East Woodhay Society

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

Newsletter July 2018

pdf version – EWS Newsletter July 2018

Council Consultations:

There are three council consultations which are currently under way and need our input.

The first is from Hampshire Council and my apologies that as the consultation finishes in a few days on 5th August, we only have a few days in which to respond. The information pack about this can be accessed via this linkhttp://documents.hants.gov.uk/consultation/streetlightandbusconsultation-infopack.pdf

There are many aspects to this consultation which require our feedback but I have extracted one sentence which particularly caught my attention and is relevant for our area:“Hampshire County Council spends £4million a year on supporting passenger transport services across Hampshire, including public bus services, ferries, publications and information and support services. We propose to save £1.1million from this area. “

For example, the number 7/7A bus route which passes through Woolton Hill has 47,321 annual journeys and its subsidy from Hampshire Council is £50k. Consequently, like all bus routes, it is a candidate for cuts.

Please click here to access this consultation

The second is from Basingstoke and Deane.

The following are a few words taken from their introduction:
“People in Basingstoke and Deane are being asked to help shape what the borough will

look like in the future as part of the Horizon 2050 project.

Through the Horizon 2050 initiative, the aim is to set an ambitious and aspirational shared vison to ensure that residents have high quality homes, jobs and leisure and community facilities for decades to come. This will drive and provide the foundations for far-reaching decisions about the future, setting the direction for the council and other partners’ work.”

The Consultation on the draft vision runs until Sunday 19 August and you can provide feedback, and find out more information, via the website at basingstoke.gov.uk/horizon2050

The third is also from Basingstoke and Deane.

A draft Landscape, Biodiversity and Trees Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has been prepared by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in its role as Local Planning Authority to support the delivery of the Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan 2011 to 2029. The SPD addresses how landscape, biodiversity and tree considerations should inform new development.

When adopted by the council, the SPD will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

The consultation runs for seven weeks from Monday 30 July to Monday 17 September 2018.

To view the document and/or respond to the consultation, please visit the council’sconsultation portal.

Barn Dance:

Please come along and join in on the ever-popular family Barn Dance on Saturday 29thSeptember at Woolton Hill Church Hall. This is an excellent community event and will run from 7:30pm until 10:30pm. Tickets are just £15 for adults and £10 for under 16s and thisincludes an experienced band and a Ploughman’s supper. Just send me an email or call on250898 and I can drop tickets round to you.

Walks, Footpaths and Hedges

Summer is a wonderful time to walk along our lovely footpaths and don’t forget to go onto the East Woodhay website (see email for link) to download three walks in our Parish and a copy of the paths within The Chase. We can all help maintain the paths by doing some simple things, such as when you go for a walk, please take a pair of secateurs with you. You can help your fellow walkers by snipping off any offending brambles that are across a path, or any other foliage which could be annoying or dangerous to walkers. You may also have seen that several stiles have been replaced by the Parish Council with kissing gates.

I will do a feature on these in a forthcoming newsletter.

Our regular Friday morning walks, which are around 3 miles in length, start at 10.30am and last around an hour. 3rd and 17th August will be from St Thomas’ Church Hall where we alsofinish with a welcome coffee/tea. The walks on the 10th and 24th of August will be from the Rampant Cat.

With the summer also comes the rampant growth of hedges and general foliage. It is a good time, if you have a hedge which borders a footpath or a road, to make sure these are cut back. It can be dangerous for those walking if they have to move into the road due to an overgrown hedge. Please also prompt neighbours if you see something which needs to be done. Whilst mentioning garden maintenance, ditches need to be clear for the good functioning of water flow in the countryside as there could well be a lot of surface water, when it rains, with the ground being so hard. Blocked ditches can mean water disruption in poor weather periods and it is a good time, if you have a ditch on your property, to check it and clear, if appropriate.

Be Tick Aware

I was talking with a local resident at the Woolton Hill Fete and they said they recently had 12 ticks attach themselves to their legs. Ouch! I know from personal experience that a number of deer pass through the area and these are a known carrier of ticks. The danger of Lyme Disease was also highlighted on last Sunday’s BBC Countryfile programme and I was reminded of a useful poster which the National Trust have produced. A similar one to this is posted up at the entrance to The Chase.


For more information, visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/tick-bite-risks-and- prevention-of-lyme-disease or www.LymeDiseaseAction.org.uk

Ongoing Information During the Month:

Between newsletters you can keep up-to-date with information, which occurs within the month, by connecting to our page on Facebook (@eastwoodhaysociety). Please do also let me know of community events/topics so that I can share.


East Woodhay Planning Applications in July:


Conversion of part of garage to living accommodation, enlargement of first floor window, erection of a fence, creation of new access and re-location of septic tank Field House Abbey Wells Road Heath End RG20 0NX 
Ref. No: 18/02070/HSE | Received: Tue 17 Jul 2018 | Validated: Mon 23 Jul 2018 | Status: Registered

Erection of a single storey rear extension 20 Longmead Woolton Hill Newbury Hampshire RG20 9XY 
Ref. No: 18/02042/HSE | Received: Fri 13 Jul 2018 | Validated: Fri 13 Jul 2018 | Status: Registered

Erection of two storey side extension and relocation of oil tank following demolition of existing garage 12 Falcon House Gardens Woolton Hill RG20 9UQ 
Ref. No: 18/02000/HSE | Received: Tue 10 Jul 2018 | Validated: Tue 10 Jul 2018 | Status: Registered

Variation of condition 1 of Planning Permission 16/00948/HSE to amend the plan numbers to allow alteration to the existing roof line and adjustment to side and rear elevations Garvards House Fullers Lane Woolton Hill RG20 9TY 
Ref. No: 18/01992/ROC | Received: Mon 09 Jul 2018 | Validated: Mon 16 Jul 2018 | Status: Registered

Erection of first floor extension, two storey side extension, to include formation of pitched roof and increase in height. Creation of front porch Little Grove Broadlayings Woolton Hill RG20 9TT 
Ref. No: 18/01896/HSE | Received: Fri 29 Jun 2018 | Validated: Mon 09 Jul 2018 | Status: Registered

Demolition of conservatory and erection of a single storey rear extension forming bedroom for a severely disabled member of the family 2 Gravelly Close North End Newbury Hampshire RG20 0BG 
Ref. No: 18/01870/HSE | Received: Thu 28 Jun 2018 | Validated: Wed 04 Jul 2018 | Status: Awaiting decision