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Today, opposition to the proposed new Aldi store on Frenchmans Road, local house prices receive a boost from being in a national park and the latest fundraiser from Petersfield Lions.
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Petersfield’s local news
People living close to the proposed new Aldi store in Petersfield are worried it could increase the amount of traffic congestion outside their homes.
Residents of Norieul Road, Princes Road and Rushes Road say their streets are already rat-runs when the railway barriers come down.
Tony Cannon has started a petition:
In a statement, an Aldi spokesperson told Shine Radio that its planning application includes a detailed transport assessment and that they have taken great care to ensure the impact of our proposals is minimised.
We’ve put links to the planning application and Tony’s petition at petersfieldradio.uk
The average Petersfield house price is seventy four thousand pounds higher because we live in a national park.
That’s the finding of a new report. Noni Needs has more:
The Nationwide has calculated that living in a national park boosts house prices by twenty per cent.
They also believe that areas within five kilometres of a national park boundary receive a house price premium of six percent.
That means that even people who live in Bordon and Clanfield will have seen their houses gain value because of the South Downs National Park, despite not living in it.
According to the Nationwide, the South Downs is the second most expensive national park in which to live, after the New Forest.
They say the average house price in the South Downs National Park is now three hundred and sixty eight thousand pounds.
Their report states that access to great countryside, a range of outdoor activities on the doorstep and limited new housing help to explain why prices tend to be relatively high.
More information here:
The Petersfield Lions group has launched its latest fundraising campaign.
Jo Huxley from the Lions explains how it works.
Local business owners are being reminded of the two Coronavirus grant support options available to them.
The Local Restrictions Support Grant is for businesses that have been required to close by law and pay rates bills on the building they use.
…but if you’re not eligible for that, the Additional Restrictions Grant may help. It’s aimed at businesses with ongoing fixed costs related to their property.
East Hampshire District Council says it has set-aside half a million pounds of the money it has received from central Government to support businesses affected in between the fifth of November and today.
And they report that they’ve already issued 433 grants with a total value of more than six hundred and eighty seven thousand pounds.
Applications close on the sixteenth of December but don’t delay because funding will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
If you see three exhausted teenagers on bicycles this weekend it might be a team of fundraisers from Chichester.
Noah Kirby, Alfie Bassett-Jull and Nathan Carter are all 14 years old. They plan to ride to and from Petersfield from Chichester on Saturday to raise money for two charities.
The trio told the Chichester Observer newspaper that they’ve been in training a couple of times a week and last weekend cycled between fifteen and twenty miles.
They’re raising money for the Movember charity which helps people who face mental health conditions, and Dementia charities.
The young cyclists set a fundraising target of two hundred pounds but have already raised more than one thousand pounds.
Now they want to smash their cycling target and make it to Petersfield this weekend. Do look out for them.
Delays at the top of Ramshill continue as a three-way traffic light system is in place at the junction with Barentin Way.
The bus stop outside Churcher’s College is closed because of the road works. Buses are stopping instead by Madeline Road.
And the puffin crossing by the Esso Garage is suspended while those roadworks continue. Be careful if you cross there to get to school at Churcher’s.
Look out for restrictions on Hawkley Road in Liss. That’s for council work and planned telecoms work.
West Sussex County Council is conducting roadworks in Rogate, on Rogate Road with temporary traffic lights there.
And later this week in South Harting there’s resurfacing work planned on Elsted Road.
And around the area there are minor works planned on in Petersfield, in Dragon Street, Bedford Road and Moggs Mead, Also on Drft Road in Clanfield, on the High Street in East Meon and in Tilmore on Tilmore Gardens.