Chineham - Local Matters
A33 Binfields Crossing
The new Toucan crossing has now been operational for a while and appears to be working well in providing a safer crossing for local people either on foot or by cycle to the local facilities including the shops and school.
There have been no complaints or issues raised by residents/local businesses etc about extra queues or delays since the crossing has been operational.
Notably, some Parish Councillors were concerned that traffic would cause queues across and around the roundabout (north bound) and would not allow traffic out of Reading Rd.) To date there hasn't been any evidence of this, however is continuing to be monitored.
Thornhill Way Crossing Design work has commenced on this scheme to provide a zebra crossing across Thornhill Way near the village hall. Once the scheme has been finalised consultation will take place and the crossing will be formally advertised. This is currently programmed for summer 2015. Reading Road Traffic Calming Scheme The result of the recent consultation with local residents on the proposed traffic calming scheme to reduce vehicle speed and improve safety for pedestrians on Reading Road to replace the existing scheme showed that it was not supported.
..... The outcome of this consultation was conveyed to local residents by letter.
I have agreed with Hampshire County Council officers to hold a meeting for those who participated in the public consultation to discuss their views on what alternative measures they would support to achieve lower vehicle speeds on the road and better safety for pedestrians and cyclists crossing the road. The meeting has been delayed due to the recent general election period. Residents will be invited and informed by post of the meeting date and venue shortly. Hanmore Road - access to Four lanes School I have recently met with the Heads of the Four Lanes Junior and Infant Schools together with the highways department to listen to their concerns over vehicular access and parking problems near the school. The highways departmentwill now investigate further possible changes to the access to overcome the problems identified.
County Council Members' Grant Scheme
The County Council again allocated £8,000 to each Councillor to distribute to community organisations. I was very pleased to help many organisations with this grant scheme locally including Old Basing and Lychpit Parish council.
Hampshire County Council has frozen its part of the Council Tax again this year, so residents are still paying the lowest for County Council services like social care, highways and libraries than anywhere else in the south east - and at the same rate for the sixth consecutive year. In fact Hampshire's Council Tax is the second lowest of any in England.
The County Council has managed to freeze Council Tax despite Hampshire's grant from the Government being reduced by £29 million. The County Council has been able to do this because it started early with its savings programme, achieving £140 million since 2008, and is on course to secure around a further £100 million by 2015/16.
The County precept makes up approximately 80% of the Council Tax Bill so it is very important that it is controlled carefully.
Investing in the future
At the same time Hampshire County Council we will be investing £876 million in Hampshire's infrastructure to support growth - taking forward one of the Council's biggest ever capital programmes, in areas such as school places, transport infrastructure and superfast broadband.
The County Council will be maximising the recent £3.1 million grant from Government to develop a digital strategy, using technology to support the demand for better access to information and services online, built around people's needs to ensure Hampshire's public services are both convenient and accessible for the people who use them.
We will be using our reserves to invest in new facilities that will enable us to deliver better services at lower cost and generate income, like the transformation of our country parks to make them self-financing, or the development of holiday facilities for families to hire at our Outdoor Activity Centres.
Elaine Still County and Borough Councillor