Noni Needs and Dave Bowers bring you today’s essential local information for Petersfield and its villages.

Today we discuss the value of our local library and the Eat out to to Help Out scheme.

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Information transcript

Opening hours at Petersfield Library are likely to be reduced in the new year.

A consultation on the proposed changes closed last night and, if the proposed new times are confirmed, it will mean no more evening sessions, a later start every morning and half-day only opening on Thursdays.

In total, the proposed plan represents a reduction in opening hours of more than 10 hours every week.

Hampshire County Council says it needs to take 1.76 million pounds out of its annual libraries’ budget. Earlier in the year it ran a 10-week consultation on a number of options for the future of libraries in Hampshire.

With increasing numbers of no-shows for booked slots at Hampshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres, the County Council is urging people to book a slot to dispose of their household waste only if they intend to use it.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment said that “on a typical Saturday or Sunday, they have seen up to 60 no-shows at the bigger sites” and, with the August bank holiday coming up, he is keen to ask people only to book a slot at their local tip if they intend to use it.

The recycling centres continue to operate at reduced capacity in order to keep safe social distancing measures in place for staff and residents, so you need to book a slot online, up to seven days in advance, to visit your local centre.

Consent has been granted for a new footbridge at Liphook Railway Station – the nearest station to some of you on the periphery of the Petersphere.

The current bridge is to be removed and will be replaced by one incorporating lifts to provide easy access between platforms for wheelchair users, people with pushchairs and cyclists.

The decision to include lifts at Liphook comes despite reports earlier this year that Network Rail was planning to do without them.

Hampshire County Council wants you to take part in an independent national survey on highways and transport.

Residents in our region are being asked for their views on the county council’s range of highways and transport services – from the condition of roads, provision for cyclists and how you feel the council manages utilities’ works on the network.

Hampshire County Council has taken part in the national survey since it began in 2008, one of only 26 highways authorities to do so.

The online survey runs until 30 September. Visit

A group of travellers has created an unauthorised encampment in Petersfield.

Travellers’ vehicles behind the Premier Inn hotel

The travellers arrived late on Sunday and spent yesterday establishing their temporary homes on private land just to the west of the town.

We counted around 20 caravans and cars in the group which has set up on land behind the Premier Inn hotel. Two of the travellers, who declined to share their names, told us they moved here from another site five miles away and said they plan to stay in Petersfield for around two weeks.

Officials from East Hampshire District Council and the Police are aware of the group. And you can see a picture of vehicles in the encampment on our website at


Chapel Street is closed between the bottom of Lavant Street and Swan Street as SSEN continues to put ducting in the ground as part of the huge project that will plug Petersfield into Fernhurst.

The final work on the High Street to install bouncy Tiger Mulch around the trees outside the TSB Bank and the Townhouse takes place today. Tiger Mulch is made from old rubber tyres and it allows the trees to grow without damaging the pavement surface and provides a safe surface for children to fall down on.

On the Causeway in Petersfield there’s work on the kerbs by Hampshire County Council.

Network Rail is working on Station Road in Liss because that’s where the railway is. Some traffic control in place at times there.

And if you’re travelling by train, South Western Railway reminds us to bring a face covering and wear it. It’s a fine of £100 if you don’t do as you’re told.