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East Hampshire District Council launch “Stay Safe, Stay Local” campaign
East Hampshire District Council and the Petersfield Post newspaper have launched a campaign to encourage Petersfield shoppers to “Stay Safe and Stay Local” this christmas.
The plan has been developed to provide a much needed boost to local shops and businesses that suffered during the lockdown earlier this year.
Council leader Richard Millard said, “Christmas is so often a make-or-break period, and so East Hampshire District Council and the Post have joined forces to give our town centres across the district a boost.”
Many shops in Petersfield have been working hard to adapt to new Covid safety measures, making it as safe as possible for local people to get out and support them.
The campaign launch came with a bleak warning from Millard, who has suggested “If we don’t support our local independent shops and businesses now, we risk losing them.”
Does Petersfield back banning cars?
A survey on the Petersfield Pulse Facebook group suggests that 60% of local residents support the pedestrianisation of Petersfield Town centre.
The organiser of the survey, Paul Tuner, explains that 690 people support pedestrianisation.
Campaigners believe priority should be given to individuals on foot, cyclists, and those with less mobility and that pedestrianisation would improve dangerous roads and improve air quality in the town.
Cities and towns around the country have seen roads pedestrianised this year, often causing much controversy. In Bristol it has been such a divisive issue that the council are considering holding a referendum to decide how to proceed.
Campaigners in Petersfield are now putting pressure on the council to make the pedestrianisation permanent in Petersfield. If the survey is anything to go by, it seems they have support from the majority of local residents.
Re-wilding of green spaces in Bordon and Whitehill
Green spaces in Bordon and Whitehill are being sown with wildflowers as part of a re-wilding project.
Plans were recently announced that part of the Heath in Petersfield would be transformed into a wildflower meadow to help protect insects and bio-diversity and now it seems the trend is spreading around the area.
Residents in Bordon and Whitehill will also see information signs appearing in the town, explaining which wild flora and insects can be found in the town, after securing a £988 grant from the district council.
One of the people behind the plan, Councillor Adam Carew said: “this initiative is well-timed. With species extinction happening across the planet including right here in Britain it is good to see that with sensitive mowing we can allow wild flowers time to flourish and set seed, providing maximum nectar for pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies, longer grass for small mammals and insects for wild birds, boosting wildlife biodiversity right across our town, as part of our Green Vision.”
Longmoor Training Area
The army’s Longmoor Training Area will be closed to the public from Saturday the 17th of October until Friday the 23rd.
The Army is conducting increased military activity on its defence traning estate between those dates and has enacted Military Lands Bylaws to close the land.
If you like to walk your dog at Longmoor it’s best to stay well away during these dates because of the sudden noise of firing.
There will be range firing throughout the closure period including late night firing on the 21st and 22nd of October.
The Army says that if you ever see red flags or red lights hoisted on any military land there will be a risk to life and you must not enter at any time.
Funding available for community groups
The district council has been busy distributing grants to local community groups. The grants are aimed to help the community bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic and has already awarded more than £300,000 as part of its three year £1million spending plan.
The Supporting Communities Fund is available for projects supporting:
- Positive mental health in residents, in particular young people
- The reduction of social isolation in residents, in particular older people
- Supporting the recovery of residents from the coronavirus pandemic
If you think a community group you are part of or know of could be eligible for funding, the next round opens in April 2021 and application details are on the East Hampshire District Council website.
Drainage repairs in Liss continue, the roadworks are expected to be completed tomorrow.
Residents are advised that bin collection on Huntsbottom Lane may be disrupted, and that they should leave their bins out and Norse South East will return as soon as the lane is reopened to through traffic.
Petersfield Town Centre still has the Covid-19 restrictions in place until further notice.
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