Christmas Eve is just one month away and here’s an early present. Claire and Joff present this morning’s essential Petersfield information in the Morning Report.

Today’s big talking topic – should parking be free in Petersfield in the run-up to Christmas?

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Petersfield’s traders want to see free Christmas parking

A group of local shop owners and business leaders believes the prospect of free parking in Petersfield in the run-up to Christmas could counter some of the worst effects of the Covid downturn.

They’ve written to council leaders to set-out their case.

Steve Watts speaks for the group and says the promise of free parking would send a powerful message to shoppers:

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Fears that we could lose another local pub have been put to rest, as Dave Bowers reports:

A month ago we reported the sale of The Trooper pub in Froxfield. Local property experts suggested the plot was ripe for development and some Shine Radio listeners reacted with dismay.

But we can now confirm that the pub will remain trading and it’s safely in local hands.

The new owners told us they prefer not to be named on the radio but they live close to the pub and have confirmed to us that The Trooper will reopen soon.

They say they have no plans to develop the site for housing.

You may have heard us talking about the FitzRoy around the world in 80 days campaign here on Shine Radio.

The Petersfield-based charity hit its ten thousand pound fundraising target after individuals and teams collectively traveled the distance around our planet in various ways.

Neil Blackley from Priors Dean ran two hundred and twenty seven miles towards the total. He says the care Fitzroy can provide for people like his daughter is hard to find:

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Money from the fundraising will buy equipment to help residents in homes make video calls to their loved ones during the pandemic.

Travel news

Three way traffic lights are at the junction with Rams Hill and Kingsfernsden Lane as SSE’s electricity project continues. There are long delays on all approaches particularly around school drop-off and pick-up times.

South East Water are still carrying out works on Rushes Road although these are not expected to cause too much disruption.

Heathfield Road is also undergoing highway maintenance which may cause problems. 

And some delays may be experienced around Church Street in East Meon while drainage repairs are carried out.

There’s also drainage repairs expected to be carried out on the A272 towards Winchester today, just off the A3 roundabout – that’s also likely to cause delays.

And if we’re not saying what you’re seeing out there – you can call Petersfield 5 55 500 to help update this information. Just another way that you make it shine.