Jubilee Play Area Update

JUBILEE PLAY AREA NEWS

The Parish Council is pleased to announce the tender process is now complete, and we can confirm the successful submission was presented by Sawscapes Play Ltd.

There is a lead time of approximately 8-10 weeks but we aim to have the play area fully functioning towards the latter part of the summer holidays.

The new equipment will replace the decayed timber structure but the creation will utilise the existing mound, therefore the popular layout will remain mostly the same.

In due course the zipwire will also be replaced as a separate project due to its specialist features.

It is extremely unfortunate that the play park which was created and installed in 2017, succumbed quickly to decay and its lifespan fell short of all expectations. However, lessons have been learned and measures put in place to mitigate the likelihood of the same fate reoccurring.

The cost of the project not including the zipwire is £42,795 plus an additional item (Monkey Bars approx, £1-2K) to be confirmed, all funded by:

Parish Council’s reserves
East Hampshire District Council - s106 Developers Contributions - £14,696
Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhood Portion - £28,304
District Councillor Community Grants - £237.

The design has been revised in respect of the shelter as per the attached drawing.

New picnic benches have been added to the park for visitors to relax and socialise whilst the children enjoy the activities – District Councillor Community Grants £2,480.

The process of seeking quotations/designs, submission of tenders, evaluation/contract award has been lengthy, and your patience has been greatly appreciated.

We hope that it will be worth the wait providing many hours of family fun.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information.

 

Click here for the Play Area Design 

 

 

Revised Shelter Design

 

Essential works have commenced at Hazleton Common.

Prior Notice

Essential works will shortly commence at Hazleton Common.

Pylons need to be replaced in order to maintain a reliable power supply to the parish.

Unfortunately, whilst disruption will be kept to a minimum the work being undertaken by SSEN is significant.

The site is a designated Local Nature Reserve and therefore the greatest of care will be exercised given the sensitivity of the area.

The planned schedule of work has been approved and will be monitored by an onsite ecologist commissioned by SSEN.

Parish Council News and Public Meeting Info

February 2024

Public Attendance Fills the Hall at Last Council Meeting

The Council were really happy to welcome a great number of the public at our meeting on 12th February. We think this was as a result of the attendance of the local policing Team and an agenda item regarding speed cameras, rather than the overall matters of the Council, but we are really pleased to see that many people are valuing the contents of the meetings and particularly as we hope to have regular “guest speakers” to address all things Horndean.

The attendance of Sgt Pete Rees and PCSO Darryl Hook provided us with some very useful information, including their priority areas and the assistance that the public can provide.

Sgt Rees stressed that no member of the public should place themselves at risk. However, every incident that you see, (from a distance,) should be reported. Whilst Sgt Reese discussed the aspects of the 101 service, he explained that 101 “triages” calls and reports, whilst the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary Pages crime reports are seen by the local Policing Team, who can then recognise commonality between incidents and make connections that the 101 service may not be able to do. This allows the team to be far nimbler in their day-to-day activity.

All Crime reports can be made at: 

https://www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/


Footpath Friends Receive Council Grant to Continue Their Great Work

Whether on social media or, whilst actually enjoying our wonderful countryside, you may have seen that more of Horndean’s footpaths have been receiving some attention and improvement. 

Whilst our “Grounds” team work very hard to maintain our green spaces, this amount of improvement wouldn’t be possible without the support of our regular volunteers and the “Friends of Horndean Footpaths”
In order to support their work, the Parish Council were pleased to provide “Friends of Horndean Parish Footpaths” with a grant toward new tools and training that will help them to make an even bigger difference in the years to come!

Why not look them up on Facebook at: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/637774458363297

Or at Friends of Horndean Parish Footpaths, and see what “treemedous” work they do. You may even want to volunteer!
 

 

 

 

Policing Team Work with Morrisons to Stop Car Meets

Whilst many of our readers will have noticed that new restrictions have been imposed at Morrisons on the length of time that cars can be left, you can still stay to do your shopping and use the restaurant. These restrictions were implemented to stop the gathering of vehicles and the associated anti-social behaviour and driving when the store was closed.

Genuine users of the store and its facilities can hand their registration numbers to Customer Services if you think you will be in store longer than the limit and Morrisons staff will make sure that you don’t get a ticket!
around the area. Watch this space as the project progresses!

 

Watch your speed!

Vehicle speeding violations are one of the hot topics we hear from residents in many areas of the parish.

Horndean Parish council has successfully applied to the EHDC Speedwatch Camera scheme to deploy a set of EHDC funded average speed cameras at approved locations across the parish for the next 5 years. Data will be collected and shared with other parishes and the police and action may be taken.
In addition, we are upgrading our existing Speed Indicator (SID) infrastructure and seeking to increase the deployment of these in various locations in the parish. These SIDs will be moved every two to three weeks, and in addition to reminding drivers of their speed, will gather information to enable us to build up a picture what is happening and where to support further activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land “East of Horndean” - What’s happening

You’ve probably noticed the removal of the hedgerow along the B2149 Havant Road, in Horndean, leading to Rowlands Castle. This is clear evidence that, after so many years, something is happening on this land, which has become known as “Land East of Horndean”. As well as removing some trees and hedging, Bloor Homes Ltd (the Developer) has been planting a lot of new trees and finalising the layout of Phase 1 of the development.

 

In reality, this land is not in the eastern, but in the southern, part of the Horndean Parish Council area, so it might have been better to describe it as “southern Horndean”. Bloor has recently announced it intends to refer to the site as “Hazleton Meadow” - a name which reflects the former Hazleton Farm and, of course, our Hazleton Common nature reserve, just across the A3M and which should start to become familiar.

 

Planning permission for this development of over 700 dwellings was granted (subject to various conditions) on 23 December 2021. Since then, the Parish Council, in its role as statutory consultee, has commented on matters such as the overall design and appearance of the built form of the site, including parking.

 

The Parish Council is also considering the potential assets that could be transferred to it, including open space, woodland and play areas. But there are other things that might be adopted, including “sustainable drainage systems”, which we need to learn a lot more about and a new multi-functional hall for community use.

 

There is much to consider, especially with the Community Building and many of you will remember the Parish organising a public consultation and exhibition in 2016 asking what sort of activities and events people would like to see the building used for. With the passage of time, it will be necessary to seek fresh feedback in due course. In the meantime, we are entering into fuller discussions with East Hants District Council and with Bloor on these matters, as well as engaging with our neighbouring Parish Councils of Rowlands Castle and Clanfield, to identify viable options.


If you wish to keep up to date with detailed information about this development, you can find information on the EHDC planning portal under 55562/005. You can also see Bloor’s Newsletters issued in February and July 2023 below

Bloor Homes Land East of Horndean Newsletter (2).pdf Bloor Homes Land East of Horndean Reserved Matters 2 Newsletter wv.pdf 

 

In the meantime, the Parish Council will provide further updates through this regular newsletter as more relevant information becomes available.

 

Horndean and Clanfield Foodbank benefits from your old clothes.

The Parish Council have a “Clothes Bank” located in our car park at Jubilee Hall, for which we receive a small payment every year.

 

The foodbank is operated and run-in partnership with “Horndean Churches Together” is sited at Napier Hall and is operated by Horndean Baptist Church. It has recently been broken into and vandalised a number of times and items taken.

We are unable to understand why someone would break into a Foodbank in order to steal food that would be given free of charge and without a need to be referred, but the vandalism costs are borne by the Church and often is more expensive than the items taken!

Whilst we will be assisting with improving the security arrangements in and around Napier Hall, we were all very pleased to agree that the small income from the Clothes Bank, be donated to the Foodbank to assist them in replacing stock and repairing the damage caused.

 

 

Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting is a slightly different meeting to the normal Parish Council Meetings, in so much as it’s very much a Public Meeting, rather than a “meeting held in public”

 

This will give everyone an opportunity to hear about the Council’s plans for 2024 / 2025 and receive an update on progress against the objectives that we set earlier last year.

We’d love to hear from everyone at this meeting, so please come and see us on Monday 22nd April from 7:00pm at Jubilee Hall

Next Council Meetings

Parish Council – Monday 11th March 2024
Planning Committee – 18th March 2024
Grounds Committee - 25th March 2024
All meetings commence at 7:00pm and include 20 minutes for public questions to Parish Councillors

 

 

 

Councillor Vacancy

THE PARISH COUNCIL OF HORNDEAN HAS VACANCIES FOR COUNCILLORS IN:-
KINGS & BLENDWORTH WARD
& MURRAY WARD

These vacancies will be filled by co-option at a meeting of the Council.

An application should, in the first instance, be made to the Chief Officer,
Mrs Carla Baverstock-Jones
Horndean Parish Council
Jubilee Hall,
Crouch Lane
Horndean
Hampshire
P08 9SU
Tel: 02392 597766

Please contact the office for an information pack.

become a councillor

 

 

HORNDEAN PARISH COUNCIL IS URGING RESIDENTS TO BECOME A COUNCILLOR

People from all backgrounds and experiences who are passionate about their local area can put themselves forward.

HORNDEAN PARISH COUNCIL is urging enthusiastic and engaged members of the community who want to make a long-lasting change, have innovative ideas or have concerns about a specific issue to stand as councillors for the opportunity to make a real difference.

The work is exciting and rewarding. An integral part of a councillor's role is engaging with local people, groups, and businesses to determine their needs, making decisions on the services and projects the council should take forward, and getting involved to ensure services meet the community's needs.

Find out more about and how to become a councillor:

contact@horndeanpc-hants.gov.uk

become a councillor


Next Meetings

Planning & Public Services Committee

10 Jun 24 - 19:00

Full Parish Council Meeting

10 Jun 24 - 19:00

Full Parish Council Meeting

1 Jul 24 - 19:00

Planning & Public Services Committee

1 Jul 24 - 19:00

A Fresh Start for Horndean Parish Council

Following the May 2023 Local elections, we have said farewell to a number of Councillors, including our former Chair, Lynn Evans, who retired after 13 years’ service. We therefore have a new Chair - John Lay - and Vice Chair - Elaine Tickell - who are heading up our group of 7 Councillors, as we make a fresh start.

We plan to engage with everyone. We will listen to, cooperate and collaborate with residents, traders, other organisations and with councillors from other tiers of government to deliver the best outcomes for everyone living, working or studying in Horndean.

This approach is epitomised by a project that is currently getting off the ground and which should see the creation of a Green Trail and Heritage Network around Horndean. We are already working with - and gaining support from - runners, cyclists, East Hants District Council, local businesses, developers of the Land East of Horndean (LEOH) and more. We already have exciting ideas for this project, but are keen to see it further shaped and developed by our community.

Other projects that we are busy with include helping to shape the LEOH development, installation of solar panels to cut our costs and reduce our environmental impact and refreshing the Five Heads Play Area - part of the ongoing cycle of refreshment of play areas and, in this case, supported by EHDC.

Ongoing work includes these play areas, open spaces (from tiny green patches to football pitches, woodland, local nature reserves and Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation), looking after the Napier and Jubilee Halls and the very popular Remembrance Day and Christmas events.

Your enthusiastic Councillors are working to improve our engagement, cooperation and achievements. We would love to hear from you - whether you would like to give your view or if you might be interested in working with us, either as a partner or maybe even as a councillor - we have several vacancies.

Cllr John Lay
Chairman of Horndean Parish Council.

Please get in touch to find out more:
Carla Baverstock-Jones
Chief Officer
Horndean Parish Council
Tel: 02392 597766
www.horndeanpc-hants.gov.uk
carla.baverstock-jones@horndeanpc-hants.gov.uk


Vandalism & Anti-Social Behaviour and how to report these issues

Horndean Parish Council Vandalism on Sites.

HELP US TO STOP THE MINDLESS VANDALISM AND ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR IN PARKS, RECREATION GROUNDS, PLAY AREAS AND LEISURE AREAS IN HORNDEAN.

The Parish Council owns and maintains a number of open spaces, parks and play areas for use end enjoyment by the community. As a Parish we are lucky to have access to such a large amount and variety of leisure and recreation areas. They range from a Site of Special Scientific Interest at Catherington Down, to Local Nature reserves, to parks, to playing fields and play areas. Here is a link to what is available for community use: Council Facilities

Some areas will be used by all age groups but other areas have a specific focus particularly with regard to the age of the intended user. What is important is that everyone does have access to the leisure areas and that they should be used appropriately.

There are a small minority of teenagers whose behaviour is antisocial and who are causing a lot of damage, leaving litter/ debris/ broken glass in the areas where they congregate and deterring others from using an area. There is a cost to the residents in having to deal with the aftermath of their behaviour.

Firstly, the staff time in the Parish Office as each incident has to be reported separately in order to get a crime reference number. Then, arrangements have to be made for repairs and replacement items.

Secondly, the time of the Countryside Team who carry out a lot of repairs in-house but who also clear up litter, broken glass and evidence of drug use.

Lastly, there is the actual cost to the Parish of repairs having to be carried out. These are a sample of the costs at Jubilee Hall since January of this year:-
1. In January, a bench was set alight and destroyed beyond repair. The replacement cost was £550 plus vat plus the time of the Countryside Team in carrying out the replacement of the bench.
2. In February, a window was broken that cost £179 plus vat to replace.
3. In March, the outside toilet was vandalised. There were minor sundry costs but the major cost was the replacement of the door that had been pulled off its hinges- £248.
4. In April, a floor to ceiling window in the reception area was smashed whilst a Council meeting was in progress. The quote for the replacement window is £848 plus vat.

These costs are paid by the residents through the precept paid by each household. A band D property pays £76.42 per annum.

Most incidents are captured on CCTV. Where teenagers are identified, contact is made with their parents. In respect of item 3 above, the two teenagers involved were sitting outside on the grass whilst the CCTV footage was being viewed. It would be appropriate for their parents to step forward and reimburse the repair costs.

A selection of other incidents and the site where it occurred:-
5. Damage to the gates from Stonechat Road and also Avocet Way onto Jubilee Field.
6. Numerous cases of graffiti at the toddlers play area, Jubilee Hall. The wooden monkey on the pod and the steps are regularly broken off. There is continual evidence of drug use within this area. The teenagers congregate in the toddler area. This prevents use by those aged 10 and under for whom it is intended.
7. Fires are lit around the Jubilee Hall and Five Heads sites. On one known occasion at Jubilee hall, deodorant cans were thrown onto a fire with the resultant explosion.
8. Broken glass and litter at Jubilee Hall, Five Heads Recreation Ground and Deep Dell- off Hazleton Way.
9. Litter at Jays Close.
10. The riding of motor bikes and scooters without helmets on the grass at Jubilee Hall and on Catherington Lane.
11. One of the older boys dropping his trousers and pressing up against a window whilst a meeting was taking place at Jubilee Hall.
12. One of the most frightening incidents took place at Deep Dell on an afternoon earlier this month. 12-15 male teenagers were drinking, swearing, weaving around on electric scooters, throwing around temporary barriers and trying to break playground equipment. All this whilst young children and their parents were present.

These teenagers are easily identifiable. They are always present. They are captured on CCTV. They probably attend local schools. They live amongst us. On each site and on each occasion, there is probably someone present who knows who they are. That includes their peer group. It could be their parents. Please report who and what you see to the police on 101 or online: Hampshire Police- Report a crime but also to the Parish Office via email: contact@horndeanpc-hants.gov.uk. Dealing with this problem is a community effort.

Precept for 2023/2024
We have received comments about the rise in the Precept for 23/24. This article, seeks to explain why it has risen and why we feel it is justified. I don’t apologise for the length of the explanation – it is a complex subject.

Cllr Lynn Evans Chairman HPC

The precept enables a Parish Council to fulfil all its aims and duties.

In Horndean we have over 150 acres of land which we own or manage for the benefit of residents and the wildlife which inhabits the land. The majority is owned and includes five Local Nature Reserves one of which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest – SSSI

All our sites are well-used and much appreciated. Included are all the playgrounds and outdoor gym facilities. During holidays and fine weather all the play areas are extremely well-used and the open spaces are visited by many people out for a walk.

We also own and maintain two community halls which are available for hire.

We have a small grant budget which is applied for by organisations in need of help.

Support is given to the Horndean and Clanfield Food Bank.

The Remembrance Day Service and Carols in the Square are organised and funded by HPC and are both well-attended and appreciated.

The Planning Committee comment on all applications made within the Parish to try to ensure that they are acceptable in design and situation.

We answer numerous queries in a typical week and sign-post residents to contact other organisations when a problem occurs which is outside our remit.

The 15% increase to the precept this year (an increase of £11 per annum on a band D house) has been brought about by:
• A fall in income from the halls due to lockdowns and some clubs and groups conducting their events online not face to face.
• Some groups have failed due to people choosing to spend their monies on necessities rather than entertainment.
• We have seen increases in utility bills and could see more. Most of the services we have to “buy in” have increased significantly in cost.
• A significant spend on repair and replacement due to vandalism.
• A cost during the summer of hiring private security to prevent vandalism

As a Council we feel that all the above are of benefit to each of our residents in one way or another and sometimes even more valuable when times are difficult.

The budget and resulting precept are discussed in public meetings over a period of months. For instance the 23/24 budget was discussed six times. No member of the public attended any of these meetings.

Elections take place on May 4th this year and we are not expecting to have 15 Councillors after that date. Do your bit and get elected (still time if you move quickly) or join the Council by becoming co-opted – the Chief Officer can supply details of how this works and the duties and responsibilities of a member of the Council.

The extension houses the office and countryside team workshop. Both were previously rented. The rents we were paying cover the loan repayments. All staff housed in a suitable building which is owned by the Parish. All the plans and the business case for the project were discussed in public meetings on many occasions.

Carla.baverstock-jones@horndeanpc-hants.gov.uk

Footpath Closures

Potential closure of footpaths: Information for residents can be found via the following link below. If any footpaths, including urban paths are not shown, an application needs to be made to Hampshire County Council to hopefully ensure its continuance. The application process can be found by following the link. 

https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/rightsofway/definitivemap

What is a Definitive Map?

Each highway authority keeps a Definitive Map and Statement of all public rights of way - the formal legal record of the existence of footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic. In total it offers more than 137,000 miles of public footpath, bridleway and byway providing a level of access admired throughout the world.

Please see the map at the link below with contact details of which authority to report issues to:

/_UserFiles/Files/Footpath_Reporting.pdf 

 

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