fly tipping. It spoils our countryside, gets into waterways and causes pollution.
There is a review at the moment on the powers to deal with littering and this includes the following:
Fines to increase from £75 to £150
Drivers of cars to be held accountable for passengers throwing rubbish out of the car
A ban on disposal of household waste at recycling facilities (This is a HCC run facility)
Offenders caught fly tipping to help clear up waste as part of their community service
Personally I would like to see no charges for disposal of household waste at the County Council recycling facilities. I’d also welcome the ability to tackle littering from cars by linking with the number plate with the onus then on the registered keeper to identify the offender (currently it is on the local authority to identify the individual so littering from a car is just about unpunishable)
Would this result in over-zealous action or would it help address a growing problem? Poll below and when you have voted it will show you the results so far. Comments welcome too!
Clanfield Coop has again been robbed for the second time in less than a year by a man carrying a weapon. The robbery, which took place as business ended yesterday 27th April, is being followed up by the police who were called to the store just after 10:30pm.
Anyone with information, or who witnessed the incident, is asked to contact police immediately on 101, quoting 44170157592.
The store was previously targeted in a robbery and Anthony Journet, 46, of Botley Drive, Havant is currently awaiting trial after pleading not guilty in court last year. He was charged with robbery and having an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence. The photo below is from the May 12th attack.
This first robbery was carried out by someone driving a red Nissan Micra and local District Councillor Sara Schillemore was out driving at the time (in her Red Nissan Micra). She was stopped and challenged about the crime before being discounted as a suspect. It was confirmed that she was out of the country during this latest attack on the store.
There has been an increase in vehicle crime recently so please make sure your car is secure and valuables removed. If you can help with information on the following please contact the Police:
44170152144 theft from motor vehicle between 0000 24/04/17 – 0530 24/04/17, Frogmore Lane.
44170151968 theft from motor vehicle between 1630 23/04/17 – 0800 24/04/17, Peacock Gardens.
44170151938 theft from motor vehicle between 1800 23/04/17 – 0830 24/04/17, Winkfield Row.
44170151887 theft from motor vehicle between 0030 24/04/17 – 0700 24/04/17, Keydell Avenue
44170151882 theft from motor vehicle between 2230 23/04/17 – 0630 24/04/17, Victory Avenue.
Please be reminded to lock and secure all vehicle when left unattended, if possible remove all tools at the end of each working day.
Should you have any information in relation the aforementioned incidents, please ring 101 and quote the relevant incident number. You can also ring Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.
To report fly tipping, litter, hedges overgrowing paths, missed bin collection or anything else please call EHDC Customer Services on 01730 266551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance." - Cicero, 55 BC