District Councillors’ April 2012 Report

Dear Ward Electorate,

Good News: After a period of 20 years Winchester City District Council will finally be allowed to start building council houses again. Such a short sentence, but such ‘Good News’.  The plans at the moment will be to build 300 new council houses throughout the district over the next 10 years; giving a chance for those, for whatever reason, who are not able or willing to take on owning their own home just yet. We thoroughly approved of the plan and the whole council voted unanimously for the building target.

On the 24th January we attended a ‘Police And Communities Together’ (PACT) meeting at the Shedfield Pavilion. Here both your District and Parish councillors met representatives of the local constabulary, Neighbourhood Watch, and Swanmore parish councillors. These PACT meetings are public meetings – so, if you have issues you want to raise on how our neighbourhood is policed or hear the results of same, PACT is where you need to be. The next meeting is at 7.45pm on 23rd April in Swanmore and the venue for future meetings will alternate between our 2 parishes. Please come along. Just as a reminder, your local non-emergency telephone number for the Police is still 101.

We also attended a briefing concerning Neighbourhood Plans which are a step up from Village Design Statements and Parish Plans. As you know there is already a team hard at work on your behalf to put together such plans which may well develop into Neighbourhood Plans for our villages. Please participate in the questionnaires as they are distributed as these give you the chance to ‘have your say’ on what is good and bad in the area and what you would like to see changed or kept!

This year Her Majesty The Queen will become the second monarch in British history to celebrate sixty years on the throne. As part of these celebrations, a series of beacons will be lit across the kingdom. In 2002, over 1,800 beacons were lit to mark The Queen’s Golden Jubilee and this year the plan is to have even more, a total of 2,012 with Her Majesty lighting the National Beacon by laser. Dame Mary Fagan, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire hopes that on Monday, 4th June 2012 there will be a hundred beacons lit throughout Hampshire.

A last minute item, if this issue hits the doormats in time you may still be able to attend the ‘South Hampshire Meet the Buyer’ event which will be held on 29th March 2012 at the Rose Bowl. The event enables major buying organisations within South Hampshire to meet local suppliers face-toface. At last year’s event 120 suppliers pitched to 22 large buyers including Marwell Wildlife, Southern Water, Sparsholt College and the University of Winchester. If you are a small business or know a small business trying to grow its market this may be the event to help you. It helps to build local supply chains and the event is funded by the ‘South Hampshire Meet the Buyer Partnership’, which includes Eastleigh Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council, Test Valley Borough Council and Winchester City Council. For more information contact Janet Maxwell at janet.maxwell@hampshire.co.uk .

If anyone wishes to engage us on any of the above or on any matter they believe the district council can help with, please do write or contact us: Roger Huxstep is on 01329 833884 or e-mail: rhuxstep@winchester.gov.uk. Linda Gemmell is on 01489 895023 and lgemmell@winchester.gov.uk or attend the next surgery on 16th April at 6.30 pm in the hour before the Parish Council Planning Meeting at 7.30 pm.

With best wishes,

Roger Huxstep & Linda Gemmell.

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