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Laura Sheppard and Suzie Wilde bring you today’s update of essential local information.

Today you’ll be hearing about the writing competition at the Weald & Downland Living Museum when Suzie talks to author Greg Mosse, one of her fellow judges  – and why he has challenged contemporary listeners with a Saxon riddle.

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Information transcript

Four new mobile phone masts could go up in our area. Telephone company EE wants to erect a new mast on the Causeway in Petersfield and three in Liss.

The plan would improve coverage along the railway line, leading to better wifi on trains and it would provide faster data speeds for people who live close to the masts.

Each proposed mast is more than seventeen metres high and they’ll have to get approval from the South Downs National Park Authority which says they could have a significant impact on the national park.

The proposed locations of the new masts are: on the corner of Mint Road and Forest Road at Wyldes Farm and at the junction of Station Road and Riverside Close, all in Liss, and, in Petersfield, by Fairview Cottages at the Causeway layby.

You can comment on the applications on the planning portal of the South Downs National Park.

There has been another outbreak of petty car theft in Sheet. In the early hours of Tuesday, 4 August, a  man was seen breaking into cars on one of the housing developments, taking whatever items are left in cars overnight. This is the third time the residents have suffered, so nothing very valuable seems to have been taken.

Small firms can now access free one-to-one advice with an expert adviser through the Recovery Advice for Business scheme. Advisers can help businesses through the coronavirus pandemic and help with preparations for long-term recovery. Visit enterprisenation.com/freesupport.

Businesses employing fewer than 50 people that have not qualified for other coronavirus-related grants can apply to East Hampshire District Council now.

The criteria have again been extended to include properties with a rateable value of up to £100,000 and the rateable value limit has been removed for pubs.

Applications to the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund will close at midnight on Sunday 16 August. For full criteria and more information visit easthants.gov.uk/discretionary-grant-scheme.

East Hampshire Community Rail Partnership has reopened its Free Shop Petersfield. Visitors to the shop are welcome to help themselves to surplus food donated by local supermarkets. There are also generous donations from local allotments and keen gardeners who have spent lockdown perfecting their growing skills. 

Free Shop has all safety restrictions in place and visitors are asked to enter one at a time wearing a face mask. For the moment they will not be serving refreshments. You can find the Free Shop at the old parcel office at Petersfield Railway station.

Greg Mosse called in for coffee yesterday and we chatted about the writing competition we are judging at Weald & Downland Living Museum. If you are thinking of entering, check out the feature on the Petersfield Community Radio website in which we discuss what we are looking for. But here is his piece for the Ink festival, Say What you See.

To listen to Say What You See and the chat between Greg and Suzie, please click on above audio.

A reminder that Weald & Downland is open if you want to be inspired. There are also various open-air opportunities, as well as a celebration of the museum turning 50 this year. There’s an exclusive celebration planned – a 1970s-inspired picnic –  and tickets go on sale today. Full details on wealddown.co.uk.

TRAVEL

SSEN continues its work installing new cabling across Petersfield and it is still working on the Swan Steet/Charles Street cross roads. There are traffic control measures in place there which may cause delays. 

The same project is also causing road closures between Rogate Road and Elmers Marsh Lane, between Hill Brow and Fernhurst. 

If we’re not saying what you’re seeing, please let us know – you can reach us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or via email, at team@petersfieldradio.uk.

WEATHER 

Today is a repeat of yesterday, with a cloudy start giving way to sunshine by mid-afternoon. Temperatures will rise to a very pleasant 23 degrees and remaining dry in a south westerly air flow. Tomorrow is set to be the hottest day of the year, and we’ll have some advice about that in tomorrow’s Morning Report.