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Pond Life Art Competition

Pond life provides the inspiration for children's art competition

Young artists can dip into their local pond for inspiration ahead of this year’s wildlife art competition run by East Hampshire District Council. 

Children can submit any piece of art on the subject of pond life as part of the contest, launched by EHDC Cllr Diana Tennyson. 

The competition, now in its third year, seeks to encourage young people to engage with the local environment and think about wildlife and their habitats. 

Cllr Diana Tennyson said: "This is a fantastic competition that really challenges young people to look closely at the world around them. 

“There is so much we need to do to protect our wonderful environment and that starts with encouraging future generations to have a respect and curiosity about nature and the plants and animals that surround us. 

“I hope our young artists have a great time looking for artistic inspiration in their local ponds.”  

The competition is split into four age groups: Four years and below, 5-7 years old, 8-11 years old, and 12-15 years old. 

Entries can be submitted in any medium, the more creative the better, and will be judged by local artist and illustrator, Rachel Hudson.  

Winning entries will be displayed in the gallery at Gilbert White’s House Museum, in Selborne, and at the Allen Gallery in Alton.   

The winners in each category will receive a family entry pass to Gilbert White’s House Museum for a year.  

Application forms to enter this year’s art competition can be found on the council’s website: Pond Life Art Competition






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.

More information can be found at




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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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