June 2024 News Update

Planning:

The Parish Council review all planning applications that are submitted within the village. There are very few grounds that we can object on but we do put our view forward to East Hants. The planning portal has been down for a number of weeks but is now back up and working. Residents can view and comment on all planning applications via EHDC website.

Overgrown trees

The weather has resulted in some fast growing trees over recent weeks. These are causing quite a few problems around the village, for drivers and pedestrians. Can we please remind residents that it is your responsibility to cut back your trees and shrubs. If they are encroaching on footpaths causing pedestrians to step into the road this is very dangerous. Can you please take the time to check around your property and see if any work might be required.

Bottle Bank

The bottle bank on Chase Road has again been left full and over flowing. The Parish Council report this regularly to try and get it emptied in a timely manner. It has come to our attention that the nearest bottle bank is Grayshott and with Liphooks having been removed and even the bottle bank at Bordon Tip, we are seeing residents from all over the area depositing their glass bottles in the Lindford bin which is why it is always full. We have been given a second bin and will continue to monitor the situation but feel it is a wider issue. Please remember leaving bags of glass bottles next to the bin is classed as fly tipping and you could be fined.

New bus shelter

We are delighted to inform you that we will be in receipt of some CIL funds which will be used to replace the bus stop on the Liphook Road opposite the Royal Exchange. Plans are for work to commence this month.

District and County Councillor updates from Penny Flux and Andy Tree can be found in full on our website however a couple of important items to note:

There are new uniformed officers in the area covering items such as dog fowling, fly tipping, poor parking, anti social behaviour etc. Instances of dog fowling and fly tipping are being reported frequently to us by residents. Reports can be made online via EHDC website for the new team to investigate.

Any decisions from Hampshire County Council on the closure of Bordon tip are now on hold until October due to the general election.

Finance and accounts

Our annual audit has taken place and our accounts are available for public view between the 10th of June and 19th of July.

 

Allotments

We will be purchasing some top soil for the allotments to help with the raised beds that have been built to over come the drainage problems. If you have an allotment and are not using it please consider giving this up to allow other residents on the waiting list to take them on.

Sound System

The sound system and hearing loop have been in the village hall since it was built and are in need of a little TLC. We have had some quotes to update this to also include outside speakers for use at events and a head mic which can be used by our dance and pilates instructors with their hall bookings. We hope this is something we can complete in the coming months.

Bench

We had been hoping to work with the Future Skills Centre to make a bench for the garden at the village hall. However, with the Centre due to close this will no longer happen. We have discussed a memorial bench for Glen Dorans of Imadene Gardens and have decided the bench on Pear Tree green will be renovated by councillors in his memory.

Shade at the village hall

The new artificial grass at the village hall is looking great, however it is proving very warm under foot. We are looking to add a sail to the garden to provide some much needed shade during the summer months.

Swings on Pear Tree

The swings on Pear Tree green are washed regularly, however they are a target for birds. We have decided its time the seats were replaced and will also look at deterrents to stop the birds from perching directly above them.

Welfare of the Geese

We are very sad to see that just 2 geese remain in the village. The Parish Council and majority of residents are very fond of the geese and their antics. We will be speaking to the resident at The Mill to see if there is anything we can do to keep the remaining geese safe.

Summer Fete

With a month to go plans are firmly in place. You should start to see posters and banners popping up around the area. We have a large number of local businesses in attendance. Please follow our Facebook event for further updates.

Working Parties

The Council will review working parties over the next few months. We have one in place currently for the summer fete and have used them in the past for Christmas lights. This enables us to work with other like minded residents to get more things done around the village. The next working party is likely to be for the replacement of The Chase Farm Playground provided we can obtain grant funding.

May News Update – AGM

May update (AGM):

Councillors – all change

We would like to thank Hannah Dayman who has stepped back from her role as Chair, for her enthusiasm over the last 12 months along with Emma Keeling who has stepped back from her position as vice Chair. They both remain councillors and will continue their sterling efforts with the summer fete and Christmas decorations.

We welcome Ron Ruttle to his new position as Chair supported by new vice Chair Tara Hotston. They can frequently be found at The Royal Exchange with their heads together plotting new ideas for the village. Please do say hello and provide any feedback or suggestions.

We also welcome our newest councillor to the team, Shane Viney. We are very fortunate to have a complete cohort of 9 councilors supported by our Clerk and RFO (finance officer). Many parish and town councils struggle for volunteers and we are very grateful to have such enthusiasm amongst our residents.

Review of the past 12 months

We have had many highs over the past year. A very successful children’s fun day, the production of our new bi-annual newsletter, replacement artificial grass at the village hall (bookings available for all occasions.) As well as grant funding to allow us to purchase a new defibrillator, replace our speed limit reminder sign and acquire 2 auto speedwatch cameras. These will be fitted over the coming months. Our community speedwatch is now also up and running at last. Anyone is welcome to join, please contact the office and we will put you in touch.

There have unfortunately been some lows as well. Immense frustration at SSEN for their lack of consultation regarding the roadworks in the village and the financial impact this has had on local businesses. We were however able to negotiate the B3004 being opened during the exam period (now) to allow those GCSE and A level students to access their schools and college in Alton more easily. There have been a number of planning issues recently and we continue to work with residents on this. The parish council holds very little weight over planning but we do comment on planning applications and keep an eye on what’s going on in the village. Lastly, not forgetting the sad loss of Glen from Imadene Gardens who complete our groundworks. Please give the family and their company time to adjust.

What’s to come?

Our annual fete is fast approaching on 6th July 12 – 4 pm. An immense amount of work goes into this one afternoon so please do come along and support us and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance who we are raising money for.

We will be conducting a litter pick prior to the fete, details will be on social media and our notice boards nearer the time and everyone is welcome to get involved.

We are also looking to spruce up the concrete posts as you enter the village over the river. Although they may look a little wonky we are assured they are sturdy and doing the job they are designed to do.

Plans have been drawn up to replace the bus shelter opposite The Royal Exchange and we are awaiting final quotes before commencing with this work.

And finally, after many months of discussions we are about to submit a grant application to complete some work on the Chase Farm playground. Many families will have seen the amazing new facilities at Greatham and we have contacted the company involved to see if they would like to produce a playground for us. Playground equipment does not come cheaply so we are looking to submit a number of grant applications as well as organise some fund-raising events with local businesses. These things take time but we are hopeful this project will soon get off the ground.

 

April 2024 News Update

April update:

Councilors – all change

We were delighted to co-opt a new Councilor, Thomas Payne onto the Parish Council at this month’s meeting, following a recent vacancy. He will make a great addition to our team & has already got stuck straight in assisting in the delivery of our Spring Newsletter.

However, we sadly received the resignation of our long standing and valued member of the Parish Council, Cllr Derek Barr. Having served the village for the past 18 years, Derek has stood down and will be sorely missed.

The Parish Council has undergone may personnel changes over the last few years, but what we may lack in experience is certainly made up for in enthusiasm. It is hoped that the Parish Council has been a more visible in its efforts as we work to improve our village on behalf of our residents and local businesses.  Anyone is welcome to attend our monthly meetings and any comments, concerns or feedback can be sent to us via admin@lindfordpc.co.uk , our Facebook page, or in person at the parish office which is open each morning at the village hall.

 

Sad news

All at the Parish Council were saddened to hear of the passing of Glen Dorans, owner of Imedene Gardens, one of the Parish Council’s main contractors for the village grounds maintenance. We send our deepest condolences to the Dorans family.

 

Village hall repairs and maintenance

We were delighted to finally see the old & uneven artificial grass at the village hall removed last week and a replaced in time for the Beehive nursery to return from their Easter break. All those booking the village hall for events will have access to the improved enclosed garden area. We hope the new installation will have longevity & be enjoyed by all those that utilize the hall.

The village hall has also had some recent roof repairs, identified during the removal of the moss that had gathered on the roof.

 

Spring Newsletter

The soring newsletter has been prepared and printed and is in the process of being distributed by councilors. Thank you to those who have taken the time to put these through letter boxes and stop and talk to residents. Copies of the newsletter have been added to the village notice boards and added to social media.

If anyone would like to suggest articles for the Autumn newsletter due out at the end of the summer/early autumn, please do get in touch with your ideas. It is hoped that there will be a further business directory to encourage local people to use local business. The small amount of advertising revenue goes towards our print costs. Following feedback form the last newsletter, we were pleased to not only make the newsletter itself recyclable this time, but to have used recycled paper to produce it.

Summer Fete

We have been delighted by the interest in stalls at the fete and much work is going on behind the scenes to make this year’s offering a success. It will be all hands-on deck on the day, Saturday 6th July and any volunteers would be welcomed with open arms! Help is needed with setting up, clearing away, parking, litter picking etc. on the day.

Please note there will only be limited disabled parking at the village hall, and although we will have parking available on Pear Tree Green, we encourage residents and their guests to walk.

 

Defibrillator

A new additional defibrillator has been mounted to the side of the village hall. We hope that it is not needed, but it’s important to be aware where your nearest defibrillator is located. There is also one outside the Spar shop, as well as the Lindford Working Man’s Club.

 

The year ahead

Although stepping down from May 2024, our outgoing chair Cllr Dayman still has plenty of ideas to improve the village over the coming financial year, including addressing the bus stop outside the Royal Exchange. The current on is in a state of disrepair, and having been unable to determine who owns it, the Parish Council will look at take on replacement of the bush shelter us with the hope of providing a suitable replacement that will be in keeping with the village.

A planned village littler pick with the Woolmer Forest Lions is to also be arranged – please keep a look out for further details.

Following contact from a concerned resident regarding the state of the railings near the bridge on the way into Lindford from Broxhead, the Parish Council intend to establish what work might need to be undertaken to ensure the railings are firstly safe, and secondly more aesthetically pleasing.

Annual Parish Meeting

This will be held on 7th May 2024 at the village hall. All are invited to attend.

March 2024 News Update

March update:

SSEN Roadworks

Our frustrations continue with the roadworks however progress is being made. The section of road under traffic management near Broxhead is awaiting couplings which are due next week with completion imminent. A water pipe was unfortunately damaged opposite Altis a few weeks ago but thankfully was quickly repaired. The works have now reached the mini roundabout by Lindford Club and are still on target.

Fixed assets

We are approaching our accounting year end with the only additional fixed asset purchased this year being a new defibrillator cabinet. We have been given a grant by Andy Tree as County Councilor to replace our broken Speed Limit Reminder sign which has been ordered. We are also in the process of confirming funding with HCC for 2 speed cameras to be placed in the village. These will monitor “regular offenders” who will receive letters from the police.

Tree planting

We were lucky enough to receive funding for 4 new fruit trees which have been placed on the green by the village hall and also Mimosa green in the Martin Grant estate. We were joined by children from the beehive nursery who were learning about where their food comes from.

Repairs at the village hall

Moss removal from the roof will be undertaken this month followed by the long awaited artificial grass replacement beginning on 8th April.

Spring Newsletter

Our next newsletter with updated will be distributed around the Easter weekend. We are always open to ideas and suggestions for the newsletter and if any residents would like to submit a articles for consideration we would be delighted to receive them.

Summer Fete

Plans for our summer fete are well underway with your usual favorites The Back Yard Bug experience, Hollybrook Mobile Farm and Dolly Pots plus plenty of new diverse stalls from local residents, clubs, charities and schools.

Co-option of new council members

We have received interest from 7 people regarding the current available councillor position and will be co-opting a new councillor at next months meeting on 2nd April.

 

Annual Parish Meeting

This will be held on 7th May 2024 at the village hall. All are invited to attend.

February News Update

February update

Could we please ask residents to review and comment on both the Hampshire County Council Future Services Consultation (Spending cuts) as well as the EHDC local plan (Housing.) Links to both can be found on our website and social media.

Artificial grass repair:

We are awaiting confirmation of a start date for the replacement artificial grass at the village hall.

Mimosa Swing:

The swing has been repaired by councillor Derek Barr.

Speed signs and speed watch:

We are awaiting confirmation at the financial year end that funds remain to purchase a replacement SLR (Speed limit reminder sign).

With traffic now moving through the Headley Road we will resume Speed Watch training with an aim to get out on site next month. There is regular training available, if you are interested in signing up please contact the parish office.

We also have the option of a fixed speed camera. We would require an approved location and a license. Council will be voting on whether we want this addition at next months meeting.

Funding:

Councilors are still seeking ideas and projects. Our original playground project was rejected for funding initially. No further ideas have been put forward so we will review next month whether we revise and pursue this project again.

Moss removal:

The village hall has a large amount of moss on the roof and after seeking a number of quotes we have selected a local company to undertake this work.

Council fees and charges:

Hire charges have been reviewed and we have decided to hold our prices for allotments and the village hall hire. There will however be an additional £5 charge for bouncy castles due to the large amount of energy used to keep these inflated. We hope hall users will understand this will help cover the extra cost.
We are also looking to bring in an online booking system.

Recruitment of councillor:

Michael Smith has stepped down and we are awaiting confirmation that we can proceed with a co-option of a new parish councillor. Anyone interested in finding out more information on what’s involved or applying should contact the parish office. Co-option will take place at our next meeting on 5th March.

Long standing councillor Derek Barr has confirmed he will be standing down at the end of the council year and therefore a further position will be available from May 2024. We thank Derek for his service and support.

January 2024 News Update

January update

Contact from residents:

We have had a higher volume of contact from residents than usual. These mostly relate to the SSEN roadworks and overflowing bins.

Information on all roadworks are available on the one network website:
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Lindford Parish Council are now involved in a monthly meeting with SSEN and HCC highways to be kept up to date with progress and changes. We unfortunately don’t have much say in what goes on but after our meeting with Damien Hinds it does look more likely that SSEN will pause the roadworks between Bordon and Alton during the exam period to allow those children to get to school on time without a long detour and added stress. We hope this will be agreed and will bring you more information if it is.

With regards to the overflowing bins we have been in contact with EHDC. Unfortunately, we received no response but it does look as though the bins have now been emptied. We will keep an eye on this.

District and County Councillor updates:

Full monthly updates from Penny Flux and Andy Tree are available with our official minutes but I would like to draw your attention to Hampshire County Councils £132 million shortfall. Cuts have to be made, but you can have your say via an online survey. Paper copies are also available in libraries. https://www.hants.gov.uk/News/08012024FutureServicesConsultation

If you are interested in where and how HCC funds have been spent, please take a look at the link below https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/budgetspendingandperformance

Revised fruit tree planting:

EHDC “grow up” initiative provides funding for fruit trees and we have decided to go ahead with planting a replacement tree on the orchard and 2 on Mimosa Green.

Artificial grass repair:

A contractor has now been approved and we are seeking funding to replace the grass. However, if no funding options are available the Parish Council reserves (for unforeseen expenses and repairs) will be used for this now much needed repair.

Mimosa Swing:

The swing is still broken, a repair is unsuitable and we will purchase a new seat.

SLR (Speed Limit Reminder sign):

Our sign is beyond economical repair and we are currently seeking a replacement.

S106 funding (from new build properties):

Councilors are seeking ideas for a legacy project. All ideas welcome.

Christmas decorations:

Thank you to all of the businesses who donated; Tame The Taxman, Lindford Club, Woolmer Lions as well as individual contributions from councillors Ron Ruttle and Emma Keeling. A huge thank you to the council members who took the time to decorate the village and keep on top of changing the rechargeable batteries which was quite some task this year.  We have a small pot of funds left over and are looking to purchase some new lights in the January sales.

Summer fete:

Our working party have started summer fete preparations. If you are interested in having a stall or sponsoring an event or just helping out on the day, we would love to hear from you. Please contact admin@lindfordpc.co.uk

Council fees and charges:

Following advice from our recent audit and with increasing costs we have decided to review the hire charges of the hall and the allotments.

Annual Parish Meeting

This will be held on 7th May 2024 at the village hall. All are invited to attend.

We are currently looking for a speaker to present, if anyone would like to be involved or has any recommendations please get in touch.

 We will have an election of our chair and vise chair prior to the start of the meeting.

 

December News Update

December update

SSEN Roadworks:

SSEN signed off on the new location of the sub station, resulting in Lindford being dug up for cabling on 2nd November. They erected road signs on 3rd November and works began on 13th November. SSEN applied for the Lindford road closures back in August. They have now acknowledged that they did not consult with Lindford Parish Council, its residents or businesses.

Utility companies have free reign to dig up the roads and Hampshire County Council (HCC) hands are generally tied when it comes to approving their permits. The only requirement for SSEN before beginning works was to erect the road signs 2 weeks before commencing, and distribute letters 1 week before. We are aware that not everyone has received a letter notification and have suggested HCC issue a fine. Unfortunately, the maximum fine for noncompliance is £120.

Lindford Parish Council have now been included in a monthly zoom call held by SSEN but hosted by Ian Ackerman for HCC. Other Parishes have been involved in these calls for many months.

The Beehive Nursery invited our MP Damien Hinds along to discuss amongst other things, the impact of the SSEN roadworks on them. A number of Parish Councilors and local business owners attended this informal discussion. Although there may be very little he can do, we did feel heard. There would need to be an appetite at national level to change the current requirements for these utility companies so that they would have to consult with Parish Councils as well as potentially undertaking traffic surveys before any road closures can be agreed.

Damien Hinds is currently the Schools Minister. The impending road closure of the B3004 for 8 months next year will have a significant impact on travel to and from Alton. Part of the permit restrictions on this closure mean that all roadworks have to halt during the Jalsa Salana annual event in Kingsley. We raised concerns about the closure impacting children traveling from Lindford and surrounding villages to schools and colleges in Alton, potentially if traveling by bus having to follow the 35 mile diversion during their GCSEs and A levels. If the road can be opened for an event, then can it be opened during the summer exam period? This was supported by Damien Hinds and we are awaiting scheduling for a follow up meeting. All of our feedback will be passed on to the Department of Transport.

Councilor Ron Ruttle has spent a significant amount of time researching the detailed technical requirements for the works being undertaken and has come to the conclusion that the works do not need a full road closure and traffic management, such as stop/go boards or traffic lights would be sufficient and safe. It is felt that the closure has been requested to save time and money. MP Damien Hinds suggested we look at the possibility of an independent survey. District Councilor Andy Tree broached this with HCC. Unfortunately, there is no desire from them to enter into a battle with SSEN.

Please continue to support our local businesses during the road closures.

Everyone Active Leisure Centre:

Village residents use the leisure centre on a regular basis, there are ongoing problems with water leaks and the general maintenance and upkeep of a relatively new building is very poor. These are having a significant impact on all users but particularly the disabled who are unable to access toilets or showers. This has been taken up with East Hampshire Council who own the building and they are in discussions with Everyone Active. Although concerns have been raised in the past, they have not been followed up recently and the problem is only getting worse. We will endeavor to keep on top of this.

Norse Glass Collection:

The glass recycling bin on Chase Road had been full for some time. We are aware that Norse removed the full bin and left an empty one. However, they left a large number of carrier bags full of glass bottles littered around the site. One of our residents took it upon themselves to empty these into the new bin. We would like to thank them for their actions. If you notice the bin is full, please call the number on the side and ideally do not leave bags of glass by the bins if this can be avoided. We can not guarantee that Norse will empty it any sooner but at least we know they are aware that it needs to be done.

Swish Fiber:

There are rumours that despite extensive cabling works Swish Fiber will not be switching on in our area. This is being investigated to confirm if this is the case and we will bring you more information when we have it.

Tree Planting:

Council have been in discussions over replacing a number of trees in the village. Unfortunately, we lost a large number of trees previously and we had hoped to be able to replace some of these. The cost of more mature trees is significant and they must be planted at the correct time of year as well as correctly cared for. It was felt we didn’t have enough information to agree to planning at this time and that we may have left it too late in the planting season. We will review this again in the near future with our newly appointed tree warden to support us.

Christmas Lights:

A huge thank you to the councilors and their families who have given up their time to prepare for, and decorate Lindford for Christmas. We have attempted to use rechargeable batteries in all of our displays however we have experienced a few teething problems with the cold weather impacting the charge of the batteries. To change the batteries in the wreaths we need 2 people and a ladder. We are very grateful to Ron and Los who have been undertaking this task for us, however we have decided that these lights will work best with alkaline batteries. We will continue to use rechargeable batteries on all accessible lights and will be looking into other options for next year such as solar powered. We are very grateful to the businesses who have donated towards our Christmas lights this year. Thank you to Lindford Club, The Royal Exchange and Tame The Taxman as well as Altis who have provided equipment.

Citizens Advice Bureau:

Bordon CAB is open to Lindford residents to use if needed. We are therefore pleased to confirm we have been able to award a small amount of funding so that they can continue to support our residents.

We wish you all a lovely Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. For those who may be alone on Christmas day there is a Christmas lunch at Whitehill Village Hall please contact pjbenson@btinternet.com 01420 475993

P.S Bin collections will be one day later than normal due to the bank holidays. Wednesday 27th December collection will be on Thursday 28th and Wed 3rd January 2024 will be collected on Thursday 4th January (hopefully)

 

 

 

November News Update

November update

Road closure:

We invited SSE to come along to our meeting to discuss the forthcoming road closures in Lindford. We were given a vast amount of information but the important facts relevant to residents are below:

  • The road closure is due to the relocation of the substation in Bordon. Initially the location meant works to Mill Chase Road and Challet Hill earlier in the year which were scrapped. The new location means the shortest route is via Lindford.
  • They will be resurfacing Mill Chase Road and Challet Hill during the Easter school holidays after poor repair work was reported.
  • It is not safe to close part of the road due to the width.
  • The initial road closure begins on 13th November and is due to end on 16th February 2024.
  • The road will be fully open from 8th December to 8th January 2024 for Christmas break.
  • The team will work on a 100 meter stretch of road closure at a time. They dig 20 meters per day starting from the Bordon crossroads.
  • The footpath will remain open to pedestrians and SSE will keep the path clear from any overgrowth during their works on the road.
  • Broxhead Farm Road will be open for the initial start of the works. Estimated that this section will likely be closed from the new year.
  • The right hand turn restriction at the top of Broxhead Farm Road will not be removed due to the safety concerns that resulted in its restriction initially.
  • The closure up to Frensham Lane is phase 1 only. The works will continue along the Liphook Road and into Standford.

Council have raised 2 very specific concerns.

1: The tankers that empty the water treatment site in Lindford up to 10 times per day are of such size that they will not be able to pass through the diversion route on the narrow double bend in Standford. No solution was given, we were advised that diversion routes have to be of the same road type or larger. E.g. a B road closure results in diversions through other B roads or A roads but not minor roads.

2: Statutory requirements were not fulfilled. Council, residents and businesses were not notified of the closure in the correct time frame or format. Discussions are underway as to why this occurred and whether we can request a consultation which originally did not take place, prior to works beginning.

Council fully take on board the complaints made by residents and businesses alike about alternative routes, particularly those of stagecoach buses and school buses which are not yet in place. These were all raised in the meeting. We will keep residents up to date with any changes and updates via our website and social media.

Woolmer Forest Lions:

John, president of Woolmer Forest Lions attended to keep us up to date with the work they do in the local community. They have kindly made a donation to our Christmas lights and we are hoping to work with them on our summer fete on 6th July 2024. They will be at The Royal Exchange on 19th December with Santas slay with small gifts for the children.

Social Media:

There have been some concerns over the councils use of social media, however the majority of councillors see an online interaction with the community as a positive thing. Councillors have all been invited to upcoming training sessions on the use of social media.

Grass repairs at the village hall:

These are still under review. There is no funding for this repair and we want to ensure that we make the right decision for the village hall users, particularly the nursery children who use this on a daily basis.

Storm Drain:

The drain on the footpath behind the village hall has caused concerns in recent months due to long term damage. The landowner was not clear and has fallen to us to make a significant repair to this which thankfully held during the recent storm. All signage should now have been removed and the pathway clear.

Washford Lane Bridge:

The river breached the bridge during the recent storm but we were able to review it the following morning and confirm the water level had subsided and no damage has been found.

S106 funding:

Developers funding is still available and we have been given further information on this. An application has been made for funding to improve our play areas. It may take time for this process to be approved and completed.

Outside Spaces funding:

We do have a small pot of funds available for outside space. Discussions have begun as to how this might be used with a suggestion of a boules area. We hope to have Headley Boules club in attendance at our summer fete and will use this to gage interest.

Speed Watch:

Training is underway but more volunteers are always needed. Please contact us if you would like to get involved. The process takes time and unfortunately the road closure may delay regular monitoring initially.

SLR:

The digital speed limit sign needs significant repairs, council will need to decide whether to repair or replace. There is strong feeling that we would like to use the sign regularly to monitor volume and speed of traffic through the village. Again the road closures will impact this.

Christmas:

The village Christmas lights will be going up on 25th November.

Summer Fete:

Our summer fete will be held on 6th July 2024. We are already looking for stall holders, please get in contact if you would like to be involved either with a stall or sponsoring an activity. The summer fete will bring the community together and aims to raise money for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Are Ambulance. Committee meet again on 9th January to organise the next stages.

 

October News Update

October 2023 update

Tree Warden:

We are delighted that Valerie Thornton has agreed to officially be our tree warden. We are drafting a tree strategy and new policies at present.

Budgets:

Tanya our finance officer has requested a budget review as we are at our half way point in our financial year. This will take place next week.

Artificial grass:

We have been advised the moles are here to stay and the best way to ensure the artificial grass at the village hall is safe for use we will require mole mesh to be installed under a new grass. We are searching for quotes based on a detailed specification and will be looking closely at samples of mole mesh.

S106 funding update:

The 2 popular requests for spending have been an update to the children’s play areas in the village and an extension to the village hall to allow more storage for all its users. In particular this will allow the nursery who use the hall on a daily basis to have more equipment available for the children. The nursery provides the largest source of income to help cover the costs of running the hall; which is available for hire by local clubs and for private parties. We intend to put initial applications for both in imminently.

Speed watch:

Headley Road has now been approved as a speed watch location. Volunteers have begun online health and safety training and will then be trained on site on the equipment. At present we will be sharing resources with Bordon and Whitehill. We are still in need of further volunteers, please get in touch if you are interested. Sadly, our Speed Limit Reminder digital sign is broken and at present this will not be replaced.

Lindford Web Shop:

Our online shop is up and running selling polo shirts, t-shirts, jumpers, hoodies, caps, beanies and bags. These currently feature our new goose motif however we will review whether the traditional Lindford logo can be made available also. www.lindfordpc.ogv.uk/shop

Badges:

A big thank you to councillor Mike Smith who has donated a number of Lindford Goose badges to us for distribution.

Beer Mats:

We will be distributing these to the pub and club with our goose motif and a reminder of our web shop address.

Christmas decorations:

Last years decorations will be removed from the loft and checked over in the next few weeks. We intend to buy reusable batteries and chargers for the lights. The next working group meeting will be on 1st November. Christmas decorations will be installed across the village on the weekend of 23rd/24th November.

Summer Fete 2024:

Working party will conduct its first meeting on 1st November after Christmas discussions.

Facebook:

Our use of Facebook has proved controversial with longer standing members of council and we will vote next month on whether we continue its use. Our engagement with residents is increasing with social media use and at present attendance to our monthly meetings is low.

Repairs and maintenance:

Broken Drain
The storm drain on the footpath behind the village hall has broken. East Hampshire district council have denied responsibility for its repair. Investigations are ongoing.

Broken water meter
The water bills for the village hall have been creeping up and a meter reading was requested. It appears on inspection that the company who went to read the meter have damaged it and no reading has been made. We have been quoted a call out fee to have this looked at. Council agreed this was not acceptable and will be challenged.

Rubbish on Chase Road
A large collection of rubbish has been growing to the side of the flats. Abri Housing are aware but the problem is escalating and could be a fire risk or attract rats. We are continuing to chase for this to be removed.

Broken swing and waste bag dispenser
Both located on Mimosa green, we have requested our contractors to make the swing safe and are reviewing repairs options and costs.