Partners magazine

Have you received Partners?

Delivery for the winter 2017 edition of Partners Magazine runs from 6-24 November. If you have not received your copy of Partners after that time please let us know using the brief form here.

Below you can also find an online version of the magazine and subscribe to our emailed version.

What is Partners?

The council produces a magazine called Partners. It keeps residents up-to-date with council services and activities.

The magazine, which has a print run of 55,000, is delivered to all residents and businesses in East Hampshire. There are also clear print and audio tape versions of the magazine available on request and from local libraries.

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If you are interested in advertising your business in Partners, please call Spot on Media directly on 0161 408 3912 or visit their website.

Partners Winter 2017


Free parking this Christmas

East Hampshire District Council is giving away three hours of free parking to people visiting Alton and Petersfield on one of the busiest weekends of the year!

Anyone parking in Petersfield and Alton can do so for free for the first three hours on both Saturday 2 December and Sunday 3 December.

The first Saturday of December is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year and both towns will be hosting their own Christmas festivals on the Sunday.

The give-away is expected to encourage shoppers and visitors to the towns to browse local stores and enjoy the festivals, giving local businesses a vital boost.

Saturday 2 December is also Small Business Saturday - a nation-wide campaign which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to support the small businesses in their communities.

The council has altered its parking meters to allow the three-hour tickets to be issued for free on these days.

EHDC aims to be one of the UK’s most business-friendly councils and this parking give-away is another example of how we try to help local businesses thrive.

How to park for free

Press the large green tick on the ticket machine.

It will issue a free ticket valid for three hours.

If you wish to stay longer then you can insert the appropriate additional fee.

This offer is not covered by the Ringo pay by phone service.

3hrs free parking Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December at EHDC car parks in Alton and Petersfield.

Golden retrievers

EHDC’s Animal Welfare Team has established itself as one of the best in the country after winning a haul of gold medals from the RSPCA.

The team won three golds out of a possible four, only one other council in the country did so well.

EHDC officers Neil Thompson-Burton and Jen Rowberry scooped gold for their care of stray dogs, contingency planning and for their regulation of animal businesses around the district.

The team’s work had been assessed by the RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprint Awards, a nationwide organisation. The London Borough of Lambeth was the only other local authority in the country to win three golds and match EHDC’s success.

Caring for stray dogs – the council’s stray dog service was commended for its efficiency and care. It picked up 91 lost or unwanted dogs last year.
Contingency planning – awarded for having strong plans to look after animals displaced in the event of a public emergency.
Monitoring animal businesses – strict regulations are enforced to make sure animal businesses, including kennels, riding stables, catteries, pet shops, dog breeders and even a local bird park maintain the highest standards of welfare.

Follow our team at

Chipping away

Dogs with information microchips are quickly re-homed but those without, or with out-of-date details, are harder to reunite with their keepers. If a keeper cannot be found the dog will be rehomed via a network of local charities.
Around 95 per cent of dogs have been micro-chipped but most of the stray dogs picked up by the Animal Welfare Team have out-of-date details

A tattoo is for life not just for Christmas!

Tattooing and body piercing have become increasingly popular over the last decade but they can carry health risks if not properly controlled.

An important function of the council is to make sure practitioners and premises are safe, hygienic and properly-managed.

There are known health risks which can be attributed to these procedures. Improper and unhygienic practices may result in skin infections or blood-borne viruses. Some of which can have serious and long-term health consequences.

The council registers premises and operators, not just for tattooing and piercing but also for treatments such as electrolysis and acupuncture. Registered practitioners will always have their certification on display.

Contact the Environmental Health Team at or on 07130 234303.

Got a pest problem?

The EHDC Pest Control team is experienced in dealing with many different types of pests in homes and business premises.

For our range of services and prices, visit or call 01730 234360.

Keeping a roof overhead

East Hampshire District Council helped 580 households avoid homelessness last year.

Even in affluent areas, homelessness is still a threat.

If a family or an individual suffers a change in circumstances, such as an illness to the main bread-winner or if someone loses their job, it can quickly become difficult for them to stay in their home.

In East Hampshire private rents are high and demand for social housing outstrips supply.

Some people can be left feeling there is nowhere to go.

That’s where EHDC’s Housing Team comes in. It works with people threatened with homelessness to try to find a way to keep a roof over their heads.

Very often this can mean finding a way to keep people in their current home. If family relationships have broken down, leading to someone moving out, or if a landlord and tenant cannot agree, the team will mediate between the parties to help find a resolution.

Kerry Hoskins, Housing Manager, said: “The very best solution to homelessness is to prevent it happening in the first place.

“We have a ‘tool kit’ of things we use to help people either stay in their current home, or find somewhere new. And there is a list of organisations and charities which we can turn to for help.

“There’s lots we can do and if we were not here to offer this safety net then a lot of these people would be on the street, or living in their cars.”

New rules governing homelessness are being introduced by the Government next year, including a further £170,500 of extra funding for this area. Some of this money is being used to employ two new Housing Support Officers to help keep people in their homes.

580 households prevented from becoming homeless last year.

Find out more about our housing service at

Get active in East Hampshire


Plans for a multi-million pound state-of-the-art sports centre have now been submitted by EHDC’s leisure contractor Everyone Active. If approved Alton could have its new sports centre by autumn 2019.

The fresh, new centre will be built on land adjacent to the existing site, which will remain open throughout the development so residents always have a facility to use.

The mix of facilities at the new centre has been designed to reflect current sports and fitness trends and inspire people of all ages and abilities to get active.

The pictures on these pages show how Alton Sports Centre might look.


Planning permission has been granted for £3 million of renovations and refurbishments at Petersfield’s Taro Leisure Centre.

The new design will enable more people to use the centre for sport and exercise.

The upgrades include a refurbished and extended group cycling studio, a substantially bigger 120-station gym and significant modernisation of the pool-side changing rooms.

Whitehill & Bordon

A planning application for the new sports centre to replace the existing centre at Mill Chase Academy is expected in December this year.

Subject to approval, building would commence in April 2018, with the view to open the centre in autumn 2019.

It will have a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool and a 100-station fitness suite which will be more than triple the size of the gym at Mill Chase Leisure Centre.

Breastfeeding welcome here

East Hampshire District Council is working to set up Petersfield as the district’s first breastfeeding friendly town and is calling on businesses, restaurants and cafes to sign up to the scheme.

The plan is to encourage as many places as possible to welcome breastfeeding mums and make them feel comfortable and relaxed when feeding their baby.

They can do this by providing a quieter area, with a comfy chair and access to fresh water.

By joining the scheme local businesses will be providing safe and welcoming places and playing an active part in encouraging more mums to breastfeed their babies.

EHDC is working on the idea with local health organisations including the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and the Breastfeeding Local Implementation Group.

Businesses in other towns that have adopted the scheme have seen an increase in customer satisfaction, loyalty and a boost in business as word spreads.

For breastfeeding advice and support go to

Taking the lead on electric cars

Ahead of Government plans to ban the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2040 East Hampshire District Council is leading by example and promoting electric cars.

The council has two electric vehicles available for staff to use.

Swapping the previous petrol pool cars with a Nissan Leaf car and a Nissan e-NV200 van not only demonstrates leadership in this emerging technology but also makes financial sense.

Since they were bought during 2016 they have clocked up more than 15,000 miles between them, saving the council more than £5,500 in running costs.

Running costs for the vehicles has dropped from 40p per mile to just 4p per mile.

It is predicted there will be a widespread switch-over to electric cars in the mid-2020s, when electric cars will out-compete petrol and diesel ones on factors like cost.

The government offers grants to support the transition to electric vehicles including grants towards buying a new vehicle and installing a charge-point at home.

Fuel cost per mile – 40p

Electric car cost per mile – 4p

Find out how you can get involved, visit

Make a difference that keeps you cosy, helps the environment and saves money

A council-led scheme

Residents of Whitehill & Bordon (including Lindford) can get an interest-free loan to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Additional support is available if you are on benefits. Find out more at

What can I get?

£7,000 interest-free loan* towards:

  • Boiler replacement
  • First time central heating system
  • Insulation including solid wall, cavity, loft etc
  • Double / triple glazing
  • Photovoltaic panels
  • *Terms and conditions apply

Who is this for?

  • The interest-free loan is open to the residents of Whitehill & Bordon and Lindford
  • Private landlords who have properties in Whitehill & Bordon can access the interest-free loan
  • The offer is available on a first-come first-served basis

Did you know. . .

  • Replacing an old boiler can save you up to £320 a year in heating bills
  • Replacing windows and doors can save you up to £110 in utilities bills
  • Solid wall insulation can save you up to £260 a year in heating bills
  • Cavity wall insulation can save you up to £160 a year in heating bills
  • *Savings figures taken from Energy Saving Trust.

What next for Whitehill & Bordon

There are so many new and exciting facilities and initiatives happening in the town – we’ve listed some of the highlights.


Future skills

An exciting new educational facility opened up its doors to 26 students in September. The Future Skills Centre, funded by Hampshire County Council and the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, offers and range of construction based skills for students aged over 16. 

The Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company (WBRC) has opened two new facilities:

  • GB Olympian, World and European BMX champion Liam Philips opened the popular new Skate Park in July.
  • A fantastic new natural play area on Hogmoor Inclosure opened in June.

Building careers

Thirty people have been employed in construction projects and 43 people have received construction training. BASE Bordon Innovation Centre in Louisburg Barracks, which will offer high-quality office space, is soon to open. Visit

On the road

The new relief road is due to be completed ahead of schedule and will be open by spring 2018. For more information go to

On the map

A new map of the town has been produced to help residents get around. Download the map at

Coming soon

New school

Hampshire County Council’s planning application for the new 900-pupil secondary school was approved in June. The school is expected to be open for the September 2019 school year.

Centre stage

Plans for the new town centre were revealed at an exhibition in October. The plans feature a new multi-screen cinema, a makers’ market, restaurants and shops. To find out more go to

Top sport

Plans have been revealed for the town’s new leisure centre which will include a six lane 25m pool, learner pool, two studios and a gym.

Future vision

Healthy new town

Whitehill & Bordon is one of 10 NHS England Healthy New Town demonstrator sites. This is about making it easier for people to live healthy, active and independent lives and have the care they need in the right place and at the right time.

The successful ‘Spring into Health’ festival, held in the town earlier this year, was funded by the Health New Towns programme.

Our green vision

Work is continuing to make Whitehill & Bordon a green and sustainable town.

This involves building energy-efficient homes, improving 150 hectares of greenspace and promoting walking and cycling routes.

Modern living

Moving in

The first residents have moved in ot the new homes on Quebec Park and Louisburg.

Keep cosy

Whitehill & Bordon residents can get loans to help pay for energy-saving home-improvements.

Working together

The transformation of the town is being led by a partnership which includes East Hampshire District Council, Hampshire County Council, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, the Homes and Communities Agency, Enterprise M3 LEP, the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company, Barratt Homes and Radian.

The nationally recognised regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon will deliver 3,350 new homes, 5,500 new jobs, a new town centre, new schools and a new leisure centre. Residents have moved into new homes and are already enjoying the new facilities.

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Kick start your career

Job-seekers in East Hampshire can kick-start their career thanks to a scheme which helps them get moving.

People living in the district’s more rural areas can find their opportunities for work or training limited if they don’t have their own transport.

The Wheels to Work scheme loans people a moped for a nominal charge depending on their age and the type of bike they hire. The scheme enables hirers to attend job interviews, vocational training or work.

The mopeds can be loaned for six to 12 months by anyone aged 16 and above.

Safety equipment and training is also provided and the scheme is operated by Community First New Forest and funded by Hampshire County Council and EHDC.

For more information about the scheme, visit: or email

Fun, fit and friendly

Keeping active can help you stay healthy but it can also provide a chance to meet new people, make friends and stay social.

Studies show that loneliness can have as serious an impact on your health as smoking or obesity, so being socially active is as important as being physically active.

And you don’t have to be a serious athlete to enjoy the companionship that comes with keeping active. There are lots of ways you can stay fit and healthy in East Hampshire and make new friends at the same time.

East Hampshire District Council has supported an assortment of initiatives across the district to help people get active, meet people and, most importantly, have fun.

  • Walking for Health - Free walks led by trained volunteers suitable for people of all abilities.
  • GP Exercise Referral Scheme - A great way for people with long term health conditions to increase physical activity levels and improve health.
  • Chairobics and Steady & Strong - Fun and gentle seated classes to help improve mobility and balance, meet new people and have some fun.
  • Walking Football – Alton and Horndean - Get back into football after time away from the game through injury or age. For Alton contact vic.harry@ 07793 450208, for Horndean contact Tony Martin:
  • Mum and Me Netball - A fun session for mums and their girls at Bohunt School, Liphook. MumandMeNetball Email:
  • Back to Netball – Petersfield - Get back into netball, feel great and have fun. Contact Debbie.Laycock@
  • Walking Netball – Horndean - Weekly walking netball class in Horndean for fun, fitness and friends. or Mob: 07932 642710
  • Runnyhoneys Couch to 5k – Whitehill & Bordon and Petersfield - Running courses that support people as they get back into running or start from scratch.

For further information go to or contact Kirsty Cope, Sports Development Officer 01730 234015

Award for our sporting stars

Do you know a local sports star that deserves an award?

Sportsmen and women, coaches, officials and the volunteers who work behind the scenes can be nominated for an East Hampshire Sports Award.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 5 January 2018.

The district has a huge array of sporting talent at every level, from elite to grass roots.

The prestigious awards recognise the achievements, hard work and dedication shown by the people who support and enrich our sporting communities.

Nominees will be assessed by a judging panel in a range of categories and finalists will be invited to an awards evening, hosted by ITV’s Fred Dinenage, on Thursday 15 February 2018 at Old Thorns Manor Hotel in Liphook. The winners of the district awards will be put forward to compete for the 2018 Energise Me Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sports Awards.

The categories: 

  • Junior Sportsman & Junior Sportswoman
  • Senior Sportsman & Senior Sportswoman
  • Masters Sportsman & Sportswoman
  • Junior Disability Sportsman & Sportswoman
  • Senior Disability Sportsman & Sportswoman
  • Coach of the Year (Male or Female)
  • Volunteer of the Year (Junior & Senior)
  • School Team of the Year
  • Team of the Year (Junior & Senior)
  • Service to Sport (Male or Female)
  • Club of the Year
  • Outstanding Personal Achievement

To nominate, download the guidance and nomination forms from

Money that makes the difference

Every year East Hampshire District Council gives thousands of pounds to support local projects.

It is the hard work and initiative of local people that creates our rich and vibrant communities and EHDC’s grants can help them turn their plans into reality.

Check out a few of the projects we have helped fund and then see if your group is eligible for money that can make the difference.

Cabinet approved grants

Grants of between £1,000- £25,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations to support community projects

Councillor community grants

EHDC councillors are given a budget of £4,500 each to spend on projects or initiatives within their local area.

Pitch perfect in Ropley

Ropley’s sports fans are enjoying a brand new multi-use games area after receiving financial support from East Hampshire District Council.

The new facility was officially opened in September offering netball and five-a-side football pitches.

East Hampshire District Council’s Cabinet awarded the project £23,600.

Giving the dog a boon

EHDC Leader Cllr Richard Millard gave local charity Pets As Therapy a £1,000 grant to help it continue its valuable work.

EHDC councillors are each given a budget of £4,500 to spend on projects and initiatives within their local area.

Pets As Therapy brings dogs to residential homes, hospitals, schools or anywhere people might be in need of some comfort and companionship.

Cabinet grants

Cabinet approved grants between £1,000-£25,000 are available for not-for-profit organisations with community projects.

Grants worth £82,928 were awarded by EHDC’s Cabinet to local community projects in June.

  • Alton Scouts received £10,000 to extend its cabin in Anstey Lane.
  • Alton Community Association received £16,500 to refurbish its ageing centre.
  • The Church of Holy Rood, Holybourne, received £10,000 to increase community use of the church.
  • Froyle Parish Council received £15,000 for a new playground.
  • Liss Parish Council received £25,000 towards a new community building.
  • Rowlands Castle Scout Group received £6,428 to improve centre facilities.

To find out more about the range of grants available, go to and search ‘grants’.

Off the post

Please do not save pre-paid envelopes to send letters to the council.

East Hampshire District Council often sends out self-addressed and pre-paid envelopes when contacting residents by post.

However, the postage paid on envelopes only lasts for a particular period of time.

Once that deadline has passed, the envelope will not be handled by Royal Mail and the letter will not be delivered.

If you receive a pre-paid envelope from EHDC that you do not use please don’t save it and use it later as your letter may not reach us!