First Steps on the Horndean Green Trail and Heritage Network
During December, we received notification that the bid for S106 monies, to complete the Initiation Phase of our Green Trail and Heritage Network had been successful. In the wake of that confirmation, we were delighted to be able to host a visit from two East Hants District Council Cabinet members, Cllr Rob Mocatta – Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Prosperity and Cllr Adeel Shah – Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Development. We were joined by local EHDC Councillor David Evans and by Lisa Clements and Daniel Jessop of the EHDC Community Development Team, who have all helped to get us this far.
Pictured from left to right:
EHDC CllrRob Mocatta, EHDC Cllr David Evans, EHDC Cllr Adeel Shah, HPC Cllr Andy Redding, HPC Cllr Simon Freeman, HPC Cllr John Lay, Lisa Clements EHDC Community Development Officer, Daniel Jessop, EHDC Community Development Officer
HPC Councillors John Lay (Chairman) and fellow Councillors Simon Freeman (Chairman Grounds Committee) and Andy Redding (Vice Chairman Grounds Committee) used the occasion to introduce our visitors to the scope of the project, our progress to date and the next steps and to take them along a less rural stretch of the route, starting from the Village centre – albeit one that included part of the Monarch’s Way and Dell Piece and Hazleton Common Nature Reserves.
The final Green Trail and Heritage Network will encompass large swathes of our countryside, as well as the village centre and will eventually extend to include related trails, loops and spurs to:
• access areas of natural and heritage interest
• create sub loops as the project progresses
• connect to existing paths (local and long distance)
• link both existing parts of Horndean and new developments
• embrace pubs, restaurants and businesses across Horndean
• increase cohesion and community spirit
The route of the initial phase has been drawn by our appointed consultants Urban Place Lab (who have supported Whitehill and Bordon on a similar, very successful project) and is shown below.
• The aims and objectives of this project will provide Opportunities for fitness and recreation
• Lifelong learning, through information boards and QR codes to educational websites
• Encourage residents to stay local
• Promote walking or cycling instead of driving
• Reduce Carbon Emissions and the use of vehicles for short journeys
• Bringing existing Rights of Way back to a good, accessible standard
• Make Horndean’s natural and heritage assets including the Nature Reserves and SINCs available to all
Don't miss your chance to have your say on the future of Horndean!
A Local Plan is a crucial planning document that provides a vision for creating sustainable development in the district as well as proposed sites and planning policies. It spells out how much development is needed, proposes places where it may go and what business sites are required.
East Hampshire District Council’s Local Plan is considered so important that it sent the plan out in draft form before Christmas.
On 10th January EHDC's Planning Policy Committee agreed that they would launch the plan in its final version for public consultation. This period began on 27th January
Please have a look at details and provide feedback, not least because the Local Plan includes over 400 additional houses in the Horndean Parish Council area, over and above the developments East of Horndean. This will be your chance to have your say. The plan and consultation can be found at:
Recent examples of vandalism across Horndean have emphasised the importance of getting this initiative under way.
Vandals Will Cost Community Initiatives Dearly
It is regrettable to inform our residents that Horndean Parish Council have again been a target of serious vandalism, resulting in 4 smashed panes of glass to the Council building at Jubilee. The incident will be reported to the Police and the CCTV will be examined. The result of this vandalism is expected to be costly, due to the size and number of panes of glass that need replacing.
If anyone has any information or were witness to this incident, please contact the Police on 101/online, or contact Horndean Parish Council on, Tel: 02392 597766 and leave a message, or email: email@example.com.
It's such a shame that the majority of our residents, who will benefit from the initiatives that the Parish Council are leading will have to bear the brunt of the costs through the Council Tax precept, because of mindless vandalism. We will do our best to ensure that we manage the eventual costs, knowing that it is public money that is being spent.
Jubilee Hall isn’t the only target of this type of attack, with the local Spar on Catherington Lane, suffering from a similar attack.
Further afield, a Hampshire County Council Gritting Lorry was also attacked and this could have resulted in serious injury or even a death! For more information, please see https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-68003811
Horndean Neighbourhood Improvement Project Begins to Take Shape
HPC Chairman John Lay, took the opportunity offered by the Green Trail and Heritage Network visit to also tell the visiting EHDC Cabinet Members of another significant initiative– the Horndean Neighbourhood Improvement Project.
HPC will be founder members of the new Forum and our aim is to work with other Stakeholders and Partners to identify and deal with a range of potential improvements to Horndean. The aim of this project is to help make Horndean better cared for and more attractive to residents, visitors and business.
By cooperating working with others, we hope to coordinate efforts, so that they complement each other to boost the effectiveness of all the members of the Forum, currently working independently.
To get things underway, the Chairman of the HPC Working Party, Cllr Derek Prosser, met with Ron Hammerton of the Horndean Protection Group (which is also a founder member), to agree the initial steps and to initiate the process of inviting other organisations to join the Forum.
He also offered the Working Party’s assistance to the Forum in providing limited advisory and secretarial services, to help the Forum establish itself.
Next Meetings of Committees and Council
• Parish Council - on 12 February 2024 – Including: Meet the local Policing Team and hear their views and plans for Neighbourhood Policing in Horndean
• Planning Committee – on 5th February
• Planning Committee – on 26th February 2024