Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey bring you today’s update of essential local information.
Today, local MP Flick Drummond visits Butser Ancient Farm and we hear about new arrangements at the Taro Centre from manager Dave West.
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Today, you’ll be hearing more from Dave West, manager of the Taro Centre which reopened at the weekend. And it’s what he leaves out that makes Dave West’s stories the best … ask your grandma, kids.
But first, Claire has today’s top stories.
There have been increased calls from the town’s residents for the installation of more rubbish bins on Petersfield Heath, as litter continues to blight the popular beauty spot.
A marked increase in visitors since the lockdown measures were eased has coincided with a rise in the amount of litter on the heath, allegedly pulled from overflowing bins by wildlife.
The 90-acre heath and pond is managed and maintained by Petersfield Town Council, whose grounds team works daily from early morning until mid-afternoon in an attempt to keep the area tidy.
Work has recommenced on the town’s Heath Pond stabilisation project.
It is expected to take around five weeks to complete and will include the addition of matting along the Sussex Road and the replanting of areas where plants have not survived.
Further information on the project can be found on the town council’s website.
There are joint winners of this year’s Petersfield in Bloom competition which was run under lockdown conditions. They were Downs House Care Home, in Reservoir Lane, and Steep House Nursing Home, in Tilmore Road.
A spokesperson for the judging committee said its members were extremely impressed by the thought and effort that had gone into the displays.
The MP for the Meon Valley, Flick Drummond, has visited Butser Ancient Farm to witness the Iron Age Roundhouse being thatched and to discover how the attraction coped during lockdown and what measures it has put in place to re-open.
Our youngest reporter, Nina Vennis, went along to ask what the MP can do to help local businesses.
IN: “I was invited to come …”
OUT: “ …they all survive.”
As Flick Drummond mentioned in Nina’s report, the Government’s ‘Eat out to help out’ launched yesterday, giving 50 per cent discounts up to £10 per person on sit-down meals.
Outlets that take part must apply the discount automatically on the entire bill except alcohol and service charges. An online postcode checker is operating to help you find eligible outlets near you.
The offer runs from Mondays to Wednesdays, so you still have time to take advantage this week.
And you’re up to date.
The Government guidelines allowed gyms to re-open from Saturday and Petersfield Community Radio’s Kate Fairweather spoke to Dave West, manager of the Taro Leisure Centre, ahead of its opening last weekend.
Great news for steam enthusiasts and small boys aged one to 90 … the Watercress Line has reopened. Yes, I realise the Mid-Hants Railway is not in the Petersphere but it’s not far away and I know of a few people who will be quite chuff-chuffed about this … pre-booking tickets is preferred and the facility is now available online.
SSEN continues its work installing new cabling across Petersfield and it is still working on the Swan Steet/Charles Street cross roads. There are traffic control measures in place there which may cause delays.
The same project is also causing road closures between Rogate Road and Elmers Marsh Lane, between Hill Brow and Fernhurst.
The County Council is carrying out a number of works on the Square and along the High Street to widen walkways but these are not expected to cause delays.
The County Council also continues to work on Pitcroft Lane, near Buriton, and on Buriton High Street.
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And the weather… Today should be fine and dry after a rather cloudy morning. As the cloud breaks some warm sunny spells should develop, although it may feel a touch fresher with a southwesterly breeze. Maximum temperature today of 23 °C.
And the outlook for the rest of the week: there’s a possibility of a little rain tomorrow, but it should ease during the day. It should be fine, increasingly sunny and turning very warm on Thursday and up to gas mark five on Friday. Remember your sun-tan lotion folks.
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