Claire Vennis and Suzie Wilde update all today’s essential local information. Petersfield Society wants a new chair, opposition to phone mast plans and new grant money available.

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Information transcript

Good Morning it’s Thursday 20th of August and this is your Morning Report of essential local information for Petersfield and its villages.

I’m Suzie Wilde, and my esteemed colleague, Claire Vennis, has all the latest Petersfield stories for you next, after this summary of this morning’s national and world news.

There’s opposition in both Petersfield and Liss to plans for new mobile phone masts that we reported at the weekend on Shine Radio.

EE proposes to place a new 17 and a half metre high mast at the layby on the Causeway, and three masts around Liss. The phone company wants to improve its signal along the railway, but Ginnie Rutter, of Petersfield Town Council, says the proposed mast on the Causeway would seriously change the character of the town’s Southern gateway.

Meanwhile some residents who live close to one of the proposed masts in Liss on the corner of Mint Road are unhappy with the plan.

The Petersfield Society, which looks to conserve and enhance the character of the town, is looking for a new chair, as the previous incumbent, Graham Brown, is standing down after five years.

During his tenure, the society has been actively involved in many activities including technical and design comments on an estimated 1,200 local planning applications; significant input into the Petersfield Neighbourhood Plan; and the Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan.

The role of chair – which, in common with all other posts in the society, is voluntary – requires someone with a passion for the area, who wants to make a difference and is willing to hold the board of trustees to account for the fulfilment of the charity’s vision, as well as acting as an ambassador and the public face of the charity.

For more information contact

Grants of up to £5,000 are now available from the NET Coronavirus Programme via the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation for organisations across our region.

The grants can cover core costs and will help towards the financial sustainability of organisations who are directly supporting people who are experiencing hardship as a result of the ongoing crisis.

Grants will also support groups that can prevent crises escalating within communities, with priority given to those who are reaching the most vulnerable and those at greatest risk of negative social, health or economic impacts.
To apply, visit

The latest coronavirus figures have been released and they show East Hampshire had an infection rate of 4.1, with five new cases per 100,000 in the seven days leading up to August 14.

Environmental contractor Five Rivers’ excavator has been hard at work again for phase 2 of the Heath Pond works.
Petersfield Town Council has confirmed that, among other tasks this week, hydroseeding has been carried out along the compound side of the pond, most of the Sussex road side and on the two islands; and the excavator is scheduled to finish levelling out the sand bars and topping up silt on the islands by the weekend.


Suzie: and a look at the roads…

South East Water is attending to a burst water main in Pulens Lane and you can expect two-way signals to remain in operation there until Monday.

Chapel Street remains closed between the junction with Swan Street and the junction with Windsor Road as SSEN continues to put ducting in the ground as part of the huge electricity infrastructure project it’s currently undertaking.
And SSEN is also operating two-way signals for its work on Station Rd.

And talking of Station Road, Network Rail continues to work on Station Road in Liss.

Meanwhile, West Sussex County Council is repairing pot-holes on Bull Hill, in Rake … good to see somebody is addressing the abundance of pot holes we have in this area. Sadly, I live in Hampshire, so no pot-hole filling near me …

and if we’re not saying what you’re seeing, please let us know – you can reach us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or via email,

The Morning Report returns again tomorrow, but from Claire and me, for now, tutty-bye and have a great day.