Archive for September, 2016

Speak your mind on waste collection and environmental services

A new survey is giving residents have the chance to have their say on East Hampshire District Council’s bin collections and other environmental services.

The council is keen to get views on its waste and recycling collections as well as street cleaning, ground maintenance and public toilets.

The survey can be completed online on EHDC’s website at

EHDC Deputy Leader Cllr Richard Millard, Portfolio Holder for Contracts, said: “We would like to hear our residents’ opinions on a number of services provided by contractors on behalf of the council.

“We are looking at how these services can be provided in the future so understanding how our residents feel about these services at the moment is very important to us.”

The survey is also being sent out to around 3,500 randomly selected residents.

The survey will run until Friday 28 October.

Council demands clarity on Farnborough Airport plans

East Hampshire District Council is demanding more information about plans to alter the airspace around TAG Farnborough Airport.

Councillors expressed their deep concerns about the noise and environmental impact of proposals that would lead to more planes flying lower over parts of East Hampshire.

During a debate at Full Council, on Thursday 22 September, councillors said they needed more information from TAG, the company that runs Farnborough airport, detailing noise levels and pollution.

Such is their concern EHDC Leader, Cllr Ferris Cowper, and East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds, have asked to meet with the Civil Aviation Authority to discuss the plans.

Cllr Cowper said: “The proposals represent an unacceptable intrusion into the right for a peaceful existence.”

The new air routes would funnel traffic to and from Farnborough Airport over parts of the district, with Liss, Liphook and Grayshott most at risk from increased noise levels.

The plans would also threaten the future of Lasham Gliding Society, the largest such organisation in the country, which operates from Lasham Airfield.

East Hampshire District Council’s Cabinet will discuss the issue further when more information can be obtained.

Business rates discount to encourage new premises

Businesses in East Hampshire could soon get discounts of up to £150,000 on business rates to build new premises.

The scheme will help new and established businesses build new premises enabling them to expand and develop modern working environments.

East Hampshire District Council aims to be the most business-friendly council in the UK and is keen to start this fantastic scheme. Details will be published on the EHDC website shortly.

Prior to this new council-led scheme, many businesses experienced difficulties in finding suitable premises in which to expand or relocate within the area. This discount of up to £150,000 for new-build premises will open up opportunities for growing businesses to do just that.

Councillor Glynis Watts, Portfolio Holder of Economic Development, said: “Business rate incentives will boost the delivery of new business premises, jobs and economic growth across the district as part of the council’s strategy to be as business-friendly as possible. This is a really good tool to have in our armoury to attract inward investment and support the viability of new developments.’’

Improvements to Alton Station Forecourt

Improvements will be taking place at Alton Station Forecourt to enhance it as a key ‘gateway’ into the town and to the South Downs National Park – this is your chance to comment on the plans.

East Hampshire District Council, working with South West Trains, Hampshire County Council and Alton Town Council are proposing a number of measures for the forecourt area which will help to make the forecourt a more attractive entry point into the town, improve pedestrian and cycle access, ensure bus services are clearly signed and review the current parking arrangements.

Key stakeholders and members of the public are invited to view the plans of the proposed improvements which will be on display at Alton Assembly Rooms, High Street, Alton, GU34 1BA, on Wednesday 28th September 2016, 3.30-8.30pm where staff will be available to talk through the proposals and take comments.

Cllr Robert Saunders

3 Borovere Lane
GU34 1PB

01420 82669

September 2016
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