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Press release 

Comedy night

Raising laughs and money for

Chairman’s charities

A spectacular evening of comedy, music and great food will raise money for two charities chosen by East Hampshire District Council’s Chairman, Cllr Keith Budden.

Held on the evening of 26 October at Rake Village Hall, the event will raise cash for the Crossover Centre, Liss and Dementia Friendly Hampshire.

The audience will enjoy a two-course dinner, prepared by a team from Cloisters restaurant in Petersfield, while musical entertainment will be provided by local folk duo, The Flying Bow band.

The MC for the evening will be up and coming comedian Gary Tro who will introduce three great acts.

James Dowdeswell has appeared in Extras, Russell Howard’s Good News and Celebrity Deal or No Deal. Maddy Anholt appears in a number of Radio 4 comedy programmes and now regularly co-hosts on TalkRadio with Jamie East. Grant Buse, an Australian musical comedian, ex Neighbours star and star of Basil Brush Unleashed, is fitting in the event as part of his European tour – which now includes Edinburgh, London, Paris - and Rake.

Tickets for the evening’s entertainment are £30 per head or £270 for a table for ten with all proceeds going to the Crossover Centre and Dementia Friendly Hampshire. Tickets can be booked by calling Kim Combes on 01730 234002.

East Hampshire District Council’s Chairman, Cllr Keith Budden, said: “I am thrilled to be able to bring such a great entertainment line-up to East Hampshire to celebrate my year as Chairman of EHDC and more importantly, to raise funds for my two great charities.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all of the artistes, Mirth Control, Jorge from Cloisters and the venue for all coming together to help support such a fantastic evening.”


 

Press release 

Gilbert White

EHDC celebrates launch of tree planting

programme at Gilbert White's House

East Hampshire District Council has launched a programme to plant a tree for every resident in East Hampshire at the home of the district’s famous ecologist, Gilbert White.

The council plans to plant 120,000 trees across the district as part of its commitment to battling climate change and reducing its own impact on the environment.

The first tree was planted in the grounds of Gilbert White’s House and Museum, in Selborne, which will be celebrating the anniversary of the naturalist's 300th birthday next year. Gilbert White is considered to be the father of ecology for his detailed investigation of the relationship between plants, animals and humans. He was author of the famous book, The Natural History of Selborne.

The tree, planted by EHDC Leader Cllr Richard Millard, is in the shadow of a great oak planted by Gilbert White himself as a 10-year-old boy in 1730.

It is hoped that communities, schools and businesses will take up the challenge to find places to plant the new trees and play their part in this ambitious environmental project.

As the trees mature they will play a significant role in reducing carbon in the atmosphere as well as boosting biodiversity.

EHDC Leader, Cllr Richard Millard, said: “We think Gilbert would have approved of our tree planting programme – and we are dedicating the project to him as a very distinguished former East Hampshire resident, a great naturalist and the founder of ecology.

“In July, East Hampshire District Council declared a climate emergency and announced how we intended to reduce our impact on the environment.

“This project will not only help our ambitions to go carbon neutral, it will also inspire our local communities and fire the imaginations of the young people who will live in the word we leave behind.”

Gilbert White was a careful observer and recorder of trees and understood their importance to a flourishing wildlife. He said: “The parish I live in is a very abrupt, uneven country, full of hills and woods, and therefore full of birds.

Trees are great promoters of lakes and rivers; trees perspire profusely, condense largely, and check evaporation so much, that woods are always moist; no wonder, therefore, that they contribute to pools and streams.”

The planting is the first of many events that will celebrate Gilbert’s 300th birthday and was done in front of an audience of more than 50 GW300 partners during a meeting at Gilbert White’s House & The Oates Collections. GW300 is a partnership dedicated to raising the profile of Gilbert White.

“Gilbert White fully understood the value of trees to the environment and he would be right behind East Hampshire District Council’s plan to plant one for every resident in the district,” said Museum Trustee Philip Geddes.

“We had a very successful launch of GW300 in July in London and we are very happy to welcome several new members of the partnership able to be with us here today,” said Mr Geddes.

“In particular we are delighted to welcome Winchester Cathedral,“ said Philip, “which has agreed to put a display on the life and work of Gilbert in the Cathedral. It will be seen by many thousands and will help get across to today’s audiences the importance of Gilbert’s message that the individual can make a difference. If people listen to what he said, we can show that our generation is as capable of living in harmony with nature as Gilbert was.“

GW300 is designed to support all its partners in the delivery of their birthday plans for Gilbert. A wide range of events are planned during the coming year – from new permanent exhibitions to a wide range of talks and activity events around the country.

“It will be a great chance for people to get involved in the environment,” said Mr Geddes.

A new section of the Gilbert White website will be available soon (https://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/ - click on GW300 tab). Users will be able to see details of the whole range of GW events, and choose an event to take part in by date, location or type of event. Users will be able to book tickets online.


  

Press release

Don’t lose your vote

Residents in East Hampshire risk losing their right to vote if they don’t keep their registration details up to date.

East Hampshire District Council is sending electoral forms to households around the district now.

The Household Enquiry Form (HEF) is delivered annually to more than 53,000 households around the district, with a large proportion hand-delivered by the council’s team of 39 canvassers.

It allows East Hampshire District Council to keep the electoral register up to date. It is not a registration form, but it is important to respond to it.

Once they have responded to the HEF, new residents needing to register can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or they can request a registration form.

All households are legally required to respond to the HEF. And the council is required by law to send reminder letters and pay visits to households that don’t - which is time-consuming and expensive. Last year this cost the taxpayer £15,000.

Households that fail to respond to the HEF could also be removed from the electoral register, preventing them from voting in future elections.

It takes just a few minutes to respond online at www.householdresponse.com/easthampshire, following the three-step process below.


Vote

You can also complete the form by phone, text message or post. Go to www.easthants.gov.uk/household-enquiry-form for more information..


 

Press release

New strategy to Enhance East Hants

East Hampshire’s towns and villages are set to be enhanced so they become even better places for people to live and work.

A new strategy, to be discussed by East Hampshire District Council’s Cabinet next week, sets out how it would improve Alton, Petersfield, Whitehill & Bordon and the southern parishes of Horndean, Rowlands Castle and Clanfield.

If approved, it would see EHDC work alongside parish and town councils and local community groups to improvement each area while preserving its own distinctive identity.

Called Enhance East Hants, the plan would draw on the place-making expertise gathered over the last 10 years of work transforming Whitehill & Bordon from a garrison town to a green, healthy and connected place.

Cllr Robert Mocatta, Portfolio Holder for Community Development, Placemaking and Infrastructure, said: “There is not one East Hampshire, but many towns, villages and hamlets which all boast proud identities with their own diverse characters and distinct attractions.

“With easy transport links from coast to capital and more than half the district inside the South Downs National Park, the district is a highly desirable place to live.

“However, among the rolling hills and historic market towns there are pockets of deprivation. It is vital that we continue to improve our district so that all our residents can enjoy their best quality of life, both physically and mentally.”

The strategy provides a framework to build on the council’s current work around the district, including building two new sports and leisure centres and refurbishing a third, mitigating the effects of climate change and delivering the development and infrastructure our communities need.

The work will be collaborative and community-led and will include consultation through the council’s Let’s Talk programme.

Enhance East Hants will see the knowledge gathered through the Whitehill & Bordon project shared across the other areas of the district without interrupting the delivery of objectives there.

Cllr Ferris Cowper, Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “We have learnt so much through our work in Whitehill & Bordon, not least the value of working in partnerships with other organisations, authorities and communities.

“Together we can all work to enhance our built and natural environments, our residents’ lives and fulfil our district’s potential.”

Additional resources will be provided to make sure the team can continue its work in Whitehill & Bordon unabated, while the skills and experience acquired can be put to good use elsewhere in the district.

A plan will be drawn up for each area, although they will share a focus on town centres, character and identity, infrastructure and housing growth.

Examples of the kinds of projects carried out through Enhance East Hants include improving walking and cycling routes, redeveloping key town centre sites, promoting the area for tourism and using developer contributions effectively.

Editor’s notes

Each area will have its own bespoke plan.

Alton – The overarching place-making opportunities for Alton include:

  • strengthening its identity and sense of pride of place
  • improving public areas in and around the High Street
  • delivering key development sites (i.e. the Coors Brewery and Station Forecourt)
  • improving walking, cycling and wayfinding routes
  • and effectively deploying developer contributions for the most benefit to the town.

Petersfield - The overarching place-making opportunities for Petersfield include:

  • making the town more walking- and cycling-friendly
  • taking forward the Spine Programme (creating an attractive route through the town centre)
  • building on the town’s special status within the South Downs National Park
  • and effectively deploying developer contributions for the most benefit to the town.

Southern Parishes - The overarching place-making opportunities for the Southern Parishes include:

  • improving facilities and infrastructure for cycling and walking
  • improving connectivity to Havant Thicket, Dunsbury Way and Waterlooville
  • supporting the villages to develop and articulate a strong sense of place with separate, but linked, identities
  • effectively deploying developer contributions for the most benefit to the town
  • building on the work being done in Rowlands Castle to develop and consult on a Neighbourhood Plan
  • ensuring the development at "Land East of Horndean" fully reflects the character of the local area and has the right infrastructure to support the population across the Southern Parishes.

Whitehill & Bordon - The overarching place-making opportunities for Whitehill & Bordon are well-established and form the basis of the existing regeneration plans that have been agreed by the Whitehill & Bordon Partnership.

These are to create a new green, healthy and connected town by 2036 and to ensure that the design and physical components of the new town are underpinned by place-making principles that encourage community participation, develop civic pride and support healthy and active lifestyles. 

 


 


Press release  

EHDC declares climate emergency


East Hampshire District Council has officially declared a climate emergency and announced how it will continue to take urgent, positive and deliverable steps to reduce its impact on the environment.

Councillors pledged to work across political parties to achieve a list of ‘ambitious and achievable’ targets and build on its long-standing environmental track record.

Among the objectives are the appointment of a Climate Change Champion, retrofitting homes with energy-saving improvements and planting a tree for every resident in the district.

At its Full Council meeting on Thursday 18 July, EHDC pledged to renew its environment and energy strategy with actions that will reduce its carbon emissions and promote sustainable business practices.

The strategy will ensure that all council services focus on environmental issues as part of everyday decision-making. It will promote sustainable building standards through the council’s planning and building standards work and will influence and collaborate with other public bodies to deliver the UK government Climate Change Act target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The council’s retrofit programme, subsidising the installation of energy-saving measures such as insulation and double glazing – which has already seen £1 million of works carried out - will be further promoted to residents.

The council will also seek to remove carbon from the environment with an ambitious tree-planting programme which will see 120,000 trees planted across East Hampshire – one for each resident in the district.

A cross-party working group will be set up, headed by a Climate Change Champion drawn from the opposition parties, with a remit to include views and ideas from across the community.

Councillor Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, said: “We will work together to ensure the results we have set out are achieved. We must look to the future and the kind of environment we will be handing on to future generations. We must take action now, before it is too late, to ensure real improvement in the lives of our children and grandchildren.

“This council has a strong track record on environmental issues having drawn up its Green Town Vision for the regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon in 2003, our pool cars are electric and we have helped install electric vehicle charging points in Petersfield, Liphook and Alton.

“A local authority only has power over its own estate but we will get our own house in order through a set of ambitious but achievable targets that will reduce this council’s impact on the environment and demonstrate to others what can and must be done.”

Cllr Steve Hunt, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said: “We have no doubt that the world is facing a climate emergency and it is every councillor’s responsibility to play its part in addressing that.

“We have started work on this the right away, with the first steps forming a cross-party panel happening this week. It is important the new body has teeth in order to tackle the climate emergency head on.

“This is the challenge which councillors of all political persuasions and independents will work together to meet.”

The council will also campaign for government funding to improve local environmental projects and influence partner organisations such as councils, schools and businesses to reduce their environmental impact.

It will also take a greater role in education and leadership, visiting schools and involve young people in tackling climate change.

 

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