A Market Town Manager has been appointed to work one day a week with the following objectives:
Increase footfall into the shops and services in town
Improve communication among disparate community groups
Develop greater cohesion of community group activities
Increase residents’ use of town businesses
Fill in gaps in the existing events calendar and encourage residents’ participation
The Council has funded this part time post and we look to her to provide the catalyst to bring new events and initiatives to the Town. Whilst she is nominally responsible to the Tourism Committee we do not intend to either approve or veto any community event or activity. She will be making contact with key community groups to seek their engagement and to bring greater co-ordination and promotion to current and new events. She will also be looking to introduce one or two new events, with the support of Community Groups, throughout the year.
Following a question at the recent Town Meeting regarding the condition of Nursery Road the matter has been raised with the County Council who has agreed to add it to the Operation Resilience programme for re-surfacing. We will continue to press them for a date for the work to be undertaken.
RESULTS FROM THE ALRESFORD ROAD TRAFFIC OPERATION
The police carried out a road traffic operation on the 17th November in Alresford with the following results:-Between 10.10 and 12.00, 4 vehicles were stopped outside the Police/Fire Station for not wearing their seatbelts whilst driving.
Several other drivers were spotted either not wearing their seatbelt or using their mobile phone whilst driving which the police were unable to stop.
Between 15.10 and 16.00, 4 vehicles were stopped on Jacklyns Lane for speeding offences. The average speed was 39mph.
All drivers were reported for the offences and will be dealt with by the Central Ticket Office who will decide whether they receive Driver Awareness courses or fines and points, this wili he dependent upon their driving history.
20 mph Zones
Following the introduction of 20 mph zones in central Winchester, a number of residents have raised the question of 20 mph zones in New Alresford. Yes, we can support requests to the highways authority but ask residents who think their road should be made a 20 mph area (or suggest an area in the town) to email or write to the Town Council to let them know their views. NATC will then make these views known to see if and how we can introduce any changes to speed limits.
If you require a hanging basket and have not yet placed your order please do so immediately. The baskets will be hung the week commencing 11 May and orders received after that date will not be able to be fulfilled.
A decision was taken to extend the hanging basket up-the-pole displays to Station Road. We need sponsors for the up-the-pole baskets and anyone wishing to contribute should contact the office.
The lights installed in The Soke and Broad Street are not those that were agreed between the Town Council and County Council. We have raised this matter with HCC and have requested that the lights be replaced with those that were agreed in January 2014. This lamp projects all the light downwards and not upwards and outwards.
Traffic at The Soke
Despite numerous approaches to Hampshire County Council (HCC) over the last 12 months they appear to have done nothing to address the traffic problems at The Soke. The Traffic Management Report promised for February, when the traffic light proposal was rejected, has still not appeared and despite re-assurances there is little evidence to suggest it will be forthcoming in the immediate future. Some suggestions have been made by the Town Council in an attempt to mitigate the nuisance to residents and damage to property, in the short term, which is almost entirely created by the volume of heavy goods vehicles going to and from Alresford Salads at The Nythe on the Bighton Road.
In the short term we are asking for a response to the suggestions below with regard to dates, viability and the likely success:
The installationof a bollard outside No 2 The Soke to protect that building and the Bridge.
Hi-Vis signage to be installed on the bridge that will maximise visibility.
Height/width/length detectors to be installed to prevent large vehicles co-occupying the restricted part of the highway.
The immediate production of the Traffic Management Report now seven months overdue.
In addition hopefully with the support of our District Councillors, Winchester City Council will be requested to investigate and take action on all alleged breaches of planning consent regarding hours of deliveries, volume of traffic, and business classification. They will also be asked why Alresford Salads pays agricultural rather than commercial rates for what is in reality an import/export business.
Finally we will request the Environment Agency to check and give us assurance that the river and Alresford Pond are not being polluted by Alresford Salads business.
Winchester City Council Strategic Planning Team has completed its assessment of the issues raised by the numerous comments on the draft Local Plan. WCC have now received the report from their appointed transport consultants assessing the relative transport impacts of the Local Plan strategy and the APG’s ‘alternative plan’ for potential development sites in Alresford. As a consequence of this report, and further studies and analysis, WCC officers have concluded that the ‘alternative plan’ is less suitable or deliverable than the draft Local Plan strategy. They therefore will be recommending to the Cabinet (Local Plan) Committee on 6th October (see details here) that WCC continue with their original strategy for the main development to be on Sun Lane.
There are a number of steps still to take place and there will be an opportunity at the next consultation stage for residents to comment on whether the plan is ‘sound’. This will be a 6 week consultation during November and December when residents may submit their comments either in writing or via the internet. Comments will be received by WCC and collated for submission to the independent Inspector who will be appointed to examine the soundness of the Plan. WCC are not required to respond to comments they receive.
We spoke with a local mortgage advisor from getmemymortgage.co.uk who told us’ the plans for the local area are great and needed with the rising population, picking the site is the first step into more affordable homes for the younger generations in the area.
The Inspector will examine the Plan, taking account of the representations received, so as to determine whether it is ‘sound’. During the examination there will be a public hearing stage, when the Inspector will invite selected participants to be heard when discussing the soundness of the proposals for Alresford.
The current published timeframe is as follows :
WCC Local Plan Committee meetings :
16/9/15 All other matters.
6/10/15 To cover : (1) Alresford (2) Winchester (3) Development Management
21/10/15 WCC Full Council
6/11/15 Pre-submission Plan published and consultation on soundness
March 2016 LPP2 Submitted to Secretary of State (Inspector) for examination
June/July 2016 Public hearings as part of examination
October 2016 Inspector’s Report
November 2016 Adoption by WCC
Should there be any amendment to timeframes, NATC will post updates in the following places : NATC website/The Forum/Facebook
New Alresford Local Plan update v2.
Winchester City Council Strategic Planning Team is assessing the issues raised by the numerous comments on the draft Local Plan. As part of this work, they have appointed transport consultants to assess the relative transport impacts of the Local Plan strategy and the APG’s ‘alternative plan’ for potential development sites in Alresford. The consultant’s reports, which WCC expect to receive by the end of July 2015, will review access requirements and also estimate the cost of works required. WCC intend to meet with NATC towards the end of July to discuss the findings and the next stages of the Local Plan.
There are a number of steps still to take place and there will be an opportunity at the next consultation stage for residents to comment on whether the plan is ‘sound’. This will be a 6 week consultation during November/December when residents may submit their comments either in writing or via the internet.
During the public examination and hearing stage, the Inspector will select who should be heard in terms of discussing the soundness of the proposals for Alresford..