BOUNDARY COMMISSION FOR ENGLAND
FINAL REVIEW AND CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY
In 2018 the Boundary Commission for England (BCE) conducted a review of all
Parliamentary Constituencies and the resulting proposal would have moved
Otterbourne, Compton & Shawford, and Hursley into a new Test Valley
Otterbourne Parish Council submitted objection to the proposal as it felt more
aligned with concerns our Winchester MP might represent us for: such as the
impact of the M3, Southampton Airport, housing development and loss of
services at the RHCH, rather than Test Valley matters.
Subsequently, the 2018 Review did not receive parliamentary approval and
Otterbourne, Compton & Shawford and Hursley were recommended to remain
within the Winchester Constituency. Otterbourne Parish Council wrote to
support this in 2021, however the electorate numbers still needed to be sorted out
before it could go forward.
The new map proposed by the Commission will make sure that each constituency
MP has the required numbers of between 69,724 and 77,062 electors.
The Parish Council voted at its meeting on 15 November 2022 to support the
2023 proposal to remain within the Winchester Constituency and it will again
write to the BCE to confirm this.
It would also be useful for the BCE to receive feedback direct if you are happy
(or otherwise) with their revised proposal, available to view and comment upon
via an interactive map on https://www.bcereviews.org.uk
The deadline is 5 December 2022.
This notice is on the Otterbourne Parish Council website
https://www.otterbourneparishcouncil.org for easy access to the link.
Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan Partial Update - Draft Plan Consultation 8 November 2022 to 31 January 2023
Hampshire County Council and its partner Authorities, Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, New Forest National Park Authority and South Downs National Park Authority – are working to produce a partial update to the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan up until 2040.
The partial update to the Plan will build upon the currently adopted Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan (2013), with an updated evidence base on how much minerals the area needs and how much waste it produces, now and up to 2040. Strategic sites are proposed to help meet the need for mineral and waste infrastructure, as well as updated policies on how and where this infrastructure should be delivered. The vision and the policies have also been updated in line with changes to national and local policy, in particular the increased importance of addressing climate change.
The Hampshire Authorities will be inviting comments from consultees and communities on the Draft Plan. The Draft Plan Consultation will begin on 8 November 2022 and will run for 12 weeks, until 31 January 2023.
Please visit our website for further information where you can view the consultation documents and supporting evidence and respond to the consultation with any comments you may wish to make:
This includes details of all consultation events that have been organised near proposed sites which you may wish to attend. Local events will start from 10 November, so please check details to ensure you are able to attend your chosen event.
Comments can be submitted via our website https://www.hants.gov.uk/minerals-waste-update, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Minerals and Waste Planning Policy, EII Court West, 1st Floor, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UD.
Should you have any queries or require any documents in an alternative format, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Minerals and Waste Planning Policy team via 01962 846746 or email@example.com.
HCC Minerals and Waste Policy Team
Minerals and Waste Planning Policy
Economy Transport and Environment
Hampshire County Council
EII Court West, 1st Floor, The Castle
Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UD
We’re really pleased to be able to share our draft Water Resources Management Plan (WRMP) with our customers and stakeholders. This outlines the actions we need to take to secure a resilient water future for the South East.
We face big challenges. The population we serve is growing and the impacts of climate change means less water is available in the environment.
The biggest challenge we face is that to protect and improve the environment, we need reduce how much water we take from it.
We’ve already started this work but we need to go much further. We need to leave much more in the environment – meaning we need to secure the same amount through new sources and supporting our customers to use less water.
We’re committed to halving leakage by 2050 and could go further by reducing it by over 60%. We’re also committed to supporting customers significantly reduce how much water they use – but could set ourselves a more stretching target.
Despite using water more efficiently, we will need to invest in a significant amount of new infrastructure. This includes:
· Building a new reservoir and making better use of existing storage
· Investing in new sources like water recycling and desalination
· Building new pipelines to move water around our supply areas and to transfer it from other regions
We’ll also investigate how we can work with nature – using catchment-based solutions to improve the resilience of our sources and biodiversity.
For the first time, our plan has been informed by a collaborative regional plan – considering the needs of people, businesses and the environment across our whole region.
It’s also our first adaptive plan – with different pathways we can follow at different decision points depending on the level of population growth, climate change impacts and how much more water we need to leave in the environment.
It’s really important we hear from our customers and stakeholders, which is why we’re consulting on our plan until February next year. You can read our full plan and supporting information, and find out how to have your say at Water Resources Management Plan (southernwater.co.uk)
During the consultation, we’re taking part in three webinars to share more details of our draft plan:
· Water Resources South East draft regional plan webinar – 22nd November – 13:30 to 15:00 – register here
· SES Water, South East Water and Southern Water draft WRMP webinar – 29th November – 14:30 – 16:00 – register here
· Portsmouth Water and Southern Water draft WRMP webinar – 7th December – 13:30 – 15:00 – register here
For more about our plans to secure a resilient water future, visit Water Resources Management Plan (southernwater.co.uk)
I’ve launched a survey to gather your views on whether I should increase the level of council tax which you pay in support of policing, to ensure continued investment in Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary.
I know this is a very difficult time financially for the country, and potentially for you as an individual, and I am conscious that any rise in your council tax to support policing will come at the same time as other costs are also increasing.
However, it is also a difficult time for funding your police force; police are not immune to the cost of living crisis and therefore the 2023/24 budget is being set against the backdrop of a challenging economic environment with general inflation, pay costs, utilities and fuel costs all rising.
For example, the cost increase for police officer pay is over 5%, and general inflation is running at 10%; our forecast increase in government grant is only 1.1%, so this creates a funding shortfall for next year.
One option available to me to reduce the funding shortfall is to increase the police council tax.
The maximum I am allowed to increase the council tax by on a Band D property for 2023/24 is £10 per annum (a 4.2% increase, significantly below inflation), which is an increase of 83p per month. If I increase by the maximum, for residents in property Bands A-C the increase would equate to less than 83p a month, and for properties in Bands E-H it would be more than 83p per month.
The survey proposes a range of options up to the £10 maximum per year which is 83p per month.
If you are not sure which council tax band your property is in, you can check at www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands
If I don’t increase the council tax for 2023/24, I will need to work with the Constabulary to implement savings, with an inevitable impact on the overall service level which can be provided. I see first-hand day in day out the vital work which the Constabulary undertakes to keep the residents of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight safe, and I would not wish to see this compromised.
However, I know that any increase in the amount you pay must be considered carefully. I also hear very loudly that you want to see more officers in your communities. That’s why it’s so important that you complete this short survey and have your say on continued investment.
With yours and the government’s support, I am on track to have recruited 600 more police officers in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight by March 2023, hitting a 25% increase in police officers responding to emergencies and patrolling the beat.
Through this, I am making your police force even more local, visible and accessible. More police means more deployments, more crimes solved, and safer streets.
By completing this survey, you will really help us set the budget and the council tax precepts for policing for the next financial year. I want to hear your feedback so I can represent your views on where you want your money to go.
I have opened this survey for five weeks to hear from as many people as possible.
The survey will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 4 December 2022.
Thank you for your ongoing support and feedback.
Click this link to take the survey.
Police and Crime Commissioner Donna Jones
COST OF LIVING
Hampshire County Council update October 2022
Please note, this information is accurate at the time of writing.
The information below sets out the position the Local Authority is taking in respect of supporting Hampshire residents
during the ‘cost of living’ crisis. It is designed to provide you with a range of guidance in one helpful overview, so you
can signpost individuals, as well as community organisations, to the available advice and support which may help
during the growing pressure on household budgets.
The priority for the County Council is to ensure local residents are making the most of the wide range of
information and support services already available – and to make it easy for them to find the advice they need.
A working group, led by County Council officers, is ensuring co-ordination with district and borough councils, as
well as local community and voluntary networks. This is helping to avoid any unnecessary duplication of effort.
Keep Warm Keep Well (KWKW)
In early October, the Local Authority launched the Keep Warm Keep Well web pages:
These pages bring together a variety of help and information, such as advice for
keeping homes warm and coping with debt, details about meals on wheels and school
meals, as well as advice for maintaining physical and mental wellbeing during
challenging times. Below is an overview of the web page content with signposting
Our library network offers warm and welcoming spaces for anyone needing a place to
spend some time, connect with others, or to work or study. Libraries provide a safe and
inclusive community space, free to use without judgement. Libraries are promoting
usual events and activities and are working with communities, volunteers and partners
to meet potential demand. Throughout October libraries are hosting a cost-of-living
event in each district of Hampshire bringing together a range of partners to support
customers in need. Further details are being communicated locally by individual
Libraries are also providing some targeted support with the distribution of Warm Bags
and Food Vouchers through the Household Support Fund and will be introducing Chat
About sessions across their network in November.
A press release was recently issued with further information about warm and welcome
Food and essentials
Families struggling with the cost of essentials - such as food and fuel - are encouraged
to visit the connect4communities website. This is where they will find details about the
support on offer. Families are also invited to check their eligibility for free school meals.
Fuel and energy
Keeping homes warm is essential because it helps protect health and wellbeing.
Residents can get advice for keeping homes at optimum temperatures from the County
Council commissioned Hitting the Cold Spots helpline. Anyone struggling to pay bills is
urged to speak with their supplier first and, if they still need support, to contact their
local Citizens Advice. Further details about the help that is available can be found on
the Government's website.
Money and debt
At this time, more Hampshire residents are likely to be experiencing debt and money
worries. Those who are struggling to cope can find a wealth of advice and guidance
from Connect to Support Hampshire as well as Citizens Advice. Some people might
also be eligible for a Council Tax reduction. For anyone receiving treatment following a
mental health crisis who is also in debt, the ‘Breathing Space’ scheme can offer a
reprieve from financial burdens.
Staying well and resilient
There are several tools available to help residents look after themselves during difficult
times. The NHS has some top tips for keeping well over winter, and both Connect to
Support Hampshire and our Mental Wellbeing Hampshire website, link to sources of
support, specialist help and money advice. People eligible for their COVID-19 autumn
booster and flu jab are being encouraged to take these up as soon as they are invited.
Grants for community organisations
Hampshire County Council offers a range of grants to community organisations working
with local residents to support their physical and mental wellbeing. These grants may
provide assistance in supporting those organisations working with people who are most
at risk from the impact of the current crisis.
In particular, the Leader’s Community Grant Fund now contains provision for
community organisations, Parish and Town Councils to apply for small grants of
up to £5,000 to support communities, for example by setting up a Warm Space.
Further information is available on the dedicated web pages.