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Today, appeals from the police, a new fine dining restaurant is planned for our town and we look ahead to plans for Remembrance Sunday.
All that plus today’s travel news and Kate Fairweather with Wednesday’s forecast of local conditions.
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Hampshire Constabulary has launched a new scheme for road users to report dangerous incidents.
The Hants SNAP scheme is aimed at using submitted footage of dangerous incidents to protect road users across the region. The scheme has been through a near year-long pilot from August last year to June this year, during which it focused on incidents which placed the most vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians, at risk.
Now, they are opening up the scheme to cover all road users and offences for which people can submit footage.
Under the scheme, footage of dangerous incidents can be submitted via an online portal. This can be from a dash cam, head cam or other recording device that is being legally used.
The footage must meet these criteria:
It must be reported within seven days
Should not be edited
Should not have been deleted from your device
Should not be shared on social media
Needs to show between one to two minutes either side of the incident
If it is from a collision, or an offence not listed in the criteria set out on the submission portal, then it will need to be reported by calling 101, or online via the force website.
Along with the footage, people will submit a witness statement and will be required to answer some basic questions to support their statement. This will then be reviewed by trained decision makers to assess whether any offences have been committed. They will consider whether action is proportionate and if there is sufficient evidence to prosecute any person involved.
For those who are prosecuted, outcomes could include an educational course, fixed penalty notice, court prosecution or a warning letter.
Summary Justice Unit manager Conor Curtis said: “Those who drive carelessly or dangerously on our roads will have action taken against them.
During the pilot (August 5 to June 30), 261 submissions were received, with formal action being taken in 29 percent of these.
Footage can be submitted by going to https://hants-snap-police.egressforms.com or via the Force website.
Bohunt School has announced its decision to close Bohunt Gym Club permanently.
The Gym Club has been running for 20 years, and used by thousands of children and their parents who have thought of the club as their gymnastic home over the years.
Steve Cowley, Head Coach, was instrumental in setting up the club, and has worked tirelessly to keep it going ever since.
All enquiries or comments should now be directed to Bohunt School (either email@example.com, or 01428 724324).
The firstname.lastname@example.org email address and this Facebook page will be kept open for a while for any messages for Steve or the team.
Hampshire Constabulary is asking for help from the public to locate a vehicle.
Following an incident last Thursday, the public are asked to be on the lookout for an old style dark coloured 5 series BMW with left hand drive and Polish plates possibly starting FZE or PZE. The vehicle is potentially linked to a robbery where a 68 year old man had a Rolex watch stolen from his wrist following a struggle.
The victim was approached by a woman between 17 and 25 who was described was being white, slim and around 5’6’’ with brown hair tied back into a ponytail. She was wearing a light coloured face mask, grey fleece and faded blue jeans with white trainers.
If you have any information about this incident please get in touch by calling 101 and quoting reference 44200262386 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The Petersfield Society is organising its annual Clean-Up for Remembrance in a modified form this year.
Rather than a big group event, the society is offering to lend litterpicking equipment to volunteers for use when it is least busy in the areas they have offered to tidy up.
There won’t be a litter-sorting and analysis event this year either. However volunteers will be able to take two bags when they go litterpicking, enabling them to sort as they go along – plastic and glass bottles and aluminium cans will then be sent for recycling.
The process is based on Covid-secure guidelines from Keep Britain Tidy. Whilst it is disappointing not to have social contact during the event, the Petersfield Society, says it is keen to enable people to make a contribution to the dignity of the town for Remembrance Sunday.
Even though there won’t be a big parade, there will still be a small-group ‘final push’ starting early on the morning of Remembrance Sunday (8th November) to catch any debris from Saturday night that might be blighting the memorial and town centre.
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A new restaurant is coming to central Petersfield
The team behind recruitment company Commodity has received planning approval to build a fine-dining restaurant next to the level crossing on the site of the Old Dairy.
The building will be set behind ornamental trees and is designed to accommodate up to 40 diners.
Owner Jacob Bloch says he wants to work with local farmers to showcase the diverse and sustainable products of the South Downs.
It’s the first time a fine-dining restaurant has been planned for the town since JSW closed its Dragon Street premises when its proprietor and chef, Jake Watkins, retired.
That restaurant was so well regarded it earned a Michelin Star.
There’s not a great deal going on that’s expected to cause delays today. There are minor works being carried out by SGN on Grange Road, by Hampshire County Council on Queens Road and by National Rail at Kingsfernsden Lane.
The pedestrian junction is also still awaiting installation at the Winchester Road/Princes Road junction. Temporary traffic lights there.
And as we are very used to now – traffic restrictions and closed parking bays remain a fixture in The Square and along the High Street. SSEN continues to work on London Road on the hill out of Sheet.
There are also diversion routes in place around Rake on Hatch Lane, along the A272 by the West Meon Hut and between Hill Brow and Milland as well as between Harting, North Marden and Elstead.
And an early warning that from tomorrow night, the Hindhead Tunnel will be closed northbound overnight from 9pm until 9 the following morning for seven nights. It’s for overnight maintenance – and diversions will be in place via the A325, B3004 and A31.
If we’re not saying what you’re seeing around town, let us know: call us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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