A Petersfield performance space has reopened for the first time since lockdown.
The Studio at TPS held a test event on Friday night.
An audience of just sixteen members of the public watched a film screening of the movie Hamilton to test out new safety procedures.
Manager Sean Ridley told Shine Radio that his venue has made many changes:
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And you can hear more from Sean Ridley, including why he chose Hamilton as the first show, at petersfieldradio.uk
Meon Valley villagers are taking legal action over the granting of planning permission for a new wetland habitat in the South Downs National Park.
People in the Warnford and West Meon area are angry about the proposal for Whitewool Farm, at East Meon.
The farm has conditional permission for major engineering work to create the habitat as a way of capturing nitrates. Developers elsewhere will be able buy credits in those nitrates to offset the impact of their scheme.
Permission is subject to a legal agreement and further ecological survey work which has yet to be received by the national park. Villagers insist they were unaware of the scheme – after only immediate neighbours were informed – and are concerned the new habitat could impact the River Meon.
The annual Taro Fair will now take place on the Heath a week later than originally planned, on the weekend of the tenth and eleventh of October.
That’s according to Petersfield Town Council which issued a statement yesterday morning.
Fair organiser John Searle is currently in Alton, ahead of a delayed funfair there and says everything should be set for Petersfield, pending a further meeting with Hampshire County Council this Thursday.
All local funfairs are going ahead with changes to comply with the new Covid-19 government guidelines.
In Alton, the Town Council has agreed to the Fair remaining there this week in the hope they may be able to recoup some losses.
And we should be speaking to John Searle in tomorrow’s programme.
The Watercress Line is to host a ‘world-first’ event to bring some much-needed festive cheer into the lives of East Hampshire residents just in time for Christmas.
Tickets have gone on sale for the ‘world’s first’ LED steam locomotive show, taking place on the popular heritage railway.
The one-of-a-kind show will see trains illuminated as passengers are taken on a special festive journey between Alton and Alresford.
The event will run on various dates between 14 November 14 and 3 January and is being billed as the “perfect Christmas experience for all the family”.
Created in partnership with specialist lighting firm, Purple Lighting, 13,174 controllable colour mixing LED lights and LED wristbands will create an illuminated experience on and inside the steam train. Starting at either Alresford or Alton the train ride takes in a round trip of the line.
Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to an accident in Petersfield that left a local man dead.
Reginald Kemp from Lydnum Close in Petersfield lost his life when his Nissan Micra collided with a pick-up truck 12 days ago.
His family have been paying tribute to the eighty-six year old great-grandfather whom they describe as a loving husband and a caring father of two daughters.
He also had seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and was known as John.
The crash involving Mr Kemp’s car and a Ford Ranger happened on the old A3 London Road at Adhurst Farm, close to its junction with the A272.
If you witnessed the collision or may have any dashcam footage that could help the Police, then Hampshire Constabulary would be pleased to hear from you.
Just call 101 and quote this incident number 442 003 609 24.
Electrical installation work is currently paused on Station Road in Petersfield, meaning a break from the temporary lights and backed-up traffic.
However, South East Water plans some work there this week with its own set of traffic lights, and there’s water work on Rams Hill at its junction with Kings-ferns-den Lane which caused delays yesterday as Churcher’s College students were leaving.
Hampshire County Council is resurfacing Old Winchester Hill near West Meon this week so look out for restrictions and expect loose chippings there.
And in Petersfield, if you live on Noreuil Road or Queens Road then the council is doing some kerb work there.
The work on Winchester Road in Petersfield continues at its junction with Princes Road – that’s for the new junction and crossing.
..and of course social distancing remains across Petersfield, with traffic restrictions and suspended parking.
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Good morning – Friday is here and it’s all the fun of the fair with James Birdseye and Harrison RB on today’s Morning Report as the Taro Fair is confirmed to be back in town this year.
We also hear of a Covid case in a local school, controversy over people in our area being asked to go to the Isle of Wight for Coronavirus testing, plus Petersfield’s weather, sport and roadworks news for this weekend.
The Petersfield Post has revealed that town-centre business owners rigidly adhering to costly Covid-19 safety guidelines are angry that some firms appear more relaxed in their approach.
Subsequently, there is frustration that no-one seems to be policing the restrictions. One irate owner said he believed East Hampshire District Council environmental officers were all working from home and “not carrying out spot checks”. In an email to the council, he said:
From Saturday, August 15, it was mandatory for all staff to wear visors and masks and we have invested heavily in such equipment to comply with the guidelines as we could have received a fine or been closed if we didn’t. But a lot of local businesses are making no attempt to comply with the law. I would very much like to know the name of the person ensuring the safety of the staff and clients who visit these premises.
The writer received a computer-generated response from the council. And there’s more on that story in this week’s – and next week’s – Petersfield Post.
If you visit the Taro Centre from today, you will be asked to participate in the NHS Test and Trace, following the latest Government legislation.
This is now a legal requirement for leisure centres, meaning members and visitors – or at least one person from a group of up to six people – will be asked to provide their name and contact details via the NHS COVID-19 mobile phone app.
You will need to scan the NHS QR code posters located at the entrance and within key areas of the building using the app, which can be downloaded from these links:
Upon scanning, you will be asked to provide your name and contact details so you can be notified if you have been exposed to the virus.
Centre manager Dave West believes it will benefit users, who should find it simple to follow
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Petersfield residents concerned about the future of the town centre, and pollution by cars, are appealing for people to join their campaign to pedestrianise the High Street, reports the Petersfield Post.
Debate about the issue has rumbled on for many years. Previously, shopkeepers have been adamant that removing cars from the street would mean less passing trade for them.
But campaigners insist there are enough car parks serving the town centre, and that current parking on the High Street is only for a limited time – and not enough for the town to benefit from ‘stop-and-buy’ visitors. A spokesman for the group added that they feel pedestrianisation would make it safer for all users.
The group also says Hampshire County Council missed a trick by re-arranging the new coronavirus parking restrictions aimed at making the town centre a safer place for visitors.
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Residents of the Petersphere are being urged to continue coming forward for testing if they have one or more of the three main symptoms of coronavirus, the county council has said.
The update comes as many residents continue to struggle to book in for tests locally.
Cllr Keith Mans, the leader of Hampshire County Council, said that although some Hampshire residents are experiencing delays in securing a test, it remains imperative that anyone with symptoms should come forward to get tested, in order to help stop the spread of the virus.
Full completion of the online booking form is required, and a QR code must be shown at the testing centres upon arrival.
The historic and popular Watercress Line, just north-west of the Petersphere, will survive the coronavirus crisis thanks to a hefty grant.
Hampshire’s heritage railway has been awarded £250,000 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, which aims to help organisations affected by Covid-19.
The figure is the maximum available under the scheme, and will be used to protect the historic buildings and rolling stock of the railway.
The National Lottery grant, which relates to costs incurred over August to November, covers salary for bringing more members of staff back from furlough, provision of additional office space and other facilities to allow social distancing.
It also covers the purchase of coal and other consumables, emergency repairs to buildings and coaches, plus investment in the website.
There’s no let-up to the hold-ups on Station Road. The temporary traffic lights in place near the Sandringham Road junction are expected to stay there until late October. There may be delays at peak times so please allow some extra time or find another route.
Traffic lights also remain in operation on Heath Road, but the work on fire hydrants should be completed today.
Hampshire County Council continues its works on the Winchester Road/Princes Road junction, and that has been causing queues back onto the roundabout at busy times.
And, to cap it off, the A3 slip roads at Sheet will be closed overnight from 8pm tonight until 6am on Saturday, for carriageway repairs.
A reduced train service will run on Saturday through Petersfield. It’s to allow trains that go between London Waterloo and Weymouth, to also run on our local line.
And social distancing measures remain in place across the town, with cycles and buses only between the Square and Chapel Street with lots of closed parking bays.
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This week, presenters Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey visit the multi-faceted Meon Springs, in East Meon. Its website states it offers ‘fly fishing, glamping, self-storage, and corporate hospitality and team-building in the stunning Meon Valley’. To that you can now add podcast recording … the team thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
‘Clacey’ spoke with the farm’s Als and Jamie Butler, and there’s music from Portsmouth-based Tash Hills, and a Wilde Walk from Suzie Wilde. The Petersfield Post‘s chief reporter, Jon Walker, dropped by and even joined in with an interview.
The P pod was recorded on Monday, 21 September, at Meon Springs, Whitewool Farm, and was ‘self-produced’ by Joff and Claire …as they’re only too keen to point out.
It was edited by Dave Bowers – who clearly had his work cut out.
Hampshire police officers were involved in a multi-force police operation to tackle county lines drug activity which saw more than 200 people arrested.
Officers from Hampshire and nine other forces were involved in the three-day campaign, called Operation Pandilla, using automatic number-plate recognition to target vehicles on arterial routes and motorways.
It resulted in 230 arrests for offences including attempted murder, possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs, possession of offensive weapons, possession of firearms, assault and possession of criminal property.
Meanwhile 22 knives and other weapons were recovered, 54 vehicles were seized and 62 illegal items including drugs were confiscated.
Men and women in Petersfield are being encouraged to consider a career as a firefighter.
The Hampshire Fire and Rescue service is recruiting for permanent firefighters in our area.
Successful candidates will receive specialist training to deal with a wide variety of incidents from road traffic collisions, fires and floods to chemical spills, rescue from heights and animal rescue.
You can apply to join the service as a trainee or a competent firefighter if you already have experience.
The service says that keeping people safe in their homes is a priority right now. This means you’ll visit the most at-risk residents, attend schools and community events and inspect high-risk properties to reduce the chance of fires happening in the first place.
If you’d like to pursue this opportunity, you can find out more at the link we’ll post on petersfieldradio.uk
A Petersfield environment group wants to know your thoughts on climate change.
The Petersfield Climate Action Network is conducting an online survey to discover what people in our town think about climate change and the environmental measures we can take to help combat it.
There are sixteen questions in the survey including points about the new Covid-19 restrictions in Petersfield Town Centre and whether they should become permanent.
The survey organisers also want to know what you have done so far to help. They suggest reducing household energy, driving and flying less, using an electric vehicle and buying from local businesses can all contribute.
If you’d like to take part we’ll put the link at petersfieldradio.uk
East Hampshire District Council is reviewing its Constitution to make it more comprehensive, accessible and robust.
The council’s Constitution is a key document which supports the council’s operations and ensures efficient governance. The work has also included a revised Code of Conduct, which is clearer and more helpful to councillors.
The Code of Conduct will be shared with town and parish councils who can comment on it and adopt it as they require. The final version of the constitution, to include the new Code of Conduct and new protocols for officers and councillors, will be finished in November.
EHDC leader Cllr Richard Millard believes the new Constitution will be more comprehensive, flexible, easier for residents and councillors to understand and will provide the council with a clear set of guiding principles.
On Winchester Road in Petersfield there are temporary traffic lights at its junction with Princes Road.
Watch out there if you’re coming off the roundabout because the traffic can back-up right onto the roundabout when the light is red going into town.
On Station Road the electrical works continue and there are temporary lights controlling traffic from Sandringham Road and Winton Road.
Social distancing measures remain in place across the town, with suspended parking on the High Street and in The Square, and it’s still cycles and buses only between the Square and Chapel Street.
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Suzie Wilde and James Birdseye round-off the week with essential local information, James Robbins has your weekend sports preview and Kate Fairweather updates a glorious weather forecast.
Today, school meals prices will go up but new mobile phone masts won’t. Plus, as Bedales School lets students enjoy a lie-in, we discuss the teenage brain. And Suzie says that dog theft appears to be on the rise.
I’m Laura Sheppard at Petersfield’s Shine Radio The Petersfield Post is reporting that the Town Council is to consider taking the town visitor centre in-house, moving it from the library to the Town Hall, in the Festival Hall car park.
As part of the new set up, the council would commit to funding and running the centre for at least five years. The centre currently costs the council £46,000 a year to run.
Under the new plans, the centre and staff would move to the Town Hall and be directly run by the council, who would employ the staff. Refurbished offices would be made available on the ground floor of the hall, and these could include a ‘retail’ outlet selling Petersfield-branded goods, maps and other town related items.
And you can read more on that story in this week’s Petersfield Post.
An East Hampshire farmer fears for his and his neighbours’ livelihoods after a case of bovine tuberculosis was reportedly linked to a herd of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust cattle near Selborne, says the Petersfield Post.
David Ashcroft, who is also a district councillor representing Binsted, Bentley and Selborne, said farms within a 3 kilometre radius of the affected herd at Noar Hill have been notified of the need to test their animals by the Animal and Plant Health Agency. Although the vet fees will be met by the government, Cllr Ashcroft said he and neighbouring farms will have to bring in extra labour for the required two rounds of testing, in his case costing an estimated £2,400 in wages.
He added he is restricted from moving his livestock before the first round of testing, further impacting his business. And he also expressed concern that the second round of testing is set to clash with his calving season next spring, posing a risk to his young calves.
East Hampshire District Council is binning its delivery of paper calendars showing refuse collection dates.
The council has declared a climate emergency and, as a small step towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the council will not be sending paper bin calendars this year.
The council estimates that this will save around 325kg of carbon each year by reducing paper usage and fuel used for distribution. Instead, the information will be available online.
The bin calendars from 1 October will continue in the pattern they currently follow, with collections only changing around bank holidays and Christmas.
To find out more, visit easthants.gov.uk/bin-calendars The South Downs National Park Authority believes a controversial new ‘nitrate capture’ scheme, at an East Meon farm, will enhance local biodiversity.
Villagers in the Meon Valley have criticised the scheme at Whitewool Farm, which would create a wetland habitat to soak up nitrates, with credits sold to developers to mitigate the impact of their developments.
The proposal includes a stream and springs which form a headwater of the River Meon, that enters the Solent, at Titchfield. Conservation bodies are growing increasingly concerned about nitrates entering the Solent, and villagers have been considering seeking a judicial review to challenge the decision of the national park planning committee. In a statement the national park said:
“Planning permission has not yet been granted. The outcome of the Planning Committee meeting was a resolution to grant planning permission, subject to the completion of a legal agreement to secure the use of the site as a wetland for the purpose of removing nitrates from the watercourse and its long term management, and the completion of further ecological survey work. Subject to these being satisfactory, planning permission would be issued and include planning conditions requiring a landscape and ecological management plan for the scheme.”
Opposition Liberal Democrats on East Hampshire District Council fear government re-organisation of local authorities – aimed at creating fewer, but bigger, councils, serving larger areas – could see an East Hampshire and Havant partnership swallowed up.
The Lib Dem leader on the Tory majority council, Cllr Steve Hunt, believes the ‘Shaping our Future’ programme could pave the way for East Hampshire and Havant to be absorbed into a Greater Portsmouth authority that would meet objectives outlined this summer by the government.
If that came to pass, Cllr Hunt said, decision-making would be even more remote and all the ‘transformation’ costs would be wasted.
The big one today is the closure of the A272 Winchester Rd at Stroud, between Old Dairy Farm Nursery and the A3 sliproad. Diversions are in place, but unless your vehicle is a quad-bike, it’s going to add some time to your trip, so allow extra.
The temporary traffic lightsremain in place near the Station Road/Sandringham Road junction andmay cause some queuing at peak times.
Delays can be expected on the Causeway, close to the Kennet Road mini roundabout, owing to two-way traffic control … South East Water can lay claim to that one.
And the possibility of delays remain on School Lane, in Sheet, while two-way traffic control operates to assist Network Rail infrastructure upgrades.
West Sussex County Council makes an incursion into the Petersphere today with tree works on the B2146, Ditcham Lane to Hurst Mill Lane, between Nursted and Hurst. Two-way signals are in operation there too …
There must be a dearth of temporary traffic lights elsewhere in the country given how many we currently have operating in the Petersphere.
As is the new norm, social distancing measures remain in place across the town, with cycles and buses only between the Square and Chapel Street and lots of closed parking bays.
Looking ahead to the weekend on the trains, on Sunday, a replacement bus service will run between Woking and Guildford on the London Waterloo line.
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A Petersfield charity branch has received more than four thousand pounds from a local auction.
Auctioneers John Nicholson raised the money in a competitive bidding event held at the weekend for the Petersfield branch of Save the Children.
Bidding was completed on one hundred and twenty five lots to raise the sum.Since 2012 the auction has helped our local Save the Children branch to generate more than twenty five thousand pounds in total.
The Rule of Six – how is it going for you?
Asian Hornets – beware and report them
Noni’s art exhibition in Chi – there’s still time to pop down to see it.
There are still temporary traffic lights in place near the Station Road/Sandringham Road junction. Although not expected to cause major delays, these may cause some queuing at peak times.
Delays are expected however on the Causeway owing to two way traffic control while SE Water installs a meter lid.
Delays are also possible on School Lane, Sheet while two way traffic control remains in place because of Network Rail infrastructure upgrades. And social distancing measures remain in place across the town, with cycles and buses only between the Square and Chapel Street and lots of closed parking bays.
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This week, presenters Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey visit Stroud as the guests of Tori Thompson-Bland and her 16-year-old daughter, Imogen, who recently won the Petplan Equine Prelim Under-21 Festival championship, in dressage.
They also welcome Shine Radio presenter Kate Fairweather, local musician Oliver Tides and the George Clooney of the Petersfield Post, Jon Walker, who continues his ongoing bromance with Joff.
The show was recorded on Monday, 14 September and was produced by Lucy Davies – it was her first time … didn’t she do well!
Top stand-up comic Alistair Barrie joins Dave Bowers and James Robbins for September’s Sports Chat show.
Dave and James are both Pompey supporters; Alistair is a Saints fan – what could possibly go wrong …? The guys discuss football – naturally – tennis, cricket, the NFL and racing. Plus, there’s quite a bit of talk about comedy too …