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Littleton and Harestock Parish Council November 2021 e-newsletter

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Welcome to your November e-newsletter.
This month's newsletter contains updates about Parish safety, particularly on Parish Roads and the latest speed camera data. Once again you are invited to join in with planning the Littleton & Harestock Platinum Jubilee celebrations. We would also welcome volunteers to join the Parish Council and help us shape the future of our community.
Parish Council News Updates
Flowerdown fields
Flowerdown Redevelopment (Sir John Moore Barracks)

The Parish Council is continuing discussions with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and its consultants, Avison Young and have two meetings scheduled within the next 10 days. We will provide a more detailed update within the next e-newsletter. A hard copy newsletter is also scheduled for December which will be delivered to every household within the Parish, please do get in touch if you can help deliver this so we can ensure maximum engagement within our community.

If you would like to show your support for the Local Nature Reserve, or have any other comments related to the development please email clerk@lhpc.org.uk.

It is still possible to write directly with your views to the DIO. The email address for this is: sirjohnmoorebarracks.uk@avisonyoung.com. You can find out more about the original DIO consultation via the council's website: https://lhpc.org.uk/flowerdown/

Also, you might like to consider writing a letter to the Hampshire Chronicle or Steve Brine our MP as it would help to continue to raise awareness of the Nature Reserve proposal.
Safety on Parish Roads

The Council have been in discussions with Hampshire County Councillor Jan Warwick regarding the safety of the road from the Running Horse down towards the Littleton conservation area and the Littleton Church. The Parish Council will now investigate what can be done to pursue safety improvements in this location. These discussions have been ongoing for many years to find a solution to the problem and we hope to be able to give you an update shortly.

Bearing this in mind, and as the nights draw in, the council asks all residents to be careful when walking along the road from the Running Horse and other parts of the Parish where there are no pavements. For your own safety please wear bright or reflective clothes so that you are more visible to drivers.

Cyclists should also try to be as visible as possible by wearing hi-viz or reflective clothing, and making sure lights are fitted on bicycles.
Speed Camera Data

The council’s speed indicator device has now been placed at all eight locations within the Parish and in summary the worst speeding is occurring on the 30mph roads.

On Main Rd, Littleton, which has a 30mph speed limit, the three camera locations show a similar picture with 17.5% of vehicles speeding near the Hallway, 18.4% near the pond and 23.4% in the old village. Although most of the speeders were travelling between 30 and 40-mph, a significant number were travelling above 40 mph and the worst offending vehicle was travelling above 55 mph.

On Priors Dean Rd, Harestock, which also has a 30mph speed limit the camera nearest the junction with Harestock Rd showed 16.9% of vehicles going over the speed limit, whilst only 5% travelled above the limit at the other locations nearer the Harestock shops, and at Bradley Rd.

The camera locations at Harestock Rd showed only 2% of vehicles exceeding the 40mph limit.

For information on the Camera placement cycle please see here.
Parish Council Meetings

In recent weeks, the council has unfortunately been hit by Covid. The decision has been taken that until the end of the year the council will suspend its monthly Parish Council meetings. Parish Council business will continue, but the council would ask for residents to contact the Clerk on clerk@lhpc.org.uk or 01962 886507 in the first instance for any council matters.
Parish Council Office Refurbishment

For some years, the council’s office has needed some TLC. The office can be very cold in the winter and the clerk must rely on a portable electric heater; there is also no hot water for hand washing. Work to refurbish the office is due to start in December 2021/January 2022 with the introducing of double-glazed windows facing the recreation ground, and rewiring. Cavity wall insulation and improvements to insulation in the roof space are also planned which should reduce heating costs and make a small improvement to the council’s carbon footprint.
Parish Councillor Vacancies

We have three vacancies for Parish Councillors and would very much like to hear from residents who may be interested in joining the council. As a Parish Councillor you will be helping to make a difference to our local community in Littleton and Harestock. This is particularly relevant now, as the Council provide feedback to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) regarding the plans for the Sir John Moore Barracks.

If you are interested in joining the council, please contact the Clerk at clerk@lhpc.org.uk. We welcome applications from any Littleton or Harestock resident; however we would be particularly pleased to receive applications from parishioners in Harestock to ensure that matters of concern to Harestock residents can be fully represented on the council.
Community Updates
Littleton & Harestock Platinum Jubilee celebrations 2022!

For the first time in history, a monarch here has been on the throne for 70 years. This is an amazing achievement and it will not happen again in our lifetime. Nationally, this will be celebrated by a four-day bank holiday from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June 2022.

National celebrations will include:
  • Parade in London, including Trooping the Colour
  • Thanksgiving service in St Pauls
  • Racing at Epsom including the Derby
  • Big Jubilee community-based lunch
  • Fireworks and beacons
The Littleton & Harestock community has had great celebrations for other occasions in the past - such as the Queen’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees and we hope we can celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in 2022. We know that celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 were a huge success and represented the outcome of a lot of hard work, organization and planning by many people.

As a small team of volunteers, we are currently making plans for possible local events which will probably be on a more modest scale than those in 2012, but over the four-day bank holiday we hope to include the following:
  • Big Jubilee community lunch in the park (Bring your own food)
  • Open gardens followed by tea
  • Guided walks of different lengths followed by BBQ lunch in park
  • Scarecrows with a royal theme
  • Commemorative tree planting
  • Showing of 1953 Coronation film
  • Art/craft/pottery exhibition
  • Thanksgiving service

HOWEVER,

None of the above will happen without a lot of help from everyone! Please, now is the time to put your name forward to help with a specific event. We are not looking for people who can help with everything, as we realise that everyone is busy and has only limited time to offer. But if you feel that you could help with a specific event – either planning beforehand, or on the day, please contact Fiona or Julia as soon as possible. Could you help to organise open gardens, for example, or could you help to organise children’s sports/games after the community lunch? Perhaps you are a dab hand at BBQs? Do you have other ideas? We really do need your commitment now, please.

Please get in touch as soon as possible and certainly before the end of November so that we know the level of help and support we can rely on. We can then go ahead with the planning of a specific programme.

Let’s all make this a lovely celebration to remember!

Contact: Fiona Stratton (fionadavidsondesigns@hotmail.co.uk )
Julia Whitburn (j.whitburn@btinternet.com)
Volunteer With Us
If you have any time to spare, please contact our Parish Clerk for more details about how you can help our community: clerk@lhpc.org.uk.
Something to add?

Would you like to include a photograph to go alongside one of our news items? Do you have a community event you would like us to share? We are particularly keen to hear about community news or events in Harestock that we can add to our newsletter. Please contact g.sallis@lhpc.org.uk
Have a question? Email us here
Our next e-newsletter will be coming to you in December 2021.
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