News Archive Post 5

Link from St. John The Baptists’ web site.

Posted by Martin Clarke, Monday, 31st January 2011 @ 3:04pm

Thanks to the Parish Administrator, Lyn Hayward, we now have a link from their web site to our pages.   Hopefully we will start to get some more interest from visitors.

Bull Lane housing development – Foreman homes

Posted by Martin Clarke, Friday, 28th January 2011 @ 7:08pm

Click on this link to see the local advertisement for ‘The Lanes’ housing development:

This is a Pdf of the layout plan for ‘The Lanes’ where it has been renamed to ‘Franklyn Close’ so we see 10 extra properties in Franklyn Close and 1 extra in Bull Lane.


Blueprint Update

Posted by Martin Clarke, Tuesday, 21st December 2010 @ 3:38pm

 Extract from Parish Connect – “Thank you to all those parishes that have made contributions to our Blueprint consultation. Over 600 blueprint packs were issued to parishes councils, community groups and organisations, with over 25 local events being organised. Winchester City Council is very pleased with the number and variety of local groups that have used the Blueprint toolkit to debate how their communities need to address change over the next 20 years.

The consultation closed on 10 December and we have received in excess of 100 responses. All responses will be available to view on the LDF pages of the Council’s website by early 2011 –
During, February and March 2011 the responses will be reported to the Councils LDF Cabinet Committee, prior to publishing a revised Local Development Framework Core Strategy later in 2011.”

Refuse collection after the snow.

Posted by Martin Clarke, Monday, 6th December 2010 @ 6:24pm

Winchester Council are putting on more shifts to try and catch up with the refuse collection.
“We are working extra shifts to clear the back log and can only ask you to put your bin out and it will be collected ASAP”.
See the web site for more information about refuse & recycling :-

The Big Tree Plant

Posted by Martin Clarke, Tuesday, 30th November 2010 @ 11:33pm

The Big Tree Plant is a new national tree planting campaign being delivered by civil society partners and conservation organisations working with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Forestry Commission.

The campaign will be launched on the 2nd December, during National Tree Week 2010 (the website will go live on this day).

What are the aims of The Big Tree Plant?

The overall aim of The Big Tree Plant is to increase the number of trees being planted in England’s towns, cities and neighbourhoods whilst supporting the building of the Big Society by encouraging citizens to take responsibility for establishing, protecting and enhancing green spaces in their local area.

Blueprint – group meeting held 4th November 2010

Posted by Martin Clarke, Monday, 29th November 2010 @ 10:02pm

A meeting of the Ashley Gardens group (members from various roads in Waltham Chase) was held on the 4th November to discuss our attitudes and views on the Blueprint campaign.

Lorrie Smith volunteered to host the meeting then collect and summarise opinions. This has been done and we are awaiting a reply from the WCC. See the letter sent 28th November to Mr Opacic and the LDF team here:

Blueprint – what blueprint?

Posted by Martin Clarke, Wednesday, 10th November 2010 @ 6:54pm

It looks as if the Blueprint initiative may be dead before it got going!
The result of the high court judgement – Today Mr Justice Sales, sitting in London, ruled that the Cala Homes argument was ”well founded”.

Planning lawyers say today’s ruling could have a crucial impact on housing and development projects across England. – extract from the Echo. (

“Winchester council was told by the previous government to build 12,000 homes in its area by 2026.

It was estimated that Barton Farm could provide a site for 2,000 houses before Mr Pickles scrapped the Winchester target”

SuperFast Broadband for Rural Communities

Posted by Martin Clarke, Sunday, 7th November 2010 @ 2:42pm

The Hampshire Broadband Project has moved on to become eHampshire, the body responsible for ‘driving forward the use of ICT and high speed communications in Hampshire’.
eHampshire is running a campaign to encourage suppliers to bring faster broadband to rural Hampshire. They hope to get the FTTC  (Fibre to the Cabinet) roled out to exchanges in Hampshire.

You can read more here and find out what your possible broadband speed is and how to register for the campaign to get higher speeds from our exchange at Bishop’s Waltham.

Or at BT’s ‘Race to Infinity’ campaign to register for BT’s role out.

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