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Lucy Davies and Kate Fairweather bring you today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

We include the latest details of support grants available to local businesses affected by the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

All that, plus Petersfield’s local weather and travel information.

You make it shine

You can help to update the information we share via email to team@petersfieldradio.uk or by calling Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Information transcript

Local news

East Hampshire District Council has confirmed more details about the local restrictions support grants available to local businesses.

The next round of Local Restrictions Support Grant is now live – this is a mandatory grant to help businesses that have been forced to close due to the Government lockdown in England. 

Grants will not be automatically paid and companies that were eligible in April may be eligible again. A single grant will be paid to cover the four-week period of the national restrictions (5 November to 2 December 2020) to each eligible business.

Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive more than one grant. For more information on eligibility and payment rates and to apply.  https://www.easthants.gov.uk/local-restrictions-support-grant

Petersfield Age Concern is continuing to offer support services for residents in the local area.

 If you’re 50 or older and need some help with a computer, smartphone or tablet Age Concern Petersfield has a new IT coaching service.

The coaching takes place over the phone and can help with setting-up messaging apps and services like WhatsApp, Zoom and email. You can also get help with secure online shopping and searching for information if you don’t know how to do that on the internet.

Age Concern is keen to ensure people can connect with each other at a time when so many are isolated and wants to expand its telephone befriending service. The “Check in and Chat” service during the 1st lockdown which will continue to run throughout the duration of this Lockdown. The charity hopes to be able to formalise the service and make it available in the future.

If you work with a group that already provides a similar service or you’d like to help Age Concern then please give Sheridan Rocher a call on 07852 172 998.

People across Petersfield are being encouraged to stay local and shop local.

East Hampshire District Council has used money from central government and the European Union Regional Development Fund to encourage people to shop locally and do so safely.

Now, a collection of independent local businesses has joined forces with Shine Radio to highlight the importance of using locally-owned stores and services.

Local MP Damien Hinds has described small businesses as the lifeblood of our local economy and a big part of employment for local people. He says he wants town centres to remain at the heart of local life.

You’ll be able to identify the shops which have joined the campaign. They’ll have a Shine Radio stay local, shop local sign in their windows and you can also hear our team talking about them every day on Shine Radio.

It’s less than six weeks to Christmas and your festive taxis could be more expensive this year.

Councillors meet on Thursday to decide whether taxi fares on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve should go up by 50%.

Some taxi firms in East Hampshire argue that an increase in fares on those two nights would encourage more taxi drivers to work those shifts.

But other operators have told East Hampshire District Council that the prospect of higher fares could put revellers off going out altogether.

An increase of 50 per cent on the two evenings would bring East Hampshire’s taxi prices in line with those in Havant but it would mean that getting out to any festivities would cost us more.

A local infant school is encouraging recycling as a means of fundraising.

Petersfield Infant School staff has been sharing the word on Facebook about the schools’ fundraising drive which also encourages recycling by asking the public to collect a range of items including used batteries, packaging from fabric conditioners, packaging from dishwasher and laundry capsules, used pens, used spectacles and old stamps.

All items can be left at the school’s front door on St Peter’s Road and funds raised from the collections will be used to benefit the school and its students – apart from the old stamps and spectacles which are donated to Canine Partners and Petersfield Lions ‘Sight for Life’ Initiative, respectively.

Travel news

The High Street is open again – Hallelujah – after the emergency sewer work over the last couple of weeks. It should mean a return to normal bus stops for services picking-up in central Petersfield.

On Station Road in Petersfield there’s water works going on which has blocked the pavement near the junction with Tilmore Road. Be careful along there because pedestrians have to step into the road to pass.

There are temporary traffic lights on Mill Road in Liss for water works there and the pavement will be closed for a time.

Virgin Media are working at the junction of Kingsfernsden (Kings-FERNS-d’n) Lane and Rams Hill in Petersfield, just where the traffic is already being controlled by temporary signals for the electrical project work.

and South East Water will be working on Winchester Road in Langrish to renew a “washout pit”. That’s by Langrish Lodge.