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Today we discuss mast obedience, town pedestrianisation and what happened when Michael and his Collabro colleagues went into the recording studio this week.
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The Petersfield Post has revealed that town-centre business owners rigidly adhering to costly Covid-19 safety guidelines are angry that some firms appear more relaxed in their approach.
Subsequently, there is frustration that no-one seems to be policing the restrictions. One irate owner said he believed East Hampshire District Council environmental officers were all working from home and “not carrying out spot checks”.
In an email to the council, he said:
From Saturday, August 15, it was mandatory for all staff to wear visors and masks and we have invested heavily in such equipment to comply with the guidelines as we could have received a fine or been closed if we didn’t. But a lot of local businesses are making no attempt to comply with the law. I would very much like to know the name of the person ensuring the safety of the staff and clients who visit these premises.
The writer received a computer-generated response from the council. And there’s more on that story in this week’s – and next week’s – Petersfield Post.
If you visit the Taro Centre from today, you will be asked to participate in the NHS Test and Trace, following the latest Government legislation.
This is now a legal requirement for leisure centres, meaning members and visitors – or at least one person from a group of up to six people – will be asked to provide their name and contact details via the NHS COVID-19 mobile phone app.
You will need to scan the NHS QR code posters located at the entrance and within key areas of the building using the app, which can be downloaded from these links:
Android operating system (Google Play store)
iOS operating system (Apple App store)
Upon scanning, you will be asked to provide your name and contact details so you can be notified if you have been exposed to the virus.
Centre manager Dave West believes it will benefit users, who should find it simple to follow
IN: “I think it’s good for …”
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Petersfield residents concerned about the future of the town centre, and pollution by cars, are appealing for people to join their campaign to pedestrianise the High Street, reports the Petersfield Post.
Debate about the issue has rumbled on for many years. Previously, shopkeepers have been adamant that removing cars from the street would mean less passing trade for them.
But campaigners insist there are enough car parks serving the town centre, and that current parking on the High Street is only for a limited time – and not enough for the town to benefit from ‘stop-and-buy’ visitors. A spokesman for the group added that they feel pedestrianisation would make it safer for all users.
The group also says Hampshire County Council missed a trick by re-arranging the new coronavirus parking restrictions aimed at making the town centre a safer place for visitors.
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Residents of the Petersphere are being urged to continue coming forward for testing if they have one or more of the three main symptoms of coronavirus, the county council has said.
The update comes as many residents continue to struggle to book in for tests locally.
Cllr Keith Mans, the leader of Hampshire County Council, said that although some Hampshire residents are experiencing delays in securing a test, it remains imperative that anyone with symptoms should come forward to get tested, in order to help stop the spread of the virus.
Full completion of the online booking form is required, and a QR code must be shown at the testing centres upon arrival.
The historic and popular Watercress Line, just north-west of the Petersphere, will survive the coronavirus crisis thanks to a hefty grant.
Hampshire’s heritage railway has been awarded £250,000 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, which aims to help organisations affected by Covid-19.
The figure is the maximum available under the scheme, and will be used to protect the historic buildings and rolling stock of the railway.
The National Lottery grant, which relates to costs incurred over August to November, covers salary for bringing more members of staff back from furlough, provision of additional office space and other facilities to allow social distancing.
It also covers the purchase of coal and other consumables, emergency repairs to buildings and coaches, plus investment in the website.
There’s no let-up to the hold-ups on Station Road. The temporary traffic lights in place near the Sandringham Road junction are expected to stay there until late October. There may be delays at peak times so please allow some extra time or find another route.
Traffic lights also remain in operation on Heath Road, but the work on fire hydrants should be completed today.
Hampshire County Council continues its works on the Winchester Road/Princes Road junction, and that has been causing queues back onto the roundabout at busy times.
And, to cap it off, the A3 slip roads at Sheet will be closed overnight from 8pm tonight until 6am on Saturday, for carriageway repairs.
A reduced train service will run on Saturday through Petersfield. It’s to allow trains that go between London Waterloo and Weymouth, to also run on our local line.
And social distancing measures remain in place across the town, with cycles and buses only between the Square and Chapel Street with lots of closed parking bays.
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