Have your say on the EHDC Local Plan consultation

Please see attached a poster on the current consultation on the EHDC Local Plan – this will include planning for development in and around the A31 corridor to the north of the Parish and Whitehill/Bordon to the east (and including parts of the Blackmoor and Oakhanger wards).

 

The consultation started on Monday 21st November and runs until 16th January 2023.  There are also three drop-in sessions with the Alton event on Weds 7th December.

Message from Donna Jones – Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Message from Donna Jones – Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

I’ve launched a survey to gather your views on whether I should increase the level of council tax which you pay in support of policing, to ensure continued investment in Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary.

 

I know this is a very difficult time financially for the country, and potentially for you as an individual, and I am conscious that any rise in your council tax to support policing will come at the same time as other costs are also increasing.

 

However, it is also a difficult time for funding your police force; police are not immune to the cost of living crisis and therefore the 2023/24 budget is being set against the backdrop of a challenging economic environment with general inflation, pay costs, utilities and fuel costs all rising.

 

For example, the cost increase for police officer pay is over 5%, and general inflation is running at 10%; our forecast increase in government grant is only 1.1%, so this creates a funding shortfall for next year.

 

One option available to me to reduce the funding shortfall is to increase the police council tax.

 

The maximum I am allowed to increase the council tax by on a Band D property for 2023/24 is £10 per annum (a 4.2% increase, significantly below inflation), which is an increase of 83p per month. If I increase by the maximum, for residents in property Bands A-C the increase would equate to less than 83p a month, and for properties in Bands E-H it would be more than 83p per month.

The survey proposes a range of options up to the £10 maximum per year which is 83p per month.

 

If you are not sure which council tax band your property is in, you can check at www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands

If I don’t increase the council tax for 2023/24, I will need to work with the Constabulary to implement savings, with an inevitable impact on the overall service level which can be provided. I see first-hand day in day out the vital work which the Constabulary undertakes to keep the residents of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight safe, and I would not wish to see this compromised.

 

However, I know that any increase in the amount you pay must be considered carefully. I also hear very loudly that you want to see more officers in your communities. That’s why it’s so important that you complete this short survey and have your say on continued investment.

 

With yours and the government’s support, I am on track to have recruited 600 more police officers in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight by March 2023, hitting a 25% increase in police officers responding to emergencies and patrolling the beat.

 

Through this, I am making your police force even more local, visible and accessible. More police means more deployments, more crimes solved, and safer streets.

 

By completing this survey, you will really help us set the budget and the council tax precepts for policing for the next financial year. I want to hear your feedback so I can represent your views on where you want your money to go.

 

I have opened this survey for five weeks to hear from as many people as possible.

The survey will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 4 December 2022.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support and feedback.

 

Click this link to take the survey.

Police and Crime Commissioner Donna Jones

 

One day closure of Mary Lane Upper Farringdon on 14th November

Approximately 1 km of Mary Lane, Upper Farringdon will be closed for one day from 9.30am until 3.30pm on or after 14th November.

Pedestrian access and vehicular access to affected properties will be maintained but remains a ‘No Through Route’.

The Order is necessary to facilitate safe access to the network (“the Works”).

The alternative route for vehicles will be via Headmore Lane, Brightstone Lane, A32 and vice versa.  Map of closure and diversion route attached.

For further information contact Sunbelt Rentals  0370 050 0792

Road Closures – Selborne Village 24th and 25th October

Please see attached a copy of the letter sent to residents on the overnight road works on Selborne High Street next week, on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th October.  Please note the further information which has been received from HCC regarding the overnight works as follows:

There are two areas where they will be applying high friction surfacing:

  • Approaches to the school – this will be carried out on Monday 24th Oct
  • Approach to Ketchers Field – this will be carried out on Tuesday 25th Oct

On each night the road will be closed to through traffic for the entire length (Goslings Croft junction to Ketchers Field junction), however, there will be operatives located at the closure points who will allow local traffic to have access up to the points where the works are taking place.

(Please also look under News for information on the closure of Mary Lane, Upper Farringdon on 14th November)

Community First Responders and Defibrillator Training

The Community First Responders scheme run by South Central Ambulance Service Volunteers are holding a First Aid refresher course for those who missed our initial defibrillator training at East Tisted (there are actually two defibrillators in East Tisted.  This is being held at 7:30 on Thursday 6 October at East Tisted Village Hall.  ANYONE interested in attending should contact Dave Crowther davejcrowther@outlook.com or call/text 07307 182022

 

Dave is also keen to hear from anyone who would like to know more about becoming a Community First Responder in the local area – CFRs are volunteer members of the public who may be called upon by the ambulance service if an ambulance crew is likely to be delayed rapid assessment and urgent on-scene intervention is required. Volunteers are fully trained

No Bin Collection on Monday

EHDC have advised that there will be no bin collections on Monday and all collections next week will be carried out a day later than usual, with the Friday collections taking place on Saturday.
 
Please note that glass collections are still suspended.

Have your say NOW on the County Council 20mph speed limit policy

Hampshire County Council is undertaking a review of its policy for 20mph speed limits  and would like to hear feedback from residents on the use of these limits across the County.  Please see the information below from a letter from the Safer Roads and Parking section of the Council and the link to access the survey which must be completed by 00.30 am on Monday 12 September 2022.  

“A Task and Finish Group of eight Councillors has been formed as part of a review of the Council’s policy for 20mph speed limits across the County which we anticipate to be completed in the Autumn. The current County Council policy restricts mandatory new 20 mph zones and limits to address casualty reduction.

Working alongside officers conducting the review, the Group’s purpose is to consider evidence from various sources, along with data related to highway usage, enforcement, road safety, previous 20 mph speed limit implementation and environmental impacts, and to inform the Economy, Transport and Environment Select Committee. In turn this will feed into consideration of the review findings and decisions on future policy by the Executive Lead Member for Transport and Environment Strategy or the County Council’s Cabinet in due course.

Views on these matters are welcomed as part of the online feedback form which is open to all Hampshire residents, parishes and other key stakeholders. Understanding wider views about 20 mph limits in the context of other highway priorities, the County Council’s statutory duties to maintain the highway in a safe condition, and a limited budget. The Group would also welcome feedback on existing 20 mph limits within Hampshire.  The findings from this survey will help to inform any decision by the County Council about future 20mph speed limit policy. At this stage, no new 20 mph speed limits are proposed until the outcomes of the review are known and any policy changes approved.

The survey is now live and can be accessed via the link below.  The survey is scheduled to close at 00.30 am on Monday 12 September 2022.

https://hampshirecc.welcomesyourfeedback.net/20MPH

Safer Roads and Parking, Hampshire County Council”

Casual Vacancy on the Council

Would you like to be a Parish Councillor?

There are now two Casual Vacancies on the Council.  If no election is requested, the Parish Council will decide on who will fill the vacancy at the meeting on Wednesday 19th October.  The Parish Council would therefore like to hear from anyone who is interested in being a Parish Councillor.

You will join the team of twelve Councillors who represent the Parish and its three villages of Selborne, Oakhanger and Blackmoor.  You will be in position until the next election in May 2023 and are required to attend monthly meetings of the Council and follow the rules of the Council.  It is a very interesting and enjoyable, voluntary role and training is available in the planning and other aspects of being a Parish Councillor.

Please contact the Parish Clerk (tel. 07908 408 025 or email clerk@selborneparishcouncil.gov.uk) for more information and to check if you are eligible to stand (criteria include being over 18 and living in or within 3 miles of the Parish or working in the Parish for the last 12 months).

Also please read the two Casual Vacancy Notices attached below – election can be requested up until Thursday 15th September 2022

Liz Ford, Parish Clerk

Email: clerk@selborneparishcouncil.gov.uk

Telephone: 07908 408 025

Polling Station Review

EHDC are carrying out a review of polling stations  in the Parliamentary Constituency of East Hampshire and Meon Valley (EHDC Wards).  Comments are invited regarding those stations currently used and/or any suggested alternatives.   Please complete the survey below by Wednesday 31st August 2022.  

 

SURVEY – https://yourcouncil.welcomesyourfeedback.net/Elections or Scan QR code on notice attached for survey

also a webpage has been setup https://www.easthants.gov.uk/polling-districts-and-polling-places-review

 

A32 ROAD CLOSURE FOR 15 WEEKS FROM 27 JUNE

The A32 will be closed for 15 weeks from 27 June to allow for essential flood management work to be carried out by Hampshire County Council on a 5km stretch from Farringdon going south.  The road will be physically closed at the start of the works section so the villages of East Tisted, Newton Valance, Chawton and the majority of Farringdon will still be accessible.  The closed section, the so-called ‘Red Zone’, at Farringdon will be manned and accompanied so that specific local vehicle movements can take place, ie to the industrial areas.  Traffic will be diverted away from the A32 at the Chawton roundabout in the north and the Meon crossroads in the south.  Local Parish Councils have not been consulted on this issue and are concerned  particularly due to the great length of the official diversion – lanes which are unsuitable for any increase in the volume of traffic, and certainly any increase in the size of vehicles, ie HGVs etc, are at risk of being used by a significant proportion of the diverted traffic.  Representatives from East Tisted, Newton Valance, Farringdon and Selborne Parish Councils met with officers from the County Council to raise our concerns about the lack of notice and lack of consultation.  Various options were discussed and it has been agreed that proposed signage at the diversion points at the Meon crossroads and at the Chawton roundabout, and at each end of identified lanes of concern between East Tisted, Newton Valance, Farringdon, and east to the B3006 and Selborne, and west of Farringdon, ie Brightstone Lane, will be strongly worded for local access only and stating that the lanes are not suitable for heavy vehicles.  Due to the number of accidents in normal circumstances, as a matter of urgency a temporary 40mph speed limit was requested to be put into force on B3006 between Selborne and Alton.  Any problems will be monitored and Parish Council representatives have a direct contact at the Council to feed these into.