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News release EHDC

 

Proclamation in Petersfield Square

There will be an opportunity to hear the Proclamation of the new King this coming Sunday evening 18 September in Petersfield Square, precisely following the latest guidance from the government.

The event is being organised by Petersfield Town Council and St Peter's Church.

It will follow an evening service at St Peter’s Church, to start at 7.30pm.

At approximately 7.50pm, the congregation will move out into the Square, for a short programme:

The one minute vigil at 8pm,

The Proclamation - to be read by Admiral Sir Philip Jones GMB ADC DL

Both verses of the National Anthem

Depart

All members of the public are welcome. It is not necessary to attend the church service, simply to be at the Square in good time.


 

 

 

 

  

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Changes to bin collections due to bank holiday to mark the Queen’s funeral

Monday 19 September will be a bank holiday to coincide with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral.

All bin collections in East Hampshire will be suspended for that day.

From Tuesday 20 September, household bin collections will take place a day later than normal, including collections due on Friday 23 September moving to Saturday 24 September.

Normal collections will resume on Monday 26 September.

Household glass collections remain suspended.

Please visit our bin collections page to stay up to date and share this information with your friends and neighbours in the district.

News release EHDC 

Statement from EHDC Leader, Cllr Richard Millard

Cllr MillardCouncillor Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, today issued this tribute following the death of the Queen Elizabeth II.

He said: “I join the people in East Hampshire, the UK and across the Commonwealth in expressing my deep sadness at the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.

“During a reign that has seen such immense social change in our society she has been a rock of stability and continuity.

“As a monarch she was loved and admired by millions. She was a devoted mother, grand-mother and great-grandmother and our thoughts are with her family at this time.

“As a leader she will stand alone in history, not only as this country’s longest serving monarch, but also as one of its most loved.”

A book of condolence is available in the reception area at Penns Place, and a national book of condolence is being held on the Buckingham Palace webpages at www.royal.uk/home-royal-family

Flowers and tributes can be left in memory of Her Majesty The Queen outside St Peter’s Church, Petersfield.

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Photo caption: Cllr Richard Millard, EHDC Leader, signs the book of condolence held at Penns Place, Petersfield.




News release EHDC

 

New Local Plan timetable

In May, EHDC took the decision to suspend progression to the latter stages of the plan-making process (Regulation 19) and instead to conduct further early-stage consultation (Regulation 18).

You can read more about that decision here

As a result, the Planning Policy team would like to advise you that we have recently updated the Local Development Scheme.

This is the timetable associated with the new Local Plan, which will deliver the strategy and accompanying policies to guide the development needed to support our growing communities, whilst tackling the climate emergency we find ourselves in.

The next early-stage of formal consultation (Regulation 18 – Part 1) will be in November 2022, whereby we will be engaging with stakeholders and members of the public on the issues and priorities across the district, as well as a revised vision and objectives for the emerging Local Plan.

For more details on the timetable please visit the council's website: https://www.easthants.gov.uk/planning-policy/local-plan-timetable.

 

   

News release EHDC



Kerbside glass collection update: please continue to bear with us

We wanted to let you know as soon as possible that we've decided not to reinstate the kerbside glass collection service just yet - but that this will be the last time that it's suspended. 

We initially took the decision to suspend it for a month because we wanted to prioritise collecting your waste, recycling and garden waste during the ongoing national driver shortage. But despite a recruitment campaign for drivers and loaders, Norse SE needs more time to get its teams up to full capacity.

To help Norse SE further we have today instructed them to increase driver pay once again (the second time in just over a month) - so it will be £16 an hour and loader pay will now be £12.50 an hour - which shows that we are pulling out all the stops to ensure this service gets back on track as soon as possible. 

Although we're planning to suspend the service for another month (from 10 September) - if Norse SE can recruit to the roles (because of this increased pay incentive) then we will reinstate kerbside glass collections as soon as possible. 

We are really sorry for the inconvenience this is causing and thank you so much for your ongoing patience - we really are doing everything we possibly can to help Norse SE recruit. 

If you know anyone who would be interested in one of the jobs then please share this link - https://norsegroup.kallidusrecruit.com/Search.aspx 

In the meantime, please use this map to find the nearest place to take your glass

Read a more detailed statement from EHDC's Leader, Cllr Richard Millard, and Chief Executive Gill Kneller

 

 

 

 

Bottle banks

Our provider has been collecting from the temporary bottle bank sites around the district today and removing any excess glass from around the large bottle banks.

If when you get to a bottle bank it is full, please do not leave glass next to the bin and instead try another site. Abandoned glass can be a hazard to collection crews as well as residents and wildlife.

A list of bottle banks in the district is on our website. You can also find them on our interactive map.

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We're doing everything we can to make things better - but in the meantime please don't put your glass out for collection

As you're probably aware there are national driver shortages and we are also suffering because of this - our contractor Norse SE doesn’t have enough crew to collect waste, recycling, garden waste and kerbside glass. 

We are therefore prioritising waste, recycling and garden waste - which means that kerbside glass collection won’t be collected for at least a month. We will review the situation in a month and we are hoping that by then drivers and crew will have been recruited and we can reinstate this service. 

In the meantime, we are desperately trying to help Norse SE recruit drivers and crew.

If you know anyone who would be interested in the driver and crew jobs at Norse SE then please see these links: 

Waste loader vacancy 

Driver vacancy

What you should do with your glass bottles?

Glass will not be collected from the kerbside for at least the next month. Instead, available crews will concentrate on our bottle banks. We are monitoring these closely and liaising with Norse to ensure they are emptied as quickly as possible. We recently removed some old bottle banks from various locations. This decision is being temporarily reversed and eight of the old banks will be returned to key locations. Council officers will regularly check bottle bank sites to ensure they are emptied, the sites are kept tidy and any risks are removed.

For more details and to read a statement from Cllr Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, and Gill Kneller, EHDC's Chief Executive, please click here https://www.easthants.gov.uk/news/statement-about-waste-collections-august-2022

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Message from East Hampshire District Council Leader Cllr Richard Millard and Chief Executive Gill Kneller

The difficulties we are experiencing with our waste collection are continuing and we know that this is impacting on you, our residents.

We are keen to be open and transparent about the challenges we and our supplier are facing, and to let you know what we are doing to manage the situation.

We are very sorry for what is happening, and we want to reassure you that everything possible is being done to bring the service back to the standard we expect.

What has gone wrong?

The fundamental issue is a shortage of personnel qualified to safely drive and load the refuse collection vehicles. This is a national challenge and not specific to East Hampshire. Almost all councils are facing the same issue to a greater or lesser extent.

Put simply, Norse South East (NSE), which provides the service, doesn't have enough crews to collect waste, recycling, garden waste and kerbside glass currently. We are therefore making the best use of the crews we do have by prioritising what they collect.

General waste is the highest priority due to the potential health hazards associated with non-collection, followed by recycling, garden waste and glass, in that order.

We have put in place both immediate solutions and medium to long term mitigations to address the staff shortages for the future.

What are we doing in the short term?

Driver pay has been raised by approximately 22% and a cash incentive is now being offered to new starters. Loaders will be offered an 11% pay rise. The improvements in pay and incentives will ensure that we are competitive in a fast-moving labour market and help to prevent us losing even more drivers.

We have decided to prioritise waste, recycling and garden waste as our key services. We have taken the difficult decision to suspend glass collection for a month. This will allow time for us to recruit more staff with the incentivised packages now being offered.

Setting a timescale of one month allows us to give residents some clarity. We know this is not a solution, but it is the best use of our limited resources at the moment. We will monitor the staffing situation and, hopefully, will lift the suspension after one month. If we can’t, we will let you know in good time.

How to dispose of your glass during the suspension

Glass will not be collected from the kerbside for at least the next month. Instead, available crews will concentrate on our bottle banks. We are monitoring these closely and liaising with NSE to ensure they are emptied as quickly as possible. We recently removed some old bottle banks from various locations.

This decision is being temporarily reversed and eight of the old banks will be returned to key locations. These locations will be communicated to residents separately. Council officers will regularly check bottle bank sites to ensure they are emptied, the sites are kept tidy and any risks are removed.

What are we doing in the long term?

The Leaders of East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) and Havant Borough Council (HBC) have agreed to ask officers to investigate an expedited exit from the current contractual arrangement, which sees HBC responsible for EHDC’s waste collection services. We are in discussion with HBC and NSE to finalise governance and commercial arrangements to enable this to happen quickly. This move will ensure that EHDC returns to a direct relationship with the supplier with control over our own contract. This process, combined with the short-term measures mentioned earlier, will mitigate the current issues and allow the service to be future proofed.

The green waste service extension is ready to be launched. The vehicle is procured, the bins are ready to distribute from Penns Place, in Petersfield. The issue, again, is driver and crew capacity. The council is currently making plans to distribute the new bins to new licence holders using internal resources. This will be communicated to residents shortly.

Thank you for your patience

To conclude, the situation is frustrating, challenging and needs to be sorted. The Leader and the Chief Executive are both committed to driving a solution that is not just a temporary sticking plaster but a complete change. This cannot happen overnight, but we will keep you informed of progress.

Please sign-up for our e-newsletter updates. We will also update social media so please follow us.

Thank you for your patience, we will make sure your service is returned to the standards you expect, and we will improve our communication, so you always know what is happening.

Cllr Richard Millard, EHDC Leader
Gill Kneller, EHDC Chief Executive

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News release EHDC
  Have your say on New planning guidance 

 

East Hampshire District Council is drawing up new planning guidance to advise on what sites may be developed outside the defined settlements. 

The Housing Outside Settlement Boundaries Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has been written to give further guidance on what housing proposals may be suitable for sites outside the district’s towns and villages, given that the Local Plan will not be available for some time. 

Anyone can read and offer comments on the SPD in a consultation to be run from today (Tuesday 9 August) to 5pm Tuesday 20 September. The consultation is running for six weeks, rather than the usual four, to take account of the holiday season. 

Consultation on the Draft Housing Outside Settlement Boundaries SPD 

Cllr Angela Glass, EHDC Portfolio Holder for planning, said: “We are preparing a Local Plan that will shape the future of our district until 2040.  

“In the meantime, this SPD will help determine planning applications while we work on the new Local Plan. 

“We want to hear what you think about the SPD, please follow the link, take part in the consultation and let us know your views.” 

 

News release EHDC 

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: www.easthants.gov.uk/garden-waste  

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Bin Calendars now available

Bin Calendars from April 2022 - March 2023 are available online at EHDC. Please follow the link for details.

Bin Calendar April 2022 - March 2023 

  


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.

More information can be found at www.portsmouthwater.co.uk/havant-thicket-reservoir


 

  

  

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Road Closures - Horndean

EAST HAMPSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL

(HORNDEAN: BLENDWORTH LANE) (TEMPORARY CLOSURE) ORDER 2022

 

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, as amended by the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991, the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding along approximately 540 metres of Blendworth Lane, Horndean from the Fire Station to the junction with Cabden Lane.

 

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

 

The Order is necessary to facilitate works to provide a safe working zone to access carriage way boxes (“the Works”).

 

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

 

It is expected that the Order will last for approximately 6 months or until the Works are completed, whichever is the sooner starting on or after the 29th August 2022.

 

Not withstanding the above, it is expected that the closure will be required for 12 nights, between the hours of 9.00pm and 6.00am.

 

For any queries about the works taking place please call Openreach on 0370 050 0792.

 

Dated this twelfth day of August 2022.

 

East Hampshire District Council

Penns Place

Petersfield GU31 4EX

 

CAD Drawing  - Temporary Road Closure, Blendworth Lane 


 

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