Hart News The newspaper of Hart District Council
Odiham reopens Leisure special
These creatures of the night can be just as pretty as butterflies – p2
Hospital is back due to public demand – and as busy as ever – p8
Our four-page pull-out sports and fitness supplement – p9-12
Our vision for the future Hart’s new Local Plan will be ready this autumn, taking the district forward to 2029 by Daryl Phillips, Corporate Director, Hart Council Hart District Council is currently putting the final touches to its plan for the future development of the district. The Plan will set the vision, objectives and strategic policies for the district up to 2029. It will set out, in broad terms, where in Hart new homes and jobs should be provided. The reason why we need to plan for the future is because new homes are needed across Hampshire and Hart is no exception. The number of houses needed has generally increased over past years. There are several reasons for this. There have been population increases due to birth rates, people are living longer and because of immigration. Households have also decreased in size – as the number of people in the average household goes down, even if the population stays the
same, the number of households will increase. The council is conscious of local concerns about the ability of infrastructure to support new development. In some areas of the district the roads are congested and right across the district there is pressure for more school places. The new Hart Local Plan will therefore, look at where new facilities and infrastructure such as schools, shops and roads are required and how they will be provided. The council is looking to submit its new Local Plan to the Government early in the New Year but first it will carry out a further round of consultation with Hart residents. The new Hart Local Plan is due to be published in November and everyone in the district will be urged to give their views. As soon as it is ready we shall be publishing a special edition of Hart News containing details, which will be delivered to everyone – keep an eye out for it and if you have any observations please make sure you let us have them.
Watch out for our special Local Plan edition Later in the autumn we shall be publishing a four page special issue of Hart News devoted to the Local Plan. This will contain full details of the Plan proposals to take the district up to the
year 2029. When it lands on your mat, please make sure that you read it and if you have any comments please send them in. This is your chance to contribute to Hart’s future.
More ‘special agents’ for villages
Tony Hopkins really is a Special Agent – he was Hart’s first volunteer to take up a new role as ‘village agent’ – providing help and support for older people in rural areas. Tony, pictured, who covers Ewshot and Crondall, first heard about the scheme from the clerk to Ewshot Parish Council and then went to a presentation at Hart’s Civic Offices in Fleet late last year. By January he had been given a lap top and a mobile phone and was on his way. He told Hart News: “If you have an ageing population who are not able to access the services they need, then some will become vulnerable. If you can point older people to the help available they should stay independent for much longer and have a better quality of life.” What he found initially was that nobody could provide a list of the older people in his community who he was supposed to try to support. He had to go out to promote the
village agent role – making contact through the parish magazine, Neighbourcare, the doctors’ surgery, the seniors’ club in Crondall and other channels. Earlier this year saw the big digital TV switchover and Tony found himself helping older, (and some younger), people to get their sets to work once more. “I am a one-stop shop to help people,” he says. “I am a bit like an ‘ask Tony’ service – I point people in the right direction.” His range of tasks has included: arranging a referral for benefits advice; helping to organise respite care; providing details of approved gas fitters; helping to get wheelchairs or frames; reporting rodent infestations and nuisance calls. Older readers in Ewshot and Crondall can contact Tony on 07543 294591 (leave a message if he is unavailable and he’ll call you back).
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Marvellous moths Louise Greenwood is fascinated by moths and explains the art of moth trapping. Moths are fascinating. Some species fly mostly during the day, such as the six-spot burnet moth, which can be found on most of Hart’s countryside sites. Most people think of moths as dull and boring, but we have really colourful specimens visiting our gardens whilst we are asleep. One of my favourites is the elephant hawk moth, which is bright pink with a caterpillar that looks like an elephant’s trunk (hence its name). To distinguish a moth from a butterfly look at the anten-
nae – butterflies’ are long, thin and have clubs on the end whereas moths’ antennae are either feathery or long and thin, but with no club . Studying moths using a moth trap is really interesting. During the day some gardens can have as many as ten species of butterfly and a couple of day-flying moths such as the silver Y or even the hummingbird hawk-moth. But during the evening, a garden can have up to 300 species of moth visiting in a single year! There are many types of moth traps. The most successful design is the Robinson moth trap, which can catch up to 1,000 moths a night. It uses a mercury vapour bulb in a round trap which the moths enter but can't find their way out, so they are still there in the morning to identify. Another type is the Skinner
design which also uses a mercury vapour bulb, but the trap is a basic box with Perspex slats acting as a funnel. The box can be easily and cheaply replicated, by just getting a cardboard box and cutting off the two small flaps at the top, then pushing the two larger flaps into the box so they act as a funnel. Fill the box with egg boxes and the moths will hide in all the gaps. The light source is variable – a mercury vapour bulb is the best option, but a normal bulb will work too. Just suspend it over the box – but make sure it’s not going to rain as the bulb can shatter if it gets wet and the cardboard box will get soggy. If there is an outside light available, another way to attract moths is to put up a white sheet next to the light. This method is slightly more energetic as the moths only settle on the sheet for a
Elephant hawk moth
Hummingbird hawk moth
little while, so it involves catching them and identifying them as they arrive. The other methods use egg boxes in which the moths roost overnight. In the morning they are very docile and easily handled to identify before
you release them. Starting in the autumn is the best time to get to grips with the common species. The weather is really important for, just like us, the moths prefer it when it isn’t raining or windy!
Green Flag hat-trick for Elvetham Heath
Elvetham Heath Local Nature Reserve has been named one of the best countryside sites in the country for the third year in a row – earning a prestigious Green Flag. The Green Flag Awards recognise and reward the best parks and open spaces in the country and Elvetham Heath continued to impress the judges with its excellent use of green space, wellmaintained paths and play parks and its beautiful heathland nature reserve. A considerable amount of habitat management work took place on the reserve last winter, with three heathland scrapes, as well as a large amount of birch and pine scrub being removed. This was to help conserve and
protect the heathland wildlife while at the same time keeping the reserve as an open, safe and welcoming place for people to enjoy. Hart’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Recreation, Cllr Sara Kinnell, said: “The reserve and surrounding green space is not only important for wildlife, but also for local people – children and adults alike. “Hart’s Countryside Service, as well as the shared Basingstoke and Deane Grounds Maintenance service, have worked hard to ensure the reserve is maintained to a high standard for the enjoyment of the whole community. We will strive to maintain this high level for years to come.”
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Dredgers return to Fleet Pond
Dunlin are just one of the wading species to return to Fleet Pond as a result of the Restoration Project
The diggers have come back to Fleet Pond this autumn to start the second phase of dredging. They can be seen manoeuvring around the pond on pontoons – lowering the pond bed and creating islands using the silt removed. The Fleet Pond Restoration Project is now in its second phase and by the end of this year we should have made a good dent into the estimated quarter of a million tonnes of silt which we aim to remove. Last spring the diggers visited the pond to deepen the centre of the lake and create central islands (in purple on the map). These central islands will create a windbreak, in order to reduce the wave action across the lake which stirs up the silt and makes the water murky. This ‘turbidity’ prevents light from reaching the lake bed, so plants can’t grow. The diggers left the site on April 1 and returned in mid-August. Dredging stopped during this period to avoid disturbance to breeding birds on Fleet Pond. Now the diggers have returned to deepen the areas around the edge of the lake and create more islands. These islands will create calmer backwaters, allowing the silt in the water to settle out – thus providing areas of clear water in which plants can grow.
In the future there will be more dredging of the pond. We are working hard to secure funding to continue the restoration. The Fleet Pond Restoration Project has only been possible with funding from partners. Hart District Council has raised funds through Natural
England’s Higher Level Stewardship grant of £173,000 and their Water Framework Directive (WFD) of £142,000, plus Environment Agency WFD Grants of £100,000 as well as about £100,000 from developers’ contributions. Fleet Pond Society’s ‘Clearwater Campaign’ helps pro-
mote awareness of the situation at Fleet Pond and raises voluntary funding towards projects not contained in the present Fleet Pond Restoration Project. For more information and updates on how the project is going and what species are visiting the islands, go to our Hart
Countryside blog at www.hartranger.blogspot.com or contact us on 01252 623443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like to donate towards the Clearwater Campaign please visit the Fleet Pond Society website www.fleetpond.org.uk
Birds flock to our new pond islands The islands created in the first phase of dredging at Fleet Pond have already proved to be a great success with wildlife. Only months after the first phase islands were finished birds flocked to them. Nine species of wader visited them in the first month alone. Many birds liked it so much they stayed to nest. This summer our Common Tern numbers increased dramatically, due to more open ground for nesting. Up until this year we had only had two pairs nesting a year – this has increased to seven pairs! We also had nine pairs of black headed gulls, a pair of lapwings and, amazingly, a pair of little ringed plovers – a species never recorded as nesting at Fleet Pond before. To have them there is a great indicator of things to come. Little ringed plovers nest in exposed scrapes on open ground, so for future
Black headed gulls (above) joined common terns, lapwings and even a pair of little ringed plovers to nest on the newly created islands, coloured purple in the map on the right. The islands create windbreaks and calmer waters, meaning silt can settle for clearer waters, as well as providing nest sites management we are going to keep some of the islands with bare ground and tussocks of vegetation to help the chicks to hide from predators. These small
waders only started nesting in the UK after the 1930s, taking advantage of gravel pits. Fleet Pond Ranger, Louise Greenwood said: “The
islands have been a great success and to have little ringed plovers nesting is very exciting. I can’t wait to see what visits the pond in the next couple of years!”
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Mesh set to solve a sticky problem Two 60-metre sections of ground support mesh were installed on Odiham Common earlier this year. The mesh was put over two very wet sections of woodland ride to improve access for the public and for maintenance equipment. This has improved the ground stability greatly for walkers and a variety of maintenance vehicles have already safely passed over it. Before it was installed they sometimes got stuck in these spots. The ground vegetation has already grown up through the mesh, making it unobtru-
sive. Hart rangers will be keeping an eye on how it gets used and stands up to the use with a view to employing the technique elsewhere on the site. While the mesh improves
access it also protects tree roots and minimises damage to a very sensitive site. It is rolled out over the ground and pegged to it so there is no need to dig or bring in loads of stone from off the site.
New book can broaden your horizons ‘Explore the Blackwater Valley’ is a new, fullcolour, 48-page booklet costing just £3.50. The focal point is the 23-mile riverside path – although there are many open green spaces as well as parks, playgrounds, fishing lakes and water sports centres. The booklet has been produced by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership to showcase its longdistance riverside route. It contains clear, specially drawn maps and detailed route descriptions of the path as well as a handy at-aglance guide to valley sites, facilities and other useful information. Christine Reeves, Visitor Promotions Officer for the
Hart Countryside Service – 2012 Guided Walks Autumn Birds of Fleet Pond Sat September 22, 9am – 11am Enjoy the beautiful colours of autumn during a guided bird walk around Fleet Pond. Autumn is a fascinating time of year as wildfowl and wintering finches are arriving and our summer residents are starting their migration. Learn how to identify them by sight and sound. Binoculars not necessary but will come in handy! Booking is essential – you can book online at www.threesixfive.org.uk/ countryside/guided-walks or contact Hart Countryside Service on 01252 623443 or email us on countryside@ hart.gov.uk £2.50 per adult and £1.50 per child. Payable on the day.
Fungi walk, Elvetham Heath Sat October 6, 10am – 12 noon Join Hart Ranger Duke for a walk around Elvetham Heath to look at the mushrooms and toadstools around the nature reserve. Booking is essential – you can book online at www.threesixfive.org.uk/ countryside/guided-walks or contact Hart Countryside Service on 01252 623443 or email us on countryside@ hart.gov.uk £2.50 per adult and £1.50 per child. Payable on the day.
Never too young: Ranger Leigh Neville with walker Finley The Fungi of Odiham Common Sat October 20, 10am – 12:30pm Hart’s Head Ranger Steve leads a walk around the majestic Odiham Common to look at the mushrooms and toadstools around the nature reserve. Booking is essential – you can book online at www.threesixfive.org.uk/ countryside/guided-walks or contact Hart Countryside Service on 01252 623443 or email us on countryside@ hart.gov.uk £2.50 per adult and £1.50 per child. Payable on the day. Hallowe’en Walk around Fleet Pond Tues October 30, 6pm – 8pm Join us for a scary evening at Fleet Pond. Venture for a walk full of surprises around the eerie Fleet Pond at night. Wear
your scariest costume and win a prize. Suitable for children aged seven-plus, accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential – you can book online at www.threesixfive.org.uk/ countryside/guided-walks or contact Hart Countryside Service on 01252 623443 or email us on countryside@ hart.gov.uk £4 per adult and £2 per child. Payable on the day. Lantern Walk Wed December 12, 5pm – 6:30pm Join Hart Countryside Service for a short lantern walk through Elvetham Heath Local Nature Reserve, just as it is getting dark, to form a chain of lights. Begins at 5pm at the village pond at Elvetham Heath. The walk should take about 30-40 minutes and the
Church on the Heath will lead a short session of carol singing at the end. Although some lights will be provided, please bring your own lantern or torch. Parking is free at the Elvetham Heath Community Centre. For more details see the website www.threesixfive.org.uk/ countryside or contact Hart Countryside Service on 01252 623443 or email us on email@example.com Suggested donation of £2 which will go towards the Church on the Heath and management of Elvetham Heath Nature Reserve. Christmas Wreath Making Workshop at Hart Leisure Centre Sat December 8, 10am – 12 noon. Get into the festive spirit and create something special this Christmas! Tea, coffee and festive nibbles included. All materials are provided. Take your wreath home – ready to proudly hang on your door. No previous experience required. Booking is essential - you can book online at www.threesixfive.org.uk/ countryside/guided-walks or contact Hart Countryside Service on 01252 623443 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org £10 per Adult and £7 per child, Payable on the day.
Partnership, said that to look at the Blackwater Valley today few people would realise that it was once a dumping ground for three counties (Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey). Years of neglect, together with extensive gravel extraction in the area, had left the river badly polluted. Work to remedy things began in the 1970s and Hart is one of 13 councils funding the Partnership. ‘Explore the Blackwater Valley’ is available direct from Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership, Ash Lock Cottage, Government Road, Aldershot GU11 2PS at £3.50 plus £1 p and p. It can also be ordered online from www.blackwatervalley.org.uk
Huge turnout for Hart’s Olympicthemed walks Hart’s countryside walks with a sporting theme twist were a great success! Despite the weather, many people turned out to the five walks during April to various Hart Countryside sites. More than 150 people went to Fleet Pond Local Nature Reserve for a fun Easter event hosted by the Hart Countryside Service rangers. It was a great family day out following the self-guided nature trail to find the trivia boards and answer sporting and nature themed questions before being given an Easter egg. Louise Greenwood, Hart Countryside Ranger said: “It was a great day and brilliant to see so many people of all ages enjoying Fleet Pond. “The rangers also set up a viewing telescope so anyone on the day could see the nesting herons on Heron Island. It was a wonderful experience for everyone there to see our heron colony.” Check out the events calendar on www.threesixfive.org.uk for details of many more celebrating in 2012 events!
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Diamond launch for QE II Fields
Ceremony: Cllr Sara Kinnell and Cllr Chris Axam begin the dedication of Queen Elizabeth II Fields by awarding prizes for a poetry competition run by Greenfields Junior School.
The Diamond Jubilee weekend was launched at Hartley Wintney with a dedication ceremony for the new nature reserve known as Queen Elizabeth II Fields. Hart District Council, in conjunction with Fields in Trust and Barratt Homes, organised the event. No less than 120 children from Greenfields Junior School and Oakwood Infant School in Hartley Wintney filled time capsules at the ceremony. Items included things that are important to the children in 2012 and wildlife that they would still like to see in the future. Each child was given a special card inviting them to
return in exactly 60 years time when the capsules will be re-opened. The event started with an address by Hart Chairman, Cllr Chris Axam, followed by the results of a poetry competition for the Greenfields children. There were seven winning poems in all, read during the ceremony by Hart Leisure Cabinet member, Cllr Sara Kinnell. The children were awarded bronze, silver or gold medals. The overall winning poem, written by Eloise Jefferson, aged 11, was carved on to a specially commissioned wooden bench, which was unveiled during the ceremony. To celebrate this year’s London Olympics five olive trees were also planted to symbol-
ise peace and the five Olympic rings. Olive leaves were used to decorate the Olympic athletes in ancient times. The finale saw the playing of the national anthem by the Hampshire police band and the raising of the Union flag. Queen Elizabeth II Fields will be managed by Hart’s Countryside team as a meadow, becoming a haven for wildlife. Wildflowers already seen include ox-eye daisies, birdsfoot trefoil and ragged robin. The field supports a wealth of insect life as well as nesting skylarks. This nature reserve will be protected as a wonderful green space for generations to come. The olive trees and
Ceremony: Cllr Kinnell and Cllr Axam unveil the bespoke bench and olive trees as a lasting reminder of the ceremony bespoke bench will be a lasting reminder of the dedication ceremony and it is
hoped the fields will be enjoyed as a place of peace and tranquillity.
How to access policing services in Hart Hampshire Police has identified a number of stations for closure in the coming years. But the police stress this will not happen overnight and they will only be closed when the Safer Neighbourhoods Team for that particular area has been re-located within the community it serves. In addition to its estate review, there has also been a review of front office facilities at some stations and both Fleet and Yateley closed last March. The outcome of the review has saved the force about £1.7million per year. The decision to close front offices followed an in-depth review into
the way they are used by members of the public. This included public consultation, examining the numbers of people visiting each front office and the demand for service. Said a spokeswoman: “We also looked at alternative ways for people to contact us and we found that most people prefer to use the phone or email to report a crime or get advice.” When Fleet and Yateley front office police stations closed Aldershot police station became the main front office for the Hart and Rushmoor police district. Aldershot front office is open
between 8am and 8pm Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Chief Inspector Sarah Jackson said: “Hampshire Constabulary remains committed to being accessible to members of the public. Our Safer Neighbourhoods Teams will continue to be based at the heart of their communities and be available for discussions and advice at beat surgeries and community meetings, which take place on a monthly basis across the whole district. These meetings are advertised in a number of ways including:
l Crime reports and police UK websites l Hampshire Constabulary website l through local Neighbourhood Watch l in parish and town council publications l on Facebook and Twitter. Chief Insp Jackson added: “In addition, members of the public can call our easy-to-remember non-emergency number 101 to report a crime, or for advice and information, to contact their local officer, or to schedule an appointment for an officer to visit them at a mutually convenient time and place.”
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Electrical recycling sparks interest Recycling your old household electrical items is easy and is becoming more and more popular. During recycle week in June some 90 containers were placed around the county so that unwanted or broken small electrical items could be donated for re-use or recycling. Members of the public were asked to fill in a card detailing what they dropped off and why. These were entered into a free prize draw. Congratulations to Laura Cohn of Fleet who was the lucky winner of a flat screen TV donated by the collectors ‘WasteCare’! Electrical items can still be taken to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Hartley Wintney. From here they will be taken for dismantling and reprocessing.
Unwanted or broken small electrical items can still be donated for re-use or recycling at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Hartley Wintney
Donate instead However, if they are not broken why not find them a new home? Local charities, Fleet Lions and Basingstoke Community Furniture Project, provide free and low cost electrical items to families and individuals
in need. To carry on their great work they need your donations – from fridges and cookers to toasters and kettles. Contact them direct for more information:
Fleet Lions: Tel 01252 616998 or www.fleetlions.org.uk Basingstoke Community furniture project: Tel 01256 320700 or www.cfpnewbury.org/basingstoke
Crack down on fly tippers During the last financial year there were no less than 603 fly tipping offences in Hart – which cost nearly £30,000 of council taxpayers’ money just to clear up. Now Hart District Council and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council are working together to share the service of Environmental Enforcement. Fly tipping offences will now be rigorously investigated with a view to bringing enforcement action against those responsible. The impact on the environment and the community is such that penalties on conviction can range up to a £50,000 fine and six months in prison. Fifty five official warnings were issued in the first half of this year and more serious cases are still being investigated. There have also been joint operations with the police targeting illegal waste carriers. New signs were recently placed in several fly tipping ‘hot spot’ areas. If this does not deter the tippers mobile CCTV may be brought into use.
Recycling and rubbish collection calendar – Christmas and New Year 2012/13 Christmas Collection day
Normal collection Date Monday
Cut price relationship counselling Thanks to a grant from Hart District Council, Relate North and East Hampshire Borders is now able to offer counselling fee reductions for people who have limited means. Relate is the main provider of counselling in the area from 9am to 9pm Monday-Friday and on Saturday mornings. More than half of its work is relationship counselling but it also covers young people, families and sex therapy. During the last year it has worked with 2109 clients with an average of 4.6 counselling sessions per person. Those who want to find out more should email: email@example.com or ring 01256 423844. Or visit the website: www.relatenehab.org.uk
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One camel and one crane Your vote will count at equals community spirit! inaugural police poll The civil - military covenant signed last year between Hart District Council and the Commanding Officers of the Royal School of Military Engineers at Minley and the Chinook helicopter base at RAF Odiham committed all three parties to greater co-operation. Early wins were new road signs needed by Minley and concessionary fees for service personnel at Hart’s leisure centres. Recently, highly trained ‘sappers’, at Gibraltar Barracks helped a local pub to raise £8,000 for charity. The Falkners Arms at Ancells Farm was organising a fund raiser for ‘Wish upon a Star’, which supports children with life threatening illnesses. Local people were challenged to try controlling a massive state-of-the-art military crane. They had to use it to place bales of hay into the feeding basket of a life-sized model camel. For added ‘authenticity’, one of the sappers supervising the event
Local people had a go at feeding the ‘camel’ with the crane to raise money for charity dressed up as a zoo keeper and the unusual attraction tempted more than 200 people of all ages, who made donations to the charity as they tested their skill. As Lt. Colonel Jim Fernandes, Commander of Gibraltar Barracks and the Officers’ Mess at Minley Manor said: “A true bond of friendship has been created. It was an honour to have assisted the Falkner’s Arms to raise such a fantastic sum for a very worthwhile cause.”
You may have noticed Hart sent out household voter registrations forms a bit earlier than usual this year. That was because the inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner elections take place on November 15. These new elections will see the existing Hampshire police authority replaced by a single elected Police and Crime Commissioner for the county. The aim of the new commissioners will be “to ensure the policing needs of the community are met as effectively as possible, thus bringing communities closer to the police, building confidence in the system and enhancing trust.” Their job is to listen to the public and then respond to their needs, bringing more of a public
voice to policing and giving the public a name and a face to complain to if they are not satisfied.
New Voting System The supplementary vote system, which is currently employed to elect mayors, will be used for these elections. Voters will be asked to select their first and second preferences for commissioner. If no candidate gains 50 per cent of the first preference votes, the two candidates with the highest number of first preference votes go forward to a second round of counting. The deadline for registering to vote at these elections is October 31. If you are already registered you do not need to register again. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.hart.gov.uk/elections
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New Corporate Director is at the heart of Hart A new corporate director, Patricia Hughes, took up her post in August – bringing her back to the authority she first joined on work experience at the age of 15 in the environmental health department. Patricia Hughes said: “I really wanted to grasp the opportunity to work again at Hart where I grew up and I am thrilled to be appointed as corporate director.” Miss Hughes, who was head of commissioning at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, was brought up in Blackwater and went to school in Frogmore. Following university she worked for the London borough of Ealing before returning to Hart as an environmental health officer and then for East Hampshire and Basingstoke and Deane councils in a variety of roles.
Odiham Cottage Hospital is back – and as busy as ever! Two years ago this month Odiham Cottage Hospital celebrated its centenary. Yet at the end of July last year it closed its doors. But that was not the end of the story. Local people who had battled more than once to save the hospital were delighted when only six months later it opened once again and welcomed its first patients. Since then things have expanded rapidly and the cottage hospital is again buzzing with activity. The North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group is a group of local GPs who base their integrated care team there – delivering community care for west Hart. While there are no longer any beds at the hospital, the medical facilities comprise two clinics, a treatment room and offices. Rosefield Day Centre from Hartley Wintney moved
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Members of the nursing staff celebrate the re-opening of Odiham Cottage Hospital home at the end of February. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays the centre provides social and respite care for up to 25 elderly people, most of whom have mental frailty. The hospital also provides an office for the two new village agents for Odiham (see separate story on the right). The Trustees have also established a partnership with St Michael’s Hospice in Basingstoke to provide weekly complementary therapy clinics for patients with
end of life conditions. Said the hospital secretary, Ginny East: “All of these different groups have now come together in a partnership which is really working well.” On September 28 the hospital will be hosting a free, table top horticultural therapy workshop run by Hart Voluntary Action. Open to anyone regardless of age or disability the two-hour session provides an opportunity to learn new skills, making easy creative designs – and taking the results home at the end!
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Now two new agents have been added to cover the Odiham area. Based at Odiham Cottage Hospital, Sarah Voysey and Valerie Cloke (pictured above) have already had training on home safety from Hampshire Fire and Rescue. Ring them on 07543 294703. The scheme is operated by Hampshire County Council Older People’s Well Being and Age Concern Hampshire. The good news is that with new funding for the next three years, it is planned to roll it out into more rural areas. There are currently 14 village agents in the county – soon this will rise to 45!
Left to right: Cllr George Woods (Fleet Town Council); Cllr Evans; Cllr Bob Schofield (Chairman, Fleet Town Council): Cllr Glen and Cllr Steve Forster (Fleet Town Council) Six new 30-minute free red bays were installed in Fleet’s Victoria Road car park following an executive decision by Hart’s Cabinet members for the Environment and Fleet Town Centre, Cllrs Jonathan Glen and Gavin Evans. In February Hart decided that it would allocate £37,000 to allow free Sunday parking in the town centre car parks for this financial year. However, Fleet Town Council said that it would prefer to have the extra
free parking bays for short-term visitors and this was agreed by Hart. Cllr Evans commented: “This is excellent news for our town. More free short-term parking will support local businesses and encourage shoppers to make more frequent trips to the town centre. This should be a first step in making a visit to Fleet town centre as convenient as possible. I’d like to thank Fleet Town Council for working with Hart on this initiative.”
Leisure News The newspaper of Hart District Council
Start them early
Our Tots’ Time sessions build confidence and coordination – p10
Charity fitness event raises more than £3,900 – p11
Hart Leisure Centre wins a third for its ‘Best of British’ float – p12
Why sport is so important Our mission statement on health ‘A s a council we strongly believe that maintaining an investment in sport and leisure is important to our local communities as well as the wider economy and population. ‘Medical evidence proves that exercise helps to reduce obesity and, in turn, the likelihood of diabetes and heart trouble. Taking part in sport stimulates positive social and economic benefits
By Carl Westby, Head of Leisure IN our high pressure, Facebook and tweet-filled society where a negative and sensationalist media fuels a celebrity culture and a risk adverse environment, our children sometimes find it difficult to deal with the reality of the moment. We see this all around us and think that we can protect them as well as educate and support them. In fact, there is an argument among some commentators that by micromanaging their lives we actually narrow their perspective and remove the fundamental development opportunities that could help them to become hard-working, independent and emotionally self reliant. You might ask what this has to do with sport. Well, working hard at school is very important but the development of a spirit of adventure, a thirst for challenge, a chance to be part of a team is valuable too, especially to those who are not and never will be top of the academic class. If our children could throw a ball or dive to the bottom of a pool or get up after falling out of a tree, wouldn’t we be just be a little less anxious about them? Wouldn’t they feel a bit more confident in themselves? Yet we ply them with drinks and sweets that make them put on weight,
we drive them to school which reinforces their dependence on us and we give them electronic games that develop their minds and reactions but in a synthetic world rather than the one in which they live. If, however, we embraced the idea of exercise and healthy eating as a lifestyle, then the result would be healthy and socially aware children, children able to work in teams, able to enjoy physical activity and able to display humility in success without displaying histrionics in failure. If all of that just sounds like a media article, then here are two short anecdotes which might interest you.
Case studies The first one is the story of a little boy who wanted to go fishing with his friends. His mum told him that he had to be a much better swimmer before she would let him fish from a river bank, (obvious to a parent but not a child). So he started swimming with those same friends at the local leisure centre. It was cheap and only required a towel and trunks. Very soon he could swim more than a mile, recover a brick from the bottom of the pool and dive off the three metre board. He didn’t catch many fish, but as a teenager he went on to earn some money from a Saturday job as a lifeguard. Continued on the back page of this supplement
within the whole community. ‘When added together the package prompts a healthy and wellrounded community, productive in an economic sense, and capable of managing the day-to-day rigours of life through a sense of personal and group responsibility.’ Cllrs Sara Kinnell and Anne Crampton, Cabinet members for Leisure and Recreation and Housing and Health.
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Junior Triathlon a runaway success Hart Leisure Centre’s first Junior Triathlon saw more than 60 competitors aged from eight to 16 swimming, cycling and running. The number of applicants exceeded expectations for the new event – some competitors came from as far away as Hertfordshire. It is one of the few triathlons for juniors in the area and several of the young competitors were following in the footsteps of their parents, who take part in the annual Hart Adult Triathlon. There were lots of spectators cheering on all the competitors and the event ran smoothly thanks to many willing volunteers. Sam Knowles, Leisure Development Officer for Hart District Council, said: “We are pleased with the success of our first Junior Triathlon and we hope it can run again next year with just as much enthusiasm.” For information on all Hart leisure centre activities visit www.threesixfive.org.uk
Olympics inspires locals to ‘come and try it’ Frogmore and Hart Leisure Centres gave local residents the opportunity to come and try some of the sports they saw during the Olympics. Activities on offer included gymnastics, trampolining, fencing, table tennis, archery, badminton, swimming and many more. Attendance at the event was high, with many people demonstrating their sporting abilities. Mike Dear, who helped to arrange the event, said: “The Olympics were a huge success and it’s great to see so many people now wanting to access the sports they have seen.” Anyone wanting to continue playing sport can attend one of the many courses and activities on offer at Hart’s leisure centres. We have a range of activities on offer for families and people of all ages. Activities include rush hockey, judo, badminton, Mini Kickers, archery, table tennis, Taekwondo, fencing, gymnastics and swimming. Anyone wanting more details on any of the sports and activities on offer should visit our website www.threesixfive.org.uk or call 01252 629974 (Hart) or 01252 873454 (Frogmore)
Sporty tots start early at our leisure centres! Be inspired (clockwise from top): Tots’ Time gym sessions give young children confidence; both centres have excellent crèche facilities and Hart Leisure Centre’s crèche staff in their new uniform
With the Olympics now a memory we hope that you and your child have been inspired to take part in sport and physical activity. If your child is a little too young for that at this stage don’t worry, as Hart and Frogmore Leisure Centres have activities that could possibly help them on their way to sporting success! Tots’ Time gym sessions, available at Hart Leisure Centre, are fun adult
and child sessions designed to encourage co-ordination, balance, and flexibility. The sessions include a bouncy castle and soft play and climbing equipment. Sandra Stokes, who runs the sessions, says: “Tots’ Time sessions help to give children confidence and it is a great way for them to interact with other children.” Those looking for a more relaxed and social environment might like Frogmore’s mums, bumps and babies social group.
The group meets every Wednesday, 9.30am – 11.30am and unlimited tea and coffee is available as well as a range of play equipment. Both of the leisure centres have excellent crèches with fully qualified staff who are happy to look after children while parents visit the gym, go swimming or take part in aerobic classes. For more information visit our website www.threesixfive.org.uk or contact a member of our reception team on 01252 629974 (Hart) or 01252 873454 (Frogmore).
Hawks swoop down on five-a-side football trophy There were goals galore when Frogmore Leisure Centre hosted a five-a-side football tournament as part of the 2012 celebrations. The event was open to anyone over the age of 16 and teams from all over Hart took part. After keenly contested group stages, four teams emerged for the semi-finals, with Fleet Hawks taking on Chuns Champions and Take Me Out For a Bite to Eat United taking on Yateley FC. Fleet Hawks and Take Me Out were victorious and met in the final. The game was tense, with few
chances and eventually the teams had to be separated through penalties. It was Fleet Hawks who held their nerve and lifted the trophy. Mike Dear, who helped run the event, said: “The day was a huge success with all matches played in good spirits. We hope they all come back next year.” Five-a-side leagues take place every week at Frogmore and Hart Leisure Centres. With the winter season on its way, football teams looking for a place to train in the evenings should contact Frogmore Leisure Cen- They are the champions: Fleet Hawks won the five-a-side tournament after holding their nerve on penalties tre on 01252 873454 .
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Residents raise more than £3,900 in charity ‘Zumbathon’ Thank you to all who took part and collected sponsor money for two charities, Shooting Star Children’s Hospice CHASE and the Alejero Garcia Foundation. Hart Leisure Centre hosted a Zumbathon in June. The event attracted more than 130 participants, many of who had
dressed up for the occasion, generating a great party atmosphere. Sam Knowles, Leisure Development Officer for Hart District Council said: “The event was a great success with everyone having a fabulous time and raising money for two very good causes.”
Badminton event a smash hit
Frogmore Leisure Centre hosted its first badminton tournament recently. The event was open to social and league players and there was both singles and doubles match play. Winners included Darren Saunders and Kieran Anderson, who won the men’s singles league and social titles respectively. Mike Dear, who helped organise the event, declared: “It was great to see so many people playing badminton and helping us to celebrate this important year.” Leisure development officer Kevin Wallace added: “We have been actively working with Badminton England with the sole aim of increas-
ing opportunities for people in Hart to access badminton through initiatives such as the back to badminton and no strings badminton schemes. “I hope participation in the sport continues to grow and residents can continue to remain active with the help of this great sport.” Anyone interested in picking up a racket and taking part should attend either the Hart or Frogmore Leisure Centre no strings sessions. For more details please contact a member of the Hart (01252 629974) or Frogmore (01252 873454) reception teams or visit www.threesixfive.org.ug
He added: “This was the first time such an event had been run at either of our leisure centres – and it was such a success that we will be looking to do it again next year.” The participants raised more than £700 on the night itself, with the final total coming in at a staggering £3,956.41.
Are you interested in trying Zumba and being part of next year’s event? Hart Leisure Centre in Fleet and Frogmore Leisure Centre in Yateley offer many classes for all ages and abilities. For more information on days and times of Zumba classes, visit www.threesixfive.org.uk
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It’s official – we’re the fourth sportiest district in the UK!
Carnival success for Hart Leisure Centre He declared: “The carnival is always The Diamond Jubilee tre entered a float and staff were good fun and it’s a great way for us to delighted to finish third in the walking celebrations saw this year’s Fleet get out into the community and highcategory. Carnival brought forward by a light all the exciting activities we have The float included images of London, month. The theme was ‘Best of British’ and the carnival returned to its old route starting at the Link Way and finishing at Calthorpe Park. As in previous years, Hart Leisure Cen-
as well as pictures of famous ‘Brits’ such as Sir Steve Redgrave, the Beatles, Tom Daley and, of course, the Royal family. Ben Meakings, duty manager at Hart Leisure Centre, designed the float.
on offer at Hart Leisure Centre.” Anyone interested in finding out more about the activities on offer at Hart or Frogmore leisure centres should visit our website www.threesixfive.org.uk
New figures from the Sport England Active People Survey show that Hart is the sportiest place in Hampshire and sits fourth in the national rankings! Hart scored very highly – well over the national average. This supports the recent survey conducted by the Halifax which found Hart to be the happiest place in Britain by comparing areas on a quality of life index. A UK-wide survey has revealed that dancing and going to the gym are among the things that make us happy. The present Zumba craze is an example of this and attendances at the Frogmore and Hart Leisure Centres recently topped an average of 135 people taking part each week (see page 11 for news of our recent ‘Zumbathon’).
Why sport is so important Continued from the front page of this supplement As a young man he learned to surf and water ski and in his early 30s he sailed around the Greek islands. Today he kayaks around the harbour near his home and takes his speedboat across to the Isle of Wight. All of this exercise and pleasure came about because he learnt to swim. . . and his mum didn’t have to worry about him anymore either. The second story is a little different but it is a story about success. As a child, my friend Ali wasn’t academic and was a little overweight. At 11 years old, against her wishes, her parents sent her to private school in the hope that her school work would improve sufficiently for her to be able to join the family business at 18.
She didn’t enjoy school and found that she was laughed at because she was small and plump. Then the PE mistress invited her to join the netball team and the tennis club and Ali started to enjoy going to school. In the early nineties I bumped into Ali at the Ladies Federation Cup where she was acting as a warm-up player. She told me that family pressure to go to university had been too much, so she had left this country and had found that playing sport had made it easy for her to make new friends. She had returned to England and joined the gym at the local tennis centre and that particular year she had volunteered as a tournament warm-up player. She was very clear that as a child of below average intelligence sport had given her an outlet.
With it had come the confidence to mix with others and eventually travel half way round the world. Last summer I met her father at a friend’s funeral. He explained that Ali could not be there because as the Financial Director of a well known delivery company she was out of the country. The pleasure that he took in telling me this was obvious and he readily accepted that he pushed her too hard as a child – but he said that he didn’t make the same mistake
when he realised how good she was at sport. He just let her enjoy it. Sport and exercise are lifestyle choices. As children and as adults we can choose whether or not to take them. If you aren’t sure what is right for you, or your children, just give something a go. Don’t be afraid to experience it.
HYPE supports youth projects Hart Youth Partnership Events (HYPE) is looking to support more young people and projects within Hart. HYPE is a non-profit organisation that has already supported local projects to the tune of more than £30,000. These include the HYPElet youth club – run by the Fleet Phoenix youth team at The Point in Fleet on Sunday nights – and ‘Leroy’, a mobile youth centre which travels to outlying areas of Hart. If you know of a youth project, group or individual based in Hart that would benefit from some additional funding, contact the HYPE organisers through their website www.hypefleet.co.uk For further information on HYPE, Fleet Phoenix or any other aspect of youth support within Hart contact Charlotte Tickner on 01252 814787 or email charlotte.tickner@ fleetphoenix.co.uk
Do you know where your child is? The ‘Safer Hart’ Partnership is running a ‘Where is your Child’ campaign this autumn. It’s a campaign targeting parents to be aware of where their children are, what they are doing and to remind them of responsibilities as their parents. This period often sees a rise in criminal damage incidents and, of course, it also includes two significant evenings in Hallowe’en on October 31 and Guy Fawkes Night on November 5. There are three strands to the project focusing on advertising, enforcement and education. A radio campaign is running on 96.4 Eagle, accompanied by leaflets and posters around the district. Joint patrolling is being carried out by officers from the police and Hart and Hampshire councils. Those children who are found to be out and have committed offences will be returned home to their parents or guardians at the time of the incident. Letters will also be sent to parents of children who have been stopped, detailing their responsibilities and
Tri-ing to make a difference Officers from Hart and the county’s police and Fire and Rescue Service have collaborated on a new scheme designed to remind people about the importance of removing valuables from vehicles, as well as to look out for heath fires. Tri-signs are three-sided boards that have been put up in car parks across the district, displaying information on who to contact in the event of spotting any suspicious activity, as well as
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a reminder not to leave valuables on show. This ties in with the current Vulnerable Vehicle scheme run by the ‘Safer Hart’ Partnership. As part of this scheme, more than 200 owners have been written to after their vehicles were found to be insecure, or with valuable items clearly visible. Signs have also been erected in car parks used by dog walkers on local heathland, with information on heath fires.
what is expected of them. In the run up to the two big nights, school visits will be carried out by district officers to discuss with pupils what is considered appropriate behaviour as well as the consequences of misbehaving. Unplanned home visits will also be carried out following incidents of anti-social behaviour to discuss them with both the parents and the child. Cllr John Kennett, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: “This
demonstrates proactive and positive partnership working this autumn and serves as a timely reminder to parents of their responsibilities.” The campaign is being run in partnership with Hampshire Police, Sentinel Housing Association and Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service. To find out more please contact the Community Safety Team on 01252 774256, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.saferhart.co.uk
Have your say on new Council Tax support arrangements Hart District Council has started a public consultation on a new Council Tax support scheme to come into force when Council Tax Benefit is abolished next April. As part of its 2010 Spending Review, the Government announced plans to abolish Council Tax Benefit and give local authorities responsibility for developing their own local schemes to assist residents on low incomes with help paying their Council Tax. Councils currently receive all of the costs of Council Tax Benefit but for 2013/14 funding will be reduced by 10 per cent. This means that Hart DC must either reduce payments to claimants or find other savings or income in order to make up the reduction in funding. Pensioners are exempt from the
Affordable homes for active elderly in Odiham now ready A development of five, two-bedroomed homes in Odiham, offering accommodation for active older people who cannot afford to buy a property outright, has just been completed. Owned by the housing association Radian and set back just behind Odiham High Street, there are three homes for low cost rent and two for shared ownership (part buy / part rent). New tenants for the rented homes are due to move in any day. However, there may still be an opportunity to apply for the shared ownership homes – contact Radian on 0800 232 1319 or visit www.homesinhants. co.uk to find out more. People over 55, living in or around Odiham and who wish to stay in the area long term are encouraged to apply.
changes and the support they receive will continue to be calculated in the same way it is now. The Council's preferred option is to keep the existing arrangements in place for all claimants as alternative options would mean that around 1600 people who currently need help paying their Council Tax would have their benefit reduced. Hart is now starting a formal consultation exercise on the proposed local Council Tax Support scheme and all feedback received will be used to shape recommendations to the Full Council for the new 2013/14 scheme. The Leader of the Council, Councillor Ken Crookes, said: “The Council is keen to minimise the impact of changes to Council Tax Benefit on those most in need and would welcome comments on the scheme proposed for 2013/14.”
Further information on the consultation can be found on the Council’s web site at www.hart.gov.uk. Sentinel is also starting to work with customers affected by the new Welfare Reform Act – offering advice and guidance. Anyone claiming benefits will be affected. People under 61 with a spare bedroom in their homes will face a housing benefit cut. From next October a new Universal Credit will be phased in – a monthly payment covering jobseekers’ allowance, income support, housing benefit, working tax credits and child tax credits. The maximum amount of benefit people can receive will be £500 a week and £350 for single people without children. For more advice visit the National Housing Federation website at www.housing.org.uk or visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
Last chance to insulate your home for free Insulate Hampshire is offering free cavity wall and loft insulation to Hampshire homes this year – but you will need to hurry as appliocations must be in by September 30, with installations completed by November 30. Insulate Hampshire is a countywide, free insulation scheme, endorsed by the Senate and all Senate partners. It is delivered by Hampshire County Council and 11 district, city and borough councils, in partnership and with funding from ScottishPower. To date, Insulate Hampshire has installed insulation into 7,870 homes saving Hampshire residents an estimated collective £1,187,860 on annual fuel bills and 2,632 tonnes of CO2. Project manager for the scheme, Sarah Thomas, told Hart News: “Homes lose around a third of their heat through their walls and more than 25 per cent through the roof, so by installing cavity wall and loft insulation, a family living in a threebedroom, semi-detached home could cut their energy costs by as much as £300 a year, as well as reduce their annual CO2 levels by more than 1,000kg.” Free insulation is available for average sized properties or smaller and, in the case of loft insulation, homes that currently have less than 60mm (approx 2½ inches) of material. A free, no obligation, technical survey is provided as part of the scheme, but excess charges will apply for larger properties or those where specialist, installation equipment is needed. To qualify, Hampshire homeowners and private renters must apply to the scheme before September 30 by telephone on 0800 952 0037 or by visiting www.insulatehampshire.co.uk
Warm Front scheme Government funded grants of up to £3,500 are available to homeowners and private tenants receiving certain income related benefits to help them keep warm and save on energy bills.
The Warm Front scheme provides a package of insulation and heating measures tailored to meet individual needs - even installing or repairing central heating systems. Warm Front will organise and pay for all work up to the value of the grant. Call free on 0800 316 2814 or apply online at www.warmfront.co.uk
Hitting the Cold Spots Hitting the Cold Spots, a Hampshire County Council scheme funded by the Department of Health, can also help you keep warm and healthy this winter. Its advisors Sheryll Mondey and Wendy Shone can visit you at home with practical advice on keeping your home warm and reducing energy bills. Contact them at the Environment Centre office on 0800 804 8601 or email email@example.com Sheryll and Wendy will be at Fleet Fire Station on Tuesday October 2 and Hook Fire Station on Wednesday October 31 for electric blanket safety check days organised by the county Trading Standards department. Arrange to have your electric blanket tested free by ringing Trading Standards on 01962 833 358.
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TV team, Parity and Hart form posse to take on the cowboys A Fleet woman, whose house was ruined by builders, is now back at home after the TV programme ‘Cowboy Builders’ backed by Parity Trust and Hart District Council put things right. ‘Sarah’, (not her real name), who is divorced, decided to extend the new property in June last year so that she could conduct singing lessons at home and look after her son. She found a builder, but after paying him more than £20,000 the property was uninhabitable. This left Sarah with no choice but to move in with her mother, who lives 50 miles away. This meant a long commute each day to take her child to school and get to work. Not someone to be taken advantage of, Sarah didn’t give up and she was eventually approached by ‘Cowboy Builders’. They agreed to use their sources to repair problems with the extension, if she could contribute £6,000 towards the works. Unable to finance this herself, Sarah contacted Hart District Council for help. We put her in touch with community finance company Parity Trust, who assessed her case and agreed to provide a Home Trust Loan. This is a low-cost loan offered to private homeowners to adapt, improve and complete essential repairs. The council’s Building Control staff worked with the TV company’s experts while they put right the damage done by the bodgers. Now the work has been completed, Sarah is over the moon. “I hadn’t appreciated just how many local companies and individuals had helped us, and now that I do, I can’t let their kindness and generosity go unmarked,” she said. “We are so very grateful and we are absolutely delighted with our beautiful home – more than words can ever say.” Hart is one of 16 local authorities supporting the Home Trust Loan scheme. So far it has lent £1.7million to home owners. For more information about the Home Trust Loan visit www.hometrustloan.org.uk
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‘Noises Off’ are no laughing matter Pets
Surveys show that two thirds of people are bothered by noise from neighbours, with one in ten kept awake at night by noise.
l Dogs bark – but only bark a lot if they are not content. If you have to leave your dog alone, make sure it’s well exercised and fed. Some dogs like a radio for company, or get a friend or neighbour to look in. If your dog continues to bark, consider dog training. l Cats can wail and fight – as they are independent they can be difficult to manage – however if a neighbour complains about your cat, at least try to keep it in at night. l If you have a caged bird that likes to sing and squawk, make sure it’s kept where it will least disturb neighbours, particularly at night. l If you have a cockerel you can place it in a dark room or cage that is not exposed to light over night so that it does not crow very early in the morning.
Noise problems and the complaints generated by them continue to keep Hart Council busy – but most noise related issues are avoidable. There are many simple and practical solutions to everyday noise at home that can reduce the disturbance we cause to our neighbours or wider community:
Alarms Alarms are designed to make a noise – however misfiring alarms are one of the most disturbing and annoying neighbourhood noises. To reduce the impact your alarm can cause: l Ensure you choose a reliable product and make sure it is serviced regularly. l Register a key holder for your burglar alarm with your local authority – someone who can be contacted if you are away when an alarm misfires.
What Can I Do?
DIY DIY jobs such as drilling and hammering and car repairs can create a lot of noise. l Warn your neighbours when you are undertaking noisy work and try to work during normal waking hours. l Carry out the noisiest tasks in the middle of the day. l Keep tools well maintained and sharpened and use quieter settings on power tools where feasible.
l Carry out noisy activities in your
Hart continues to be a breath of fresh air The air quality in Hart, already good, continues to improve, according to Hart Council’s latest annual assessment. Road traffic is the main source of air pollutants. While traffic has continued to grow across the district’s road network, increased emissions have been largely offset by technological improvements to the vehicles on the road. Hart is required by law to conduct an annual assessment of air quality to see if it meets strict European standards for seven key pollutants. The Environmental Health department takes regular samples to ensure that health critical limits are met all over the district. The full report and further information on Hart’s air quality monitoring can be found on the Hart website at www.hart.gov.uk
garden in the middle of the day and if you have a prolonged, really noisy job to do, such as hedge cutting, agree with your neighbours the best time to do it. l Site water features and wind chimes away from neighbouring properties and silence them at night or if you go away. l If you have a barbecue or party, tell your neighbours, invite them if appropriate, avoid amplified music outdoors and if anyone does complain, turn it down.
l If you fancy a garden firework display to mark your celebration, proceed with care. It is now illegal to let off fireworks after 11pm (except for Bonfire Night, Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year).
Loud Music Your music might not be to everyone’s taste – music in the wrong place at the wrong time can be torture for neighbours – so keep the volume down.
If you are being disturbed by noise from a neighbour it is advised to first approach them and politely explain that you are being troubled by noise. If this is not an appropriate course of action you may want to contact Environmental Health or your Neighbourhood Officer if you are a Housing Association tenant. The Environmental Health Department will investigate your complaint and may write to the person causing the nuisance to say that a complaint has been made. If they believe a Statutory Nuisance is identified, action will be taken against the individual. If you require advice on noise-related matters or you wish to register a noise complaint, call the Environmental Health Team on 01252 774421, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gas safety campaign sees 15 kitchens closed Some 15 commercial kitchens in Hart had to close their doors in the summer after Environmental Health officers found they had gas leaks or unsafe gas appliances. The project started in May to identify unsafe gas appliances and pipework in catering establishments across the district. More than 50 inspections of gas appliances were carried out and eight premises were closed by the Gas Emergency Service due to gas leaks. Another seven were closed either voluntarily or through the serving of a prohibition notice. Six improvement notices were also served where equipment was found to be ‘at risk’.
In addition, two unregistered gas engineers were found to be working in the area and another two were working on appliances for which they were not qualified. Visits were carried out in conjunction with Gas Safe engineers, with prohibition notices being served where appliances were considered immediately dangerous. All commercial catering premises were written to before inspections took place, informing them of the campaign and their obligations. Changes in the way that health and safety inspections are carried out nationally has resulted in enforcing officers being able to redirect resources. This has meant they are able to identify specific
safety risks, based on local intelligence and known risks, whilst avoiding unnecessary inspections on businesses that comply with legislation. Councillor John Kennett, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Licensing and Environmental Health said: “We prefer to guide and educate kitchen operators, but when they take no notice of advisory letters then we have a duty, to both employees and members of the public, to ensure that premises are safe.”
Remember: If you can smell or are worried about gas in any premises call the National Emergency Number on 0800 111999.
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Make sure your food is safe
Have your vote in Design Awards
You must also be sure to follow Working to a budget for food storage instructions. shopping and making sure ‘Best before’ dates appear on food that your food is still safe to with a longer shelf life. eat is a difficult balancing act. They show how long the food will
The 2012 Solent Design Awards has shortlisted some stunning new or redeveloped buildings, places or spaces across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight which inspire the community in a recession. And uniquely for such competitions, the public will again be asked to vote for their favourite in an online poll opening on October 1. Votes can be cast on www.solentdesign awards.org.uk The awards aim to encourage quality place-making and the shortlisted schemes show how places and spaces can lift communities and create richer experiences.
With increased pressure on our household budgets, there is increasing temptation to make food go further. Reducing food wastage is a great way of saving money and also good for the environment. However, it is important to be aware of key points to help maintain food under safe conditions.
What is the difference between ‘use-by’ date and ‘best before’ dates? ‘Use by’ dates appear on foods that go off quickly. It can be dangerous to eat food past this date, even though it might look and smell fine. It is important therefore to check the ‘use by’ dates on the food in your fridge on a regular basis and be sure to use (eat, cook or freeze) food before its ‘use by’ to help you avoid throwing food away unnecessarily.
be at its best quality. Using food after the ‘best before’ doesn’t mean it will be unsafe. The exception to this is eggs, but providing they are cooked thoroughly, they can be eaten a day or two after their ‘best before’ date.
Use leftovers safely Eating leftovers can be a good way of making food go further. l If you are going to store leftovers in the fridge, cool them as quickly as possible (ideally within 90 minutes), cover them and eat them within two days. l If you are going to freeze them, cool them before putting them in your freezer. Once foods are in the freezer, they can be safely stored for a considerable time – but the quality will deteriorate, so it’s best to eat them within three months. l Make sure you defrost leftovers properly before reheating.
Defrost them in the fridge overnight, or in the microwave if you intend to cook them straight away. l Eat leftovers within 24 hours of defrosting and do not refreeze. The only exception is if you are defrosting raw food, such as meat or poultry, which, once it’s cooked, can be refrozen.
Plan your meals
l Think about what you are going to eat that week, plan your meals and write it down. l Make a list of what you need to buy and stick to it! Impulse buys can be expensive and could lead to more waste. l Label food and date it before it goes in the freezer, so you know what it is and how long it’s been there. If you require any advice on food safety please do not hesitate to call the Environmental Health Department on 01252 774421 or alternatively email email@example.com
Log on to: www.surveyserver.net/?f=2499 or www.hart.gov.uk/ and click on the logo to register.
Dog Warden gets a new van – and an apprentice
Doggy dos Hart District Council Dog Warden Service has launched a new campaign based on three ‘doggy dos’, which is a standard that all dog owners should follow. The Doggy Do campaign is part of an initiative to improve dog behaviour and reduce dog fouling in public open spaces within Hart. As part of the campaign dog awareness events will be taking place in October this year throughout the district. For more information on the Doggy Do campaign, contact Gemma Philpott, Dog Warden Apprentice on 01252 774421 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Free chips available!
On patrol: Gemma Philpott (left) and warden Lynn Byfield with the new van. Hart District Council’s dog warden, Lynn Byfield was given a new dog van following an attack on her van by a man with a hammer at Yateley in February. The new vehicle allows Lynn to continue her patrolling of the district –
investigating dog attacks, complaints of fouling and barking and collecting stray animals. Lynn said: “I am so pleased to have a new van for my patrols. “This will allow me to see and be seen while continuing with dog-
related issues all over the district.” Hart’s dog warden service has alsotaken on an apprentice to help Lynn promote responsible dog ownership around the district. Gemma Philpott has been appointed on an apprenticeship scheme.
Hart’s dog warden Lynn Byfield currently has some free microchips to encourage all dog owners to have their pets chipped. Anyone who would like to have a dog chipped FREE should ring Lynn on 01252 774250. Lynn would always like to hear from anyone looking to home or foster a rescue dog as she is often looking for homes for strays.
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New Chairman lays out his plans for the year This year’s Hart Council Chairman, Cllr Chris Axam, has formed a Chairman’s committee to help him manage events and raise funds for his two chosen charities. He hopes it will become a permanent help for future chairmen. Cllr Axam will be holding a Civic Day on September 26 to showcase the district for neighbouring civic leaders. He will also hold a Civic dinner in the late autumn
and plans to have two or three fund-raising events, including themed dinners at local restaurants and a concert. His main charity is Minding the Garden, a charity run by Hart Voluntary Action. This gives professional support to vulnerable individuals to acquire gardening skills and provides a vital gardening service for Hart’s elderly and disabled residents. Cllr Axam is donating
funds raised to assist with additional gardening equipment. His other charity is The Community Store, based in Fleet, with which he has had a close association for more than a decade. It is a community volunteer project supported and funded by local Lions clubs, together with councils, housing associations and other sponsors. It aims to recycle redundant household goods, appliances
and clothing, donated by individuals, to benefit genuinely needy people. The Chairman will be donating funds raised to help replace or repair a portable building used for storage. He said: “Both these charities provide an invaluable service to our local residents and, as they are not nationally known, I am hoping that by choosing them I may help them to continue to serve the residents of Hart.”
Cllr Axam wants to meet many voluntary organisations and he looks forward to them inviting him to events.
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Meet your local councillors Hart District Council Brian Blewett
Blackwater & Hawley
Blackwater & Hawley
Church Crookham East
Church Crookham East
Frogmore & Darby Green
Frogmore & Darby Green
Following the May local elections the make up of Hart council is now as follows. The Conservatives hold Simon Ambler Jenny Radley Church Crookham West Church Crookham West 16 seats, Liberal Democrats 10, CCH CCH Community Campaign Hart seven and there are two Independents. Cabinet Portfolio holders are: Leader of the Council: Cllr Ken Crookes Deputy Leader and Planning: Cllr Stephen Parker Akmal Gani Chris Axam Housing and Health: Fleet Central Fleet Courtmoor Cllr Dr Anne Crampton Con CCH (Chairman) Environment: Cllr Jonathan Glen Leisure & Recreation: Cllr Sara Kinnell Community Safety, Licensing & Environmental Health: Cllr John Kennett Corporate Services: Cllr Brian Burchfield Fleet Town Centre: Sharyn Wheale Richard Appleton Cllr Gavin Evans Fleet Pondtail Fleet West Cabinet is the main Con Ind executive decision making body and meets once each month. All councillors are free to attend and engage in the debate and members of the public are welcome to attend. l Leaders of the political groups are: Conservative, Stephen Parker; Tim Southern Jonathan Glen Liberal Democrat, Hartley Wintney Hook David Neighbour; Con Con Community Campaign (Hart), James Radley; Independent, Alan Oliver l The district is covered by two parliamentary constituencies: North East Hampshire held by James Arbuthnot MP and Aldershot held by Gerald Howarth MP, both Stephen Gorys Stuart Bailey Conservatives. Odiham Yateley East l Hart has 21 parish/town Con LD councils: Blackwater & Hawley; Key Bramshill; Church LD Liberal Democrat Crookham; Crondall; Con Conservative Crookham Village; CCH Community Dogmersfield; Elvetham Campaign (Hart) Heath; Eversley; Ewshot; Ind Independent Fleet Town; Greywell; Hartley Wintney; Heckfield; Hook; Long Sutton; Mattingley; Odiham; Mark Murphy Rotherwick; South Yateley West Warnborough; Winchfield LD and Yateley.
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