SCHEDULE OF COUNCIL MEETINGS FOR 2017
2017 Meeting Planner
HATCH GRANGE GATES - WINTER OPENING TIMES
The entrance gates into Hatch Grange from High Street, West End will open at 8.30 am and will be closed at 4 pm. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR VEHICLE IS NOT LEFT IN THE CAR PARK AFTER 4 pm.
PLANNING APPEAL DISMISSED FOR DEVELOPMENT IN BUBB LANE
An outline planning application for houses on land at Bubb Lane has been dismissed by an independent planning inspector.
Hedge End, West End, & Botley, Local Area Committee refused an outline planning application by Gladman Developments Ltd in January 2016 for 200 houses on the site. Gladman Developments Ltd appealed that decision and also asked for an outline planning application for 140 houses to also be considered as part of the inquiry process. Following a public inquiry the appeal was dismissed by the planning inspector.
Council Leader Keith House, said, “This is great news that the planning appeal for houses at Bubb Lane has been dismissed. It was also good to see the Planning Inspectors supporting existing Local Plan policies on our countryside gaps and acknowledging that the Council has achieved a full five-year supply of new homes on other sites."
He added, “The Council had always been against this application as it was completely the wrong location for new houses. The site would destroy the green local gap between the settlements of West End and Hedge End. The Council is committed to delivering the homes that are needed for the future but they have to be in the right places – and this was not one of them.”
This followed a previous decision by Hedge End, West End & Botley Local Area Committee to refuse outline planning permission for up to 328 houses on the same site by Gladman Developments Ltd that was also dismissed at appeal in May 2016.
OPENING OF THE NEWLY REFURBISHED TENNIS COURT AT MOORGREEN RECREATION GROUND
The newly refurbished tennis court was opened on Wednesday, 16th August by the Mayor of Eastleigh - Councillor Maureen Sollitt prior to commencement of the Community Games event organised by the Youthouse. The Chair of the Parish Council, Councillor Sarah Turl welcomed those attending followed by the Mayor cutting the ribbon to announce the opening. Also in attendance was Mrs Proctor who, with her husband, had previously dealt with bookings for the tennis court. Members of the Youthouse presented both ladies with a bouquet of flowers as a thank you. The tennis courts were well used during the day by those attending the Community Games event.
See our Latest News Home Page for details of how to book the tennis court.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCE - JULY 2017
West End Parish Council held their popular Afternoon Tea Dance on Friday, 28th July which was attended by 70+ residents. Another successful afternoon included a dance display by a semi-professional dance team, general dancing, a quiz and a 'true' or 'false' game. Music was again provided by the Human Juke Box. Parish staff and Hatch Cafe staff had a busy morning setting up the hall and preparing the tea with Parish Councillors helping out during the afternoon. Feedback for the event was very positive, with residents asking for another tea dance or similar events in the future. The next event for our Senior Citizens will be the Christmas Party to be held on Monday, 18th December. Further details will follow nearer to the time.
WEST END ALLOTMENTS - CALLING ALL KEEN GARDENERS
West End Parish Council's allotment site is based in Moorgreen Road, West End. Our waiting list only has a few names left of residents awaiting a plot.
Any West End residents who have a keen interest in gardening and feel they would have the time to commit to working an allotment plot, please contact the Parish Office and we will add you to our waiting list. We have half and full plots to offer, therefore if you do not wish to work a full plot then you are able to put your name down for a half plot only.
NEW CHAIR OF WEST END PARISH COUNCIL
At the Annual General Meeting of West End Parish Council held on 10th May, Councillor Sarah Turl was appointed Chair for 2017/2018 Vice Chair for the coming year is Councillor Janice Asman who is also a Borough Councillor.
Councillor Turl can be contacted on 02380 360131 or via e-mail at: email@example.com
WEST END PARISH COUNCIL HAVE NOW ADOPTED THE WEST END COPSE MANAGEMENT PLAN
West End Copse is owned by West End Parish Council. This plan provides information about the Copse as it is today; its habitats, wildlife and use by the community; and how it will be maintained and mangaed over the next five years.
It has been prepared in consultation with Parish Council staff, Richard Mould-Ryan, local residents and volunteers, and other users of the site and is available to download by clicking the link below:
West End Copse Management Plan
OPENING OF THE NEWLY REFURBISHED CARPATHIA AND TOWNHILL FARM PLAY AREAS
The official opening of the two newly refurbished play areas took place on Thursday, 16th February. Both play areas were refurbished by Wicksteed Playgrounds. Children from Townhill Junior School came along to open the Carpathia Play Area followed by the opening of Townhill Farm Play Area attended by Noah's Ark Pre-School. Councillor Clarke attended the official opening along with Councillors Asman, Boulton, Goguel and MacDonald and Local Area Co-ordinator Julia Birt. Members of staff from the Parish Council were also involved. A representative from Wicksteed handed out 'goody bags' to the children. We ask residents to respect these newly refurbished areas by disposing of their litter in bins provided and abide by the 'No Dogs Allowed' restriction.
CLOSURE OF GATEWAY CHILDREN'S CENTRE
As from October 2016, following the closure of the Hampshire County Council Public Consultation seeking views on a proposal for a new, integrated Family Support Service for vulnerable families with children aged 0-19 years (and up to age 25 where young adults have learning difficulties or disabilities), the Gateway Children's Centre has now closed and has been replaced with a new Family Support Service. The local Hub for West End residents is based in the Aviary Children's Centre, Blackbird Road, Eastleigh SO50 9JW. Contact details as follows:
Tel: 023 80626 960
FOOD AND FRIENDSHIP - INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?
Enjoy being active in your local community? Have you got a couple of hours free every week?
Social isolation and poor nutrition are issues that affect significant numbers of older people. This is an opportunity to provide regular social contact to older people by way of a befriending visit alongside their Meals on Wheels delivery. Befriending visits will take place between 11.30 am and 4 pm on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. There will be a chance for you to provide regular social contact; ideas on simple healthy snacks and meals; and information on what's going on in your local community. Training and full support provided. To find out more about becoming a Food & Friendship volunteer and to support older people to remain independent:
Call: 01962 892455 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PERIOD FOR THE EXERCISE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS - ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31ST MARCH 2016
West End Parish Council’s annual return will be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by the Public Sector Audit Appointments Limited. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounting records to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts and other documents relating to those records or documents. Please click HERE for more information.
NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT FOR WEST END PARISH COUNCIL 2014-2015
West End Parish Council Accounts for the year ended 31st March 2015 are now available for inspection by local electors in accordance with Section 14 of the Audit Commission Act. Please click on link to see full document Notice of Conclusion of Audit
SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL SERVICE - INFORMATION FOR PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS
Please click here to download a copy of the new Hampshire County Council School Crossing Patrol Service Information Leaflet for Pedestrians and Drivers.
SHAPING HAMPSHIRE - SPENDING REVIEW CONSULTATION
We are asking residents and stakeholders for their views on a range of potential options for managing an anticipated £98 million shortfall in the revenue budget by April 2017, due to ongoing reductions in funding from central Government.
The County Council is reviewing key areas of spending and service activity with a focus on identifying different ways of delivering services more efficiently and at lower cost, in order to reduce the overall budget spend. Your views on the options and the potential impact should any of the options be considered further, are very important as the feed back will be used to inform planning on future proposals. We welcome any comments you may have on how to deliver savings.
You can take part in the consultation by completing the Response Form online or in paper form. An Information Pack is also available to support you in considering your reponse to the consultation.
EASTLEIGH BOROUGH COUNCIL - RESIDENTS' VIEWS NEEDED
Eastleigh Borough Council are asking residents to complete a survey to ensure they provide services residents want. If you would like to get involved please click on the link to print off a copy of the survey for completion. Completed forms should be returned to Customer Services at Eastleigh (see bottom of form for details).
Eastleigh Borough Council - Residents' Views Survey
A VOLUNTEER DRIVER WANTED
West End Lunch Club are looking for a person who would be willing to drive a One Community Bus every Monday (except Bank Holidays) to collect and return some of their members to lunch at St James Church Hall. All members live within the Parish of West End and would need to be collected from 11 am onwards for lunch at 12.30 pm and returned home at 2 pm. There is training necessary and this would be paid for. If you were prepared to extra trips, One Community would cover all costs. Unfortunately several lunch dates have recently had to be cancelled due to lack of drivers which is disappointing to members who look forward to their Monday lunch club. For more details please telephone Maureen Cook on 02380 470321 or Sue Fitch on 02380 477248.
CAN YOU SPARE A FEW HOURS A WEEK TO HELP LOCAL OLDER PEOPLE?
Hampshire based charity Brendoncare is looking for volunteers to support its weekly “West End Club” for older people. The club meets every Monday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm at the Hilldene Community Centre, 68 High Street, West End, and offers a place for older people to meet new friends, take part in a variety of activities and enjoy a chat over tea and biscuits.
Brendoncare runs over 75 clubs across Hampshire and Dorset, offering fun and friendship to over 1,300 members, and tackling loneliness and isolation amongst elderly people. Volunteers play an essential role in all of Brendoncare’s clubs, and the charity is proud to hold the Investing in Volunteers award. There are volunteering opportunities for everyone: from organising activities, to collecting members’ subscriptions, to the important job of making the teas, and of course finding time to ‘just have a chat’.
If you can spare a few hours each Monday afternoon, Brendoncare would love to hear from you on 01962 852133. More information about Brendoncare’s clubs and work with older people is available at www.brendoncare.org.uk
West End Parish Council is very pleased to report that Eastleigh Borough and Romsey MENCAP will be running the Community Allotment plot at the allotment site in Moorgreen Road.
The project will enable adults with learning disabilities to gain healthy physical exercise as well as gaining practical gardening experience. Members currently meet at the allotment on Saturdays and Mondays and enjoy tending their raised beds. Local companies helped install a 'living roof' for the shed and the group hope to enter the local garden competition in 2015 under the 'Allotment' category.
Summer Update 2017 - West End Parish Council are pleased to announce that they have now given a second allotment to MENCAP which will give them the opportunity to expand this service.
The photograph below shows some of the members of the Mencap Gardening Club enjoying a visit to the allotment.
To learn more about the work of EBR MENCAP, visit their website at www.ebrmencap.org.uk
The Local Area Committee has committed resources to provide equipment to enable a Community Speedwatch Programme to be set up and run in our area which will be co-ordinated by Hampshire Constabulary in partnership with local councils and other agencies. Speedwatch locations will be suggested by the local community and sanctioned by Hampshire Constabulary. Volunteers must be aged at least 17 years and each scheme needs a minimum of 6 volunteers. Keen applicants will need to complete an application form and specialist training will be provided.
For further details please contact Laura Fisher, Extended Police Family Co-ordinator on 023 80674017, mobile 07799 582234 or e-mail email@example.com
WEST END FOOD BANK - COLLECTION POINT - NOW IN CONJUNCTION WITH KING'S COMMUNITY CHURCH, HEDGE END
In these days of economic difficulties there are people who have to make the decision to 'eat or heat'. West End Parish Council has decided to support an initiative to set up a Food Bank Collection Point at the Parish Centre in Chapel Road, West End in conjunction with King's Community Church in Hedge End.
All donations will be gratefully received in the Parish Office, Monday - Friday, 8.30 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. These will then be delivered to the King's Community Church. Alternatively you can drop your donation off into the trolley in the Main Enrance of King's Community Church, Upper Northam Road, Hedge End Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. and Sunday morning 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon
All food donated needs to be in undamaged packaging and also in date.
List of food items requested by Hedge End Food Centre :
Tinned meat and fish ; Tinned vegetables; Tinned soup; Tinned fruit; Tinned rice pudding; Tinned sponge pudding; UHT/Powdered milk; Pasta/Rice (1kg); Fruit Squash; Tea Bags (80-160); Coffee (small jars); Cereal; Sugar (500 g); Instant Mashed Potato; Biscuits and snack bars, Toiletries and Toilet Rolls.
Food Centre Opening Times for Collection of Food Packages: Monday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except Bank Holidays)
For further information, please contact :
Parish Clerk, Laura Cooke, e-mail: Laura.Cooke@westend-pc.gov.uk ; Tel. 023 80462371
Kings Commmunity Church, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org