Who can I vote for on 6 May?

There are two elections taking place that affect us in our area.

Elections of councillors to serve on Hampshire County Council.

A number of candidates is standing in each of the areas listed below. These areas are called “wards”. One candidate will be elected to serve in each area.

Elections of a Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire.

A number of candidates is expected to stand for election to this role. One candidate will serve the whole of Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

County Council elections

Which ward am I in?

County Council election boundaries
County Council election boundaries. Source: Ordnance Survey mapping. Used under Open Government Licence terms.

Petersfield Hangers ward

Includes the Herne Farm and Tilmore areas of Petersfield, Sheet, Steep, Liss, Hawkley and Froxfield.

Five candidates have been nominated to stand, including representatives of the Liberal Democrat, Green, Labour and Conservative parties. There is one independent candidate.

Source: East Hampshire District Council

Petersfield Butser ward

Includes central, south and west Petersfield, the Bell Hill area, Buriton, Langrish, East Meon, Ramsdean, Chalton and Clanfield.

Four candidates are nominated to stand. They are from the Labour, Green, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties.

Source: East Hampshire District Council

Midhurst ward

This ward includes Milland, Rogate and South & East Harting within our area.

Four candidates are standing. They represent the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour parties. There is one independent candidates nominated.

Source: West Sussex County Council

Police and Crime Commissioner

The elections for a Police and Crime Commissioner take place every four years.

This video explains the process and what the Commissioner’s role is.

Representatives of the Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative party are standing, plus one independent. They are:

  • Donna Jones, Conservative
  • Richard Murphy, Liberal Democrats
  • Tony Bunday, Labour
  • Stephen James-Bailey, Hampshire Independents

How can I vote?

You must be registered to vote by Monday 19 April.

If you are an eligible elector and you are already on the Register of Electors you do not need to re-register for these elections.

If you are not registered, you can find information on how to register at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote The deadline for applying to register for voting in this election is Monday 19 April 2021.

If you are an EU citizens living here you may register for the local government elections. EU citizens currently retain their rights to vote despite Brexit.

Details of where your polling station is located will be found on your poll card which will be sent to your home address.

More information

East Hampshire electoral services team has produced a comprehensive page of information about the elections at https://www.easthants.gov.uk/may-2021-elections

If you live in West Sussex you can find information relevant to you here.

Does Sheet need 21 new homes?

As Shine Radio reported in today’s Morning Report, the new owner of Lords Farm is asking planners for pre-application advice on two alternative development schemes.

Michael Ellis has asked for reaction to a light industrial and housing plan, and an alternative proposal that would see 21 homes built on the Waterworks Road site.

Lords Farm is a Sheet landmark on the corner of Long Road and Waterworks Road. It sits opposite the Adhurst Estate allotments and Petersfield Community Garden and is close to Sheet Primary School.

Plans for mixed light industrial and housing on the site

The application asserts that converting the site to mixed-use light industrial and housing use would be “an appropriate use of a previously developed site that conserves and enhances the special qualities of the National Park.

Detail from the alternative affordable housing proposal

The proposed housing in the second scheme is described by the applicant as terraced houses and flats. He says they would count as affordable homes.

Any development between Sheet and Petersfield is sensitive. Previous suggestions of building work in the area have been met with stiff opposition from local residents. They treasure what they call “the Sheet gap” of unspoiled green space between the two settlements.

You can see more information about the application on the South Downs National Park website.

Do you live in the area?

Would these plans helpfully relieve pressure on local housing within a site that already contains a mix of buildings, or would it represent an unacceptable level of development in an area rich in unspoiled countryside?

Feel free to leave your comments below or call Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Tuesday 2 March

In today’s news

In today’s local news:

  • a motorcyclist from Petersfield is recovering from serious injuries after a crash on a residential road
  • Petersfield’s food bank gives a shout-out for supplies
  • a new Bicycle Buddies scheme aims to attract local riders back onto their bikes
  • and the Petersfield Twinning Association has captured its story in song

All those Petersfield stories with Lucy Davies and the team plus the local travel news and today’s weather with Hannah Martin. Jools Oughtibridge has the national and world headlines from Radio News Hub.

The programme is produced by volunteers.

You make it shine

Every morning we bring together the most interesting and useful local news for Petersfield and its villages with the latest national and world headlines, Petersfield’s weather forecast and the local travel news.

If you have news to share, either from your own observations or from an organisation you’re involved in you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Monday 1 March

In today’s news

  • Petersfield students are getting ready  for a return to school in a week’s time
  • Police in Petersfield have recovered camera equipment and want to return it to its owner.
  • Bell Hill will be closed for up to four days from Thursday.
  • and the winning numbers in this week’s East Hampshire Community Lottery are out.

All the details with Lucy Davies and the team, plus travel and Kate Fairweather at the weather desk.

The programme is produced by volunteers. You can share your stories by email to team@petersfieldradio.uk or call 01730 555 500.

You make it shine

Every morning we bring together the most interesting and useful local news for Petersfield and its villages with the latest national and world headlines, Petersfield’s weather forecast and the local travel news.

If you have news to share, either from your own observations or from an organisation you’re involved in you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Damian Hinds MP – update for Petersfield

A view from the East Hampshire MP’s office.

Damian Hinds shares his perspective on the vaccine rollout locally and looks ahead to the budget scheduled for Wednesday.

This series will recommence after the local council elections on 6 May.

About this series

Damian Hinds MP is required to represent the interests of our area and everybody within it. As such, Shine Radio has asked him to make his updates about constituency matters that affect us all and not to be party political messages.

We have also invited other locally-elected representatives to contribute messages.

As we approach the local council elections on 6 May we are applying restrictions to broadcasts by party political figures so this series will pause and recommence after the elections.

What do you think?

We welcome a wide range of expression at Shine Radio so if you have comments about Damian’s message please email team@petersfieldradio.uk or leave a message on this page.

David Podger of Petersfield Liberal Democrats encourages us all to vote

We’ve invited representatives of all major political groups locally to contribute messages for Shine Radio listeners.

Today we hear from David Podger of the Liberal Democrats.

David Podger of Petersfield Liberal Democrats

We will bring you messages from any other parties that agree to contribute and will share the full lists of candidates on our website when it is published by the Returning Officer’s office. 

Morning Report – Friday 26 February

In today’s news

  • there’s a green light for community covid testing in Petersfield
  • the Town Mayor has her say on Petersfield’s neighbourhood plan
  • District Council spending plans are being debated
  • and Petersfield’s Free Shop will be open both today and tomorrow

All those local stories plus today’s weather and travel with Laura Sheppard, Noni Needs, Harrison RB and Emily Watts at the weather desk.

The programme is produced by volunteers. You can share your stories by email to team@petersfieldradio.uk or call 01730 555 500.

You make it shine

Every morning we bring together the most interesting and useful local news for Petersfield and its villages with the latest national and world headlines, Petersfield’s weather forecast and the local travel news.

If you have news to share, either from your own observations or from an organisation you’re involved in you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Thursday 25 February

In today’s news

  • Lorries laden with chalk and soil will compete with walkers and cyclists on a popular leisure path after planners gave the green light to a quarry scheme near Petersfield
  • Petersfield’s Open Air Swimming Pool is getting ready to reopen 
  • A lively debate is taking place on proposals to change the traffic and parking restrictions in Petersfield Town Centre.
  • and standby for Census Day – it’s less than a month away.

The public consultation on the traffic and parking restrictions is here.

Noni Needs, Ian Crossman and Meg Allin have all those local stories plus today’s travel news and Emily Watts is at the weatherdesk. 

The programme is produced by volunteers. You can share your stories by email to team@petersfieldradio.uk or call 01730 555 500.

You make it shine

Every morning we bring together the most interesting and useful local news for Petersfield and its villages with the latest national and world headlines, Petersfield’s weather forecast and the local travel news.

If you have news to share, either from your own observations or from an organisation you’re involved in you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Wednesday 24 February

In today’s news

Today, the Petersfield innovation company that is manufacturing a vital part of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, the Open Air Swimming Pool announces a May re-opening, the controversial plan to provide a mobile phone signal in Buriton has hit a further bureaucratic hurdle and the PACT Foodbank gives a shout out for supplies. Can you help?

All with Lucy Davies and the team. Kate Fairweather has your Wednesday forecast.

The programme is produced by volunteers. You can share your stories by email to team@petersfieldradio.uk or call 01730 555 500.

You make it shine

Every morning we bring together the most interesting and useful local news for Petersfield and its villages with the latest national and world headlines, Petersfield’s weather forecast and the local travel news.

If you have news to share, either from your own observations or from an organisation you’re involved in you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Tuesday 23 February

In today’s news

Today, as the Government proposes a route out of lockdown, we look at the latest Covid19 case numbers for Petersfield and the villages. Petersfield has been named the best place to live in Hampshire. Bikers near Petersfield have been stopped and fined after police discovered they’d come all the way from London, and there’s a new push in our area to recruit graduates as social workers.

All those local stories with Lucy Davies, plus today’s Petersfield travel news and Hannah Martin is at the weather desk with today’s mild and partly sunny forecast.

You make it shine

Every morning we bring together the most interesting and useful local news for Petersfield and its villages with the latest national and world headlines, Petersfield’s weather forecast and the local travel news.

If you have news to share, either from your own observations or from an organisation you’re involved in you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield 01730 555 500.

New plans for Petersfield traffic restrictions

As we reported today on Shine Radio, a consultation has opened on proposals to alter the traffic and parking restrictions in Petersfield.

You can hear our story at 3 minutes and 40 seconds into this programme.

What’s happening?

Hampshire County Council has secured tax-payer’s money from central Government’s “Active Travel Fund” to invest in the traffic and parking measures that were introduced during last year’s first Coronavirus lockdown.

What does the council say?

The proposals aim to improve the temporary social distancing measures that were introduced over the
summer, with better quality materials that can be kept in place for an extended period and are more in keeping with Petersfield town centre.

These are likely to include better signing and large wooden planters in place of the existing red and white barriers.

Subject to feedback, the existing bus gate feature could be enhanced with improved signing and will continue to only allow access for buses and licensed taxis.

Additional cycle stands will also be introduced in and around the High Street area of the town centre.

How will it be laid out?

The council has produced this map. It shows the location of proposed cycle stands, a traffic enforcement camera, signs and what they call “a gateway feature” of some planters.

Proposed changes in Petersfield town centre

How can I take part in the consultation?

The survey is online here

The council asks that you read the full information pack first so your response is an informed one.

The consultation closes just before midnight on Sunday 21 March.

What happens next?

Hampshire County Council has set-out a four-step process which they plan to follow between now and the Summer.

Next steps

Your comments

If you have comments about this plan pop them in the comments section below. We will read out a selection of listener comments on Shine Radio in the days ahead.

More to listen to

Our environment correspondent put your questions about these restrictions and other local matters to Councillor Rob Mocatta in this full length interview.

Morning Report – Monday 22 February

In today’s news

Today in Petersfield, a grant scheme is extended to include self-employed taxi and private hire drivers, you can have your say on the future of the traffic and parking restrictions in Petersfield Town Centre, a Petersfield surgery is out of special measures after an inspection by regulators and the winning numbers in this week’s East Hampshire Community Lottery are out.

Lucy Davies has details of all those local stories, plus the latest travel report for Petersfield, Kate Fairweather looks ahead to today’s local forecast and we have a round-up of the national and world headlines too. 

You make it shine

Every morning we bring together the most interesting and useful local news for Petersfield and its villages with the latest national and world headlines, Petersfield’s weather forecast and the local travel news.

If you have news to share, either from your own observations or from an organisation you’re involved in you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Friday 19 February

In today’s news

In today’s Petersfield news:

  • a Local Covid tracing service is on its way
  • a Meon Valley food bank volunteer has received an award
  • funding for Petersfield road repairs is insufficient, warns the County council
  • and there’s a relaunch for a local charity

All those local stories with Laura Sheppard, plus travel, weather with Emily and national and world stories with Jools at Radio News Hub.

You make it shine

Every morning we bring together the most interesting and useful local news for Petersfield and its villages with the latest national and world headlines, Petersfield’s weather forecast and the local travel news.

If you have news to share, either from your own observations or from an organisation you’re involved in you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Thursday 18 February

In today’s news

Today in Petersfield…

  • Petersfield councillors meet today to consider a twelve million pound refurbishment plan for the festival hall.
  • There’s a new way to have your say on the future of the traffic and parking restrictions in Petersfield Town Centre.
  • Some people in Buriton say they’d rather live without a mobile phone signal than have a mast in a field. 
  • and if you’ve received an invitation for a Covid-19 vaccination, you won’t have to pay to park.

Noni Needs has all those local stories plus travel news, weather with Emily Watts and the latest national and world headlines.

How a revamped Festival Hall may look. Image: Petersfield Town Council / Foster Wilson Architects

You make it shine

Every morning we bring together the most interesting and useful local news for Petersfield and its villages with the latest national and world headlines, Petersfield’s weather forecast and the local travel news.

If you have news to share, either from your own observations or from an organisation you’re involved in you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Active travel – Beth Svarovska meets councillor Rob Mocatta

Shine Radio environment correspondent Beth Svarovska puts your questions to councillor Rob Mocatta on a range of topics involving travel, traffic and the environment in and around Petersfield.

Among other subjects, councillor Mocatta is challenged on the future of the temporary traffic and parking restrictions in Petersfield, the junctions where there have been accidents in recent years, speed management in our area, plans to develop the local cycling and walking infrastructure and how to manage future transport while minimising our contribution to climate change.

Councillor Rob Mocatta
Councillor Rob Mocatta

Morning Report – Shrove Tuesday, 16 February

In today’s news

Today, the village of Buriton could get a good mobile phone service for the first time, living in the South Downs National Park adds sixty five thousand pounds to the value of an average home, if you want to vote but are worried attending a polling station you can apply now for a postal vote, and if you fancy starting a career as a politician in Petersfield, there’s online training coming up for would-be election candidates. Also – was your bin missed out yesterday? We’ll tell you why and what to do about it.

All those local stories with Stephen Martin, Noni Needs, Kate Fairweather and Ian Crossman. Hannah Martin is at the weather desk and we have a roundup of the travel news for today.

You make it shine

Every morning we bring together the most interesting and useful local news for Petersfield and its villages with the latest national and world headlines, Petersfield’s weather forecast and the local travel news.

If you have news to share, either from your own observations or from an organisation you’re involved in you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield 01730 555 500.

Morning Report – Monday 15 February

In today’s news

A book club at the United Nations has recognised an author who was schooled in Petersfield, Petersfield Town Council’s Halls’ Committee makes a £12m recommendation for development of the Festival Hall, and the winning numbers in this week’s East Hampshire Community Lottery are out.

Those local stories, plus national and world news, Petersfield weather and the latest local travel news, all with Lucy Davies and the team.

You make it shine

Every morning we bring together the most interesting and useful local news for Petersfield and its villages with the latest national and world headlines, Petersfield’s weather forecast and the local travel news.

If you have news to share, either from your own observations or from an organisation you’re involved in you can email team@petersfieldradio.uk or call Petersfield 01730 555 500.