District Councillors’ report – September 2015


Boundary Commission:

 The Local Government Boundary Commission for England have formally published their Final Recommendations for Winchester City Council. In summary the number of Councillors will fall from 57 to 45 with 13 3-member wards and 3 2-member wards.  However, the biggest effect everyone here will feel will be the splitting of this ward.  Now Shedfield and Shirrell Heath will be going with Whitely to become the ‘Whitely and Shedfield ward’ and Waltham Chase will be going with Swanmore, Droxford, Soberton, Soberton Heath and Hambledon to form the ‘Central Meon Valley Ward’  The full details have been published on the Boundary Commission’s web page and can be found here:- https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/3671

 

Have your say:-

Winchester City Council is endeavouring to hold much more open consultations with community members throughout the district.  The web page http://www.winchester.gov.uk/data/consultations/ links straight in to all the current and recent consultations, please take a look.  The current ones are ‘The local Council Tax Reduction Scheme’ and ‘Busking in Winchester’.

 

Have your say (2):-

A very useful way of contacting the Council is through the Reporting App.  This can be downloaded from the home page of the Council http://www.winchester.gov.uk for the iPhone, Android, Windows and Blackberry devices. Personally I have used this to great effect reporting fallen trees and fly tipping in the ward but there is so much more you can report or view.  Allied to this is the general app ‘My Council’ downloadable from your app shop, which does the same thing for any district you are in – so you can report the same troubles in the neighbouring districts should you see the pile of rubbish dumped say, near Petersfield or Eastleigh etc.

Small Grants

The Council is open for applications for SMALL GRANTS up to £500  again – Deadline 15th  September – decision notification w/c 12 October For one-off pieces of expenditure if on projects, equipment and other items which will help your Organisation to do more, to reach more people, to provide better services or to try something different. Organisations can apply online or print off the form and complete it:-  http://www.winchester.gov.uk/community/grants/small-grant-scheme/

 

Whats On

Several things are on locally and in Winchester – Bishop’s Waltham Museum Trust Summer Opening Sat 05/09/15 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM The museum at Bishop’s Waltham Palace will be open at weekends throughout the summer months. Come and see the medieval hovel exhibition and learn about daily life during the middle ages. 13th September Taste of Wickham – For the second year in a row, the Square in Wickham will be closed to traffic and instead filled with market stalls selling local produce, gifts and food and free entertainment including cookery demonstrations, a bouncy castle, children’s crafts and live music. A free park and ride will run from Westlands Farm all day.  The Cathedral has a several interesting tours running in September – on the 5th there is the Jane Austen Tour and Cream Tea tour; the 16th  September, at 1.30pm  is ‘The marriage of England and Spain’ tour – Find out about the most famous wedding ever to have taken place in the Cathedral, between Queen Mary I and Prince Philip of Spain. Discover the intrigues and plots behind-the-scenes in these turbulent Tudor Counter Reformation times. (Phone 01962 857 275 for further Cathedral details)  Adjutant General’s Corp – Freedom Parade – Sat 24th  October – Commencing at the Peninsula Barracks at 10.15 and down to King Alfred statue and around to the Cathedral for a service at 11.15am.

If anyone wishes to engage us on any of the above, or on any matter they believe the district or county council can help with, please do write or contact us: Roger Huxstep is on 01329 833884 or e-mail: rhuxstep@winchester.gov.uk or roger.huxstep@hants.gov.uk or Linda Gemmell is on 01489 895023 and lgemmell@winchester.gov.uk.  Please phone or e-mail for the time and location of our next surgery

With best wishes Roger Huxstep & Linda Gemmell.

 

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