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James Robbins and Sam Wright have the latest Petersfield sports news and Kate Fairweather forecasts the likely conditions in our area today and into the weekend.
Plus a reminder of how you can send in a message of comfort and joy for someone you cannot be with this Christmas.
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Petersfield covid cases are falling
The number of local cases of Covid-19 are falling in the Petersfield North and East Meon area. Government data released this week shows there are 57.1% fewer cases this week than there were in the week leading up to the 4th December. The Petersfield North and East Meon area had 26 reported cases per 100,000 people at the start of the week, putting numbers in Petersfield below the national average.
However, other local areas such as Whitehill and Selbourne, Ewhurst and Chiddingfold and Horndean remain above the national average. Officials are due to meet on the 16th December to review the tier restrictions, but it is unclear what this will mean for East Hampshire, with cases rising in some areas and falling in others.
We’re all being encouraged to adhere to the Covid restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. If you are struggling to get the food, medicine or essential supplies you need for yourself or for your family, you can call the Hampshire Coronavirus helpline for advice and support at 0333 370 4000.
The first reservoir to be built in the UK for 30 years could be near Petersfield
Portsmouth Water is planning to create a new reservoir in Hampshire which will be the first such water store in the country for 30 years. Plans are for the reservoir to be built on the grassland site next to Havant Thicket, which sits in between Rowlands Castle, Leigh Park and Staunton Country Park in Havant.
Some environmentalist groups oppose the construction of dams but the proposals were subject to two successful consultation events prior to the submission of the plans. A verdict is expected from Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council in the Spring.
Portsmouth Water have said the plans include a new green leisure facility for local communities.
To find out more about the reservoir head to https://www.portsmouthwater.co.uk/new-reservoir/
The District Council would like to know how Petersfield residents are handling the pandemic
East Hampshire District Council is asking residents to complete a survey in order to find out how people are managing during the Covid-19 pandemic. The idea is to garner an understanding of how local people are affected and to identify where the council can help.
Questions are aimed at factors such as; mental health, personal finances and other difficulties local people are facing. Cllr Charles Louisson, East Hampshire District Council Portfolio Holder for Finance, said:
“We are asking residents to tell us how they are coping with the pandemic. The more we understand the impact of coronavirus on day-to-day life the easier it is for us to help people.”
This is the second edition of a survey that is running every few months, with the results compared to spot trends and changes.
To get involved you can take the survey at www.easthants.gov.uk/c19, and for more information telephone 01730 234025.
You can nominate people now for a Petersfield music, drama and performing arts award
Do you know a young local actor, musician or performing artist who deserves recognition? If so you can nominate them for the upcoming Daniel Day-Lewis award. To be eligible the person must be under 18 years old and perform in Petersfield.
The award was founded in 2012 by councillor Mary Vincent to raise awareness of local young talent and is named after Day-Lewis who lived locally. The award has produced some outstanding winners. Last year Tilly Padley won the highly coveted award due to her involvement in dance and drama at TPS as well as outside of school.
Local theatre groups and schools are encouraged to put candidates forward, which is possible until the end of January. To find an application form please head to the Petersfield Town Council website culture section.
Christmas countryside trail
Are you looking for a christmas activity to enjoy with all the family? If so Queen Elizabeth Country Park are running a ‘Countryside Adventure’ from this week until Christmas Eve.
You can join elves Thistle and Oak for a festive family walk and try to find their missing presents. Walkers will receive a trail pack which includes a booklet, stickers, pencils, and a Christmas decoration to take home, and there will be lots of fun activities to enjoy along the way. Find the panels among the trees to solve the clues, work out the answers and save Christmas!
Tickets are £5 and to book head to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park website. https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/countryside/christmas
Roadworks are scheduled this weekend overnight on the A3 just north of Petersfield at the southbound exit slip to the A272. southbound exit slip to the A272 .
Works are also planned next week northbound between the A3 and the A272 south of Petersfield, where one of two lanes will be closed. So delays can be expected between 8 in the evening and 6 in the morning next week.
Platforms 12-24 at London Waterloo will be closed Saturday and Sunday due to engineering work and the lines between Petersfield and Portsmouth Harbour will be closed all day Saturday and Sunday for maintenance work.
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