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Garden waste service set to grow

***Correction - the previous version of this release included an error. The garden waste collections are made fortnightly, not monthly as we previously stated.***

More residents can soon take advantage of East Hampshire District Council’s kerbside collection of green waste as the council moves quickly to extend and improve the service. 

Currently more than 10,000 residents take advantage of the fortnightly collection of grass cuttings and garden clippings from people’s homes. 

With two lorries dedicated to the service it is struggling to meet demand and has more than 1,000 households on a waiting list. 

The council now plans to launch a third crew, opening up the collection to a further 5,000 households. 

It will also strengthen the existing service and enable the council to clear the current backlog of uncollected garden waste bins. 

Cllr Richard Millard, EHDC Leader, used an Executive Order, a process that fast-tracks the council’s decision-making process, in order to launch the new service as quickly as possible. 

He said: “The Green Waste service is a popular and successful innovation from EHDC but it has not been operating as efficiently as it should. 

“Introducing a new round will let more people sign up to the service and allow us to get our existing collections back on track.  

“While we only have two crews on the service it has no room to grow. We believe there is sufficient demand for the service to launch a third round, allowing another 5,000 households to conveniently dispose of the green waste they collect from their gardens. No more trips to the tip!”

Garden Waste customers pay £74 a year for a brown bin and £49 for a green sack, which is emptied every two weeks.  

You can register your interest in a garden waste licence on the council's website:  


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Grants on offer for groups signed up to the EHDC Community Lottery

New grants will soon be available for groups and charities that have signed up to East Hampshire District Council’s Community Lottery.

The Community Chest grant scheme offers grants of up to £1,000 to help good causes.

To be eligible for the grants, groups must be signed up to the East Hampshire Community Lottery and have sold at least 50 tickets over the last year.

The grant scheme opens in September, so any organisation not signed up to the lottery still has time to do so.

The Community Lottery is run by East Hampshire District Council as a way of raising funds for good local causes.

Players can buy £1 tickets from their chosen good cause, with 50p going directly to the good cause, 20p going towards national prizes, 20p on administration and the remaining 10p used to build up the council’s Community Chest fund.

Last year eight local charities received a share of more than £7,000 and it is expected the Community Chest will be a similar size in 2022.

Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Welfare and Community Integration, said: “The Community Lottery is a great way to raise money for your favourite charity. And at least 10p of every ticket sold is collected into the Community Chest which is then used to help even more local groups.

“If you run a charity it really makes sense to sign up for the lottery so you can start generating money for your cause through ticket sales. And once you’ve sold 50 tickets you will become eligible to apply for further funding from the Community Chest.

“We have so many wonderful voluntary groups in East Hampshire and they do an incredible amount of good work for the district. We set up the Community Lottery and the Community Chest as another way to help them do what they do so well.”

For more information on EHDC’s Community Lottery go to:


Last year the Community Chest issued eight grants worth more than £7,000 in total.

These included:

Basingstoke & Alton Cardiac Rehabilitation CharityBasingstoke & Alton Cardiac Rehabilitation Charity

Basingstoke & Alton Cardiac Rehabilitation Charity was awarded £954 to purchase heart rate monitoring equipment. It registered as a good cause in February 2020 and has a current average of 21 tickets sales a week.

PVCGPetersfield Voluntary Care Group

Petersfield Voluntary Care Group was awarded £542 for leaflet printing and distribution. It has been a registered good cause since March 2021 with a current average of 19 ticket sales a week.


Artscape was awarded £1,000 for six outdoor creative workshops in Bordon. It signed up to the lottery in March 2020 and has a current average of 19 tickets sales a week.

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Eligible households have until 26 June to apply for energy rebate

The deadline for East Hampshire households in council tax band A to D homes to apply for the £150 Energy Rebate is fast approaching.

Eligible residents (including those in band E homes who receive Disabled Persons Relief) have until Sunday 26 June to apply.

More than 28,000 grants have been issued so far with approximately 4,000 eligible households yet to apply.

The application can be completed online through the East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) website and anyone who struggles to access or use the internet can get assistance over the phone on 01730 234400

After the online process closes, any eligible households that have not applied for the rebate will have the £150 deducted from their council tax bill for the year.

Apply for the rebate

Households that are not eligible to receive the £150 Energy Rebate can now apply for the council’s discretionary scheme. To qualify for the Discretionary Energy Rebate Scheme, you must:

  • be living in a property valued in council tax bands E-H and be in receipt of council tax support (CTS), housing benefit or universal credit* on 1 April 2022.

  • have a liability for rent on 1 April 2022, pay the energy bill, and be in receipt of housing benefit or universal credit*.

*You must be receiving regular payments from universal credit.

All payments are subject to fraud checks.

This scheme will close on Sunday 17 July.

Apply for the discretionary scheme

Councillor Charles Louisson, EHDC portfolio holder for Finance, said:

“We’ve been able to help many households with the £150 Energy Rebate and every eligible household will receive it.

“With the introduction of this discretionary scheme, we hope to reach those people most in need who weren’t eligible for the main rebate."

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News release EHDC

South Hants Volleyball

Councillor grants help Horndean volleyball club grow

Young people in Horndean have been trying their hand at volleyball thanks to grants from two East Hampshire District Councillors in the area.

The South Hants Junior Volleyball Club, which meets at Horndean Technology College on Saturday mornings, received £1,000 each from Cllr David Evans and Cllr Chris Hatter.

They used the money to buy new equipment and run new, introductory sessions for children.

The club's waiting list shot up during the lockdowns but the grants have enabled them to meet the demand for places.

The community sports co-ordinator at Horndean Technology College, Caroline Whiffin, has also helped the club accommodate the influx of new members.

Bev Cooper, the club's development manager, said: “We have seen interest in volleyball increase in demand in the Horndean area and I am so pleased that so many young people are taking up the sport.

“Thanks to the support of two of our local East Hampshire District Councillors we have been able to introduce a lot of new people to this wonderful sport.”

Cllrs Evans and Hatter visited a Saturday morning session and saw the practice sessions in action and the young people were thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Cllr Chris Hatter said: “We have been delighted to support the volleyball club with a grant that has allowed significantly more young local residents to take up this growing sport.

“With the dedication of the coaches, support of Horndean Technical College and EHDC Councillor grant scheme, we can see how community groups working together can boost opportunities for our area.”

EHDC's councillor community grant scheme is a budget of £4,500 allocated to each district councillor to support voluntary and not-for-profit organisations within their ward. These organisations must have a charitable or community goal.

Following the council's Climate Emergency declaration in 2019, £1,000 of allocated budgets must be spent on environmental projects.

Find out more about the councillor community grant scheme on EHDC's website


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Eligible residents can decide how they want to receive their £150 Energy Rebate

£150 Energy Rebate payments are ready for the 31,000 East Hampshire households in bands A to D that are eligible for the payment. Residents in band E homes who receive Disabled Persons Relief are also eligible. There are a few ways they can receive their rebate.

24,000 customers who pay by direct debit (whose details matched the information on East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) files) have already been issued with their payment, totalling £3.6million.

Residents who do not pay their council tax by direct debit can now complete an online form to claim the rebate through the EHDC website. Eligible households are being sent letters over the next couple of weeks with information on additional support to apply (if needed).

Payments may take up to 21 days as bank checks are carried out.

Find out more and apply

On 26 June, the online form will close and any eligible households who cannot be paid the rebate directly will have a £150 deduction applied to their council tax bill, and a new bill issued.

Councillor Charles Louisson, EHDC portfolio holder for Finance, said:

“We understand just how much households are feeling the squeeze from increased energy bills, and the council tax rebate is designed to help with these.”

“Every eligible home will receive the rebate; we just want to know how you as a resident want to receive it.

“I encourage anyone who is struggling with their energy costs to apply online now, and we’ll get the payment to you as soon as we can.”

Find out more on the EHDC website.

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News release EHDC

Paperless parking permits begin to roll out across the district

East Hampshire District Council will be switching to issuing paperless parking permits from Monday 16 May.

Residents and businesses applying for a season parking permit online will be issued with an electronic permit at the time of application. This will mean there will be no need to wait for a paper version to arrive through the post days later.

The new improvement also means you will no longer have to display a paper permit in your car window, worry about losing it or it being issued with the wrong details. By not printing and delivering paper tickets we are also actively reducing our carbon footprint.

Councillor Ingrid Thomas, East Hampshire District Council’s Portfolio holder for Neighbourhood Quality, said: “Residents and businesses will benefit from the new online paperless permit as it will be the quickest and easiest way to gain a seasonal parking permit.

“With no need to print or post permits it will also reduce our carbon footprint. However, I would like to reassure anyone who is not online, that they can still get their permit in the usual way.”

The cost for permits will remain the same, subject to a standard annual yearly increase as has always been the case.


New bin calendars now available online

Bin calendars for East Hampshire residents are now available online.

The calendars will run for 12 months from April 2022.

Collection days for recycling, waste and glass will not change around bank holidays.

Find out more

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Reservoir given planning permission

Plans for an 8.7 billion litre storage reservoir spanning 160 hectares in between Rowlands Castle, East Hampshire and Leigh Park in Havant has been granted permission to go ahead by neighbouring local authorities.

The detailed planning application for the reservoir, along with a separate one for the pipeline which is needed to fill and remove water to supply to customers, was considered and granted permission following hours of debate by councillors at East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council.

The Reservoir is a collaboration between Portsmouth Water and Southern Water will safeguard water resources for years to come for the South East.

The plan, submitted by Portsmouth Water, to build a reservoir, together with a visitor and education centre, picnic and play area, along with parking facilities for approximately 200 vehicles, has been an ambition for many years.


The reservoir, once complete, will create a permanent wetland with bird watching facilities.

As the nature of the existing site will change, Portsmouth Water has worked with environmental regulators to create an extensive programme to support the environment on and around the site. This includes the creation and improvement of around 200 hectares of woodland and pasture to support wildlife.

During the meetings, held at both local authorities, concerns were heard from The Woodland Trust, Havant Climate Alliance, Friends of the Earth and residents about the removal of ancient woodland. It was then highlighted that despite the loss of these trees, the exceptional benefits would protect unique habitats and precious local chalk streams, the rivers Itchen and Test.

In addition, government regulators Natural England and the Environment Agency highlighted that they are satisfied that provided the mitigation and compensation strategy is secured and fully implemented the scheme would have delivered a suitable compensation strategy for the loss of irreplaceable habitats.

Planning Portfolio Lead at East Hampshire District Council, Councillor Angela Glass, said: “The reservoir will secure more reliable water supplies for the region as a whole. It will also help cater for a growth in the population and housing and more droughts as a result of climate change.”

Councillor Clare Satchwell, Cabinet Lead for Planning, Hayling Seafront Strategy and Coastal Management at Havant Borough Council, added: “This major project has been talked about in the borough since the 1960s and after a comprehensive report and presentation at Havant's Planning Committee on June 3, the committee considered the applications for Havant Thicket Reservoir and gave permission, subject to completion of a section 106 legal agreement.

Portsmouth Water chief executive Bob Taylor said: “It is great news that both Havant Borough and East Hampshire District’s planning committees have resolved to grant permission for our reservoir proposals – recognising the growing public need for reliable and resilient water resources and our ambitions and commitment to support the environment and communities.

“As well as securing much-needed future water supplies, Havant Thicket Reservoir will help safeguard the River Itchen and River Test, two of Hampshire’s rare and world-famous chalk streams, by enabling less water to be taken from them. It will also create a new green leisure hub for people and wildlife.

“I would like to thank the councils for their support on this vitally important scheme and we’re also very grateful to local people and community representatives for their strong backing and valuable feedback over a number of years, which have helped shape the plans and our approach in many areas.”

Final legal commitments for the reservoir scheme will now be agreed with both authorities and full permission could be granted by early summer. Work would then begin with further environmental work to support wildlife mitigation. Havant Thicket Reservoir could then open fully to the public in 2029.

Havant Borough Council also granted outline permission for further earthworks and built infrastructure around the reservoir, and for a pipeline to fill it with surplus water from the Bedhampton Springs in winter.

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Road Closures - Horndean



NOTICE is hereby given that not less than seven days from the date of this notice, East Hampshire District Council pursuant to an arrangement entered into under Section 19 of the Local Government Act 2000, with the Council of the County of Hampshire, intend to make an Order under Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding along a length of Blendworth Lane, Horndean, for a distance of approximately 80 metres.

Pedestrian access and vehicular access to affected properties will be maintained.

The Order is necessary to facilitate Openreach to lay duct in the carriageway.

The alternative route for vehicles will be via B2149 Havant Road, Rowlands Castle Road, Blendworth Lane and vice versa.

It is expected that the works will last for approximately 6 months or until the works are completed, whichever is the sooner starting on or after the 10 January 2022.

Not withstanding the above, it is expected that the closure will be required for 3 days.

For any queries about the works taking place please call Traffic Control 123 Ltd on 07921083750.

Dated this twenty-fourth day of December 2021.

East Hampshire District Council

Penns Place

Petersfield GU31 4EX



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