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Welcome to our monthly round-up of what's happening in your district.

In this issue we look at what we've achieved that has made a big difference to people's lives, a new EHDC Chairman, call for brownfield sites and more...

Please follow our social media channels for regular updates.

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A message from Cllr Richard Millard, EHDC Leader

Corporate strategy 2020-2024 – What we've delivered

I am delighted to share this infographic with you which highlights some of the many achievements we have delivered as part of our Corporate Strategy 2020-2024.

What we have delivered infographic

I am hugely proud of these achievements - there are far too many individual outcomes for me to mention every single one, but the infographic gives a snapshot of what has been achieved for each of our priorities.

The work we've done demonstrates the real, tangible, positive differences we make to our residents and businesses across the district.

These successes are a fantastic showcase of what we're capable of and demonstrate the sheer scale of what we can deliver.

We are now setting our new corporate strategy and look forward to delivering even more for you.

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New EHDC Chairman elected

Introducing the new Chairman of East Hampshire District Council, Cllr Catherine Clark, who takes up the role for our historic 50th year.

Cllr Clark was elected as Chairman at a Full Council meeting on Thursday 16 May 2024, alongside Cllr Graham Hill, elected as Vice Chairman.

As Chairman, she will be visiting groups and organisations right across East Hampshire, as well as representing the district in other areas.

On taking up the role Cllr Clark said: "I am looking forward to my year as Chairman of EHDC, especially as it's such a special year as we celebrate our 50th anniversary of the council. I can't wait to get out and meet the residents in our area at the many events that are organised each year."

Did you know you can invite the Chairman to visit your event or group?

Find out how you can invite Cllr Clark to visit your group, open your event or shine a light on your campaign.

New Chairman elected for our 50th year

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Calling for brownfield sites

Do you know of brownfield land that is suitable and available for development?

We believe that brownfield land must be the priority for development. To make sure we have considered all possibilities, we are running a 'Call for Brownfield Sites'.

This is your opportunity to let us know about those sites that you think could deliver development in our planning area (outside of the South Downs National Park). You have until Friday 7 June to give us your suggestions.

As well as brownfield sites, we would like to receive suggestions for land for Traveller and Travelling Showpeople accommodation and Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG).

Suggest a brownfield site

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Free wheeling around the Green Loop

East Hampshire residents can hire bikes and e-bikes for free in Whitehill & Bordon

We've teamed up with Cycle Sphere, based in The Shed, to give our residents the chance to hire bikes and e-bikes for up to two hours completely free of charge!

This amazing opportunity is part of a push to help people live healthier and more active lifestyles, as well as showing how easy it is to cycle around the town.

Watch our short video to find out more

Whitehill & Bordon’s Green Loop is an award-winning network of paths that criss-cross through and around the town. At 7km long it connects areas of interest and local beauty, including the Hogmoor Inclosure, The Shed and Quebec Terrace.

The flat terrain and clear signposting make it the perfect safe, fun and family-friendly way to get some exercise and spend time together outdoors.

Free bike hire scheme

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What do I do with... glass?

There are two ways to recycle glass bottles and jars in East Hampshire - recycling at home or taking them to a bottle bank. Find out more in our latest #binfluencer video.

Be a local #binfluencer!

Are you the one in your street who knows when your bin should be out and what should go in it?

Brush up on what can (and can't) go into your bin on our website.

Be a local #binfluencer!

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Bin hangers are coming!

Newly redesigned bin hangers will be in use shortly across the district.

They'll be used if our crews find things in your recycling (black) bin that can't be recycled in East Hampshire.

We can only take paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, tins and cans, and empty aerosol cans in your recycling bin.

Find out more about contamination

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Get up & go! – Enjoy something new

Are you looking for affordable and accessible ways of being active in your local community?

From walking football to chair yoga, Get up & go! has something for everyone.

Get up & go! offers a range of exciting physical activity sessions for residents of East Hampshire and the surrounding areas, especially for those who are not achieving their recommended levels of physical activity, or living with mild to moderate health conditions.

We want anybody who feels they might benefit from these activities to join in, so go on, get up and go enjoy something new.

Follow Get up & go! East Hampshire on Facebook or take a look at our website for all the latest classes. It's updated regularly with new sessions that are funded through the project.

Find out more and book onto a session

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Accessible online services

We are proud to announce our website is now ranked 12th best council website for accessibility in the UK

Over the last 10 weeks we have made huge improvements to our website, to really improve the user experience for all – and particularly for those with a disability.

How we have achieved this:

• Improved content so it is easier to understand
• Ensured all images have alternative text (a description of the image)
• Removed complex tables from web pages

See how we rank, compared to other councils on the website below.

Top UK councils websites for accessibility

Stop think fraud

Stop! Think Fraud

Fraud accounts for around 40% of all crime in the UK. Fraudsters aren’t fussy. They’ll pick on anyone.

Nobody is immune from fraud. The criminals behind it target people online and in their homes, often emotionally manipulating their victims before stealing money or personal data.

Stop! Think Fraud 40 second TV advert

A new government campaign gives you simple-to-follow advice and the tools you need to stay ahead of scams. Stay vigilant and always taking a moment to stop, think and check whenever you’re approached.

Find out what you can do today to help protect yourself, your loved ones and your business from fraud.

Stop! Think Fraud. How to stay safe from scams

Thanks for reading.

The Easthants Team

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Grow Up! update

Grow Up! is starting to bear fruit!

Orchards and fruit trees among new planting backed by Grow Up! grants

Orchards of fruit trees, tranquil spaces and the chance to commune with nature are part of the benefits being brought to the district through our ambitious Grow Up! programme.

Grow Up! is our district-wide programme designed to develop our local economy, strengthen ties with our rural heritage and foster pride in our communities.

And this spring we have been funding community-led projects in growing, planting and education across East Hampshire.

Find out more about out incredible Grow Up! programme

In the last few months five projects have led to orchards being planted in Greatham, Grayshott and Oakhanger, hedges being laid in Clanfield and more trees planted in Whitehill & Bordon.

Cllr Richard Millard said: “Grow Up! is our way of reminding people about the fantastic opportunities we have as residents of East Hampshire.

“The Grow Up! programme will support our rural economy, reconnect people with countryside, provide new skills, new careers and new opportunities for our residents.

“Part of that ambition is to nurture our connection with the natural environment – and that’s why we have been busy supporting tree planting, hedge-laying and the creation of orchards around the district.”

Planting made possible by Grow Up!

Hedge planting at Clanfield allotments

Clanfield hedges - grow Up!

Hedges have been laid around Clanfield allotments by volunteers and allotment holders including hawthorn, blackthorn, field maple, hazel and other fruit trees. Thanks to Clanfield Parish Council and the allotment association, the hedges will provide natural protection from the wind, create habitats and food sources for wildlife, as well as a source of fruit for the community.

Tree planting in Whitehill & Bordon

WBCT tree planting

Run by the Whitehill & Bordon Community Trust this project offered residents and schools in our community the opportunity to grow locally-supplied fruit trees in their own gardens. Trees improve air quality and reduce carbon and the planting project educated people about healthy eating and engendered a sense of community and pride – exactly what the Grow Up! scheme is all about!

Community Orchard - Lindford

This scheme saw the local tree warden work with pre-school children to enhance an existing orchard and replace trees lost to the hot dry summer of the previous year. Run by Lindford Parish Council, the planting demonstrated the joys of planting and caring for trees, it has created a charming and tranquil space and the resultant fruit can be eaten by residents.

Community Orchard - Grayshott

Grayshott Orchard

This orchard is considered a ‘wellness area’ - a beautiful, restful and safe location for the community to gather. The scheme saw educational opportunities for children and elderly and is fully accessible for wheelchair users. Grow Up! provided two leaf mould bins, a display board and 10 trees to add to 25 already planted.

Community Orchard - Greatham

Greatham Orchard

The Grow Up! scheme helped extend this recently-developed community orchard in Church Field with new fruit trees, along with stakes, ties, mesh guards and a water carrier to keep them watered in the hot summer months. Run by the St John’s Church Trust, the planting was all carried out by volunteers and residents, including young children who learnt about the process of growing food.


This project is funded by the UK Government through the UKSPF

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and​ skills.

Find out more on GOV.UK

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                  Big news from East Hampshire District Council 

                                                         PCC Election

                           Police and Crime Commissioner Election Result

                              The election for the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police Area has been completed. Polling took                               place on Thursday 2 May 2024 and the ballots were counted on Friday 3 May.

                              The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is Donna Jones (Con).

                              You can see the countywide results, and how residents in East Hampshire voted, through the link below

            

      See the PCC election results

          



Can we meet East Hampshire’s energy needs with locally generated renewable energy?

Find answers to this question and more at Our Future Energy Landscape events across East Hampshire.

Book your free place

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Join Energise South Downs for five exciting workshops across East Hampshire, exploring how we can power our communities using locally generated renewable energy sources.

The events will take place in:

  • Petersfield 7pm-9.30pm Wednesday 8 May (Petersfield Festival Hall)
  • Alton 7pm-9.30pm Wednesday 15 May (Alton Community Centre)
  • Liss 7pm-9.30pm Tuesday 19 June (Liss Village Hall)
  • Horndean 7pm-9.30pm Wednesday 26 June (Merchistoun Hall)
  • Clanfield – 7pm-9.30pm Monday 30 September (Clanfield Memorial Hall)

Drawing on data and research attendees will explore what might be feasible and create space for an informed, balanced conversation about what communities feel is acceptable.

We have supported these events through our Councillor Community Grant Scheme, which is open now for applications. It is also supported by the South Downs National Park Authority.

Cllr Robert Mocatta, EHDC portfolio holder for Regeneration and Place (which includes climate change), said:

“We’re committed to enabling greener communities in the district, and I’m pleased that we have been able to support these events.

“They’re an opportunity for local people to input into what they believe is feasible in their area.”

See https://esd.energy/events/future-energy-landscapes/ for more information, venues and to book a free place

Book now!

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Big news from East Hampshire District Council

We’re changing how we work for you

Penns Place closing down, more services to be delivered digitally

We’re changing the way we work to make our services easier for people to use.

Our customer information shows that customers want services they can easily access when and where they want.

As a result, we’ve reshaped our services behind the scenes to make them streamlined and efficient and we are improving the way residents can reach us to make it simple and straightforward.

Already most of our customers expect to access our services online. That way they can get what they want, when they want it.

In fact, only around three per cent of customer enquiries come through the council’s reception at Penns Place.

So from 2 April we will be closing our reception at Penns Place and focusing on providing our services digitally, to support our residents in a more convenient and forward-thinking way.

We are creating a network of access points around the district where residents can speak directly to council officers through a live link-up. Using this network, residents will be able to receive the support and assistance they need to conduct their business with the council.

If customers are unable to access our services digitally, they can contact us via the telephone on 01730 266551 where one of our team will be available to help directly or arrange an appointment for a face-to-face meeting if appropriate.

A handful of our customers still pay for services using cash. We have contacted these customers direct and set up alternative means of payment.

Cllr Richard Millard, EHDC Leader, said: “This way of delivering our services to residents is leaner, more efficient and conforms with what our residents expect of us and how the vast majority of them already contact us.

“By focusing on providing services online we can make life easier for residents that are comfortable using digital technology and still support the very few who cannot.

“Removing our reception from Penns Place will mean the council no longer is tied to an expensive and out-dated facility that is rarely used.”

For more information on how residents can reach us, go to www.easthants.gov.uk.

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Big news from East Hampshire District Council

 

Giving apprentices a head start

Our scheme makes it easy for employers to take on apprentices

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From plumbers to IT specialists - we’re giving young people the support they need to launch their careers through apprenticeships.

Our ‘Get East Hants Working’ apprenticeship scheme provides funding for wages, travel and training to make it easier than ever for local businesses to take on apprentices.

Since the scheme launched in 2013 the council has supported more than 75 young people, giving them the chance to learn on the job, get experience of the workplace and study for valuable qualifications.

Nik (20) is an apprentice at Smallworld IT, in Whitehill & Bordon, who has been supported by our scheme.

He said: “I did not have any previous experience of employment and this made it very difficult to get accepted for any more ambitious job roles.

“The primary reason behind me taking an apprenticeship position was the fact that I saw it as an opportunity to get a position that offered the space for growth, and that I was more likely to be accepted for. Currently, I am finding the role to be surpassing those expectations, as it allows not only for growth, both as a person and as an employee, but also allows me to experience employment with a level of responsibility and opportunity that would usually take years to accumulate.”

Julian Small, of Smallworld IT, said: “In his role as Apprentice IT Support Technician, Nik continues to develop his skills and provides great value to Smallworld IT.

"One of the great benefits of the apprenticeship is that Nik gets paid to learn on the job. Each day Nik gets to work on some amazing things with the team, including Cyber Security, Microsoft 365 Business products and assisting our customers with their IT support requests.

"Since 2015 Smallworld has employed apprentices under the scheme. Apprentices have always been a valuable part of our professional services team and have gone on to achieve great things within the company. I wouldn’t have any hesitation in employing more apprentices if I could.

Find out more about our apprenticeship scheme

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Our apprenticeship scheme supports all sectors of industry. Currently, another apprentice, Harry, is learning his trade with Southern Plumbing and Heating which has used the scheme to successfully bring through young people in the past.

Cllr Robert Mocatta, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Prosperity, said: “This week is Apprenticeship Week, so it is a great time to remember the fantastic opportunities apprenticeships offer people in a wide variety of industries across East Hampshire.

“Whether it’s getting young people on the first step of the ladder or helping older people start a new career, an apprenticeship is an excellent way to give people the chance to learn their trade.

“By giving real life workplace experience alongside any necessary qualifications it combines the best of both worlds, and I am proud we have been able to help so many people through this brilliant scheme.”

How does the scheme work?

Funding is available from East Hampshire District Council, to subsidise wages and contribute towards transport and training for apprentices joining businesses in East Hampshire District.

Businesses of all sizes are eligible for the scheme. In particular, we encourage applications from small and medium sized businesses. Priority will be given to new applications.

To be eligible for the scheme businesses must:

  • have a physical address in East Hampshire
  • pay business rates to East Hampshire district council
  • offer a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • contribute towards the wages
  • employ apprentices who live within East Hampshire District area.

What is available?

One year's funding per new apprenticeship post

Up to £400 towards travel

Up to £1,000 towards training (for over 25s only)

For more information about the scheme please contact Sarah Flamson by email: sarah.flamson@easthants.gov.uk.