District & County Councillor Reports

 

February 2023 Reports

Report to Clanfield Parish Council from District Councillor Ken Moon February 2023

Government consultation on housing figures follows EHDC lobbying.

East Hampshire residents can have their say on housing issues direct to the Government through a national consultation on proposed changes to planning regulations, policies and guidance.

The consultation, run by the Department of Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities, follows rigorous lobbying by East
Hampshire District Council, where we have argued that nationally-set housing figures are too high.

The consultation seeks people’s views on proposed updates to the country’s planning rules, called the National Planning Policy Framework.

It proposes to look again at how housing targets are calculated and aims to put local communities at the heart of the planning system.

The government says it will review the standard method for calculating local housing targets as a result of the 2021 Census, and the results of this review will be published in 2024. In the meantime, the Government has also suggested it could use alternative methods of calculating housing need, depending on local circumstances.

It has long been our opinion that the method the Government uses to calculate housing figures is inadequate and unfair for areas like East Hampshire.

This consultation is a hugely significant shift in the right direction, and it comes directly as a result of the pressure
applied to the Government by councils such as EHDC.

East Hampshire is in a unique position in that over half of it is covered by the South Downs National Park, yet we are expected to deliver the majority of the homes.

We need more clarity from the Government on how these changes will take account of the constraints the national park
places on us.

We know some residents are concerned about housing targets in their area. This consultation gives them the chance to make their case direct to those who set those targets.

The consultation will run until Thursday 2 March and can be
found online through the link below

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/levelling-up-and-regeneration-bill-
reforms-to-national-planning-policy/levelling-up-and-regeneration-bill-reforms-
to-national-planning-policy

Choir hits the right notes at the East Hampshire Dementia Festival

The amazing impact of music on the mind can be seen in the performances of the Petersfield Dementia Choir at next month’s Dementia Festival.

Held on March 10 at Petersfield Festival Hall, the annual event provides guidance, contacts, legal advice and more for people concerned about memory loss in themselves or in a loved one.

Once again the Petersfield Dementia Choir will attend as an example of the fantastic activities open to people with the
condition.

The event is organised by EHDC and Petersfield Dementia Friends and seeks to show people how to live well with
dementia.

It boasts around 30 stallholders from organisations across the community who can provide help or comfort to families
touched by dementia, providing practical help and guidance.

Medical and legal advice, practical help for families and carers, activities and dementia-related services are all together under one roof.

This event brings it all together so you can learn about how to live well with dementia.
The festival runs from 10am-3.30pm and will feature:
• Solicitor’s advice, including Powers of Attorney
• Memory Café serving free refreshments
• Petersfield Dementia Choir
• Support and advice to stay safe and well
• Information and practical advice from 30+ organisations

For more information on the festival contact Callum Christie or Hannah Robbins at East Hampshire District Council

- Callum.Christie@easthants.gov.uk or Hannah.Robbins@easthants.gov.uk - or Jeff Williams, Dementia Friends Champion, Petersfield on 07849 195702.

Find out more about the dementia festival

East Hampshire Community Lottery

A defibrillator, day trips, a new TV, a spruced-up trailer, a sightscreen, a vacuum cleaner, an art project, a gazebo and a
freshly-surfaced tennis court.

All these projects and more were supported by the East
Hampshire Community Lottery in 2022!

Our Community Lottery is a great way to raise money for your favourite local charities. And every year, money raised through the lottery that has not been allocated directly to a good cause is put in our Community Chest.

Organisations can apply to the Community Chest for grants of up to £1,000. Last year 10 grants were given to a range of
community groups across the district.

The East Hampshire Community Lottery is run by EHDC to raise money for local good causes.

Players can buy £1 tickets online, with 50p going to a participating charity of their choice, 40p to administration and
the remaining 10p is used to build up the council’s Community Chest fund.

Grants up to £25,000 can help communities combat climate change.

Our Green Team is offering grants of up to £25,000 for local projects dedicated to tackling climate change.

The new grant, called the Community Climate Action Fund, will give local carbon-busting schemes the financial boost they need to get off the ground.

With £250,000 allocated over two years, the scheme is a demonstration of our commitment to fighting the effects of
climate change.

It will be administered by the recently-formed Green Team, which has been set up to help the council cut carbon emissions.

The fund will give community groups the opportunity to do what they can to save the environment.

We all have to make changes if we are going to make a difference to climate change.

At EHDC we are committed to reducing our own carbon footprint and we know that the same determination can also
be seen in our communities.

That’s why we have launched this fantastic grant scheme to give local people the financial support they might need to make their environmental project a reality.

So, whether you are setting up a community garden, teaching young people about biodiversity or reducing the carbon footprint of your village hall a Community Climate Action Fund grant could be perfect for you.

You have one month to submit an application, with the window opening on Wednesday 25 January and closing on Wednesday 22 February.
Your project must:
• engage with the wider community
• support carbon reduction in East Hampshire
• and support adaptions and behaviour change in response to climate issues.
The Community Climate Action Fund will give vital funding to new projects that benefit the wider community and encourage education on the response to climate change.

In 2019 the council declared a climate emergency and resolved to become carbon neutral by 2050 or earlier.
In December the council issued our ten-point plan to hit carbon zero, including the launch of the Green Team and a new
environmentally sustainable head-quarters.

EHDC is committed to helping communities improve their own environmental performance and the Community Climate
Action Fund will give local schemes the financial boost they need to achieve their own climate change ambitions.
To find out more about the scheme go to: www.easthants.gov.uk/climate-action-fund

Hampshire County Councillor report February 2023

£645m capital spending programme for 2023/24
The capital budget proposals will be considered at the Council meeting in February, with building
and infrastructure projects totalling £645.3m over the next three years to be approved. The proposed
three year programme includes:
- £175m investment in new and extended school buildings to provide school places for children in Hampshire, delivering a further 4,393 school places and giving a total of 18,874 new school places by September 2025.
• £142m for structural maintenance and improvement of roads and bridges.
• £103m of Integrated Transport Plan schemes including £58m of schemes focused around walking and/or cycling improvements.
• £100m to address condition-based enhancements to schools.
• An additional £0.3m funding towards the County Council’s Flood Risk and Coastal Defence Programme as part of HCC’s response to the challenge of climate change.

Hampshire County Council’s spending plans for 2023/24 were considered this month by the
cabinet. The plans total £1.06bn and cover the hundreds of services delivered by the council to its
1.4 million residents, including supporting its most vulnerable children and adults. This figure
excludes the school services funded by central government.

HCC revenue spending (cash limits) by service & Proposed 5% rise in Council tax by HCC

For details on the above please see the full report including charts - download here.

County Deal update
The government has welcomed the proposals put forward by HCC and others for a Pan-Hampshire County Deal, including a directly elected mayor and extensive devolution from central government down to the local area. The next stage is for government officials to meet with upper tier and unitary authorities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight this month, including to explore how the proposals might be taken forward as part of their next wave of negotiations.
The proposals put forward can be seen at
https://democracy.hants.gov.uk/documents/s100275/Pan-
Hampshire%20Deal%20Prospectus%202022.pdf

20 mph review
The review of the criteria for 20 mph speed limits within Hampshire has progressed to the next stage following last year’s consultation and the work of a County Council Task and Finish Group. A report has been produced recommending a series of changes which will make it easier for communities who want reduced speed limits to promote speed reduction schemes and seek the introduction of lower limits. The proposals will now be considered further before progressing to full Cabinet for approval in June. The link to the report is here:
Future of 20mph Speed Limit Schemes-2023-01-23-USTE Select Cttee (hants.gov.uk)

Roads
The bad weather we have all experienced this month has provided many challenges to Hampshire Highways, especially from blocked drains, flooding and potholes. Even though the weather has improved recently with the water tables falling, the overnight freezing temperatures have exacerbated the pothole situation with many more now appearing, and particularly in the rural areas.

Service demand across the highways service remains extremely high with demand far exceeds capacity at the present time and consequently all work is having to be prioritised so that the highest risk issues are repaired first. This includes the use of temporary ‘infill’ repairs to remove major potholes, these can then be addressed on a longer lasting basis later.

The outlook for this month is also unfavourable, with the Met Office suggesting that the weather is likely to be unsettled, with the potential for more periods of stormy conditions - potentially similar to those we experienced in February 2022 - and some further colder/wintry spells. One of the priorities now is therefore ditch and grip clearance to help alleviate surface water flooding and ice problems in at risk areas. Please do continue to report highways issues online. A reminder that the number to call in emergency is 0300 555 1388 (0830-1700) Monday to Friday, or outside officer hours, 101.

1. Drain cover thefts
Road users across Hampshire are being urged to be vigilant after a recent spate of drain cover thefts - leaving
deep openings in the road surface which could cause a potential hazard to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists,
and also result in significant expense to council taxpayers. To report a missing cover, please call the number
given above or report it to the police online at https://www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-
report-a-crime/

2. Increased police numbers announced
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Donna Jones, has presented her
budget plan for the years 2023-24. She had previously pledged to increase police numbers by 600 and is
on track to recruit these by the end of March this year. Her new budget has added an additional 50
officers to these numbers, to be funded through the police precept of council tax.

 

January 2023 Reports

Report to Clanfield Parish Council from District Councillor Ken Moon January 2023

Bringing affordable homes to East Hampshire.

The district councils ambition is to find new ways to make homes affordable to people who can’t get on the property ladder. To achieve this we have launched our new Affordable Housing Strategy which lays out how we can make homes more accessible to more people. Modular homes for the homeless and shared equity schemes with housing
associations are two of the ways more affordable homes can be delivered in the district.

The plan has been outlined in our new Affordable Housing Strategy, discussed and approved by Cabinet, that will reduce housing need and homelessness. The new strategy sets out how we can increase the supply of high-quality,
low-cost homes that are suitable for everyone and won’t damage the environment. And it is backed with around £2 million drawn from developers who made financial contributions in lieu of building affordable homes. Among the methods proposed is a shared equity agreement with housing associations. One such partnership, with Merlion Housing Association, offers homes at a discount of up to 50 per cent market value with no rent to pay. To date 39 homes have been delivered through this innovative partnership, with a further four in the pipeline.

The council is also well placed to undertake small development projects of its own, either in isolation or in partnership with another affordable housing provider, using developer contributions as a funding source. The strategy also focuses on the need to reduce and prevent homelessness in the district. Although the number of people sleeping rough is low, there is still a significant problem with households at risk of homelessness.

From April 2020 to March 2021, 112 households were assessed as homeless and 176 as threatened with homelessness.
Part of the solution to this issue has been the transformation of a former community hall into ten pods for homeless people. Pinewood Lodge, in Whitehill & Bordon, is the first scheme in the country to use modular housing in this way and it is hoped similar developments might be provided elsewhere in the district in future. The strategy also places environmental sustainability at the heart of future building projects with the clear message that the council is leading the way on tackling climate change. New technologies and building techniques will be explored and incorporated
within council-funded affordable housing projects to limit our impact on climate change and benefit the lives of the new occupants.


Cost of Living, Help is available.

The District Council is doing everything we possibly can to support residents if they are struggling with the cost of living. If residents are struggling to pay their rent, they may be eligible for support through Housing Benefit and Discretionary Housing Payments. We've provided more than £10million to households in the district. If they're in arrears, they could be eligible for the Exceptional Housing Support scheme, which has seen nearly £50,000 issued to households in need. If they can't afford to pay their council tax, they may be able to join the more than 4,000 homes in the district their claim Council Tax Support. We currently provide more than £5million of support, and the scheme is being expanded in April 2023 to ensure that more households are eligible, and more support is given.

We've also provided support with food costs by issuing more than 4,500 food vouchers (with a total value over £225,000) with more to be issued in 2023. And we've been supporting people with their fuel costs by issuing more than
£5million in energy rebates.

We've been putting money into the community to help support local
organisations.
We've given out more than £450,000 in grants through the Supporting Communities Fund, Welfare Fund and Community Chest. We've also given £30,000 to food banks and community pantries in the
district.

We’ve been treating the cost-of-living situation as a top priority, with a cross-service group working with partners in the community - particularly Citizens Advice and Community First - to provide support directly to them. Our website is a key part of the jigsaw, as a central source that they can use -as well as our staff and partner organisations - to find up-to-date information on the support available. To find more information, visit our website.

 

More Council Tax Support for some of the district’s poorest households.

More than 600 of East Hampshire’s most disadvantaged households will have over £280,000 taken off their Council Tax bills if a new scheme is given the green light. The proposed changes to our Council Tax Support Scheme come as the
council steps up its work to help people struggling with the increasing cost of living. The new, more generous scheme, discussed and recommended by our Cabinet, will see more people pay zero Council Tax, more people eligible for a
reduction and will allow people to earn more before it affects their Council Tax Support. The scheme will go to Full Council in January and, if approved, it will be implemented ahead of next year’s Council Tax bills in April 2023.
This is really good news and it comes at just the right time for many families who are finding it tough to cope with the soaring cost of living. Thanks to this scheme more people than ever before would receive some sort of support with their Council Tax, putting money in the pockets of some of our most vulnerable residents.

Our Council Tax Support was already one of the most generous schemes around, but these proposals take it one step further. I am so pleased we have been able to find a way to help more than 600 local households to the tune of
around £280,000.
The scheme will offer help in four ways.
• Currently we disregard the first £20 of a couple’s earnings every week, and £10 of a single person’s earnings. We are raising this to £70 and £35 respectively.
• We will completely remove non-dependant deductions – that means if they have anyone over the age of 18 living at home (for example an adult son or daughter), their earnings will not affect their Council Tax Support
• We will increase the amount of savings they can have before it affects their Council Tax Support from £6,000 to £10,000
• Backdated support will be easier to claim and they can backdate it further
This scheme will form part of our work to help people with the rising cost of living. To find out about all the support available go to our website.

The District Councils ten-point plan to hit carbon zero.
Our new environmentally-focused Green Team has announced its top ten targets to boost our battle against climate change. As a council, we are determined to reduce our carbon emissions and limit our impact on the environment. To help us achieve these goals we have set up a ‘Green Team’, a group of officers embedded across the council, and they will be working on a check list of ten top priorities. The Action Plan, which was agreed by the Cabinet , ranges from reducing the council’s carbon footprint to zero, to helping residents and businesses with their own environmental standards. There is so much that can be done to improve environmental performance it can feel like a daunting task. That’s why it is important to focus on the issues closest to home that we have control over and that can make the biggest
difference in the shortest time.

As a council we must concentrate on our own situation, we must provide an example for others, and we must support our residents and businesses in their efforts to cut carbon and tackle climate change. This ten-point action plan doesn’t cover everything that could be done but clearly sets out our priorities and how we intend to achieve them.
Here is the list in full:
1) Support local action
Launch our Community Climate Action Fund and run a Let’s Talk community event focusing on green issues
2) Increase East Hampshire sustainability and recycling
Target waste contamination and promote recycling
3) Help East Hampshire households increase energy efficiency
Help residents find grants and provide interest-free loans for energy-saving home improvements

4) Help East Hampshire businesses increase energy efficiency
Help businesses achieve net zero and become more sustainable
5) Our Greenest Local Plan
Work on zero carbon homes and encourage sustainable travel through ourplanning system.
6) Enhance our natural environment and improve biodiversity
Develop biodiversity projects through our proposed community farm project, called Grow Up! and continue our plan to see 120,000 trees planted in East Hampshire

Hampshire County Councillor report January 2023

1. Winter support

HCC is getting about £14.2 m this year from the household support fund and another £3.3m from the holiday activity and food fund. East Hampshire is about 9% of the Hampshire population, so proportionally our residents will get about £1.5m of this funding. The website is:
connect4communities | Children and Families | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

Household Support Fund – 2022
• Easter holiday food vouchers - £30 worth of food vouchers to spend at their choice of supermarket or community pantry during Easter school holidays, benefitting 25,899 households
• 611 households supported with housing costs through District & Borough Councils
• 79,879 households with pensioners or those in receipt of local council tax support issued with food vouchers
• Network of 19 community pantries and 11 mobile community larders established and funded to provide food to more than 5,000 members (2 community larders in Bordon, others locally are Growing Places in Waterlooville and Dickinson Centre in Havant)
• 69,000 of the most vulnerable families supported with items such as food vouchers, utility support and wider provisions such as cookers or white goods through discretionary grants issued to education settings
• 80 charities and community support associations, supported to deliver a range of projects delivering to more than 11,000 households throughout Hampshire. Many of these beneficiaries were pensioners and children. Support ranged from direct provisions like food parcels, sanitary products, blankets, and carpets, to projects such as teaching families how to grow vegetables and cook on a budget
• 4,590 households supported with utility bill payments through funding to Citizens Advice

The offer for October 2022 to March 2023
School, Colleges and Early Years settings
Discretionary grant based on number on roll
Additional 20p per day for schools per free school meal eligible child
Food vouchers
£500 for foster carers
£100 for care leavers
£100 for families open to Disabled Children's Teams
£20 households eligible for council tax support
£40 for households eligible for housing benefit
Targeted grants
Work with social care teams and organisations delivering direct support to those adults and families open to social care teams, Gateway Card holders and unpaid carers

Support with Gas, Electric & Water Bills
Funding allocated to Citizens Advice to provide support to households with utility bills
Support with Housing Costs
Funding for District and Borough Councils to administer this element
Community Pantries
Access to discounted food at 19 pantries across Hampshire and 11 mobile larders operating in
the New Forest (2 in East Hampshire, both in Bordon: Café 1759 and Sacred Heart Catholic
Church)
Community Grants
A range of organisations can apply for funding to support schemes in local areas
Food banks
These are not run by HCC. The one in Petersfield is organised by the Petersfield churches (PACT). This relies on voluntary donations and is based on referrals (from: Winton House, CAB, Home Start Butser, GP surgeries, local schools and Housing Associations). Last year they gave out 848 packs, down marginally from 1073 in 2020 but up from 310 packs in 2019. The Trussell Trust run the Alton foodbank, again based on a similar referral programme.
2. Minerals and Waste Plan update consultation
Hampshire’s five minerals and waste planning authorities are asking residents, local groups and businesses to help scrutinise proposed changes to Hampshire’s Minerals and Waste Plan to ensure that it will continue to ensure provision of a steady and adequate supply of minerals and sufficient waste infrastructure, as well as maintain communities, protect the local environment and address the impacts of climate change. The consultation allows residents to comment on local sites that have been identified for minerals extraction and transportation. Sites for waste processing, recycling and disposal facilities are also indicated in the Plan - so that the millions of tonnes of household and commercial waste generated across the county can be dealt with as efficiently and sustainably as possible.
The proposed updated plan and the response form can be found here. The consultation will close at 17:00 hours on Tuesday 31 January 2023.

3. Roads update

Hampshire residents’ satisfaction with how Hampshire County Council maintains the county’s 5,500 miles of highway has improved, following the County Council’s decision to provide additional local funding to try to reduce the impact of the year-on-year reductions in Government funding for local highway maintenance over the past decade.
Hampshire has been rated third out of all 30 English county councils for public satisfaction with highway maintenance and is the highest performing county authority in the South-East region, according to the 2022 National Highways and Transport Survey. Since the beginning of 2022, Hampshire Highways has repaired around 41,000 carriageway and
footway defects, including potholes, and cleared nearly 39,000 gullies and other highway drainage assets to reduce the risk of flooding. The focus in December was in responding to the cold snap, for example between 1st and 16th
December, 26 salting runs were completed, accounting for 5,250 man hours and 5,665 tons of salt being deposited on the county’s Priority One routes. More details of Hampshire Highways’ winter response can be found at hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/severeweather
4. Leader calls on Government to address local government underfunding
Rob Humby, the leader of Hampshire County Council called on the Government to take urgent action to address the looming financial crisis facing upper tier local government over the next few years. In a letter sent to the Prime Minister, Chancellor and Secretary of State, Councillor Humby, and Kent County Council Leader, Councillor Roger Gough, have outlined the drastic budget implications facing the two authorities, and the need for Government’s immediate help
and a clear plan for long-term financial sustainability, if the two County Councils are to avoid filing bankruptcy notices within the next year or so. Councillor Humby commented that “both Hampshire and Kent are high-performing, financially well-run and long respected County Councils. However, we face budget deficits over the next few years of a scale that has never been seen before – but not of our own doing. Our budgets are now at breaking point. We have gone as far as we can to close the budget gaps we have faced to date, and there is nowhere left to go in future without severely impacting some of the most vulnerable people in our society.” The two leaders have asked the Government to put local councils on a long-term sustainable financial footing. Their request includes more annual funding to keep up with growing demand for adults and children’s social care services or legislative changes to reduce the demands on
these services; fully funding the social care funding reforms and more money for growth in special educational needs; as well as greater freedom and flexibility around setting council tax and charging for services, alongside legislative changes to help local government help itself.

5. HCC reorganisation

Hampshire County Council is carrying out an internal reorganisation, with some changes in its senior leadership. This has necessitated a change in responsibilities of the Council’s Cabinet. With effect from 1 January 2023, there will now be as follows:
Adults’ Health and Care - Cllr Liz Fairhurst (lead member) and Cllr Jan Warwick                                                                  Children’s Services - Cllr Edward Heron (lead member) and Cllr Steve Forster
Universal Services - Cllr Nick Adams-King (lead member) and Cllr Russell Oppenheimer
Hampshire 2050 and Corporate Services - Cllr Rob Humby (leader) and Cllr Ros Chadd (deputy
leader)
Cllr Kirsty North will continue as Cabinet Member for HR, Performance, Communications and
Inclusion and Diversity.

6. Boundary Commission review of constituencies

The Boundary Commission for England have published their revised proposals for parliamentary constituency boundaries. A final public consultation has commenced which closes on 5 December 2022. The revised proposals and maps can be viewed here South East | Boundary Commission for England

Cllr Ken Moon

 

November 2022 Reports

Report to Clanfield Parish Council from District Councillor Ken Moon November 2022

One year ago we held our own version of the COP climate conference to work out what can be done to limit our impact on the environment in this corner of the world.

Our event in Alton mirrored the COP26 held in Glasgow and was fantastic - well-attended and full of grand ideas, innovations and possibilities.

Of course, what really makes an event like that a success is the lasting impact it has on our behaviours and the real-life changes it leads to.
Without action then climate conferences, whether local or international affairs, are little more than talking shops adding more hot air to an already warming world.

COP27 will be held in Egypt next month and the world will be watching. If the debates do not lead to deed sit will be for nothing.

In the 12 months since COP26 we have been busy looking at our own environmental performance. We have made some huge strides and I am incredibly proud of some of the progress we have made.

Is it enough? No, of course not. We cannot be satisfied. There will always be more to do and as time goes by the sense of urgency increases.

Hampshire County Councillor report November 2022

County Deal update

Negotiations are poised to take place with central Government on plans for a Pan-Hampshire County Deal, with the aim of investing in Hampshire’s economy and improving the lives of all residents and communities across the area - by bringing decisions and powers closer to people and places in the region.

Devolution proposals are now ready for formal negotiations with central Government, to secure the best possible deal for residents, businesses and communities across the whole Pan-Hampshire area, (covering Hampshire County Council, Southampton and Portsmouth City Councils, the 11 district and borough councils within the County Council administrative area, Isle of Wight Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council).

The combined prospectus can be viewed at

https://democracy.hants.gov.uk/documents/s100275/Pan-Hampshire%20Deal%20Prospectus%202022.pdf

Support for warm winter hubs

Communities across Hampshire are being invited to apply to Hampshire County Council for support from the Leader’s Community Grants Scheme in order to create a network of warm hubs this winter.
Voluntary and community organisations, including parish and town councils, can apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to develop and host warm hubs where people can gather together. This might be in the form of a regular coffee morning or the provision of a shared activity; creative ideas and concepts that will deliver support especially to our most vulnerable residents are particularly welcome. Information can be found at
https://www.hants.gov.uk/community/grants/grants-list/leaders-community-grants.

Additional funding is also available to community groups from the Adult Services’ Local Solutions Grant fund to support local people maintain their independence. This includes assistance to organisations offering finance and money management support to those unable to easily access existing services, as well as for groups undertaking projects to help vulnerable people by reducing social isolation and loneliness. Details can be found at
https://www.hants.gov.uk/community/grants/grants-list/local-solutions-grants/local-solutions-grant

Our library network offers warm space for anyone needing a place to spend some time, connect with others, to work or study. Libraries also provide support with the distribution of Warm Bags and Food Vouchers through the Household Support Fund
www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library/libraryfinder

Food and essentials Families struggling with the cost of essentials - such as food and fuel - are encouraged to visit the connect4communities website below. You may be eligible for a Council Tax reduction.
www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth/childrenandfamilies/connectforcommunities

We offer a range of grants to community organisations working with residents to support their physical and mental wellbeing including grants up to £5,000 to support communities, for example by setting up a Warm Space.
Further information is available here:
www.hants.gov.uk/costofliving/community-support

1. Roads

Hampshire Highways’ commitment to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate against the impact of climate change achieved national industry recognition last month. Its Carbon Strategy, which aligns with the County Council’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2050, won the Environmental Sustainability Award as well as the Special Merit Award in this year’s Highways Industry Awards. The Special Merit Award is a particular achievement in that it is selected by its peers in the industry.

Last month 7,456 square metres of carriageway were resurfaced across the county, with 20,737 gullies and other drainage cleared, 6,535 potholes and other defects repaired and 5,489 square metres of footway repaired or resurfaced.

It is now prepared for the wetter and colder months ahead, with crews on standby 24/7, ready to salt the roads in snow and icy conditions, as well as deal with the impacts of high winds, heavy rain and flooding, such as those recently seen.

Getting Winter Ready

You might have noticed some of these lorries around clearing drains and gullies locally.

Hampshire Highways are getting winter ready, with salting crews on standby, over 100,000 roadside gullies cleared, 13 major drainage schemes completed and more, to help keep the county moving in all weathers:

We face huge challenges with highway maintenance due to funding, but through innovation and dedication we can ensure we keep our roads clear and safe this winter.

hants.gov.uk/News/20221027HantsHighwaysWinterReady

Street Lighting

As the clocks have now gone back, the darker evenings mean that HCC streetlights will be coming on earlier than is needed during spring and summer.

If you notice a fault, please report using the link:

https://www.lightsoninhampshire.co.uk/Public/Default.aspx

Reporting Highway Problems

Links to report road issues are here:

Potholes:
https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems/potholes

Tree/hedge problems:
https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems/treehedge

Flooding/drainage issues:
https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems/flooding

Pavement problems:
https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems/paving

Problems with rights of way:
https://www.hants.gov.uk/landplanningandenvironment/rightsofway/reportaproblem

1. National Census

Data about the population in our local area can now be viewed readily on census maps published by the Office for National Statistics, search for details at
https://www.ons.gov.uk/census/maps.

1. Police & Crime Commissioner

Donna Jones, Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has launched her annual precept consultation on council tax contributions to policing. The survey is online and will run from 31 Oct to 4 Dec. This survey is to gather views on whether she should increase the level of council tax in support of policing, continuing investment in Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary. The survey can be found at

https://www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/consultations/precept-consultation

The Commissioner has also published her annual report for 2021/22, providing an overview of the Commissioner’s activities and key successes from when she took post in May 2021. It covers the recruitment of nearly 600 new police officers, extra funding for the region to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB), domestic abuse and bespoke support for victims of sexual violence. It can be seen at
https://www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Annual-Report-2022.pdf

I will share with you a few of the important steps we have taken that will have a significant impact on our carbon emissions.

We have set up a ‘Green Team’ of officers to make sure that every major department in the council, from planning to property, is fully focussed on sustainability. As you may have read in my last column, our next Local Plan is shaping up to being our greenest ever.

Moving headquarters, to an enhanced new premises, will cut 74 per cent of the carbon that currently leaks out of our creaky HQ at Penns Place.

These are huge steps forward but it’s not just our own house we need to get in order. We need to help our residents’ homes too and over the last year we have directed around £765,000 to households looking to install insulation, solar panels and all kinds of energy-saving measures. These not only cut families’ carbon emissions but, crucially during this cost-of-living crisis, reduce their fuel bills too.

These are a taste of what we have been up to. I don’t want to use this column to list all the measures my council has taken in the last year to address its own environmental performance. That can be found easily enough on our website. Nor do I want to seem self-congratulatory or complacent.

Yes, we are taking action, but it is important to admit the reality that we all have a long way to go to meet our national targets of net zero by 2050. We are taking our responsibilities seriously, and we will be looking to the international community to do likewise when it meets for COP27 in Sharm el-Sheik in November.

The world will be watching what our global leaders say there - but we know it is only action that really makes the difference.

Our councillor grants have helped pay for energy-saving solar panels on a sports pavilion in Clanfield

A sports and bowls club in Clanfield will be making hay while the sun shines thanks to 16 solar panels fixed to its pavilion roof.

The photovoltaic panels have been added to the building, on Columbine Way, by club officials looking to save money on fuel bills and reduce their carbon footprint.

The £8,000 project was paid for in part by £5,500 of grants from six of our local East Hampshire District Councillors.

All our councillors have a £4,500 community grant fund to distribute to local initiatives each year. As part of our commitment to fighting the effects of climate change, £1,000 of that fund must be spent on environmental projects.

Find out more about or community grants
The Clanfield Bowls & Sports Club is expected to save around £500 a year in costs and around 1.4 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Cllr Ken Moon

 

October 2022 Reports

Report to Clanfield Parish Council from District Councillor Ken Moon October 2022

EHDC and Eastleigh college to support tree- planting plan

East Hampshire District Council and Eastleigh College have struck up a partnership to support a tree-planting campaign that will reduce carbon and increase biodiversity in the county.

East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) has pledged to see 120,000 new trees planted, one for every resident in its district.

Now Eastleigh College has agreed to support the scheme with a £5 donation for every student that completes its new environmental sustainability course and a £30 donation for every EHDC officer that does so.

The 8-12 week course will train learners in important techniques to reduce environmental impact, looking at waste management, sustainable development and transport among other areas.

EHDC and Eastleigh College both take environmental sustainability very seriously and are both doing whatever they can to improve their own performance and encourage the same in others.

EHDC declared a climate emergency in July 2019 and aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, in line with national targets.

As part of this project the council is working with the Woodland Trust, landowners, parish and town councils, schools and communities to plant 120,000 trees in East Hampshire.

Green Team launch as EHDC marks COP26 East Hampshire

East Hampshire District Council has marked the anniversary of its COP26 climate change event by launching a ‘Green Team’ to accelerate the council’s ambition to reach net zero.
COP26 East Hampshire, held in Alton last October, was run by East Hampshire District Council and Damian Hinds MP, and saw hundreds of residents and campaigners gather to plan what East Hampshire could do to reduce the impact of climate change.

It featured contributions from leading Government figures, including video messages from Lord Deben, the Chairman of the UK’s Climate Change Committee, and Alok Sharma, the President of COP26, as well as local resident groups, schools, environmental experts and businesses.

Since that time East Hampshire District Council has been driving forward plans to improve its own environmental performance and to help others do the same.

Chief among the new initiatives has been the launch of a Green Team to help the council, community and district be more sustainable.
EHDC officers spread through the organisation will make up the Green Team, ensuring that responsibility for the response to the climate emergency is distributed throughout all the major departments, including planning, community, facilities management, property and placemaking. Alongside this, EHDC has also worked over the last 12 months to establish a range of major projects to cut carbon emissions and support local residents. Some of the big ideas we have been working on over the last year include:

  • Launching our Green Team
  • Moving to a new carbon-cutting HQ
  • Helping households with energy-saving home improvements
  • Developing our greenest ever Local Plan
  • Announcing our own community farm

What’s been done since COP26?

  • Green Team
    Launching this week, the Green Team will work to make the council, the community and the district greener and more sustainable. Council officers will consider the impacts on the environment of the work they do on a day-to-day basis, embedding climate considerations into the culture of the council. Climate change training is already being rolled out across the council on issues such as housing standards, renewable and low carbon technology, carbon offsetting and going net-zero.
  • A new HQ
    EHDC’s new premises in Bedford Road, Petersfield, will reduce the council’s carbon footprint by 74 per cent. We already purchase renewable energy for our offices, but our office move will drive further reductions in our carbon footprint. The council intends to spend £500,000 to improve the building’s environmental performance. Solar PV and battery schemes will work alongside fabric first measures to improve the thermal performance. Staff will be encouraged to travel sustainably with green bike shelters and electric vehicle charging points.
  • Energy saving home improvements
    In the last year, 256 homes have been supported through domestic retrofit schemes ECO3 and COSY. Energy efficient measures that have been installed in properties across East Hampshire include smart thermostats, loft and cavity wall insulation, new and replacement boilers, solar panels and replacement windows and doors. The amount of funding in the last year totals £765,000, with over £2.9 million being spent on 1,856 local homes since the schemes began, reducing their carbon emissions and cutting their fuel bills.
  • A new scheme has been launched, COSY East Hampshire, offering interest-free loans for energy-saving measures. To find out more go to www.easthants.gov.uk/cosy

More support proposed for residents struggling to pay their council tax

More working-age households could be entitled to higher Council Tax Support payments from April 2023 if wide-reaching changes to the scheme proposed by East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) are approved. Consultation is underway now and will close on 20 November 2022.
EHDC is consulting residents and partner organisations on the following proposals:

  • Increasing the amount that low-earning households can earn, before affecting Council Tax Support from £20 - £25 to £70 per week for couples, lone parents, carers, those who would be entitled to disability premium, enhanced disability premium, disabled child premium, severe disability premium, in receipt of employment and support allowance component and those working as a part time fire fighter, auxiliary coast guard, part time lifeboat worker or a member of the Territorial Army or similar reserve force.
  • Increasing the amount for single applicants’ households can earn, before affecting Council Tax Support from £10 to £35 a week.
  • Making it so that other adults living in a home do not affect the amount of support the Council Tax payer is entitled to.
  • Increasing the amount of money in savings that applicants can hold before it affects their entitlement from £6,000 to £10,000.
  • Allowing claims for support to be backdated to the beginning of the financial year (1 April) or six months if that is longer, provided there is a good reason why the claim wasn’t made earlier.
    Ignoring certain payments made to a household in a crisis (for example the Energy Rebates) when making payments.
  • Ignoring any emergency increases in national benefits (such as the Universal Credit uplift during the coronavirus pandemic).

If approved, these changes would come into effect on 1 April 2023.

Household glass collections re started on 3rd October

Our service provider, Norse South East (NSE), has confirmed that they are able to reinstate household glass collections from Monday 3rd October. Ahead of the service restarting on Monday, crews have been out clearing excess glass from bottle bank sites around the district.

The reinstatement of services is the result of a successful recruitment drive over the last two months, supported by EHDC. NSE now has enough directly

employed drivers and loaders to reduce its reliance on agency staff and provide a more resilient service.
The service will be reintroduced following existing glass collection patterns. If you don’t have your calendar, please check our website.

Where possible, crews will take any excess glass on the first collection, provided it is in a suitable container to be carried and emptied into the vehicle.
Additional temporary bottle banks have been installed around the district which will remain in place while the service catches up. These can be found on our online map.

We are sorry for the disruption to the service and thank you for your patience during the suspension.

Help us build a local plan like no other.

In a couple of months we will be appealing to the public to help us complete the most important task any council must deliver.

We’re going to reach out to you in a way we have never attempted before and when our work is done it will break new ground in environmental standards.
I’m talking about our Local Plan.

I am conscious that the mere mention of Local Plans provokes widely ranging responses from people, covering everything on the social engagement spectrum from yawning indifference to firebrand campaigning. But believe me when I say that, whatever your interest, our Local Plan will affect the lives of every adult and child in the district where EHDC is the planning authority.

And what’s more, it is something we really do need your help with.
In November we will be holding major consultations with the public using a new, online system that will make it easier than ever for you to take part, get involved and tell us your thoughts.

Don’t worry if digital is not your thing, there will still be consultation exhibitions and you will still be able to thumb through the documents at your leisure.

But we know that not everyone has the time to come to an event. People are busy with work and families. They need to get to the point quickly and give us their views with a few simple strokes of the keyboard.

If this Local Plan is going to work for everyone, we need everyone to do their bit. We are ready to listen to you and we have made it easier than ever for you to talk to us.

Going back out to the public for further consultation was a bold move, but it was the right thing to do.

The Local Plan will set out a blueprint for our part of the district for the next decade and a half. We have to get it right.

To do that, we need to go back to basics, examine what we know and gather new evidence.

Every potential development site must be properly investigated. Every stone turned for brownfield sites.

We will fight to make sure East Hampshire’s housing figures are the very best they can be. We will work with the South Downs National Park to take their share, we will resist neighbouring authorities looking to pass on their responsibilities to us and we will demand the Government considers our unique status when they calculate our housing targets. We are nobody’s mug.

Let’s be clear though – it is essential and inevitable that new homes will be built in East Hampshire. A stable housing supply brings clear social and economic benefits to us all. We cannot build a wall around the district and we should not seek to.

Our task is to make sure housing targets are fair and appropriate, and that we deliver those new homes in the most suitable locations, supported by the best available infrastructure, using the greenest, environmentally sustainable methods.

After all, we are looking to you to help us make this Local Plan the greenest in history.

The climate emergency is a key priority for the council and we are looking to improve our own environmental performance where-ever we can.
But in terms of influencing actions across the district, one of the longest levers we have is the Local Plan.

Zero carbon developments that are better integrated with public transport, solar panels, building materials, tree-planting, energy efficient designs. It could all make a massive, long-lasting difference to East Hampshire’s environmental effort - and it all could be in the Local Plan.

If the environment is important you, then tell us. Tell us what matters to you and what standards you expect.

The consultations will be launched in November and that will be your big chance to make an impact on the future of East Hampshire.
Work with us, talk to us and help us. Together we can build a plan that will be like no other.

Cllr Ken Moon