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Councillors in East Hampshire have agreed to bend the rules on councillor attendances – meaning an elected member can now go six months without attending a single meeting and face no consequences. 

At a hybrid annual council meeting, with some members meeting face to face at Penn’s Place and others via Skype, councillors voted to postpone rules meaning a councillor would lose their seat if they failed to attend a single meeting in six months. 

Only a scattering of opposition Lib Dem and Labour members voted against the motion to waive the requirements of Section 85 of the Local Government Act 1972 until May 2021. 

One of those who stands to benefit most is Bramshott and Liphook councillor Rebecca Standish, after she recently relocated to Wiltshire with her husband to run The Shears Inn, near Marlborough.

Cllr Standish has vowed to carry out her council duties ‘remotely’ from the west country. Before attending last week’s annual council via a patchy internet connection, Cllr Standish had attended just one meeting since January – a remote session of the joint human resources committee in July, on which she was appointed just days previously.

And you can find more on that and other stories in this week’s Petersfield Post.

Almost one hundred golfers are taking part in a fundraising tournament today in memory of a Royal Marine from Petersfield who died ten years ago in Afghanistan

Marine Richard Hollington lived in Steep and served in Bravo Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines. He died of wounds sustained during active service in twenty ten.

The Hollington family’s annual golf day has become a regular fundraiser with support from Petersfield Golf Club, Barons of Hindhead and the Seven Stars pub in Stroud, where Richard worked.

Today’s event sees ninety six golfers compete at East Horton and includes an auction and a raffle. It will raise money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

And you can hear an interview with Richard’s father about the event at

Some East Meon and West Meon villagers are reportedly furious that they knew nothing about a major scheme given planning permission by South Downs National Park.

The Hampshire Chronicle reports that the authority’s approval of a plan by Whitewool Farm, near Warnford, to create a wetland habitat to be used to capture nitrates, has angered residents in the Meon Valley. 

In the plan, credits can be sold to developers to mitigate the impact of schemes that are harming flora and fauna in the Solent, but people living close by in Warnford, Exton and East and West Meon say they were unaware of the application and are considering launching a judicial review to challenge the decision, which they say could harm the River Meon.

They fear extra water will be needed to keep the new habitat moist and that could impact on the flow of the Meon, one of the finest chalk streams in England.

Petersfield’s Schools are celebrating strong performances after GSCE results were announced yesterday.

Lucy Powell from Petersfield secured a clean run of 9s in her results, making her the highest performing girl at TPS and head teacher Mark Marande says the entire class of 2020 should be proud of their achievements.

[Audio clip of Mark Marande]

At Churcher’s College, Headmaster Simon Williams said his students have worked like absolute Trojans over the last two years and deserved reward and recognition for all their efforts and ability.

And Graham Spawforth, at Ditcham Park School, sent his heartfelt congratulations to all pupils who he said have achieved excellent results having experienced the most unusual final school term.

People who live on Love Lane and Upper Heyshott in Petersfield are upset about plans for a big new block of flats near their homes.

They’ve raised objections to a planning application for a three-storey block of 27 flats to be built in Love Lane.

The plan is for the block to be built on the land following demolition of a large existing dwelling.

If approved, the 27 flats would have only 14 car parking spaces between them and local people are worried that vehicles will be left along Love Lane and other local roads.

You can view documents relating to the application by following the link on our website or by visiting the South Downs National Park website.