Shalden Parish Council
News and What's On
Fallen Tree 25th November 2019
The fallen tree blocking Southwood Road has now been cleared, thank you to the local who cleared it so quickly.
Shalden Parish Council update 13th November 2019
The following article will appear in the 'Villager' magazine's December edition.
We would like to welcome our new Parish Councillors Bernard Stewart and Peter Wilson, who were co-opted onto the Council at the recent Parish Council meeting. Contact details for our Parish Councillors can be found under the 'Councillors' section of our website.
Recent Criminal Activity in our Parish
The Parish Council would like to make residents aware that there have been three further recent outbuilding break in attempts (two with garden machinery stolen) reported in our Parish. One was on Avenue, one on Shalden Green Road and one on Southwood Road. Please be aware of this and make sure that if possible you secure your outbuildings. Please report any incidents to our local police on 101 or using the following website: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/
The Parish Council has been in touch with Alton Rural Police about this and one of our local Police Officers has passed on the following advice to share:
'I would advise that residents lock windows and doors when leaving their property and where possible avoid having an enclosed garden by keeping hedges low as burglars’ prefer spaces where they cannot be seen by onlookers. I would advise to have lighting in gardens too. Keep items like bicycles secure by using a lock even when they are in a locked shed. I would also advise marking tools/machinery and taking photographs of this and uploading this as well as other valuables to the immobilise website. There are websites like www.immobilise.com which give information around security and prevention advice'
The Parish Council have been in regular contact with EHDC regarding inappropriate HGV use of the Old Odiham Road. We have confirmation that new ‘Unsuitable for HGV’s’ signage will be added to the 6’6” restriction signs on the road. The possibility of removing this route from the TomTom HGV database is also being investigated. We have also been informed that after inspection of the state of the road surface, the Old Odiham Road has been passed onto Hampshire Highways ‘Operation Resilience’ team, to be considered as part of their 2020/21 program of road surface dressing. This is a method which restores the entire road surface and seals it in one process.
The Parish Council have, with the help of our County Councillor Mark Kemp-Gee been able to add the suggested kerbing of the hashed area at the Golden Pot crossroads on the B3349 directly outside the Kapadokya Restaurant to proposed plans by HCC / Hampshire Highways to increase safety at this site. These plans also include potentially adding a new Stop sign and associated road markings on the Lasham approach to the crossroads. These works would include reducing the approach to the crossroads itself to a single lane.
Parish Council Meetings
Parish Council meetings are all open to the public to attend and there is a time at the start of each meeting where the public may address the Council. Residents are also allowed to put forward topics for debate by the Council, by contacting either a Parish Councillor or the Clerk up to three days before the meeting. The next regular Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 27th November, 2019 at 8 pm in the Village Hall. The agenda for this meeting can be found under the 'Council Meetings' tab of this website. The Council website (www.shaldenpc.org) is a useful resource and contains all information about the running of the Parish Council. Useful information is posted in the news section, for example regarding break-ins in the area, so it is worth visiting from time to time. If you have a Parish event that you would like to advertise, please contact the Clerk.
EHDC Local Plan 2017-2036 3rd September 2019
EHDC have launched the next consultation phase for their Local Plan, which will focus on large development sites. Two out of ten of these proposed sites will be close to Alton at Chawton Park (1200 dwellings) and Neatham Down (600 dwellings). Two of the sites will be chosen to be included in the final Local Plan. Please have a look at the link below for more information. There will be two drop in sessions at the Alton Assembly Rooms; 3rd September 4 - 7pm and Saturday 14th September, 10 am-2 pm should you wish to ask any questions.
The Consultation runs for six weeks and residents have the chance to give EHDC information about sites that might affect their suitability for development and to say what infrastructure is needed in that area. Your response to the consultation can be submitted via the online portal, which can be accessed from the link below.
Shalden Parish Council News 14th March 2019
Annual Parish Meeting Agenda
The agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting has now been added to the 'Annual Parish Meeting' section under the 'Council Meetings' tab. The minutes from last years meeting are also available here. Shalden Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Wednesday 27th March starting at 8 pm, in the village hall. The meeting is a good opportunity to hear about what's happening both in local government but also from local groups. All Shalden residents are welcome to attend and participate in a question and answer session.
Shalden Village Litter Pick: Saturday 23rd March
If you have some time to spare on the 23rd please could you help with the litter pick, equipment will be provided and it will last between one and two hours. Please bring your own gloves! The litter pick will be centred around the Village Hall and will aim to cover Southwood Road, Stancombe Lane, Shalden Lane down to the A339 and Shalden Green Lane up to the Avenue. Please meet at 10:00 in the Village Hall car park.
Dog Control Around Livestock 4th January 2019
The parish council have had recent reports of dogs chasing livestock in fields within our parish and we would like to remind residents that this is not acceptable and of their responsibilities when walking dogs on a footpath. Please be aware that it is a criminal offence if a person’s dog worries livestock on agricultural land. Worrying is defined as attacking or chasing so that injury, suffering, abortion or loss of value is reasonably likely to occur. Please find a section of the 'Countryside Code' below which outlines your responsibilities, there is also a link to this useful guide below.
When you take your dog into the outdoors, always ensure it does not disturb wildlife, farm animals, horses or other people by keeping it under effective control. This means that you; keep your dog on a lead, or keep it in sight at all times, be aware of what it’s doing and be confident it will return to you promptly on command and ensure it does not stray off the path or area where you have a right of access.
It’s always good practice (and a legal requirement on ‘Open Access’ land) to keep your dog on a lead around farm animals and horses, for your own safety and for the welfare of the animals. Be aware that a farmer may shoot a dog which is attacking or chasing farm animals without being liable to compensate the dog’s owner. However, if cattle or horses chase you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog off the lead – don’t risk getting hurt by trying to protect it. Your dog will be much safer if you let it run away from a farm animal in these circumstances and so will you.