District Councillors’ December 2012 /January 2013 report

Dear Ward Electorate,

Pat Staples has produced a report on the response to the Parish Survey drawn up by the Shedfield Parish Plans Steering Group to write a Village Design Statement and a Parish Plan – and, very interesting reading it is for all who live here. If you have not been able to respond to the request to fill in the Survey then please DO SO. It is a chance to give your views; you can still get forms from the Parish Council’s office in the Pavilion, Shedfield or complete it online at http://www.shedfieldparishplans.org.uk/ This is important, not least because it gives power to the Parish Council in responding to current planning issues and to be a voice for our community for years to come.
By the time you read this article the Christmas Lights will have been lit in Winchester. Do
go and see them as soon as possible and don’t miss the Winchester Christmas Market which is recognised as one of the best in Europe and renowned for its spectacular location. It is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close surrounding an open-air ice-rink. The exhibitors have been hand-picked for their interesting, high quality and unique products many of which can’t be bought on the high street. Many of the exhibitors will be attending for the full 28 days but some will only be there for the first 14 days with a new wave of exhibitors filling the chalets for the last 14 days. It will run every day from Thursday, 22nd November to Sunday, 23rd December and the opening hours are: 10 am to 6 pm from Sunday through Wednesday and 10 am to 7.30 pm from Thursday through Saturday.
Are your heating bills going through the roof?
If they are, much of the heat you are paying for could be going the same way. ‘Hitting the
Cold Spots’, a Hampshire County Council (HCC) scheme funded by a grant from the
Department of Health, can help and advise on ways to keep warm and healthy this winter.
Cold weather not only makes life uncomfortable but can also lead to serious health problems such as respiratory diseases, asthma, depression, heart disease and strokes. HCC has been developing new and innovative ways to help people keep warm and reduce bills. The easy way to find what you need is to call the dedicated free Advice Line 0800 804 8601 where your call will be answered by a member of the team from the Environment Centre, alternatively e-mail staywarm@environmentcentre.com. Experienced advisors can visit you at home to offer practical advice on how to keep your home warm and to assist with reducing your energy bills. This winter, subject to availability and conditions, HCC are offering:

• Help with heating and hot water system repairs.
• Urgent support with alternative heating measures (electric oil filled radiators) if you are without heating.
• Small grant support to cope with winter fuel emergencies.
• Carbon monoxide detectors – provided free with a home safety visit.
• Tariff change advice to help you to save money on your fuel bills, and practical support and assistance with debt, money and benefits.
• Access to free loft and cavity wall insulation, including for solid wall properties.
• Free assessment for connection to mains gas supply.

The visiting Advisors offer practical and financial support, and can be with you when any
works are being undertaken within your home.

Technophobes can skip this bit?
If you have a smart phone or tablet device Your Winchester is the quick and efficient way to report problems and issues. You can report problems re: refuse collection, fly-tipping, street rubbish, illegal fly posting, broken pavement or street lighting, parking meters and pot holes in the road, abandoned vehicles, dead animals, drains and graffiti and antisocial behaviour.
Send the report complete with an accurate GPS location* and photograph or video. The fast and efficient ‘app’ is free to download from the Apple App Store, Google Play and the
Blackberry App Store, all you need to do is go to the app store from your device, type in
Your Winchester to the search field and download it, you can start using it straight away. It
doesn’t end there though, by using the smart phone’s GPS mapping technology Your
Winchester automatically sends your report to the right council. So, if you report a dead
animal on the roadside in West Sussex, for example, the report will be sent to the appropriate local council. Using the mobile app is easy – to submit a report you just select the relevant category, complete the questions and capture the evidence with a photo or video, enter your location and send! The progress of your report will be provided by e-mail. *For GPS location pinpointing device location services need to be activated.

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 email: rhuxstep@winchester.gov.uk. Linda Gemmell is on 01489 895023 and
lgemmell@winchester.gov.uk or, attend the next surgery on 10th December at 6.15 pm in the hour before the Full Parish Council in the Pavilion, or on 7th January at 6.30 pm before the Planning Committee meeting also in the Pavilion.

With best wishes for a very happy Christmas & New Year,
Roger Huxstep & Linda Gemmell.

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