The week ends in tiers again. We have all the information about what Tier 2 means for Petersfield, agreement on a free parking plan for Christmas shoppers in Petersfield plus the rest of today’s essential local information.
All with Harrison and Laura on what some traders call Black Friday. Kate Fairweather has today’s forecast. Additional reporting from Noni Needs, Stephen Martin and Tom Reynolds.
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Petersfield will be in Tier 2
The whole of East Hampshire will be under tier two restrictions – meaning households will be banned from mixing indoors. Only one area near us is in tier one and that is the Isle of Wight.
Noni Needs explains what Tier two means for us living in Petersfield:
Tier two means there is a high alert level and areas have a higher or rapidly rising level of infections. A maximum of six people are permitted to meet outside and pubs and bars must close, unless they are operating as a restaurant. Schools and colleges remain open, while everyone who can work from home should do so.
Venues can only serve alcohol when it is accompanied by a ‘substantial meal’, they must stop taking orders by 10pm and must close by 11pm.
Surrey, West Sussex, Portsmouth, and Southampton are also in Tier 2.
The government has explained the decision was primarily made based on 5 key epidemiological indicators. These were: case detection rates in all age groups, case detection rates in the over-60s, the rate at which cases are rising or falling, positivity rate, and pressure on the NHS.
Meanwhile, East Hampshire Coronavirus cases have fallen. In the week up to the twenty second of November, our area reported one hundred and fourteen cases per one hundred thousand population. That’s down by nearly a quarter on the previous week.
You can check in and chat with Age Concern
The charity says staying connected and having someone to talk to is important, more so when we cannot physically meet others.
Age Concern has a team of volunteer phone buddies who match with older people who would like a regular call. This service covers Petersfield and the surrounding villages.
Phone Sheridan Rocher at Age Concern Petersfield on 07852 172998, get in touch over email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A free parking plan has been announced to boost local shops
East Hampshire District Council have announced a “free after three” parking scheme in Petersfield in conjunction with the Stay Safe, Shop Local Campaign.
From 3 to 24 December, Swan Street pay and display car park in Petersfield will be free to park in from Monday to Saturday after 3pm to help encourage residents to shop locally over the festive season. The move comes after a similar scheme was launched in Alton earlier this week to add an incentive for people to explore the town and support local shops, many of which have suffered over lockdown.
Councillor Ingrid Thomas, EHDC portfolio holder for Neighbourhood Quality, said: “With the lifting of national restrictions from 2 December, residents will be able to return to their high street and show their support for local businesses that have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.”
EHDC teamed up with Petersfield Town Council to deliver the scheme and Town Mayor Lesley Farrow said, “Petersfield Town Council is delighted to be able to demonstrate support and this opportunity for shoppers, be they residents or visitors to Petersfield. Additionally, and importantly, we hope that businesses will find this to their advantage. We trust that maximum benefit can be forthcoming for all.”
To find out more about the Stay Safe, Shop Local campaign, go to the EHDC website – www.easthants.gov.uk/stay-safe-shop-local.
Police are calling for witnesses of local crimes
Crimes that took place in Rogate and Liphook this month still need solving and
Sussex police calling for anyone with information to come forward. The call has come after the publishing of a list of crimes in the region by the police.
On the night of Wednesday 11th November a vehicle was criminally damaged in Rogate. On Portsmouth Road in Liphook an outbuilding was burgled on the night of Thursday 12th.
Anyone with information should report it to https://www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ or call 101.
The Mayor of Petersfield wants your help.
Petersfield Town Council is calling on you to support the Town Mayor’s Christmas Hamper Appeal in partnership with The Salvation Army.
Charities have suffered this year as they have not been able to host their usual fundraising events, and need support now more than ever.
Please give what you can towards Mayor Lesley Farrow’s appeal, which will fund hampers to be distributed to those most in need this Christmas, as identified by local agencies.
To donate please head to https://www.petersfield-tc.gov.uk/town-mayors-christmas-appeal/
Roads and rail
Delays at the top of Ramshill continue as a three-way traffic light system is in place at the junction with Barentin Way.
And the bus stop outside Churcher’s College is closed because of the road works. Buses are stopping instead by Madeline Road.
Works continue in Hill Brow and Milland [m’LAND] Road is closed between the Jolly Drover and the Rogate turn.
South Western Railway will be operating a revised service this Sunday on the Portsmouth to London Waterloo as works are conducted in the Woking area, so please check times if you are travelling by train this weekend. Bus replacements will operate between Woking, Guildford, and Basingstoke.