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News Bulletin: November 2008

The new Elizabeth Hall will be formally opened by H.R.H. The Earl of Wessex on Thursday 27th November. His Royal Highness has three engagements in North Hampshire on that day so, inevitably, his visit will be restricted to under an hour. For reasons of space and security the number of people we are able to invite is limited. Invitations will be sent out shortly to those who have been heavily involved in the project, the running of both the old and new halls, to regular hall users and representatives of the Community. H.R.H. will tour the building and be very briefly entertained by the Hook Players, Scottish dancers and the Hook Eagle Morris Men before unveiling a plaque and declaring the hall open. We would appreciate the help of a number of volunteer Marshals to ensure that only those with invitations can enter the building. All Car Parking during the visit will need to be restricted to pass-holders. People with previous experience as, say, Fun Run or Fireshow Marshals would be particularly welcome and will join the other guests for light refreshments after the formal opening. Please ring the Parish Council Office if you would like to help.

A Planning Application has been made for a motorcross track at Trimmers Farm in Totters Lane. The site is a few meters inside Winchfield and Winchfield Parish Council are therefore taking the lead in opposing the proposal with our help and support. Although the concept of a track on which teenagers can ride, away from main roads, has some attractions there are existing tracks elsewhere. The land is in very open countryside and comments from residents focus on the noise and dirt that the activity would produce, possible pollution of the Whitewater as a result of run off from the site and traffic. Totters Lane is only 1.6 metres wide and neither the lane nor the junction with the busy A30 were designed for the volume of use that a motocross circuit could attract.

We have had very positive response from both residents and retailers to the concept of a pilot scheme to recycle domestic batteries as mentioned in October Focus and the pilot is now underway. Collection points are at Trees, Londis, Texaco, Hook Surgery, Junior and Infants Schools, Robert May’s, the Parish Council and Tesco. The batteries will then be transferred via the Parish Council Office to Wastecare, which is a hazardous waste specialist. The UK’s current recycling rate for domestic batteries is just 2.8% which needs to be increased to 25% by 2012.

The HSPA Fireshow and Firework Spectacular will be on Saturday 8th November. Hartlett’s Park, which is the fall-out area, will be closed as usual for 24 hours from 12 noon on that day. Please remove all cars from the Parish Council Car Park outside the Community Centre by 4pm.

The Holt Park development was completed at the end of 2007. However all the key roads, drains and street lights are still the property of Taylor Wimpey. Hampshire County Council will take them over once they are of “adoptable standard” but not earlier, as to take them over now would pass the cost of resolving outstanding matters to Council Tax payers. A number of street lights do not work and some of the drains are clogged or blocked by builders’ rubble. We understand that a programme of work that needs to be done on the road issues has been agreed between Highways and Taylor Wimpey and that their contractor is preparing prices for approval. It is likely that the whole drainage system will need to be jet washed. The lighting system will be carefully checked given that a number of the lights have never been serviceable. We will keep in touch with progress.

The usual short service at the War Memorial will take place at 9am on Remembrance Sunday 9th November. All are welcome to attend and to lay a wreath or place a cross if they wish.

Antony Hunter – Parish Councillor