EWPC has a working portal with Openreach to gather names and addresses of households interested in getting Fibre to Premises (FTTP). The project is likely to take over a year, but the quicker we can get the addresses to Openreach, the quicker we can get a cost estimate, and work with Hampshire and their voucher scheme.
If you are interested in getting FTTP, please send an email to the Clerk with your address (incl postcode) and landline number.
Meadowbrook S106 Monies and Community Land Update
Over the last year local project managers from our sports clubs and village halls, have made great progress in agreeing, specifying and gaining approval for projects to be funded by S106 funds from the Meadowbrook (formally Harwood Paddock) housing development.
These are the funds that Bloor Homes had to pay towards improving local infrastructure as part of the agreement to develop the Meadowbrook estate. The specific areas of expenditure were determined by the original S106 contract signed at commencement of the development in 2014. The funds are owned and managed by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) and a formal process of spend approval has had to be followed by our project managers. EWPC has helped the project managers navigate this approval process.
The local project managers must be congratulated for the work they have put in to specify the detail of the projects to enable them to move to the approval stage.
From these funds, £92,828 requested for refurbishment projects for our village halls has been approved by BDBC. The following split of funding has been approved:
£65,000 to East Woodhay Village Hall, project manager Peter Stanley
£27,828 to Woolton Hill Church Hall, project manager John Angle
The refurbishment projects will now commence and we will update you on their progress.
The sports clubs have also made progress on their allocation of £40,895 from the fund and have fully specified projects that are now with BDBC for approval. This will be covered in more detail in the next copy of Spectrum.
On a more disappointing note is the lack of progress on the sign off of the Meadowbrook development. Although the estate has been completed for some time, Bloor Homes have still not completed remedial planting to bring them into compliance with the original landscape plans. Therefore, BDBC have not been able to sign off the development. The lack of sign off of the site continues to delay the handover of the area designated community land to the Parish. BDBC are exploring means of how to put pressure on Bloor Homes to achieve completion and site sign off. At present it is important to note, the site remains owned and maintained by Bloor Homes and its contractors. BDBC and EWPC are not allowed to make changes to the site.