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People whose homes overlook Petersfield’s central car park are unhappy about the new car spa.
Paul lives on Barham Road and says he doesn’t like the way it either looks or sounds.
There’s been more frustration on Petersfield’s roads.
Just days after the High Street was blocked by work to fix a broken sewer, long delays have been building up on Rams Hill.
The delays are caused by the SSEN electrical interconnector work which has been making its way down the old A3, through Sheet and now up the hill into Petersfield.
Some parents who drop off their children at Churcher’s College told us it was difficult to get there on time yesterday as temporary traffic lights at the Ramshill Roundabout created long tailbacks in all directions.
The electricity company’s work still has some weeks to go, so don’t expect to be free of these delays any time soon.
An open-air gym has opened in Rogate.
The Petersfield Post reports that local companies including Morgans Butchers and Picketts and Pursers have helped to fund the gym on Rogate Green.
The gym includes six different machines, each of which is designed to focus on a different group of muscles.
Unlike indoor gyms, this one is free to use and open to all, according to Gerard McClosky who represents the project.
The gym was officially opened with a blessing from Rogate vicar, the Reverend Edward Doyle and Reverend Trish Bancroft of Milland.
And you can see a picture of the ceremony in this week’s Petersfield Post.
The Dragon Street mosaic is on the move
The popular mural was commissioned by the Hampshire Sculpture Trust in 1994 and created by artist Kate Ford.
Now, development work behind its traditional location on Dragon Street means it must be moved to a temporary position on the building site, before being shunted again into a new home that will form part of a new street scene once the building work is complete.
The mosaic depicts an animated map of Petersfield so it’s not just a decorative piece, but a useful guide to the town. It’s three and a half metres long and more than two metres high.
The mural is understood to have been influenced by an ancient mosaic map of Jerusalem and is made of ceramic and gold leaf tiles.
A model railway company has produced five hundred scale replicas of Petersfield’s Signal Box.
The boxes have been made in China to exacting detail, according to Chris Trerise [pron: tryce] of the Kernow Model Rail Centre. He says his customers expect a perfect miniature.
And we’ll put some pictures of the model and a link to the company that’s produced it at petersfieldradio.uk
Petersfield High Street is still closed for emergency sewer repairs outside Winton House and M&S – it could be finished by the weekend if all goes well. Meanwhile, there are diversions all around town and an unexpected bit of pedestrianisation in town.
The other big disruption is the SSEN trench work. It’s reached the top of Ramshill now with multi-way traffic control. Part of the roundabout is obstructed. There were some big delays there yesterday so try to find another route if you can.
Openreach is working at Rapley Way in Froxfield, look out for resurfacing work up on Bell Hill, and if we’re not saying what you’re seeing out there – you can call Petersfield 555 500 to help update our information.
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