Planning appeal hearing – Land west of Old Odiham Road

appeal hearingThe planning hearing for the proposed development at land west of Old Odiham Road has been scheduled for Thursday, 10th September at Alton Assembly Rooms.

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East Hampshire Disability Multi-sports Club

East Hampshire Disability Multi-sports Club re-starts for new term  on Wednesday,  16 September at Treloar School, Alton.


Worried about falling?

FallingOlder people worried about falling can get the confidence to stand on their own two feet with a special interactive event to be held in Alton.

The event, on 3 September at Alton Sports Centre, will provide information and advice on how to prevent falls and improve strength, balance and confidence.

Falls are a serious and growing problem affecting one in three adults over the age of 65 and costing the NHS approximately £2 billion per year. Hip fractures are the most serious injury following a fall and affect 60,000 fallers per year.

East Hampshire District Council along with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and Hampshire County Council are working together with various other partners to provide the free event. During the session visitors can also sign up for an attempt to break the world record for a seated exercise class.

Adi Phillips, falls prevention coordinator for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Physical activity is essential in older age to help reduce frailty, prevent falls and increase mobility and independence. Active people are more likely to have better mood, be less anxious, have better memory, sleep better and have more social contacts. That is why it’s so important that we continue to stay active as we age and these events and our World Record Attempt will hopefully inspire more people to keep fit as they get older.”

Evidence shows that specific exercise programmes to improve strength and balance can reduce the risk of falls by up to 55 per cent and also reduce the severity of injury following a fall.

Experts will be on hand to provide you with valuable information on:
• Steady and Strong Exercise Classes (taster sessions)
• Exercises to do safely at home
• How to get up safely from the floor if you have fallen
• Fitness MOTs – test your balance and strength
• Medical and Fitness professionals available to give advice
• Information stands and more
As part of the event people will also be able to register to take part in a Guinness World Record Attempt. Taking place on 1 October in Andover, Hampshire people will attempt the world record for a seated exercise class, giving them the chance to be a record breaker without leaving their chair! Transport to Andover for the attempt will be organised for anyone wanting to take part.

There will also be other information available from organisations such as the Community Independence Team, National Osteoporosis Society, Parkinson’s UK, NHS Falls Prevention Team, Hampshire County Council Adult Services, Being Independent in Later Life, plus more.

The event takes place on Thursday 3 September at Alton Sports Centre, Chawton Park Road, Alton GU34 1ST, between 2-4pm.

For further information contact: Louise Christie, Sport and Physical Activity Officer, EHDC telephone: 01730 234067, email

Greenfields Avenue to be resurfaced

FullSizeRender (3)I am pleased to advise that I have had confirmation from Hampshire County Council that Greenfields Avenue will be resurfaced in May 2015.

I warmly welcome this news. Residents approached me two years ago with concerns about the poor condition of the road. I have been campaigning since concerns were raised with me for the County Council to improve the road surface. The uneven surface throughout the length of the road made it increasingly difficult for road users to drive on. It is hoped that new traffic calming measures and parking restrictions will be implemented around the same time.

I would like to thank the local residents in advance for their patience while this work is completed.

Cllr Robert Saunders stands for re-election

Cllr Robert Saunders has represented the Amery ward (Greenfields Estate) on Alton Town Council and East Hampshire District Council since May 2011. He is standing for re-election on Thursday, 7th May 2015.

To download a copy of the election manifesto click here.


EHDC to take ‘zero tolerance’ approach to littering and dog fouling

Litter louts and irresponsible dog owners are set to be hit with £75 on the spot fines under a new ‘zero tolerance’ campaign being launched by East Hampshire District Council.

The council’s Cabinet agreed on Wednesday (March 25) to set up a six month pilot scheme initially in urban areas and to extend it if it proves successcig1ful. Initially a contractor is being sought to provide two full-time officers to patrol streets and parks. The officers would have the powers to issue fixed penalty notices to people who commit offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

The notices will require offenders to pay £75 as an alternative to a criminal prosecution.

A similar policy, introduced in neighbouring Havant has seen 4,275 notices being issued, making the scheme cost-neutral and supporting investment in community resources such as bins and promotional campaigns.

EHDC deputy leader Cllr Richard Millard said: ‘People who deliberately or even unthinkingly drop litter or allow their dogs to foul pavements and public open spaces are a blight on all our lives.

This policy is aimed at stopping this public nuisance. The zero tolerance policy means what it says – that there will be no excuses even for cigarette ends and chewing gum.’


Have your say on Alton’s draft Neighbourhood Plan

A Full Council meeting at the Assembly Rooms on the 11th February 2015 saw Alton Town Councillors endorse Alton’s draft Neighbourhood Development Plan for formal consultation.

The draft plan is the result of more than 12 months of work involving discussions with members of the community, businesses and other stakeholders. This has been carried out by volunteers from the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group who have held public meetings and conducted surveys. Local information and statistics have also been collated to help develop plan policies.

The purpose of producing the Neighbourhood plan is to give local people a say on development and infrastructure in the town.  A site map is included in the plan showing where planned development in Alton could take place. There are six main policy sections which cover areas such as housing, transport, and education.  The consultation process welcomes comments on these policy areas. Feedback received will influence the final content of the plan.

The Town Mayor, Cllr Graham Hill, says “The Alton Neighbourhood Development Plan has been developed under the auspices of Alton Town Council and started back in December 2013. The Town Council wanted all the people of Alton to have a say in many aspects of the town’s future but most importantly it wanted local people to have their say on where new housing should go rather than leaving this decision entirely to East Hampshire District Council as the planning authority. Alton is a great market town with a unique heritage and a dynamic future. Investment and change in the years ahead will only be worthwhile if they make a positive difference to the lives of local people and the future of the community”.  Read the rest of this entry »

Views being sought on the future management of Flood Meadows

As Alton Town Council looks to review its management plan for Flood Meadows, residents’ views are being sought in the form of a public consultation as to “how Flood Meadow should be managed to meet the future needs of Altonians whilst still preserving its integrity as a mix of recreat2floodmeadowsional space, consisting of semi natural woodland, grassland and riverside nature”.

The Town Council with the assistance of the Alton Society Environmental Working Party, currently maintains and preserves the natural aspects of the grass areas, woodland and the disused water cress beds.   Flood Meadows has been recognised for its conservation work by South & South East in Bloom, gaining Gold Awards in the open space category and the Town Council is extremely proud of the fact that this area is enjoyed by a wide range of users from walkers (many with dogs), ramblers, joggers to schools undertaking orienteering lessons at the site.

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Disability Multi Sports Club to be re-launched

People with learning, physical, mental health or sensory difficulties will have another opportunity to get active when East Hants Disability Multi Sports club is re-launched on Wednesday (21 January).

The club will run from 6.45pm-8pm on Wednesdays during term-time at Treloar School, Holybourne, Alton.

The club offers lots of sports and activities to have a go at each week including basketball, rugby, cricket, boccia, new age kurling and lots more.

Activities are led by a team of professional coaches who have a wealth of experience in coaching different sports activities.

The Disability Multi Sports club has been set up in partnership by East Hampshire District Council, Treloar School, East Hants Disability Forum and Sport Hampshire & IOW.

Councillor Nick Drew, East Hampshire District Councillor responsible for communities said: “Sport can be a great way to improve co-ordination and balance, as well as providing opportunities to meet new people. This club is an example of what can be achieved by working with our partners in the community. With the support of local volunteers, we will provide a valuable service that can benefit many people with disabilities over the coming years.”

The club is also looking for volunteers to help to ensure its long-term sustainability for the future.

If you would like to participate, get involved as a volunteer or are interested in coaching a session please contact Kirsty Cope, Sports & Physical Activity Officer on 01730 234015 or email

Education to be studied at next Alton Community Forum

Competition for school places in Alton and the surrounding area will be up for discussion at the next Community Forum held in the village.

There are concerns over the capacity and allocation of schools in the area, particularly in the light of new developments and a rising local population putting pressure on school places.

The Forum, run by East Hampshire District Council, will be joined by Martin Shefferd, School Organisation Officer at Hampshire County Council, and Pam Simpson, District Manager, Education and Inclusion, who will explain the position and answer questions.

They will give a short presentation and describe how new developers could help contribute to funding and improving education in the area.

Cllr Glynis Watts, chairman of the Community Forum, said: “There is a lot of pressure for new homes to be built in the Alton area at the moment and we must make sure we have the infrastructure to accommodate the new families who move in.

“I am delighted that Martin and Pam will be able to join us at the meeting and bring detail and expertise to the discussion. I would encourage anyone who is interested in school places and education in the area to come along and join the debate.”

The Forum will also feature EHDC’s budget plans for 2015/2016, including a recommendation to freeze Council Tax again.

The Forum is to be held on Tuesday 27 January at 6.30pm, at the Alton Maltings Centre, Maltings Close, Alton, GU34 1DT.


Cllr Robert Saunders

3 Borovere Lane
GU34 1PB

01420 82669

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