Dave Williams and Lucy Davies bring you essential local information for this third week of lockdown.

We also hear Jo Watts’s reaction to the news that her store Sew Creative won again in the Petersfield Awards, and a Petersfield head teacher is campaigning for a national group of school leaders.

All that, plus Petersfield’s local weather and travel information.

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Information transcript

Local news

Local businesses are continuing to celebrate their success at the Petersfield Awards

A number of local businesses and individuals were praised for the difference they make to local life and for their own achievements.

The Townhouse won the Best Drinking Establishment award for the 4th consecutive year, the Beau Peep Baby Boutique won Best Business, and Sew Creative was named Retailer of the Year award.

Jo Watts from Sew Creative is thrilled to be a winner…

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A local head teacher is campaigning on behalf of school leaders from across the country.

Herne Junior School headmaster Tony Markham, has written to East Hampshire MP, Damian Hinds on behalf of a national pressure group that is making a number of demands.

It wants to see contingency plans for GCSE and A Levels to be published, a suspension of the school performance tables scheme and money available to compensate schools for the extra costs of getting through the pandemic.

School attendance has declined since September with only 85% of pupils attending secondary school in the final week of half term.

However, GP and media medic Dr Sara Kayat says that school remains the best place for children to be:

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Hampshire Constabulary is responding to a series of rural burglaries.

Local police forces are asking for people in rural areas to be vigilant following a series of burglaries around our area.

The thieves target quad bikes, power tools, farm machinery and garden tools.

The Police advise us to ensure any outbuildings are secure and never to approach suspects. You can report suspicious behaviour or burglaries at hampshire.police.uk/ro/report or by calling 999.

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A controversial plan to demolish a family home and replace it with 27 flats has been thrown out by planners.

The proposal for the plot on Love Lane in Petersfield generated dozens of objections from local residents and organisations. 

In a report, the planners said the excessive built form, and loss of protected trees and vegetation, would result in a cramped form of development and overdevelopment of the plot, to the detriment of the character and appearance of the area.

They also criticised the application for what they said would have been a significant shortfall in on-site parking, and a failure to demonstrate that the site can be serviced by refuse vehicles and emergency vehicles.

And they said the developer’s plans paid scant regard to the Petersfield Neighbourhood Plan which is a reference point for all new building in our town.

Petersfield’s Pantomime may be cancelled this year, but the Theatre Royal in Winchester is going ahead with a Christmas show.

Ed Thorpe will be joining Julian Eardley as the second Dame in this year’s Theatre Royal Winchester Christmas Show Four Dames in Search of a Panto.

The show is being written and directed by James Barry with original music by Simon Slater.

The show is scheduled to preview from Saturday the fifth of December and run until Sunday the 3rd of January. The theatre has put in several measures to make the venue Covid secure and have been granted use of UK Theatre’s See It Safely mark that certifies venues are complying with the latest Government and industry Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of staff and audiences. 

For more information and to book tickets, visit theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk or email boxoffice@playtothecrowd.co.uk

Travel news

The big Petersfield troublespot remains Ram’s Hill where electrical installation work continues with temporary traffic lights causing long delays, especially around the school run.

The emergency sewer maintenance is just about done on the High Street and we expect it to open today at some point.

There are still diversions in place around town so take heed of the signs.

And remember traffic restrictions remain in place around the Square with a number of parking bays closed.

And a reminder that there are changes to train services this weekend because of engineering work in the Guildford area.

And if we’re not saying what you’re seeing out there – you can call Petersfield 555 500 to help update this information. Just another way that you make it shine.