Due to popular demand, Petersfield Climate Action Network’s ‘A Fruit Tree In Every Garden’ initiative is back!
Over the last two winters PeCAN has distributed 380 fruit trees for gardens around Petersfield. With your help, this year we aim to plant 400 new trees across East Hampshire! Working in partnership with ACAN, LipCAN and residents in Rowlands Castle, there will be three new pick-up points added so the whole of the district can benefit from the subsided trees. You will be able to choose to pick up your tree from Petersfield, Alton, Liphook or Rowlands Castle.
Help create a Local Plan that tackles tough issues
You can soon take part in a Local Plan consultation that can help shape the future of your community.
The consultation kicks off on Monday 21 November and will run for eight weeks until Friday 16 January.
Sign up to take part - www.easthants.gov.uk/lp-consultation
The Local Plan sets out how we will deliver homes, jobs and services to the parts of East Hampshire outside the South Downs National Park over the next two decades.
In this consultation we will be asking tough questions on important issues such as the climate emergency and population change - and we need to know your views.
For the first time we are using a new online platform that will make it easier than ever to get involved.
You will be able to browse the various issues and priorities covered by the consultation and leave your comments quickly and easily.
The Local Plan is a vital document that will affect how the district grows over the next 20 years, so please get involved. We can’t do it without you.
You can sign up now to make sure you’re ready to go when the consultation goes live.
We are also running three drop-in events for those who prefer to talk things through face-to-face.
Alton Assembly Rooms, Wednesday 7 December, 3.30-6.30pm
Forest Community Centre, Whitehill & Bordon, Thursday 8 December, 3.30-6.30pm
Merchistoun Hall, Horndean, Monday 12 December, 3.30-6.30pm
Works in Church Street update
We have been informed that the road will be open again as of this Friday (18th November) at the latest. Sadly this does not mean that the work will all be finished by then.
The workmen have come across two problems both of which they think can be overcome but the next phase of work will not be starting until the New Year.
We are very conscious of the fact that the residents of Church Street have had a pretty miserable time recently and that all those living in Workhouse Lane and The Cross have suffered from all the traffic along their roads. We are aware of the dreadful damage to the grass verges, kerbs and manhole covers in Workhouse Lane and are constantly reporting this to Hampshire County Council Highways Dept. At some point all the damage will have to be made good. Potential damage to the two old bridges on Workhouse Lane and The Cross will also have to be addressed.
In the meantime please would everyone report the damage to HCC Highways on https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance with photos where possible.
BOATS in our Area
A notice was published in The Petersfield Post on Wednesday 5th October advertising a meeting to be held by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) on Thursday 20th October to discuss BOATS (Byways Open to All Traffic). Parish Councils have already given their views to SDNPA, but the article in The Post asked local residents to express their own views and comments. The agenda has just been confirmed.
This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to write to the SDNPA Chairman, Vanessa Rowlands, to comment on the condition of our local BOATS, the damage caused by motor bikes and motorised vehicles, and the danger caused to walkers, riders and cyclists by sharing the BOATS with motorised vehicles. Please make your views known to:-
Midhurst, West Sussex. GU29 9 DH.
Please copy emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a one time opportunity not to be missed. A few minutes of your time to write could make a huge difference.
East Meon Parish Council
EHDC Bin Update
Household glass collections begin again on 3 October
Our service provider, Norse South East (NSE), has confirmed that they are able to reinstate household glass collections from next Monday (3 October).
Ahead of the service restarting on Monday, crews have been out clearing excess glass from bottle bank sites around the district.
The reinstatement of services is the result of a successful recruitment drive over the last two months, supported by EHDC. NSE now has enough directly employed drivers and loaders to reduce its reliance on agency staff and provide a more resilient service.
The service will be reintroduced following existing glass collection patterns. If you don’t have your calendar, please check our website.
Where possible, crews will take any excess glass on the first collection, provided it is in a suitable container to be carried and emptied into the vehicle.
Additional temporary bottle banks have been installed around the district which will remain in place while the service catches up. These can be found on our online map.
We are sorry for the disruption to the service and thank you for your patience during the suspension.
CRIME IN EAST MEON - New Date 10th October 2022
A TALK BY OUR POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER PCSO ALMEERA TOOGOOD ON HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO REDUCE CRIME IN EAST MEON.
THERE WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY OR YOU TO PUT QUESTIONS TO ALMEERA.
MONDAY 10TH OCTOBER 6.00PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING STARTING AT 7.00PM
A MOMENT OF REFLECTION ON THE EVE OF THE FUNERAL OF HER LATE MAJESTY
QUEEN ELIZABETH II
THROUGHOUT THE UNITED KINGDOM COMMUNITIES WILL BE HOLDING A ONE MINUTE
SILENCE ON SUNDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER AT 8.00PM.
YOU ARE INVITED TO GATHER AT THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.50PM SO THAT THE VILLAGE
CAN JOIN TOGETHER FOR A MINUTE OF SILENCE FOR REFLECTION
ON MONDAY, 19TH SEPTEMBER THE FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE BROADCAST AT ALL
SAINTS’ CHURCH ON A LARGE SCREEN. COFFEE WILL BE SERVED AT 10.30 PRIOR TO
THE SERVICE COMMENCING AT 11.00
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
In line with Government Guidance the Union Flags on Washers Triangle and outside the Church will today at 11.00am be raised to full mast at the time of The Proclamation of The New King. They will stay at full mast until 13.00 tomorrow (Sunday) when they will be lowered to half mast and will remain at half mast until the conclusion of the funeral service.
There is a Book of Condolences in All Saints’ Church which all residents and visitors are encouraged to sign. On Friday 17th September this will be taken to the Village Hall where it will remain from 8.30am -12.30pm for those who prefer to sign it there. It will then be returned to the Church.
Queen Elizabeth II
21 April 1926 - 08 September 2022
East Meon Parish Council is deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As the UK’s longest serving monarch Her Majesty has been an inspiration to us all throughout her reign and will be greatly missed.
CRIME IN EAST MEON - TO BE RESCHEDULED
A TALK BY OUR POLICE COMMUNITY
SUPPORT OFFICER PCSO ALMEERA
TOOGOOD ON HOW WE CAN WORK
TOGETHER TO REDUCE CRIME IN EAST MEON.
THERE WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR
YOU TO PUT QUESTIONS TO ALMEERA.
Land at Westbury
At the request of our District Councillor we attach an update about the unlicenced constructions behind Westbury House.
As many of you are aware land behind Westbury House is being sub-divided, sold off in individual plots and being advertised as amenity land with potential development opportunities. Some plots have already been built on.
Having visited the site EHDC has come to the conclusion that injunctive action would be the best route forward to protect this SDNP land from further development following additional plot sales. Accordingly EHDC Enforcement Department is applying to The High Court to apply for an injunction to restrict development under s 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
EHDC - Bin Collection Update
We're doing everything we can to make things better - but in the meantime please don't put your glass out for collection
As you're probably aware there are national driver shortages and we are also suffering because of this - our contractor Norse SE doesn’t have enough crew to collect waste, recycling, garden waste and kerbside glass.
We are therefore prioritising waste, recycling and garden waste - which means that kerbside glass collection won’t be collected for at least a month. We will review the situation in a month and we are hoping that by then drivers and crew will have been recruited and we can reinstate this service.
In the meantime, we are desperately trying to help Norse SE recruit drivers and crew.
If you know anyone who would be interested in the driver and crew jobs at Norse SE then please see these links:
What you should do with your glass bottles?
Glass will not be collected from the kerbside for at least the next month. Instead, available crews will concentrate on our bottle banks. We are monitoring these closely and liaising with Norse to ensure they are emptied as quickly as possible. We recently removed some old bottle banks from various locations. This decision is being temporarily reversed and eight of the old banks will be returned to key locations. Council officers will regularly check bottle bank sites to ensure they are emptied, the sites are kept tidy and any risks are removed.
For more details and to read a statement from Cllr Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, and Gill Kneller, EHDC's Chief Executive, please click here https://www.easthants.gov.uk/news/statement-about-waste-collections-august-2022
Use this map to find the closest place to take your glass
We're doing everything we can to help you while we've temporarily suspended our kerbside glass collection service - so please use this interactive map to find where to take your glass.
For more information about why we've suspended this service for approximately a month please click on these links:
Thank you for your patience, we really appreciate it.
Information on the new homes to be built south of Coombe Road.
In line with our Neighbourhood Plan, the developer has agreed to market the 6 open-market properties to people with a connection to East Meon (have lived or worked in the Parish in the last 2 years or have a close relative who has done so) as soon as information is available. The houses will be a mix of 2 & 3 bedrooms, detached and semi-detached and are currently planned to be completed in summer 2023.
To register your interest, please email email@example.com.
You will then be on the list to receive prices & sales details when they become available and prior to the properties coming to market. Availability of the 6 affordable homes on the site (a mix of shared ownership and affordable rent) will be administered via Hampshire Home Choice. If you have any questions, please contact Cllr Steve Ridgeon firstname.lastname@example.org
Disability Access Survey for East Meon
A Disability Access Survey is currently being prepared for the village by Sue Williams.
Sue along with the Parish Council welcomes any input from residents.
For example if you feel there should be a dropped kerb somewhere or a more accessible gate on Parish Council land please do let let us know.
The swings at the Village Hall play area are currently out of action
following an annual survey by RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents).
Unfortunately they were found to be unsafe due to the top beam showing early signs of rot, this is being looked into and will be replaced ASAP. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Hampshire County Council is seeking the views of residents about 20 mph limits within Hampshire.
The County Council is keen to hear from as many residents, businesses and other stakeholders as possible, to find out their views on the implementation of 20mph limits in the context of other highways priorities and the County Council's statutory duties to maintain the highway in a safe condition within a limited budget.
The findings from the survey, together with data about use of the highway, speed enforcement, road safety and environmental impacts will be important in helping to shape future policy relating to 20mph speed limits in Hampshire and, in turn, future decision-making around 20mph speed limits.
The survey is available at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/20mph-speed-limits-consultation and should take just 15 minutes to complete.
It is open until midnight on Monday 12 September 2022.
Polling station review
Local political parties and Councillors will be consulted, and views are invited from electors within the Parliamentary Constituency of East Hampshire and Meon Valley (EHDC Wards) as well as such persons who may have particular expertise in relation to access to premises or facilities for persons who have different forms of disability.
Local community groups will also be consulted.
The consultation period for the review will commence on the Friday 1st July 2022 and end on 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
01730 234350 / email@example.com
East Hampshire District Council,
Update on the development of 12 dwellings on the Neighbourhood Plan allocated site, South of Coombe Rd
· Plans are in place to start works in the coming weeks.
· For marketing and development purposes, the site will be known as Penny Mile. The actual names of the 2 groups of the dwellings will be determined at a later date.
· A proposal for the landscaping of the site has been submitted by the developer to the South Downs National Park Authority and can be viewed here:
Cllr Steve Ridgeon
Chair – EMPC Planning Committee
EAST HAMPSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL
(EAST MEON: THE HYDE) (TEMPORARY CLOSURE) ORDER 2022
NOTICE is hereby given that not less than seven days from the date of this notice, East
Hampshire District Council pursuant to an arrangement entered into under Section 19 of
the Local Government Act 2000, with the Council of the County of Hampshire, intend to
make an Order under Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of
which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding along a length of The Hyde, East
Meon, from its junction with Church Street, for a distance of approximately 200 metres.
Pedestrian access and vehicular access to affected properties will be maintained.
The Order is necessary to facilitate works on behalf of Openreach to the overhead network.
The alternative route for vehicles will be via West Meon Road, A32, A272, East Meon Road,
The Hyde and vice versa.
It is expected that the works will last for approximately 6 months or until the works are
completed, whichever is the sooner starting on or after the 30 May 2022.
Not withstanding the above, it is expected that the closure will be required for 1 day,
between the hours of 9.30am and 3.30pm.
For any queries about the works taking place please call Sunbelt Rentals on 03700500792.
Dated this thirteenth day of May 2022.
East Hampshire District Council
Petersfield GU31 4EX
Neighbourhood Development Plan Site – South of Coombe Road
On 2nd December 2021, an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities upheld an appeal by Southcott Homes (Fareham) Ltd against the decision of South Downs National Park Authority who refused the application Ref SDNP/19/06024/FUL, dated 13 December 2019, by notice dated 16 April 2021. The application is for 12 new dwellings comprising 2 detached 2 storey houses, 6 detached two-storey houses, 1 two-storey building comprising 4 flats, detached car barns, 2 new accesses from Coombe Road, new footpath, an attenuation pond, swales and 5 metre landscape buffer on southern boundary.
This means that, subject to a number of conditions, the applicant can start developing the site.
To see the Inspector’s full report and a list of the conditions covering the development, go to:
Neighbourhood Plan Site - South of Coombe Road
A revised application for new dwellings on the site allocated for development in the East Meon Neighbourhood Development Plan has been submitted and is on the SDNPA portal here: https://planningpublicaccess.southdowns.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=QWJ9CXTUK2C00&activeTab=summary
Comments from residents are encouraged and can be submitted through the SDNPA portal. The deadline for comments is 15th September.
Neighbourhood Plan Site
New plans have been proposed for the dwellings on land south of Coombe Road, one of our Neighbourhood Plan sites. To view these plans, and to comment, please go to:
https://planningpublicaccess.southdowns.gov.uk/online-applications/ and search for reference number SDNP/19/06024/FUL
Hampshire County Council Automated Traffic Survey:
From 2nd - 8th October, Hampshire County Council installed equipment at 3 entry points to the village to measure the number and speed of vehicles entering and leaving East Meon over that period. Please click on https://www.eastmeonpc.org.uk/community/east-meon-parish-council-15063/speed-restriction-signs/ for an analysis of the data collected by the equipment. If you've any questions, please contact Cllr Steven Ridgeon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Next steps will be to use this information, and many other inputs, to work with Hampshire County Council on initiatives to reduce vehicle speeds in our village. This will be co-ordinated by Cllr Tom Tyrwhitt-Drake (email@example.com).
Parish Council response to Government White Paper: Planning for the Future.
To view the Parish Council's response please visit https://www.eastmeonpc.org.uk/community/east-meon-parish-council-15063/planning-news/
The Parish Council has now submitted its response to the planning application for the Neighbourhood Plan south of Coombe Road. You can read it on the SDNPA Planning Portal or under the Planning/Neighbourhood Plan tab on this website.
Welcome to East Meon Parish Council. The historic parish of East Meon is located six miles to the west of Petersfield, Hampshire. It lies in a wide valley, bounded on its southern and eastern sides by the South Downs. The River Meon rises from a source to the south of the village and then flows through the village centre.
East Meon was an important Minster and Hundred in Saxon times. Both before and after the Norman Conquest it was a Manor of the Bishops of Winchester, who built the magnificent parish church of All Saints and the mediaeval manor house, The Court House. The village contains a number of ancient hall houses. It was chosen to be the ‘Domesday Village’ in 1986.
East Meon Parish Council hold 6 meetings a year which take place in the Church Hall at 6.30pm. All Parishioners are welcome to attend and the agenda for each meeting is available on the website and also on the village noticeboard. In addition to the regular meetings, the Annual Parish Assembly will take place in April.
For any information about events and news within our village and local services and businesses, please visit our community and parish magazine website meonmatters.com
For any information about planned roadworks in the Parish, please visit www.roadworks.org
For any information about the Parish Council, please contact the Parish Clerk - firstname.lastname@example.org