More than the necessary ten residents have requested that a by-election be held to fill the vacancy on the Parish Council created by the resignation of Michael Clark. Nominations must be submitted to Hart District Council by 11th January 2002 and, if the election is contested, polling day will be on Thursday 7th February. We hope that a number of people will stand so as to give villagers a choice of candidates. If you would like to know more about the role of being a Parish Councillor do please give one of us a ring. Nomination forms can be obtained from Hart on 01252 622122 ext 4557 or by ringing David Ridley on 768573 or Anne Atkins on 768687.
So far two sections of footpath have been identified as needing repair. One is behind Goose Green where the surface is uneven and two narrow bridges are in poor condition. The other, which is a favourite of dog walkers, is north of Mead Hatchgate where the path crossing the stream has become extremely muddy. Hampshire Highways will provide the materials for the work but have asked us to raise half a dozen volunteers to do the work. If you would like to help please ring Anne Atkins on 768687
We recently had an informal meeting with Barratt Homes who are about to apply for Planning Permission to construct a mix of 25 flats and 35 townhouses on the Old Foundry site. Current intentions are that the flats will be on the London Road frontage and the majority of the houses, constructed in terraced form, grouped round a central courtyard. Barratts have offered to attend a public meeting once the application has gone in so as to give villagers a chance to look at the plans and ask them questions. This is likely to take place between mid January and mid February so please keep an eye on the notice boards in Grand Parade, on the footpath from the A30 to the schools, and outside the Community Hall for the date and time.
October Focus mentioned an application to demolish Pinecroft and Hazelcroft in Station Road and build twelve townhouses on the site. Following objections from a number of residents and the Parish Council, Hart suggested to the developer that he change the plans so as to apply for smaller and lower dwellings but he has declined to make any significant changes. Hart’s Development Control Committee will consider the application in late December and our District Councillor Fergus Kirkham will be proposing that the application is refused.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 16th January 2002 in the Community Hall at 8pm.
Antony Hunter – Parish Councillor