Partners magazine

Partners magazine

The council produces a magazine called Partners. It keeps council tax payers up-to-date on 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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Partners Summer 2017

We are the one and only

East Hampshire District Council is the only local authority in the country to have cut its share of Council Tax this year

This year’s Council Tax has been cut by 2.6 per cent. This follows a two per cent cut last year. Out of 353 councils across the nation, 22 froze their tax but EHDC was the only authority to cut it, according to a national survey.

Other authorities providing services in East Hampshire, including Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Fire and Rescue and the Hampshire Police Authority increased their share of Council Tax, meaning the overall bills have increased. But EHDC is doing what it can to keep taxes low.

How have we done it?

EHDC has pioneered a new way of running public services. Instead of relying on central government grants and income from council tax we have looked for new sources of money. This is a new way to run public services and its principles can be followed by any other local council.

Investing in business property

EHDC has become a landlord for local businesses by buying high value properties around the area. We look for properties with reliable tenants and use the rent we collect to fund our services. Properties we own include Barclays Bank, on Petersfield Square and the Iceland supermarket on Alton High Street.

Cutting our costs

This does not mean cutting our services. We still provide the high quality services residents expect but we have made them run more efficiently. We share a management team with Havant Borough Council saving both councils money.

Selling our skills

Many councils have cut back on the services they provide. EHDC is looking to sell our teams’ skills to other organisations. We have done this with planning services, communications and printing.

New hand at the helm for EHDC

EHDC has elected a new Leader to guide the council through the next stage of its pioneering strategy.

Cllr Richard Millard, member for Headley, stepped up into the role having been Deputy Leader since 2013.

He replaces Cllr Ferris Cowper, Grayshott, who has chosen to hand over the reins. Cllr Cowper will be Deputy Leader and will still take an active part in the council’s Cabinet, focusing on finance and the future of Whitehill & Bordon.

Cllr Lynn Evans, Horndean Murray, has been chosen as the council’s Chairman for the next 12 months, with Cllr Anthony Williams, Headley, as Vice- Chairman.

As Leader, Cllr Millard will continue the pioneering work started by Cllr Cowper.

Cllr Millard said: “EHDC has been re-writing the way local government is run. We have forged ground-breaking partnerships with other councils, we have increased our income through investing in commercial property and selling our services to other authorities and we have pledged to reduce our Council Tax to zero.

“We have come a long way in just a few years and I am looking forward to guiding the council through the next leg of the journey.”

Get active at new leisure centres

Two brand new leisure centres are to be built in Alton and Whitehill & Bordon by the end of 2019. While the Taro Leisure Centre in Petersfield will receive a multi-million pound refurbishment, expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The new and improved facilities – a total investment of nearly £30m - are being delivered by East Hampshire District Council and the sports and leisure provider Everyone Active.

Alton

A completely new leisure centre is to be built next to the old centre, which will remain open while the new facility is built

What’s new?

  • A modern, refreshed reception area
  • A larger six-court sports hall built to Sport England specifications
  • A larger six-lane swimming pool built to Sport England specifications, including electronic timing pads
  • A bigger teaching pool - with rising/lowering floor to alter depth
  • An extended spin studio featuring ‘virtual spinning’ bikes
  • A modern café with improved viewing areas to watch your family at play
  • A destination spa to include a range of treatment rooms, sauna, steam, hydro pool and relaxation areas
  • A significantly bigger 130 station gym offering the latest cardiovascular and resistance equipment
  • High-quality dry-side changing rooms, with better access for disabled users and dedicated changing rooms for gyms and spa user s
  • Larger wet-side family-friendly changing rooms including more baby changing facilities and larger family cubicles

 

Whitehill & Bordon

The new facility at Whitehill & Bordon will move from Mill Chase Academy to the new town centre

What’s new?

  • A six-lane pool built to Sport England’s latest specifications
  • A larger teaching pool with a dedicated viewing area from the new refreshment area
  • A significantly extended gym with 100 stations offering the latest cardiovascular and resistance equipment
  • A fitness studio dedicated to leisure centre users (currently shared with Mill Chase Academy and available evenings only)
  • An improved spin studio including more bikes and ‘virtual spinning’
  • High-quality dry-side changing rooms, with better access for disabled users
  • Larger wet-side family-friendly changing rooms including more baby changing facilities and larger family cubicles

Petersfield

£3m will be spent on renovating and refurbishing the Taro Leisure Centre in Petersfield

What’s new?

  • Extended 120 station gym offering the latest cardiovascular and resistance equipment
  • New, larger spin studio extended to include more bikes and ‘virtual spinning’
  • Dry-side male and female changing rooms, with better access for disabled users
  • Larger wet-side family-friendly changing rooms including more baby changing facilities and l arger family cubicles
  • Refurbished café incorporating a welcoming new reception

Everyone Active

EHDC has signed a 20-year contract with Everyone Active which will run all three leisure centres on a day-to-day basis. Everyone Active currently manages more than 140 leisure centres in partnership with more than 40 different local authorities around the country.

As part of running the centres Everyone Active will also be promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging local people to take up sports and active hobbies.

Council services when you want them

Access a growing range of council services online by setting up a My East Hampshire District Council account

We know that not everyone can (or wants to) contact the council during office hours Monday to Friday. That’s why we’re working to make existing and new services available to be booked and paid for 24/7 through customer accounts. The services that are currently available through customer accounts are:

  • The Rural Areas Play Project (RAPP) and Get Activ8d holiday play schemes
  • Complaints about the council
  • Information requests (Freedom of Information / Environmental Information Regulations)

More services are being added all the time, so sign up now! Go to my.easthants.gov.uk.

Love Food Hate Waste

How to make the most of your summer picnics – and make the least amount of waste

Perfect picnics

Keep it cool – Take refrigerated foods in a cool box or cool bag, with ice packs, to help keep food fresh.

Keep it in one piece – Fruit and salad last longer if they are left whole rather than cut.

Love those leftovers – Recycle your leftovers by taking them on your picnic. For clever ways to use leftovers look at www.sainsburysfoodrescue.co.uk

Don’t leave your litter – Keep our green and pleasant East Hampshire countryside free from litter by taking your rubbish home with you.

Ways to save

The average family could save around £700 a year on its food bill by following these useful tips:

Check the use by date – foods can be eaten (most can be frozen) until the use by date, but not after.

The best before date is about quality – the food will be safe to eat after this date but may not be at its best.

Storing food right – ensure your fridge is 5ºC or less and your freezer is -18ºC.

Controlling portions – only serve what you know you will eat.

Brilliant BBQs

Don’t cross-contaminate – store raw meat on the bottom shelf of the fridge away from other foods.

Don’t bin those bottles – plastic bottles can be washed and thrown into your black recycling bin. Any glass can also be collected from your kerb-side and recycled.

Don’t over-cater – if you have 10 guests coming make enough food for nine, if you have 16 cater for 14.

If you are inviting lots of guests to your barbecue and are unsure how much food to prepare try the Love Food Hate Waste website for some handy hints and tips on perfect portions.

Boosting our businesses

Boosting our businesses

New businesses in East Hampshire can get a financial boost when they need it most by applying for one of EHDC’s start-up grants.

The grants, up to £500, will help the district’s start-up enterprises establish themselves.

As well as receiving the much-needed money, businesses can also receive tailored advice and support from Enterprise First – a not-for-profit agency that has been helping start-ups in Hampshire since 1981.

New businesses in East Hampshire can apply to the scheme, which is fast becoming fully subscribed.

Driving trade

Janet Freeborn, a driving instructor, based in Petersfield, benefited from the start-up grant and the business advice. She was able to plan ahead as well as expand her advertising and web presence.

Vinyl Matters

Steve MacGuinness, owner of Vinyl Matters, in Bakery Lane, Petersfield, initially stocked his record shop using his personal collection. He now buys a mixture of old and new records and also sells CDs, tapes and books and offers an online service.

Cabinet Approved Community Grants

Cabinet Approved Community Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations to support community projects which meet the objectives of the East Hampshire Corporate Strategy. Applications for between £1,000-£25,000 are welcome.

In 2016 /2017 Cabinet awarded grants worth a total of £157,427.

Councillors Community Grants

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

The Councillor Community Grants give local councillors discretion to award between £100 and £1000 to worthy schemes.

This year councillors have given local projects £179,935.

Partnership funding

EHDC is moving from grant funding the voluntary sector to commissioning it to deliver some services on its behalf.

Voluntary sector organisations can come forward, either individually or as a group, and bid to deliver services. The first services to be commissioned will be advice services with more information coming forward over the next few months.

Man with a scam

Fly-tipping is a crime. It damages the environment and represents a public health risk. Getting someone to dispose of unwanted items can be a real help. Just make sure you use an approved licensed waste carrier – if someone dumps your waste illegally, YOU could be fined up to £400.

How do I know a waste carrier is legitimate?

By law, you are personally responsible for ensuring the safe and correct disposal of your unwanted items, even if you have paid someone else to do it. If your waste is found dumped illegally you could be fined.

A licensed waste carrier will provide paperwork taking responsibility for the waste from you.

The Environment Agency provides an online register of waste carriers. This can be found at https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register

Any approved waste carrier will have a licence from the Environment Agency available for you to see.

How do I dispose of items correctly?

• East Hampshire District Council runs a bulky waste collection service. Prices vary according to the nature of the collection. Contact Customer Services on 0300 300 0013.

• Take your waste to Hampshire County Council’s waste recycling centres. Some items may be charged for.

• Paying for an approved licensed waste carrier and signing a waste transfer note handing over responsibility to them.

For more information, visit www.easthants.gov.uk/flytip

Three Parishes Summer Fayre and Barn Dance

Families from Horndean, Clanfield, Rowlands Castle and the surrounding areas will be coming together to enjoy a great day of summer fun this month.

The Three Parishes Summer Fayre, held on Saturday 24 June, is a traditional country festival packed with activities, displays, food, drink and family fun.

It will be held at Hazleton Farm, near Horndean, from 11am until 5pm, and will culminate in a foot-stomping barn dance in the evening complete with a live band and caller.

There will be plenty of stalls to browse, food to try and music, dance and local beers.

And you can get involved by entering one of a number of competitions including a pet dog contest, a flower and vegetable show, a cake competition or a photographic challenge.

The day will be capped off with a barn dance, from 7.30pm until 11pm with music from the popular band Squinty McGinty.

See more: facebook.com/easthampshire

Festiwell

Festiwell will be packed with activities to try, sports to play, healthy food to eat and lots of ways to help us stay fitter for longer.

Held on Sunday 9 July, at Four Marks Recreation Ground, the new event is being organised by EHDC and Four Marks Parish Council.

For the already-active, Alton Runners will be organising several fun-runs, there will be outdoor gym equipment and a host of sports to have a go at.

For those not ready to put on their running shoes there will be a Walk to Health group, archery, demonstrations and a quiet tent for more mindful activities.

Community groups such as the local horticultural and allotment societies and Men’s Shed will be on hand to offer advice, as will dental and other medical services.

Food will also play a big part in the day with many local producers showing the best way to prepare delicious and healthy meals.

See more: facebook.com/easthampshire

Taking pride in Jane

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the death of East Hampshire’s most famous literary great, Jane Austen.

Jane’s home in the beautiful East Hampshire village of Chawton, and other local landmarks, have become a must-visit for many Pride and Prejudice pilgrims from around the world.

This year EHDC is working with the Hampshire Cultural Trust and others to celebrate this extraordinary author’s creativity, talent and life in a summer packed with exhibitions, talks, walks, writing competitions and performances.

Here’s how you can celebrate Jane’s life in Hampshire:

Jane Austen’s House Museum Jane lived in this house in Chawton between 1809 and 1817 and worked on her most-loved novels here.

Sitting with Jane Made up of 24 ‘BookBenches’ designed and painted by professional artists, this unique public art trail runs across the north of Hampshire, including in Chawton and Alton.

Follow in her footsteps Take a circular literary walk around the area that inspired her work using EHDC’s guide.

Chawton House Library Set in the manor house that once belonged to Jane’s brother, Edward.

Regency Week Jane Austen Regency Week takes place in Alton and Chawton between 17-25 June. The wonderful variety of events can be seen at www.janeaustenregencyweek.co.uk

Jane Austen Day On 7 July, a day of talks and events, hosted by Chawton House Library and Jane Austen’s House Museum in association with the Hampshire Cultural Trust.

For further information visit www.janeausten200.co.uk

It's all change in Whitehill & Bordon

If you go down to Whitehill & Bordon today, you’re in for a big surprise…

The town’s regeneration has really taken off and you can’t help but notice it when you visit - with a new road, new homes (which are selling like hot cakes) and a new leisure centre, secondary school and loads of other new facilities on their way.

The development of the town will ultimately deliver 3,350 new homes and 5,500 new jobs – and is one of the biggest regeneration projects in the country. The vision is to transform the former garrison town into a green and healthy town, developed on the principles of high environmental standards and active and healthy lifestyles.

There’s so much happening – here’s a brief summary:

  • Hampshire County Council (HCC) has revealed its plans for a new 900-pupil secondary school campus for the relocation of Mill Chase Academy and to extend the infant and junior schools – all to be ready by 2019. More info: www.hants.gov.uk/news/feb24millchaseacademy
  • A new leisure centre will be built in the town in 2019 and is set to feature a six-lane 25 metre pool, two fitness studios, a learner pool and a gym. The existing centre at Mill Chase will close once the new centre is open. More info: tinyurl.com/WBleisurearticle
  • Quebec Park show homes are now open and selling fast on the site owned by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Properties include 65 two, three and four bedroom houses and some apartments. The remaining 35 homes will provide affordable housing, including 10 for shared ownership and will be managed by Radian.
  • Show homes are now open and homes are on sale at Louisburg Barracks, an HCA-owned site.
  • The new relief road is being constructed in two phases by HCC. The first phase, which runs through the Louisburg site to the north of the town, is now complete. The second phase is also now under way, with 3.2km (2 miles) of new single carriageway being constructed to connect the Liphook Road roundabout on the A325 to the completed section. The new road is principally funded by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the HCA, HCC and developer funding, and is due to be completed in summer 2018. Improvements to the current A325 will be completed by the winter of 2018.
  • Hogmoor Inclosure is open for all with 54 hectares of woodland and heathland. It is home to a variety of wildlife, and an area for people to enjoy walking and cycling. There will be significant enhancements made to the site which will include car parking, picnic areas, footpaths and cycle routes. There is also a proposal for a new visitor centre. The Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company is making these improvements.
  • Bordon Future Skills Centre is almost complete and is due to open in September 2017. HCC has been building this. It will offer a range of full time, part time and professional courses, including construction-related courses, as well as apprenticeships. The centre is being funded by HCC and the Enterprise M3 LEP.
  • High-quality office space will be available through a Business Enterprise Centre in Louisburg Barracks, funded by the HCA and the Enterprise M3 LEP. It will provide flexible tenancies and support services for start-ups and growing businesses. The centre is part of the EZ3 Enterprise Zone where eligible businesses can receive a range of benefits. Go to www.enterprisem3.org.uk/ez3
  • Plans for the new town centre have been revealed at a community consultation. The plans feature restaurants, a multi-screen cinema and health hub.
  • The town has also been awarded Healthy New Town Status, a position given to only 10 towns in the country, ensuring the town will be designed to promote healthy and active lifestyles.

Celebrating our local sporting heroes

More than 300 East Hampshire sports stars, and the people who support them, gathered to celebrate the East Hampshire Sports Awards.

The awards, organised by East Hampshire District Council, recognised sporting achievements and the commitment of coaches and officials who make success possible.

Guest speaker Alex Danson MBE talked about her stellar hockey career which began at Alton Hockey Club and has continued all the way to an Olympic Bronze Medal at London 2012 and an Olympic Gold at Rio 2016.

Her inspirational speech had a particular focus on the people in the room being the next generation of sporting success in Great Britain. Alex said: “I started in the same seat you are in, I dreamt of playing hockey for my country and I did everything that I could to make that dream become a reality.

“I urge you all to do the same, you will get knock downs and times where you feel like you aren’t going to succeed, but getting through these moments are the best parts of your career and lead to amazing things.”

The evening, held at the Old Thorns Manor Hotel, in Liphook, on 16 February, was hosted by ITV News presenter Fred Dinenage, a long-time supporter of the event.

The awards this year included winners from a wide variety of sports and sporting levels, from grass roots to elite.

Opening doors for private landlords

EHDC’s housing team is enlisting private landlords to take advantage of its Tenancy Bond Scheme.

The Tenancy Bond Scheme is an alternative to the tenant deposit scheme. The bond, also known as the Bond Guarantee, is a written agreement between the landlord, the applicant and EHDC, in which, at the end of a tenancy, the council will be financially responsible for any losses through rent arrears or damage to the property caused by the applicant during the tenancy, up to an agreed amount within the bond.

The team is already working with 132 local landlords and 74 estate agents in the district, giving nearly 400 families access to private rented accommodation.

This has saved the council thousands of pounds by avoiding placing people in emergency bed & breakfast accommodation, an expensive and short-term solution.

Find out more about the sc heme at the Landlord Hub www.easthants.gov.uk/landlord-hub or phone the team on 01730 234314.

Chipping in for food safety

Up to 70 per cent of dogs picked up by EHDC’s Animal Welfare officers are either not chipped or have chips with out-of-date information.

Micro-chipping dogs became compulsory in April 2016 and the scheme has been a success, with 95 per cent of dogs nationally now chipped.

Once read with a special scanner the chips reveal a serial number which allows officers to call up the dog’s history, owners and current address on a database.

However, dog owners have a responsibility to make sure the information kept on this database is up to date.

Dogs with up-to-date micro-chips are more likely to be re-homed quickly and efficiently if lost or stray.

Woodlands Hall - community success

The combined efforts of a close-knit community have turned around the fortunes of a much-loved village hall.

Woodlands Hall, in Headley Down, was in need of investment and some tender loving care when it was taken over by East Hampshire District Council in 2015.

Since that time, under the management of Community Officer Liz Panton, the building has been redecorated by volunteers, funding has been found, new groups have signed up and the local residents are involved.

Thanks to the work of residents and council staff an area of scrubland near the hall has been turned into a nature reserve clear of litter and attractive to wildlife.

The hall is also home to children’s groups, a youth club, pre-school, theatrical productions, archery classes, football skills, box fit, the Rural Area Play Project and much more.

Book the hall for your event or class - phone 01428 717231 or email liz.panton@easthants.gov.uk.

Walking in the footsteps of writers

The Writers’ Way is a 13-mile trail linking Alton to surrounding villages telling the story of the district’s rich literary past.

The route, which is open to walkers, cyclists and horse-riders, passes through the breathtaking local countryside.

Several famous authors were closely connected to the area.

The novelist Jane Austen lived at Chawton and was very familiar with the surrounding countryside, taking regular walks with her family and friends. This year is the 200th since her death, find out about the commemorations on Page 15.

Gilbert White lived in Selborne. His detailed wildlife observations and fascination with nature transformed the way we think about the natural world today.

William Cobbett was born in nearby Farnham to a farming family. A self-educated man, he campaigned for better living conditions for rural families and as research he undertook long rides on horseback through the countryside, as described in his book ‘Rural Rides’.