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

 

Road surface repairs

(Posted 27.02.20) Road surface repairs are programmed to take place on the B3002 Lindford Road and the B3004 Liphook Road, from the Junction with Farnham Road to the Junction with Mill Lane. These repairs are being undertaken in preparation for a proposed surface treatment. If undertaken, this treatment will be carried out during the warmer months of 2020. The surface repairs will be carried out overnight from 20:00 to 06:00hrs in localised areas under road closures. Access for residents and businesses will be maintained wherever possible. However, vehicular movement will be restricted. Naturally, none of this applies to emergency vehicles and pedestrian access will always be available.

The works are due to start on the night of Wednesday 4 March 2020 and will take 2 nights to complete. Work that is not completed in one night will be completed the next night and the road will be re-opened to traffic during daytime hours as usual. Notification will be provided via signage on site and a letter to local residents. The letter explains the nature of the works and the restrictions necessary.

 Please be aware that the process is weather-sensitive and, as a result, changes to dates and times are possible, and often at short notice. The pre warning signs will be updated as soon as possible to help inform the travelling public and residents alike if this happens.

 Should you have any queries or require further information please contact Derek Osborne (Highway Engineer) on 01962 813061 or email operation.resilience@hants.gov.uk.

 

Mill Chase Road closure

(Posted 31.01.20) Starting on or after 17 February, Mill Chase Road will be closed for three months or until works are completed. See notice and map for further information.

 

Citizens Advice drop-in sessions at Woodlands Hall

(Posted 15.01.20) Free advice, information and support will continue to be provided by Citizens Advice East Hampshire at monthly drop-in sessions in Headley Down in 2020. The local charity will be at Woodlands Hall, Headley Down, on the second Monday of every month from 10am-12 noon. Citizens Advice can help with all kinds of problems people may face in their lives, such as money problems, issues with welfare benefits, housing matters and consumer issues.

Citizens Advice East Hampshire already has main offices in Whitehill & Bordon, Petersfield and Alton but outreach services such as the one at Woodlands Hall, supported by a grant from Headley Parish Council, aim to be more accessible to the community. Cllr Julie Butler, East Hampshire District Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Welfare and Community Integration, said: “The free, confidential and completely non-judgemental advice Citizens Advice gives is a vital helpline to so many people in East Hampshire. The Woodlands Hall sessions are an excellent way to reach people in Headley Down." Helen Drake, Chief Executive at Citizens Advice East Hampshire, said: “We want to make sure that clients who have difficulty travelling to one of our main offices, due to disabilities, caring responsibilities or lack of affordable transport, can receive the much-needed free advice from us. There is no need for an appointment, just ring the doorbell at the hall for access."

 

Love trees? Become a tree warden!

(Posted 15.01.20) Tree-lovers are being called to a meeting in January as part of a bid to relaunch a tree warden scheme in East Hampshire. East Hampshire District Council is looking to recruit volunteers willing to take on tasks to protect and nurture the district’s trees. On Monday 27 January a meeting will be held in Petersfield to describe the role of tree wardens and encourage people to step forward. Cllr Ingrid Thomas, EHDC Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Quality, said: “Tree wardens play an active part in conserving and enhancing the trees and woods we all enjoy around East Hampshire. Whether your passion is about getting your hands dirty planting trees, working with your local community, or simply being the eyes, ears and voice for the trees in your part of the world, then we need you to be a tree warden.”

The meeting, held in The Rose Room, Festival Hall, Petersfield, will include speakers with particular knowledge of trees in East Hampshire, and a question and answer session. Anyone with an interest in trees and their local environment is welcome to attend.  Doors are open at 7pm and the meeting will last approximately two hours, starting at 7.30pm. Cllr Thomas said: “Basically we want to get as many interested people to the event as we can and start to build up a network of people that can serve as tree wardens and keep an eye on the health and numbers of trees in their area. If you’re passionate about trees or just love being out in the great outdoors come along to the meeting and find out how you can get involved.”

For more information about becoming a tree warden please get in touch with EHDC Arboricultural Officer Kevin Peters on Kevin.Peters@havant.gov.uk or 02392 446485.

 

Get ready for Brexit

(Posted 16.10.19) Business East Hants and EHDC recently undertook a Brexit survey of local businesses which identified a number of key areas where businesses require support. In response to this we want to ensure the relevant information and guidance is circulated to our local business community. Please see the information below sent on behalf of Enterprise M3 LEP. 

For traders - check what you need to do for the type of goods you import or export

·                  You can make it easier to import goods from the EU by registering to use transitional simplified procedures

·                  Make sure the EU business that you are selling to has the required paperwork to receive your goods​

·                  Keep up-to-date on import tariffs for day 1 of Brexit 

·                  Find out how to register for and make a customs declaration​

·                  Make sure your business has an EORI number​

·                  If you buy or sell goods to the EU then you need to get ready for changes​

For businesses - check what’s changing in your industry​

·                  Your contracts may need updating to continue using customer data between the EU and UK

·                  Check new guidance if you manufacture or distribute goods to the EU

·                  Employees practicing and serving clients in the EU may need to have their professional qualifications accredited. Check and apply by 31 October.

For hauliers - make sure you have the right driver and vehicle licenses and permits for driving in the EU

·                  Make sure you have the right documentation for the goods you’re carrying across EU borders, including your Master Reference Number (MRN)

·                  Check what you need to do to avoid delays.

Key information for further advice

https://www.gov.uk/brexit

https://www.enterprisem3growthhub.co.uk/about-us  

 

Let’s Talk events

(Posted 08.10.19) EHDC will be running an ongoing programme of ‘Let's Talk’ events to help engage with the community on priority issues. ‘Let's Talk’ has superseded the old Community Forums. The intention is to reduce barriers to engagement for the public, taking the Council to where people are (events, fairs, public spaces, community gatherings) rather than expecting them to come to go to the Council. Plain English will be used, face-to-face engagement to get input from residents on key areas of the Council's work. For instance, the first conversations with the public will be around climate change, peoples ‘sense of place  ̶  what they like/dislike about the area they live  ̶  and local transport issues.

So the Council is looking for events or occasions where it can engage with good numbers of residents. If you know of anything happening in your parish that may be suitable please contact the Parish Clerk on admin@lindfordpc.co.uk or 01420 475788.

 

Church appeal

(Posted 31.08.19) Lindford Methodist Church celebrated its 150th birthday next year and wants villagers to make it a special occasion. Oliver Greenway would like people to submit photographs or information about the Church for an exhibition. He said: “Originally an old wooden wheeled cart was used as the local Lindford Church. The present church ahs a long history, especially during the Second World War when it was used as a canteen for the Canadian troops based in Lindford.” Please send contributions to Oliver Greenway mailto:greenwayoliver@hotmail.com.

 

Flying drones

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

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

Road repairs

(Posted 13.02.20) Hampshire Highways are intending to carry out a series of road repairs in their area. They have sent a warning letter and a list of those the repairs that are required. Considering the large number of sites, involved it is not possible to give exact dates for each site. Road users and residents will be notified by the use of advance warning signs and where appropriate, letters will be delivered shortly before the works start. The letter clearly explains the nature of the works and how people will be affected. 

Please be aware that the process is weather sensitive and as a result changes to dates and times are likely, and often at short notice. The pre-warning signs will be updated as soon as possible to help inform the travelling public and residents alike. 

Should you have any queries or require further information call 01962 813061 or email operation.resilience@hants.gov.uk.

 

Fine for fly-tipping

(Posted 08.02.20) The owner of a flooring company has been fined for failing to provide documentation to East Hampshire District Council as it investigated a fly-tip in Liss. John Draper, of Castle Flooring, Portchester, was fined £440 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £44 and costs of £155. Investigating officers from East Hampshire District Council asked Draper to provide documents in relation to a fly-tip of carpet and flooring materials found in a lay-by on Farnham Road on 26 March 2019.

Cllr Ingrid Thomas, EHDC's Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Quality, said: “Fly-tipping is a blight on East Hampshire’s valuable countryside, is a pollutant and is dangerous for our wildlife. We take instances of fly-tipping very seriously and will always investigate where possible. Residents and businesses must understand that they have a responsibility to ensure their waste is properly disposed and that they have the required paperwork.”

For more information on how to dispose of waste properly go to www.easthants.gov.uk/fly-tipping.

 

HCC newsletter

(Posted 08.02.20) Hampshire County Council has produced a newsletter including items on driving down Hampshire’s carbon footprint and pup power in schools. View as a webpage.

 

Cycling survey

(Posted 06.02.20) East Hampshire District Council is in the process of developing a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan. This is to define and prioritise the walking and cycling infrastructure needs of the area and to help fulfil the Government's ambition to make these methods of active travel "the natural choices for shorter journeys or as part of longer journeys". As part of this process the Council is launching an active travel survey (see poster) to engage further with stakeholders, residents and visitors to understand better local priorities for walking and cycling infrastructure. The survey will be available on line via www.easthants.gov.uk/ontherightpath from Monday 10 February 2020 for a period of six weeks, until Sunday 22 March 2020. Copies of the draft technical document and summary are available to view online and printed copies will be available at local offices and libraries.

If, as an organisation, you would like to provide any further feedback in addition to the survey, please email your comments to community.infrastructure@easthants.gov.uk.

 

Local lottery for good causes

(Posted 23.01.20) Local projects, groups and organisations are invited to join our community of good causes ahead of the new East Hampshire Community Lottery. East Hampshire District Council is launching a new community lottery to raise money for local good causes and is looking for organisations keen to take part.

A 'Good Causes' launch event will be held on Monday 3rd February at EHDC Office, Penns Place, Petersfield 6pm-7.30pm to explain how the lottery works and how organisations can benefit. The first lottery draw is set for April 2020 with tickets going on sale at £1 each with 60p of every pound spent donated to local charities. EHDC officers will be on hand to provide advice and guidance on what you have to do join the community of good causes and the next steps. You can sign-up on the day and be one of the first local organisations to benefit from East Hampshire Community Lottery.

Cllr Julie Butler, Deputy Leader of EHDC and Portfolio Holder for Welfare and Communities, said a similar scheme run by Havant Borough Council has raised £63,000 for the 84 local good causes. “This lottery is all about choice for local people,” she said. “Anyone who buys a ticket can choose where they would like their donation to go or they can add it to a central fund where it will be split between others. This will be a real bonus for local charities and is yet another way we are supporting community groups.”

Community groups that would like to get involved should email communitylottery@easthants.gov.uk to reserve a place or to find out more.

How the lottery works

·        With each £1 ticket sold, 60p will be donated to local charities and good causes. You can maximise the money your organisation receives by having a dedicated lottery page.

·        Tickets bought through your page will ensure 50p per ticket is directed to your organisation.

·        A further 10p in each pound will go into a general good causes fund, to be split between participating charities. The remainder goes towards prize money, operating costs and VAT.

·        The lottery is being run with specialist operator Gatherwell who will receive 20 per cent of the takings while the remaining 20 per cent will make up the prize fund.

 

Access Hampshire

(Posted 10.12.19) Hampshire Countryside Service has issued a newsletter about its activities.

 

Neighbourhood Watch

(Posted 19.09.19) The new edition of Our News is out now! In our latest issue, we profile the Neighbour of the Year Award, back for a second year, which this time includes a community champion award. Nominations are open now so be sure to have a ponder and see which of your neighbours you will be putting forward. Elsewhere we hear about an exciting new partnership with cybersecurity firm Avast with whom we will shortly be launching a joint campaign called Cyberhood Watch. We also hear about the Neighbourhood Watch summer seminar tour that took place last month as well as the inspiring story of how one Watch member helped save an animal sanctuary.

Community First

(Posted 06.02.19) 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.

 

PPG newsletter

(Posted 14.10.19) The January newsletter of the Patient Participation Group of Badgerswood and Forest Surgeries is now available.

 

WHITEHILL BORDON REGENERATION

 

Newsletter

(Posted 29.08.19) The Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Company has produced a newsletter which can be viewed here.

 

POLICE AND CRIME INFORMATION

 

Safety reminder

(Posted 01.02.20) Following a burglary in Bordon Hampshire Constabulary would like to remind residents of some of the steps they can take to protect their home:

·        close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re only going out for a few minutes

·        double-lock any door

·        make sure all valuables are out of sight

·        if you have a quantity of valuable jewellery, consider storing it in another safe location such as a safety deposit box

·        keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys, including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening

·        in the evening, shut the curtains and leave the lights on

·        if you’re out all day, then it’s advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night

·        set your burglar alarm

·        make sure side and rear gates are secure and locked

·        register all property for free on immobilise.com

 

Courier scam

(Posted 27.01.20) In another twist to Courier Fraud scams, a package is delivered to your door containing high value items such as a brand new expensive phone. The package has your name on it but you don’t recall ordering it. Then later there is a knock on the door and a ‘courier’ claims a package has been delivered to you by mistake and could they have it back. Would you hand it over? If you do, it could prove an expensive mistake.

We have had a report recently that a resident in Hampshire has been caught by this scam. What has happened is someone has managed to get hold of the person’s personal details, including bank details, sufficient to place an online order. If the criminals fail to intercept the package before it is delivered, they often pose as a courier and try to collect the ‘wrongly delivered’ item.

How to keep safe from this type of fraud

1.      If you receive an unexpected high-value package addressed to you such as a phone, contact the retailer immediately and arrange for it to be sent back

2.      If a courier comes to collect the item at your home, do not hand it over.

3.      Check their credentials and call the company they claim to be representing. If you have any suspicions or concerns, contact the police.

4.      Identity theft is on the rise so always monitor your account and if you spot any suspicious activity, report it to your bank immediately.

Ensure personal documents such as bank statements are not left lying around and are shredded before throwing them away.

 

Counterfeit money scam

(Posted 19.09.19) The police are issuing a scam warning after residents in East Hampshire were conned into handing over thousands of pounds after being persuaded into taking it out of the bank. The fraudsters telephoned their victims, claiming to be police officers who said they were investigating the use of counterfeit money by banks. They persuaded their victims they needed to withdraw money from the bank so that it could be tested after being collected by couriers. Between August 7 and August 22, there were three reported incidents in East Hampshire. The fraudsters targeted a man in his 80s from Liphook, a man in his 80s from Petersfield and a woman in her 80s, also from Petersfield, who were all persuaded to hand over cash worth thousands of pounds. Officers have spoken to all three victims and will follow-up to provide advice and reassurance.

Please be on your guard against fraudsters and follow this advice:

·        Please remember that police officers will never call people in this way and ask you to withdraw money or disclose personal or financial information. If someone does do this, please hang up – it will be a scam.

·        Consider contacting your telephone provider to get a free call-blocking service if you are getting unsolicited calls.

·        If you are a friend, relative or carer of someone you think might be vulnerable to this type of scam, please speak to them about this advice. You might be the only person who can stop them from being scammed.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of this type of fraud, report it to us by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, dial 999. You can make yourself aware of this type of scam and how to protect yourself by visiting the Action Fraud website (https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/) or by calling them on 0300 123 2040.

 

Injured deer on road

(Posted 14.09.19) If you see an injured deer on the roadside

·        Pull over at the next safe place.

·        Call the Police. They will deal with road safety issues and have access to a specialist who will know the best course of action for the animal if it is alive.

 

If you hit a deer while driving, your priorities, in
this order, are:

·        Keep yourself and anyone with you as safe as you can.

·        Park your car in the safest place with hazard lights on.

·        Consider using it to also warn other road users.

·        Call an ambulance if human injuries warrant it.

·        Call the Police.

 

Usually it is best:

·        Not to approach live deer. Doing so may cause them to run across traffic causing another accident.

·        Not to move or handle live deer, you may be injured if they struggle.

·        Not to try to keep the deer warm. Covering its head/eyes may keep it calmer if there is a long wait but see ‘approach live deer’ above.

 

Outbuildings break-ins

(Posted 29.08.19) Longmoor Neighbourhood Policing Team has received six reports of garage and out buildings being broken into over the last few days across the Longmoor District, inclduing in Hawkley, Steep, Headley Down, Whitehill and Liphook.

Have you noticed any suspicious activity in your area recently? Do you have any residential CCTV that might have captured these incidents? If you have any information in relation to these incidents please contact us on 101 or you can contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Here is some crime prevention advice to help keep your property safe and secure.

·        Ensure your garage / outbuilding is locked and secure.

·        Consider the use of a garage defender.

·        Consider the use of a PIR alarm system within your outbuilding.

·        Consider the use of security lighting.

·        Consider the use of CCTV.

·        Consider uniquely marking your tools / garden equipment. Popular options include stamping, etching and UV marking.

·        Tether all tools and garden equipment to a secure point within your outbuilding. You can visit https://www.soldsecure.com/ to search for recommended and reviewed security products.

·        Ensure motorbikes and bicycles are locked securely within your outbuilding.

·        Ensure your car is locked and that the alarm and immobiliser is fully activated.

·        Do not leave any valuables in your vehicle.

·        Keep your car keys away from any windows and doors to prevent them being “fished” through letterboxes or seen by an opportunist.

·        Register your valuables for free at www.immobilise.co.uk – Take photos of your property and record serial, chassis and model numbers.

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

 

Neighbourhood Watch

(Posted 11.02.19) Through a Lindford Neighbourhood Watch scheme, interesting information has been received about visibility of house names and numbers, courier scams and when to use 101 and 999.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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