News archive post 1

Sainsburys in Bishop’s Waltham

Posted by Martin Clarke, Wednesday, 7th December 2011 @ 6:12pm

I am pleased to advise you that Winchester City Council has now formally granted planning permission for a new Sainsbury’s store, housing and Doctor’s Surgery at the Abbey Mill site.

We have been working hard to finalise the legal matters since Winchester City Council resolved to approve our application in April 2011.

We are delighted to have reached this huge milestone and are currently finalising a construction programme. Once we have agreed the detailed construction programme and start date we will update the local community.

We look forward to becoming part of the local community in Bishop’s Waltham and hope to welcome our first customers to the store in spring 2013.

I hope you find this information helpful, should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact our community information line on 0845 602 1151 or email

Kind regards

James Mallinson

For and on behalf of Sainsbury’s

Have your Say – about our Parish

Posted by Martin Clarke, Saturday, 12th November 2011 @ 10:53am

You will probably see the questions  several times in the Parish during the next 2 months, but may I please urge you to respond, as it is very important for our Parish that we know what residents think.

Thank you in anticipation,

Pat Staples,

Shedfield Parish Plans Steering Group.

Have Your Say – about Shedfield Parish.

Village Plan and Design statement.

Posted by Martin Clarke, Thursday, 27th October 2011 @ 1:53pm

Village Plan and Design Statement

A steering group with a committee has now been formed to
work on the composition of these 2 documents for the three
villages that comprise our Parish.

The Village Plan is about aspirations – ‘what would we like to
see in our village’, whereas the Design Statement will be an
official Planning Document to which future developers will
have to refer.

So it is important that as many people as possible contribute
their ideas, either by contacting a committee member, or by
coming to one of the meetings which we will advertise in the
parish magazine, or by responding to a survey which the
committee will be circulating.
This is a real opportunity to influence future Planning Proposals
in our Parish. If we do not have a Design Statement we cannot
complain when unwanted developments are foisted upon us.  I
would be pleased to receive by email any thoughts and ideas

The Committee members are;
Chair; Tony Cailes .

Secretary; Jim Coleman
Treasurer; Diane Portman
Publicity Officer; Pat Staples

The steering group members are;

John Clarke, Alan Cox, Harriett Gemmel, Linda Gemmel, John
Goss, Roger Huxstep, Mal Rowland, and Margaret Jones.

Pat Staples, Publicity Officer, Shedfield Design Statement
Steering Group.(SheDS)

Post Office under new management

Posted by Martin Clarke, Tuesday, 11th October 2011 @ 5:09pm

A belated welcome to Adrian Segovia & Jennifer Wooldridge new owners of the Waltham Chase Post Office.  I hope everyone joins me in wishing them a successful future here in Waltham Chase.

New Environmental Services Contract

Posted by Martin Clarke, Monday, 26th September 2011 @ 5:10pm

Extract from Parish Connect e-newsletter:-

New environmental services contracts will begin across the Winchester City Council area from the 1st October 2011.

The contracts have been let in partnership by Winchester City Council and East Hampshire District Council and have resulted in over £2 million savings per annum across the 2 local authorities.

The new contractors are as follows:

  • Biffa Waste Services for recycling and refuse collections
  • The Landscapes Group for street cleansing and grounds maintenance
  • Superclean Services Wothorpe Ltd for public convenience cleansing

The savings have been achieved by careful procurement and efficiency improvements and as a result there will be some changes to some existing practices including the bin collection day and timing.

A comprehensive communication campaign has been carried out to inform residents of any changes including delivery of collection calendars to all residents and further details are included in a Waste Contract Fact Sheet. The fact sheet also includes a new contact telephone number for service issues as well as a new web site page for enquiries.
For more information visit the Winchester website here: New Environmental Services Contract

Winchester civic chiefs set to grass over playgrounds – THURSDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2011

Posted by Martin Clarke, Saturday, 24th September 2011 @ 1:59pm

Extract from This Is Hampshire News – Emma Streatfield –

“Plans to grass over under-used parish playgrounds to help save £50,000 a year look set to go ahead.
The Provene Gardens site will be grassed over but Shedfield Parish Council will manage it with a possible new play area in mind.”

Extract from Parish Magazine September 2011 –
“A bried consultation with residents living in the Provene Gardens area proved  helpful in determining that the Parish Council will take over the maintenance of the amenity space. The old play equipment will be removed and for the time being the area will simply be grass until such time the Council are clear on community requirments and cost.”

LDF Bulletin from Winchester Council

Posted by Martin Clarke, Saturday, 24th September 2011 @ 1:44pm

LDF Bulletin

‘Plans for Places’ consideration of responses

Plans for Places….after Blueprint was published for consultation for 6 weeks from 27 June to 8 August, and over 1000 comments were received from 200 respondents. All comments are in the process of being uploaded onto the Council website and can be viewed in full at *
*we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with placing the Plans for Places responses on the Council’s web site – this is in the process of being rectified and you will be able to view the responses received as soon as practicable, apologies for any inconvenience.

The bulk of those responses are being reported to the Council’s LDF Cabinet Committee on 28 September – click on the link to view the report.

Insulate Hampshire Scheme

Posted by Martin Clarke, Tuesday, 30th August 2011 @ 5:05pm

Insulate Hampshire Scheme
‘Insulate Hampshire’ is the new area based insulation scheme aiming to save residents money on their energy bills and helping to keep homes warm and comfortable.The scheme is backed by the Council and ten other local councils in Hampshire.The scheme is open to all homeowners and will help protect people against the cold, cut household fuel bills and reduce carbon dioxide emissions as well as create new jobs in Hampshire’s local economy.

With loft insulation at £99 and cavity wall insulation at £75 for the first 5,000 suitable homes to sign up to the scheme and £99 thereafter, the scheme is expected to improve 20,000 Hampshire homes, enabling Hampshire residents to cut their household bills by £300 a year, saving 1.5 tonnes of CO2. Some people and the over 70s in certain circumstances will also benefit from completely free home insulation.

To find out more or to register an interest, call free on 0800 952 0037 or

Autumn edition of Hampshire Now

Posted by Martin Clarke, Tuesday, 30th August 2011 @ 4:58pm

Click on the link below to read the latest Autumn issue of the Hampshire Now magazine:

Hampshire Now

‘A Scrapbook of WW2 Memories’ – by Ann Wheal, Waltham Chase author.

Posted by Martin Clarke, Saturday, 27th August 2011 @ 9:50pm

“Local author Ann Wheal has just launched the second edition of her book ‘A Scrapbook of WW2 Memories’. The first edition published about two years ago was a great success and following its publication many people then put forward the names of other people who had a WW2 story to tell. Ann interviewed them all – a number of them are local people – and the revised and enlarged book was launched about two weeks ago. Many of the contributors were at the lunch held to mark the launch and the local jazzband ‘Jellybeans Jazzmen’ provided the background music.”

Please visit this link to see more details of the book:

Can our Post Office get a grant?

Posted by Martin Clarke, Monday, 27th June 2011 @ 12:24pm

helping hand for Village Shops
In another measure designed to support local businesses, Winchester City Council is continuing its financial support for vital village shops. Grants are available to village shops located within the Winchester District and which provide basic services for the rural communities they serve. The grants will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.To apply or find out more, contact Alison Woods, Head of Economy and Arts at Winchester City Council on 01962 848 563 or email here to view the criteria.

Plans for Places….. after Blueprint.

Posted by Martin Clarke, Saturday, 25th June 2011 @ 4:30pm

Plans for Places….after Blueprint, is the Council’s response to the many and varied comments we received to the Blueprint consultation held in 2010. It specifically sets out draft planning strategies for the whole of the Winchester District, taking into account feedback from Blueprint and revised and up-dated technical evidence, included revised population and housing projections. These strategies include the amount of new development that needs to be planned for and where this will happen.

Plans for Places….after Blueprint, can be viewed and downloaded via the following link –

Copies of the document will also be available to view at the Council Offices and in libraries.

The consultation starts on Monday 27 June and comments need to be returned to us by 5pm on Monday 8 August 2011.

‘Hampshire Now’ magazine – Summer issue.

Posted by Martin Clarke, Tuesday, 7th June 2011 @ 10:14am

Click on the link below to read the latest Summer issue of the Hampshire Now magazine:

In this issue, read about
• How we are transforming the County Council to modernise services
• How we are investing in Hampshire’s roads

Hampshire Now

Government funding from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) Hampshire was not one of the four areas announced

Posted by Martin Clarke, Wednesday, 1st June 2011 @ 5:52pm

Hampshire was not one of the four areas announced last week to get Government funding from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

Black Dog

Posted by Martin Clarke, Thursday, 26th May 2011 @ 10:49pm

Anyone interested in taking over the Black Dog? One of our two inns.

Winchester City Active Communities Change Plan – your chance to shape future services

Posted by Martin Clarke, Tuesday, 24th May 2011 @ 4:20pm

Do you want to make a difference in your local area? Are you happy, healthy, and do you feel safe? To help us find out complete the Winchester City Council’s Active Communities Change Plan online survey. The topics being covered are:

  • Crime and Anti Social Behaviour (ASB)
  • Health and Well Being
  • Winchester Celebrations for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Council is seeking your views on a number of services that affect local people. The results from the survey will help to identify community priorities, shape how resources are going to be used and contribute to the annual crime and disorder review. Those who live and work in the district are being asked to participate in the survey by sharing their views and experiences.

Click on the link below to complete the survey:

The deadline for responses is 20th June 2011. Alternatively if you would rather complete the survey in paper format please contact the Community Safety Team by email: telephone on 01962 848 423.

Extract from the Parish Connect May 2011 issue.

BWAG – What happens now?

Posted by Martin Clarke, Saturday, 14th May 2011 @ 9:35am

The appeal was not taken into account as the decision had already been taken!

from the BWAG:
“Thank You
We really would like to say a very big THANK YOU to everyone who has helped in this campaign. You are too numerous to mention …”

Is this the final act of the BWAG?

Please read Newsletter #33 here:


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