East Woodhay Society

The local society for the residents of the wonderful area of Woolton Hill and the local hamlets within East Woodhay

Newsletter March 2018

pdf version – EWS Newsletter March 2018

There are some major changes to Data Protection legislation coming this May.  This affects East Woodhay Society (EWS) as per any other organisation and what this means is that in order to continue to receive these Newsletters, you must be a current EWS member and you must also provide explicit permission that you agree for EWS to continue to send you emails.

Consequently, please respond to my email with a reply which says ‘I approve EWS to contact me and send me emails’.  In future years this will be an explicit ‘tick box’ on the membership form.

Next Event:

Come and join us on the afternoon of Sunday 8thApril for a walk to see the wild daffodils in the area traversed by the footpath between Trade Street, Fullers Lane and Heath End.  We’ll start at 2pm from outside St Thomas’ Church Hall and as this is for all the family it will be a gentle stroll, with refreshments, lasting around 90 minutes.  Please wear suitable footwear for muddy footpaths.

Harwood Paddock Monies

The following article is important information relating to the monies coming back to the parish following the completion of the development at Harwood Paddock (Meadowbrook, Woolton Hill).

During the time of construction of Harwood Paddock, East Woodhay Parish Council (EWPC) and EW Society have previously communicated that, as a condition of the approved planning application, Bloor Homes had to pay a specific amount of money towards improving the local infrastructure. This money is commonly termed ‘S106’ from the section within the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act which relates to agreements made between local authorities and developers before certain building works can commence.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) have communicated that the final S106 payments have been made by Bloor.  BDBC have confirmed the total sum Bloor Homes has given to Hampshire Council (HCC) and BDBC is in line with the S106 contract at just over £1.1M. This money has now been allocated into predefined and specifically worded categories as per the original S106 contract. EWPC is working with both HCC and BDBC to ensure that this money benefits the parish.

HCC received £595K, of which £310K will go to education. EWPC understands that this will support our local schools with funding towards capital projects to manage the impact of any increase in pupils from the development.

The rest of the HCC funding (£285K) is allocated to transport. EWPC has taken action to ensure the funds will be allocated to improving local highways, requesting that priority be given to widening the road and improving parking opposite the Medical Centre in Trade Street.

BDBC have received £360K for affordable housing.

EWPC has been allocated £162K. Of this Community Facilities have been assigned £93k. This means the village halls i.e. East Woodhay Village Hall and Woolton Hill Church Hall.  Discussions are under way to determine how this should be used.

About £59k is assigned to recreation type projects. The allocation of this will be based on feedback from parish residents.  EWPC already has responses from the East Woodhay Society survey carried out in 2016 but are still keen to also hear further suggestions from residents as to how they would like this money used. Please note the S106 contract states this funding is to be used for the community and cannot go to any commercial enterprise.

There is also a small amount of money (£9K) allocated to Allotments. EWPC is currently determining if there is still sufficient interest for this within the parish.

For suggestions on any recreation type projects or to learn more about the allotment fund please email the Parish Clerk (clerk@eastwoodhay-pc.gov.uk).

RegularFriday Morning Walks

Fancy a walk with others? Just turn up on any Friday at 10.20am, wearing sturdy footwear suitable for muddy conditions, ready to start walking at 10.30am and join a ‘Walking for Health’ walk, which lasts around an hour and is about 3 miles in length.  6th and 20th April are from St Thomas’ Church Hall, where we also finish with a welcome coffee/tea, and 13th and 27th April from the Rampant Cat.



If, like me, you have reported one or more potholes to Hampshire Council then please do let me know any progress and responses you may have had.  We know, like many other areas our parish is suffering and I want to keep bringing this to the attention of Hampshire Council.  As a reminder the way to report Potholes is given on the Parish Council website via their ‘useful links’ page.  http://www.eastwoodhay-pc.gov.uk/useful-links/


Other items to note

The Watermill Theatre on Tour at Highclere Village Hall on Saturday 19th May 2018 at 7.30pm “Burke and Hare” (The Burke and Hare murders were a series of 16 murders committed over a period of about ten months in 1828 in Edinburgh. When a lodger in Hare’s house died they decided to sell the body to Doctor Robert Knox for dissection at his anatomy lectures. In a new black comedy that is as hysterical as it is historical, three actors tell the true story of the prolific duo, Burke and Hare. Tickets £12.50 each from Mary McQuillen, email: marymcquillen@icloud.com  or tel: 254264.

East Woodhay Planning Applications in February:

Erection of garden shed for general storage

East Woodhay Village Hall Heath End Road Heath End RG20 0AP

Ref. No: 18/00546/FUL | Received: Wed 21 Feb 2018 | Validated: Thu 22 Feb 2018 | Status: Registered


Scots Pine (T1) – fell.

Knights Close Ball Hill Road Ball Hill RG20 0NN

Ref. No: T/00088/18/TPO | Received: Thu 15 Feb 2018 | Validated: Thu 15 Feb 2018 | Status: Registered


Re-location of existing oil tank

Westmead Blindmans Gate Woolton Hill RG20 9XD

Ref. No: 18/00494/HSE | Received: Thu 15 Feb 2018 | Validated: Wed 28 Feb 2018 | Status: Registered


Change of use of land to equestrian use and installation of a 28m x 40m riding arena

Land East Of Northenby House North End Road North End Hampshire

Ref. No: 18/00473/FUL | Received: Tue 13 Feb 2018 | Validated: Mon 26 Feb 2018 | Status: Registered


T1 Scots pine: fell to ground level

Maroma Tile Barn Woolton Hill Newbury Hampshire RG20 9XE

Ref. No: T/00080/18/TPO | Received: Fri 09 Feb 2018 | Validated: Fri 09 Feb 2018 | Status: Registered


Certificate of Lawfulness for the proposed erection of a single storey rear extension

11 Greenacres Woolton Hill RG20 9TA

Ref. No: 18/00372/LDPO | Received: Mon 05 Feb 2018 | Validated: Mon 12 Feb 2018 | Status: Awaiting decision