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Good morning from the team.

Suzie Wilde and Dave Bowers present essential local information from Petersfield and its villages.

Today, the PACT Christmas Lunch is called off, a local pub changes hands and we update the latest on our Crowdfunder appeal to help isolated and lonely people hear live church services.

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Meanwhile… please help us reach our Crowdfunder total – only a few days to go and we must receive pledges of £1,800 or we get nothing. That’s how Crowdfunder works and it’s giving us sleepless nights!…

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Information transcript

Local news

The Petersfield Post reports that East Hampshire District Council says the rental property it has invested in, with £114m of borrowed money, is performing as well as can be expected – even though rental income is falling.

Council property investment portfolio holder Councillor Tony Costigan believes the investment portfolio is performing well against other similar portfolios, particularly when set against the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

He reported that rent collection for the first two quarters of the year were at 93.5 per cent and 90.4 per cent, and he expects to see a similar result in the third quarter as the economic slow-down caused by the pandemic continues to have an effect.

And there’s more on that story in this week’s Petersfield Post.

The annual Petersfield Area Churches Together Christmas Day lunch is the latest victim of coronavirus.

Lunch co-ordinator Brian Edwards, from the Salvation Army, cited the limitations imposed by the Covid regulations as the cause of the event’s cancellation.

The lunch traditionally provides companionship on Christmas Day for people who live alone, and is a popular and well-attended event, but Edwards insisted the health and safety of guests and volunteers was the organisers’ first priority.
Last year more than 50 people enjoyed the volunteer-cooked lunch in Petersfield Community Centre.

South Downs National Park has made good progress in the last year – but “much more” still needs to be done.

That is the message from Trevor Beattie, chief executive of the park’s authority.

He has reflected on the work that has been done since the Glover Review was published by central Government last year and he believes it was on the right track in most of its key areas – including engaging with young people and under-represented communities, improving accessibility and tackling the biodiversity emergency.

However, he feels much more remains to be done to address the long-term challenges facing protected landscapes.

He says the authority is working hard to turn the tide on biodiversity loss and is spearheading a number of innovative schemes, including Bee Lines, to create a new network of wildflower corridors, and Trees for the Downs, which plans to plant more than 8,500 trees this season.

A 19th century Petersfield pub has been acquired by new owners.

The Trooper Inn is located at the highest point in Hampshire, with views of the South Downs National Park.

The original building has a modern extension comprising eight rooms, as well as a restaurant and staff accommodation.

The name of the new owner has still to be released.

If you’re looking forward to seeing Petersfield’s Christmas lights, you’re going to need to be patient, after the installation date was put back.

They are now scheduled to be installed on 12th November.

Travel news

Hampshire County Council continues to work at the Causeway/Cranford Road junction and the pedestrian junction is still awaiting installation at the Winchester Road and Princes Road junction.

And the work on the Avenue is likely to take a few more days to complete, so do take care along there.

Meanwhile, in Liss, Andlers Ash Road continues to be restricted because of the new development going up there. And South East Water is working in Mill Road, so you can expect delays there.

SSEN continues to work on London road on the hill out of Sheet and Hampshire County Council is carrying out repairs in Garston Close, East Meon.

And, you won’t be surprised to hear, traffic restrictions and closed parking bays remain a fixture in The Square and along the High Street, in Petersfield. 

If we’re not saying what you’re seeing around town, let us know: call us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or email team@petersfieldradio.uk

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