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After a night of Doorstep Carols, Noni Needs and James Birdseye are here with your Morning Report of essential Petersfield news and information.

FitzRoy carol concert

The FitzRoy virtual carol concert mentioned by James and Noni will be streamed on YouTube here at 7pm tonight.

Doorstep Carols

Thanks to you if you got in touch to say how much you enjoyed Doorstep Carols last night.

Penny Callaghan sent us this video of neighbours singing along with Shine Radio

It was such a success we’ve decided to do it again on Christmas Eve.

More doorstep on Christmas Eve

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

Petersfield’s local news

Proposed new housing system scrapped over threat of concreting over the greenbelt 

Controversial proposals for planning reforms have been reversed by the government after new housing targets sparked backlash over fears that it could put greenbelt areas at risk of being concreted over.

Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire, addressed the situation with the following statement:

“I have argued that the proposed new system for housing numbers was not the best way to do it and would not be right for East Hampshire, and I am pleased that ministers have re-thought the approach. We do still need more housing, and in particular housing that is affordable for people growing up here and starting a family, but it is better to work out that need on the established basis.   

“I have also been making the point that the system needs to consider specifically issues around National Parks and I will continue to make these points”

Damian Hinds’s office has said he will issue a longer press release in the coming days.

Petersfield Lions thanks people for support during this difficult year.

A local Petersfield charity has issued a thank you to the people of the town for their generous support through this difficult year.

Despite the challenge 2020 posed, Petersfield Lions managed to organise a number of initiatives, including a winter fuel campaign and raising money for both PACT Foodbank and Homestart Butser

Here’s Petersfield Lions member Jo Huxley with more: 

LIONS THANK YOU CLIP

Deadline to apply for an additional restrictions grant extended to Sunday

In order to give as many eligible businesses as possible a chance to apply for additional restrictions grants (ARG), East Hampshire District Council has extended the deadline for applications to midnight on Sunday (20 December).

These grants are for businesses that were affected by the national coronavirus restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020 but do not qualify for the local restrictions support grant (LRSG).

For more information on support available for businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, visit: www.easthants.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support

FitzRoy charity to bring festive cheer with virtual carol concert

Local Petersfield charity, FitzRoy, which helps to transform the lives of people with learning disabilities, is holding a virtual Christmas carol concert tonight at 7pm on their YouTube channel.

Announcing the concert, FitzRoy said:

“We wanted to do something that would bring everyone in FitzRoy together, celebrate our strengths and give our staff, people we support, their friends and families something fun and festive to look forward to.”

Three local schools around Petersfield, Bedales, PTS and Churchers, all kindly interrupted their schedules to record songs and carols and St Peters Church choir will perform a socially distanced version of ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’.

Petersfield Town Council urges heath joggers to be more considerate

Taking to social media, Petersfield Town Council has asked joggers on the millennium footpath around the heath to be more considerate and observe social distancing guidelines after reports of individuals getting too close to passersby.

The statement on Facebook said that the council will monitor the situation going forward to ensure that the heath can remain a safe place for everyone to use.

To keep up to date on coronavirus guidelines, you can go to Petersfield Town Council’s social media pages or visit www.petersfield-tc.gov.uk

Travel news

Around Petersfield, there are a number of traffic issues to be aware of.

Between 9pm and 6am from 16th December to 19th December, there are planned roadworks on the A272, so, if you are on the roads during that time, avoid the junctions between the A272 and A3 or prepare for delays.

If you’re travelling north through Bordon, there are temporary traffic signals in place on the A325 as part of the long-term construction taking place on Louisburg Avenue near Oakhanger Road.

Heading towards Alton? Be aware that there are traffic control measures in place due to ongoing construction work on Chawton Park Road near the skatepark

Shine Radio today

Market day today, but if you’re not visiting it, do stay with us at Petersfield’s Shine Radio if you can – lots of great listening all day and there’s a wonderful new edition of the P pod out today.

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