Is the chill gone

This chill cabinet was quickly removed from the footway in Hill Head Road after Alex Brims reported it to Fareham Council.

It had stood for several days outside an empty house which is being refurbished.

Update: [Another local resident stopped the regular bin and asked them to put it up as well.]

Teen Shelter consultation

…Teen Shelter: Time is running out to give your views about the Teen Shelter proposed for Stubbington Recreation Ground.

Closing date for the consultation is March 19. You can find it online at fareham.gov.uk, or visit the display at Holy Rood Church Centre from March 12-19

Teen Shelter

An example of a teen shelter. Closed or open-side versions are available

Village Notice Boards Need Replacement

2018, The boards are showing the effects of 16 years of service

2018, The boards are showing the effects of 16 years of service

The Informal noticeboards beside the car park and the library path are in need of replacement.

It’s been suggested that they should be replaced by glass- fronted cases, with keys held at local shops.

Village Notice Boards

Village Notice Boards

However this could make it difficult for people who work during the day to post notices.

The notice-boards were provided in the 1990s using funds allocated by Lib Dem Cllr Dorrine Burton-Jenkins.

They were replaced in 2002 after vandalism to the original ones. Tell us whether you’d prefer them replaced by closed or open-fronted boards.

2002 Jim and Dorrine unveil the new notice- boards

2002, Jim and Dorrine unveil the new notice- boards

Old St decision – Wednesday 21st March

UPDATE: Planning meeting to be on Wednesday 21st March.

Old Street

 

Bargate Homes’ proposal to build 160 houses at Old Street is likely to come to Fareham’s Planning Committee in March.

Fareham planners have good grounds for rejecting it, because the Local Plan designates the site as part of the Countryside Gap separating Stubbington and Hill Head from Fareham.

Many residents were worried because planners recently agreed larger developments in Warsash.

However, those were on sites where proposed revisions to the Local Plan indicate that building would be allowed.

In contrast, a scheme at Titchfield on the other side of the Meon Valley was rejected because it also lies in the Countryside Gap.

We should emphasise though, that the Revised Local Plan is still under discussion and could be altered before it is put to the Government for approval.

The Old Street plans – and comments from public bodies – are on www.fareham.gov.uk Look for P/17/1451/OA

Update on our Old Street story 

A needless hazard to cyclists?

This article has an update here Old Street Rural Route: update

Awkward kerbs for cyclists

Awkward kerbs for cyclists

The gates across the “country lane” section of Old Street give residents a welcome defence against through traffic.

But the kerbs on either side make them awkward for cyclists, and some cyclists have fallen while trying to steer round them. Should access be improved to give a safer cycling route from Stubbington to Hill Head?

Do the kerbs pose problems for horse riders too?

Awkward kerbs for cyclists

Awkward kerbs for cyclists

 

Hill Head beach alert

Alex risks the waves

Alex risks the waves

Don’t be tempted to try this, says Hill Head Lib Dem campaigner Alex Brims. You could put yourself at risk of a soaking or worse.

Walkers have fallen while trying to clamber over groynes or along privately-owned walls as they attempt to walk along parts of Hill Head beach which have become impassable at high tide.

To avoid damage to beach defences or injury to yourself, best advice is to time your walks for when the tide is lower.

You can see Met Office tide tables here. http://tinyurl.com/y8c5m3to.

The beach is altering swiftly just now and the East Solent Coastal Partnership is monitoring the changes. We’ll keep you posted.

Slipway being washed away

Slipway being undercut and washed away

Give village a facelift

Jim takes a walk on the wet side

Jim takes a walk on the wet side

Many residents complain to us about puddles on the footways behind the Stubbington Green bus stop.

The paved area has been extended over the years, but vans and lorries are often parked on the grass, churning it up.

Jim Forrest has asked the Council if they will:

– Replenish the sunken surface on the informal path from the bus shelter to the toilets

– Reseed and raise the grassed areas close to the paths

– Resurface the asphalt where needed and ensure that council and contractors’ vehicles keep to the paved area.

But it’s also up to all of us to protect grass verges on our streets – do try to make sure your and your visitors’ cars aren’t churning the grass.

 

Also see our story on the village notice boards.

 

Feb 2018 Crofton AdLib

Read the latest AdLib for Hill Head & Stubbington Crofton Ad Lib feb 2018

Stories include:

  • Give village a facelift
    • Many residents complain to us about puddles on the footways behind the Stubbington Green bus stop.
  • Hill Head beach alert
    • avoid damage to beach defences
  • Needless hazard to cyclists
    • The gates across the “count
  • Old St decision soon
    • Bargate Homes’ proposal to build 160 houses at Old Street
  • What goes in the blue bin?

If you want to contact us about any of these stories or new ones please use the contact us page.

NHS: Quicker appointments – but can you get there?

Fareham Community Hospital

Lib Dems are pressing Fareham Council to look at options to restore a bus service to the Community Hospital at Locks Heath.
A new system to assess the urgency of consultations means some patients may be able to have same-day appointments at the hospital if their local surgery cannot offer them.
But Lib Dem councillor Maryam Brady pointed out that people with mobility problems have difficulty getting there.
The hospital had a bus service when it opened, and Lib Dems have always
argued that it was withdrawn too soon and patient numbers are now growing.
The new housing for elderly people being built alongside the Community Hospital should also provide new potential passengers.
Surely one of the X4/X5 Southampton routes could be tweaked to include a loop to the hospital for some journeys.

Fareham Community Hospital

Fareham Community Hospital

LIDL: Fight to protect jobs

LIDL is being allowed to demolish its existing store in Newgate Lane, and the adjoining Apex Centre business units, to enable them to build a bigger store.

Three of the Planning Committee members voted against the proposal. They had tried to insist that the present store could not be demolished until the businesses in the Apex Centre are relocated.

But officers advised that planning rules would not allow such a condition.

Lidl say they will help the companies relocate – let’s hope they keep that promise, because there are some high quality products being made there, providing work, and work experience, for engineering students at CEMAST.

Delivery times to the new store will be limited, to help ease congestion.