Alresford Local Plan
Following a period of formal consultation which concluded on the 21 February the 270 responses are being analysed and we expect to have a report in June for consideration. The council will need to review the draft with the Needs Groups before it is approved and included in the District report.
WCC are required to submit a draft District Plan Part 2 - currently planned for July 2014, but as consultation is required on the draft, it may mean they will delay its release due to the summer holiday season not being the optimum time for consultation. Therefore it may be September before it is published. You will be able to make comment on the District plan and we will let you know when we receive dates.
The Town Council's formal response to the proposals can be viewed here.
Some concern has been expressed about the provision of a travellers' site between the proposed commercial area and the Solar Panel farm. To clarify the proposal it is for 5-6 pitches, equating to an area of well under an acre within the 70 acre site. Those residents who do have concerns should make their comments to WCC as described above.
Application Forms for this year’s Hanging Baskets will be delivered in the first week of April. If you want a hanging basket and have not received a form please contact us before the 18 April. The cost will be the same as last year £36.
We will be increasing the number of Up-the-Pole planters to include the four lights on Pound Hill. If you would like to sponsor an Up-the-Pole planter at £60 please contact us. The baskets will be hung during the week before the Watercress Festival, which this year is Sunday 18 May. Last year’s display was one of the best and we are hoping for a repeat performance this year especially as we have acquired a new water bowser which should bring more reliability to the watering and feeding.
Traffic through The Soke continues to cause problems and we now understand that installing traffic lights is not HCC’s preferred solution. Their concern is the amount of unregulated traffic movement there would be between the lights with private access roads and car parking outside The Globe.
They are currently undertaking a further study to see what options are available to better control traffic flow.
HCC will update all interested parties on the outcome of the study which was expected in early March but has not yet been received.
Work has now started to renew all of the street lights throughout the town. Heritage style lights will replace existing similar lights in Broad Street and the Churchyard. In addition heritage style lights will replace existing lights in Station Road, Station Approach and Jacklyns Lane Lane (north of the railway bridge).
Clearance of Public Footpaths
We have received numerous complaints in respect of public footpaths being obstructed by over hanging vegetation from resident’s gardens. We would ask, that where properties abut public footpaths residents ensure that it is not blocking pedestrian passageway. It is the responsibility of the householder to ensure that any growth which overhangs a public footpath is cut back regularly to ensure safe passage of pedestrians or passers-by.
Heritage SignageAdditional tourist information signs will be provided in the town ready for the 2014 season. These will be similar to the existing finger signs with embossed 25mm letters on a dark background. The signs are designed to enable visitors to find their way around the Town and Millennium Trail and will be positioned outside the Old Fire Station, at Mill Hill. The Dean, and the lower car park at Perins.
Eel House Footpath FloodingWe are aware that the Eel House footpath often floods after heavy rain. This is due to the difficulty in controlling the flow of water through the Eel House. It takes four men about three hours to manually adjust the flow. New sluices are being installed during 2014 which will make it far easier to control the flow and react after heavy rain. Following the installation of the sluices, repairs and resurfacing of the footpath will be undertaken.
Flooding and Storm damageThe wet and stormy weather has had an impact particularly along the river. We have undertaken emergency clearing and repair work although strictly not our responsibility. There are two significant problems on the river path between The Dean and the Memorial Gardens which we will be working with HCC to rectify. Due to the volume of water flowing down river over the winter the Eel House sluices have been fully opened to control the flow of the river. We are continuing to campaign for HCC to resolve the flooding outside The Cricketers which has been particularly bad this year.
Roads: Potholes arriving everywhere- go to www.fixmystreet.com for the easiest way to report.
Local Bus Consultation
If you wish to make a comment on the local bus consultation please go to this website link. Responses need to be in by 31st May 2014
West Street Improvements
It has now been agreed that Hampshire County Council (HCC) will undertake the work to improve the crossing at Jacklyns Lane and West Street this summer. Details of the improvements can be viewed at the Town Offices, The Co-op, by the Post Office counter, and on the Environment page. The existing junction layout will be kept but crossing points for pedestrians will be installed in Jacklyns Lane and at the bottom of West Street.
The area in front of the Co-op will be pedestrianised with on street parking extended in front of the store.
Once this work has been completed we will be looking at how we can finish the pedestrian improvements on the south side of West Street between the Co-op and Station Road.
New Footpath at Grange Road
We have agreed to the provision of a new footpath across Stratton Bates Recreation ground, adjacent to Grange Road, to provide an alternative to the uneven path on the north side of the road. HCC has agreed in principle that the funding for this should come from developers' highway contributions. We are also looking into the possibility of providing a similar path adjacent to Rosebery Road.
Blocked Gullies in Pound HillThe gullies in Pound Hill flood whenever it rains heavily and we have continually chased HCC to clear the blocked drains in Pound Hill. We are happy to report that this work has now been completed and it is hoped that this will prevent flooding in this area. Please report any blocked gullies to the office and we will follow this up with HCC.
Dog Waste Bins
It is now possible for dog waste to be disposed of in normal waste bins and during the course of 2014 the dedicated dog waste bins will be phased out. Advisory signs will be posted on ordinary waste bins and additional waste bins will be provided when the red bins are removed. This should bring a considerable saving to the Council and hopefully prevent dog owners hanging unwanted plastic bags in hedges.