Community News and Information

Lindford completed its Village Appraisal in March 2002, and the Parish Council decided that we should build on this to produce a Parish Plan, setting out priorities for the village

On this page you can view:

 

·        Useful telephone numbers and local information

·        Lindford and environs community events

·        Local news

·        Whitehill/Bordon regeneration

·        Police and crime information

 

LINDFORD AND ENVIRONS COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

Healthy town

(Posted 05.09.18) EHDC has issued a statement about Whitehill and Bordon striving to be the healthiest new town.

 

Flying drones

(Posted 03.09.18) When flying drones in public places, please note that there is a drone code.

 

Walk Alton

(Posted 14.08.18) Alton and its surrounding countryside provides lots of wonderful opportunities for walking. Walk Alton is a group of local volunteers working to develop walking activities in the Alton area. The group wants to encourage walking both for recreation and to support local initiatives to improve people’s health and well-being. The development of walking facilities will benefit both local people and visitors. Walk Alton is developing a website to highlight the many benefits of walking. It will be signposting the many beautiful short and medium distance walks the area offers, along with the longer distance trails like the Hangers Way, the Writers’ Way and St Swithun’s Way, as well as introducing the various walking clubs and initiatives that exist, including the highly popular month long Alton walking festival.

Walk Alton is seeking to regain Alton’s accreditation as a Walkers are Welcome destination https://walkersarewelcome.org.uk/walkers-are-welcome-and-who-we-are/. Affiliation to this nationwide network of towns and villages will give wider publicity to Alton as a walking destination and help to demonstrate that Alton is a walk-friendly town. It will also help promote tourism and bring new footfall to Alton and the surrounding area. 

Helen Dudley is secretary and treasurer of Walk Alton. Her contact details are: helendudley78@sky.com, tel 07887-744959].

 

Heathlands walking festival

(Posted 14.08.18) The Heathlands Reunited Team of the South Downs National Park Authority is running a walking festival, 18-24 August, on many heathland sites including Headley down, Woolbeding and Liss.

 

Beehive newsletter

(Posted 12.10.17) Beehive, the pre-school group at the Village Hall, has produced a newsletter.

 

Surgery signposting

(Posted 20.09.17)  Surgery Signposting volunteers link local people with support services offered by local community groups. The aim is to connect you to the information and support you need to live an active, happy and healthy lifestyle. See poster for further details.

 

Deadwater Valley Trust

(Posted 14.06.18) The Deadwater Valley Trust (DVT) has a monthly dog walking group and a monthly working party in Hogmoor Inclosure on the third Saturday of each month.

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

Keep warm this winter

Posted 05.11.18) Residents of Whitehill & Bordon and Lindford can keep warm this winter with the latest energy-saving improvements thanks to an interest-free loan from East Hampshire District Council. The Council has government funds ready for those looking to install home energy improvements such as insulation, a new boiler, double or triple glazed windows or solar panels. The loan scheme, called Cosy, is available for home improvement works that minimise energy use and reduce carbon emissions - and residents can apply for any amount up to £7,000. Making your home energy-efficient can help save a lot of money. According to www.energysavingtrust.org.uk, if you are living in a semi-detached house, replacing an old boiler can save you up to £200 a year in heating bills, while heating bills can also be reduced by up to £245 a year with solid wall insulation and £145 a year with cavity wall insulation. Visit the Energy Saving Trust’s website to see how much you could save! Cllr Ferris Cowper, Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “The Cosy loan is fantastic. It allows residents to get a rare interest-free loan that will help them live more comfortably and save money in the future. It’s quick and easy to apply for and will be installed in your home within six months! So, what’s stopping you? Don’t leave it too late!” If you are a resident or private landlord in Whitehill & Bordon or Lindford and are interested in the scheme, visit www.easthants.gov.uk/cosy-east-hampshire and register your interest quickly using the registration form as the loans are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Alternatively, you can call the Cosy team on 01730 234 317.

 

River Wey Trust

(Posted 28.06 18) The River Wey Trust has produced its latest newsletter.

 

HCC consultation

(Posted 25.06.18) As part of its agreed Transformation to 2019 programme Hampshire County Council has launched a public consultation in relation to street lighting, supported passenger transport services and the concessionary travel scheme. The consultation closes at midnight on 5 August 2018. The questionnaire can either be completed on line or is available for download on the consultation website https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/haveyoursay/consultations/publictransportandstreetlighting along with other supporting information.  

 

Community First

(Posted 06.03.18) Community First East Hampshire exists to strengthen the voluntary sector in the district by offering training, general organisational support and help with volunteer recruitment and management. The latest newsletter contains lots of interesting information and news for groups involved in the local community in East Hampshire. It contains links to some very useful websites. Community First has also produced a newsletter of community news in the Whitehill and Bordon area.

On Monday 10th September, over 15 organisations will be at Community First’s Positive Living event to raise awareness of the support available in and around our local area. Support organisations such as Mind, Richmond Fellowship, Off the Record, Chrysalis, Citizens Advice and more will be attending to chat with the public about the importance of mental health awareness.

 

PPG newsletter

(Posted 07.07.18) The October newsletter of the Patient Participation Group of Badgerswood and Forest Surgeries is now available.

 

Woodland Trust newsletter

(Posted 08.10.18) The Woodland Trust has produced an Autumn newsletter.

 

WHITEHILL BORDON REGENERATION

 

Funding for walkways and cycle routes

(Posted 11.10.18) More than £3m worth of walkways and cycle routes are on their way to Whitehill & Bordon after East Hampshire District Council secured funding for the project from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership. The routes, called the ‘Green Grid’ and ‘Green Loop’, connect the town’s green spaces and new developments, including the new town centre and secondary school. EHDC will be using the money as part of its Green Town vision to make Whitehill & Bordon a green, healthy and connected town. The network aims to reduce car journeys and encourage people to walk or cycle. This is part of a wider strategy to make it easier to move around the town and to improve public transport. As part of this work, improvements will be made on Budds Lane to improve walking and cycling routes to the new school and town centre and pedestrian and cyclist crossings will be built across the A325.

Cllr Ferris Cowper, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this money which will be used to make vast improvements to the town.“It’s extremely important to us that people can get around the town by foot or by bike, so this money will allow us to put the infrastructure in place to make this easy to do. A lot of hard work goes into making this town as green and sustainable as possible and I’m very excited to see even more results!.

Although this bid is to improve the walking and cycling routes, EHDC’s commitment to making the town green, healthy and connected doesn’t stop there. The council has also worked closely with housing developers to raise environmental standards in all the new homes built in Whitehill & Bordon. The houses, particularly on Radian’s development Quebec Park, are being built to high quality and environmental performance, which means they are energy-efficient and will provide long-term savings for residents. In fact, Radian has been shortlisted for a national award for Sustainable New Build Project of the Year by SHIFT(Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow) which is an assessment and accreditation scheme that demonstrates organisations are delivering against challenging environmental targets. A range of renewable technologies, which use natural resources such as sunlight and heat to create energy, are being installed across the town, particularly solar panels in the new developments.

EHDC has also ensured that more than £800,000 has been used towards energy-efficiency measures in existing homes. EHDC also offers an interest free loan, called COSY, to residents of Whitehill & Bordon and Lindford. COSY loans can be used towards energy-saving home improvements, such as insulation, a new boiler, double or triple glazing windows or solar panels. For more information visit:

Hogmoor and Bordon Inclosures provide the town with 79 hectares of much-needed green, open space for people of all ages to enjoy and wildlife to flourish. Both have been improved over the past couple of years as part of the town’s green vision. The Hogmoor Inclosure now has a natural play area for children made from natural materials such as logs and mounds and the Bordon Inclosure has seen a number of enhancements designed by the Community Arts Project, led by the Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, making the space more attractive and accessible.

Dave Axam, Chairman of Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I am delighted that the LEP is continuing to support growth in Whitehill & Bordon, building on maximising the benefits from our investment in the relief road. This project is the next stage in providing infrastructure and supporting access to new development sites in the town. It is a key component in the transformation of the area into a more attractive investment proposition for businesses, supported by a more reliable local transport network. Overall our investment will help bring forward the delivery of 3,350 new homes, approximately 63,000sq m of new employment, commercial and community floor space and create up to 5,500 jobs as part of the redevelopment of Whitehill & Bordon into a thriving new Green Town.”

Cllr Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “The county council fully supports Whitehill & Bordon’s regeneration into a green and healthy town. The new relief road provides the ideal opportunity to take a fresh look at how people get around and how best to integrate new developments and facilities. We’re currently working on proposals for a collection of transport schemes planned to be put in place over the coming years, once the relief road becomes the main route for through traffic, including improvements for pedestrians and cyclists, and this funding is a welcome boost in connecting sustainable travel routes around the town.”

Whitehill and Bordon Communtiy Trust

(Posted 09.08.18) We, The Whitehill & Bordon Community Trust would like to invite you to our ‘Meet the Trust’ evening on the 15 August, 6pm – 8pm, at the Mustangs Building on Budds Lane. The Community Trust was set up as part of the regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon and we are working in partnership with residents, local authorities and community organisations to enhance the growing community. Our aims are to create and manage events and places for people that support active, healthy and social lifestyles promoting pride of place. We do this by bringing people together to set the community’s vision for our town and through working in partnership with the Town and District Councils and the developers of the regeneration programme.

We would very much like your input as a local resident/organisation to shape ideas for what you might like to see from the Community Trust.  At this meeting we are focusing in particular on the Mustangs Building. The Community Trust is currently based at this site, which was formally the Corporal’s Mess, and we are looking at the possibility of transforming it into a community hub for local residents, as the new town centre and schools are developed in the immediate area. We would like to share with you some of the ideas we have for the site and receive your feedback on these plans. Refreshments and nibbles will be provided! Parking is available in the Garrison Pool car park next door.

Please let Holly Winfield (Events and Marketing Coordinator) know if you are able attend or if you have any questions on h.winfield@wbcommunitytrust.co.uk, 07976 703 406 or 01420 558085.

 

POLICE AND CRIME INFORMATION

 

Theft from vehicles

(Posted 24.08.18) Longmoor Neighbourhood Policing Team has received seven reports of theft from vehicles in Bordon and Lindford. These incidents occurred overnight between 18th August 2018 and 21st August 2018. Entry was gained to vehicles from which electrical and personal items were taken. The team would like to take this opportunity to remind residents of the following advice to prevent this crime from happening and to keep your property safe.

·        When leaving your car, close all windows and lock your car.

·        Upon locking your vehicle try your car door to ensure it is actually locked.

·        Park your car in an attended car park.

·        Look for public car parks approved by the Park Mark scheme.

·        When parking at home, use your garage. If you don't have a garage, park in a well-lit area.

·        Don't leave anything on display in your vehicle.

·        Take all your personal possessions with you.

·        Remove sat nav holders and visible sat nav ring marks from windscreens.

·        Leave the glove box open to show there is nothing inside.

·        Fit an alarm or immobiliser to your car.

·        Record the details of your property on the Immobilise website.

·        Do not store your car's documents in the car.

·        Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts.

·        More information about alarms can be found on the Thatcham and Sold Secure websites.

 For further crime prevention advice, please visit our website: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/.

 

Help needed with survey

(Posted 16.08.18) Your local Longmoor Neighbourhood Policing Team needs your help in setting the Local Community Policing Priorities for your area for the next 4 months. In order to ensure that we are working effectively in the community, we need you to tell us what issues are affecting you the most. Our aim is to reduce Anti-Social Behaviour and crime and increase confidence in the Police; as well as to make your neighbourhood a safer place to live and work. We will give you information that indicates where the demand for Police resources is located. All we ask is that you spare 5 minutes to complete this survey to give us a clear understanding of the issues that matter to you. We will use these results along with Police and partner agency data to set our priorities for the next four months.

 

NFU and Crimestoppers initiative

(Posted 08.08.18) The National Farmers' Union has launched a new service for farmers and the public to give information anonymously about rural crime, in partnership with the charity Crimestoppers. For more details: https://www.nfuonline.com/news/latest-news/nfu-and-crimestoppers-launch-new-rural-crime-reporting-line/.

 

Rogue traders 

(Posted 07.08.18) Darryl Hook (PCSO, East Hampshire District) has sent this message:

Rogue traders are people pretending to be builders or ‘qualified’ trades men or women needing to do 'urgent' repairs or sales people offering bargain products.

Things to be aware of:

·        They often pressurise householders to make quick decisions to have work done, pay in advance for materials or do poor work at highly inflated prices.

·        They will often cold call on vulnerable households and deliberately overcharge for unsatisfactory goods and services. This can include charging for unnecessary work, damaging property deliberately in order to obtain money, leaving work unfinished and intimidating householders.

·        Victims of this practice are often vulnerable or elderly and in the most serious cases, offenders will return to the same victim again and again until their savings are exhausted.

Police work jointly with local authority trading standards officers and other agencies to target offenders who prey on vulnerable members of the community in this way.

The following advice will help tackling doorstep rogue traders:

·        Close and lock your back door before answering the front door.

·        Use a spy hole, chain or window to have a look at the caller before answering the door. If you do not recognise them speak through the closed and locked door.

·        Never buy goods and services from people calling unexpectedly or unannounced at your door.

·        If the caller is selling something or offering work on your house or garden tell them that you are not interested and ask them to leave.

·        If they do not leave tell them you will call the police.

·        Always ask for proof of identity. Take it from the person (through the letterbox) and read it carefully.

·        Phone the company or organisation the caller claims to be from (use the number in the phone book) to confirm their identity.

·        If you have any doubt – keep them out.

Remember it's your home. Don't be afraid to say ‘No’ and report anything suspicious to the police.

If you do need to employ a tradesman, please remember these useful tips:

·        Take advice from family, friends or reputable traders to check if the work really needs doing.

·        Avoid any cold callers that may turn up or ring unexpectedly or unannounced offering to carry out repairs.

·        Only use reputable workmen recommended by family and friends, or those who have worked satisfactorily for you before. Consider contacting your local Trading Standards who may run a registered traders scheme for advice on choosing a tradesperson. Advice and information is also available on the Citizens Advice website.

·        If you do decide the work needs doing, always obtain at least 3 quotes and make sure the quote you accept is in writing.

·        Ask traders to provide you with written contact details and ask about insurance backed guarantees.

·        Ask for details of previous satisfied customers and contact them. Go and see the work for yourself if you can.

·        Consumer law allows you a seven day cooling-off period so you can change your mind about any service offered by someone who arrives uninvited or by appointment.

·        Keep back part of the cost until the repair job has been satisfactorily completed. This will provide an incentive for the trader to complete the job or put right any problems.

·        Report any unscrupulous traders either to police or Citizens Advice.

Look out for your neighbours. Friends, neighbours and people who have regular contact with older and vulnerable people can help them to make their lives more secure. Research shows that fewer distraction burglaries are committed in areas where there is a supportive community.

You can help by:

·        Keeping an eye on people calling in the area or acting suspiciously.

·        Noting the registration numbers of vehicles parked in your area for a period of time.

·        Calling on vulnerable people regularly. If it is not too much trouble, help them keep their front garden tidy and find reliable tradespeople for any maintenance work that really does need to be undertaken.

·        Inform the police to provide information about suspicious people, activity or vehicles, however insignificant it may seem. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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