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Stop the development of Stockbridge and surrounding areas - Protect our countryside

Test Valley Borough Council has now published the proposed amendments to the plan that was submitted in December 2013, I have provided a link below so that you can view these plans.

I have read both of the main proposal letters and can see nowhere where the major issues have been addressed, the developers seem to be avoiding the fact that a large housing estate on a high hill overlooking the beautiful market town of Stockbridge will be a 'blot on the landscape' and seen from as far away as Danebury Ring, they are also avoiding the issue that such a large development will put a huge strain on the limited services already provided.

Tonight in Longstock Village Hall is the monthly Parish Council Meeting where this will be discussed in detail, the meeting starts at 7:30pm.

Below I have provided links to the two letters submitted, one dated 1st September titled 'Application 13/02790/FULLN - Land West of Test Valley School - Proposed Amendements' and the second dated 4th September titles 'Amended Planning - Land to the West of Test Valley School - Transport Statement and Residential Travel Plan Changes'. To view these letters please select one of the dates below:

1st September 2014
4th September 2014

Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme

Bringing superfast broadband to communities and businesses across rural Hampshire

Phase 1 of Hampshire’s Superfast Broadband Programme will go live between January and March 2014. BT Openreach will install new equipment across parts of Basingstoke and Dean, Gosport, Hart, and the New Forest, enabling more than 9,000 premises to have access to superfast broadband. Speeds will be a minimum of 24Mbps, although more than 7,300 premises will be able to access more than 50Mbps. For more details of the areas covered, see Broadband maps.

Phase 2 is due to go live between April and June 2014 and we will be publishing a detailed map together with the number of properties that will benefit early in the new year.

BT and Virgin are rolling out superfast broadband to around 80% of premises in the county. The programme is helping to address the gaps left out by the commercial rollout, extending the overall coverage to 90% of premises by the end of 2015 and reaching at least 95% by the end of 2017.

To find out more about the phases of the programme and new investments in your area register your interest at www.hants.gov.uk/broadband

Proposed Housing Development
Land West of Test Valley School, Stockbridge

The reaction to the plans by Barratt David Wilson Homes for a 46-house development to the west of the school, presented to the public on 28th January, was unsurprising.  Over 70 residents went to the village hall on 19th March to hear what the developers had to say in response, and how they saw the next stage.

The developers accepted that many details in their publicity had been faulty but, apart from correcting those errors, they had as yet made no changes to the plans, although their thoughts were still evolving as they got feedback.  They were adamant that there was a demand for affordable houses in the area to the number planned, and they talked up the advantages of the new access that would be provided for the school.  The choice of location was dictated by local geography, with little space on which to create sustainable development.

Residents emphasised repeatedly the impact on the local infrastructure (lack of parking; schools and surgery already at capacity; restricted shopping outlets) and the blight on the countryside that would be caused by doubling the size of the Roman Road estate and the extra traffic that would bring; and nobody believed the level of demand for affordable housing here, being convinced that we would become a dumping ground for the Borough.

After an hour and a half, developers and residents were still far apart.  Most here accept the need for affordable housing, but on a limited scale and in the appropriate place.          

Roman Road residents have formed the Roman Road Residents Development Committee and a leaftet has been sent to Longstock residents outlining some concerns with regards to the development.

If you did not receive this document it can be downloaded by clicking here

If you would like to see the proposal all information will be available on the website www.dwhsotoncommunity.co.uk.

Youthtube - the website for young people in Hampshire

Youthtube – the website for young people in Hampshire has been revamped and updated to include a wealth of information about education, training and employment options.

As an online resource, it provides a wide range of information to all young people, including:

  • youth support services in Hampshire, such as drop-ins and youth clubs

  • post-16 education and training options

  • apprenticeships and training providers in Hampshire

  • guides to qualificationsgoing to college or university

  • financial support

  • dealing with exam stress

  • how to find a job and write a CV

  • starting a business

  • volunteering

  • health and relationships

  • how young people can get involved with local decision making.

Youthtube (www.hants.gov.uk/youthtube)

Follow us on twitter @hantsfutures - for information, advice and support for young people in Hampshire

Download the attached A4 poster, which you might like to print and display.

 
Stockbridge Christmas

Be sure to remember 9th December, Alex Lewis will be turning on the Christmas lights in Stockbridge and the High Street will be lit up with over 30 Christmas trees on buildings the whole length of the road.

Shops will be open for late night shopping, so you will be able to browse for that extra special present from local traders, pop into La Bella Donna and enjoy a glass of Prosecco whilst you view their beautiful Italian shoes, boots, handbags and much more, festivities will include live music and Santa's Grotto at the Grosvenor Hotel, the local country market and local charites will be at the Town Hall.

Don't miss it!!

Parish Council Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Each month the Parish Council Meeting Agenda and Minutes will be available to download from the village website. Each document will be in Adobe pdf format, if you do not have Adobe Reader loaded on to your computer there is a link on the far left hand side of this page where you can download the application. For more information on your Parish Council please visit the Parish Council web pages.

Longstock PC Agenda 19th November 2014
Longstock PC Minutes October 2014
Longstock PC Minutes September 2014

Longstock PC Minutes July 2014

Longstock PC Minutes June 2014

Longstock PC Annual Parish Assembly Minutes May 2014
Longstock PC Annual General Meeting Minutes May 2014
Longstock PC Minutes April 2014
Longstock PC Minutes March 2014
Longstock PC Minutes February 2014
Longstock PC Minutes January 2014

Longstock PC Minutes December 2013

Longstock PC Minutes November 2013 (V2)

Longstock PC Minutes October 2013
Longstock PC Mid Year Forecast 2013/2014

Longstock PC Mid-Year Forecast 12-13

Gerald Fitzpatrick

Gerry contacted me many years ago, when the very first website was launched. Over the years he has provided me with many interesting and lovely photos of our village. Even though we have never meet the 'cyberspace' contact we have had has made it seem as if we are old friends.

Gerry has produced a book called 'Childhood Memories of a Hampshire Village' and he has just sent me a copy, it is wonderful, the photos are amazing. The colour photographs were taken by Gerry, some of the black and white images are from negatives taken by David Birkenshaw in the late 1940's and early 1950's and others come from the collection of Longstock resident, Geoff Merritt. Copies of the book can be obtained from www.blurb.com. The cost of the book is the actual cost of production to Gerry, he doesn't make any profit from the sale.

Gerry Fitzpatrick was born over the village shop at the Old Farm House in 1933. His family lived in the village from 1924 to 1948 when the shop was sold. He attended Stockbridge Elementary School and Danemark Secondary Modern School in Winchester. Together with his brother Michael, Gerry emigrated to Canada in 1955 and after attending the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia worked as a town planner in British Columbia and Ontario for many years. He developed an interest in travel writing in the 1980's, contributing to publications in Canada, the United States and Australia as a freelancer and has since travelled to over 60 countries. He has always retained the warmest memories of his childhood in Longstock. Gerry lives in Toronto, has three sons and two grandchildren.

Longstock Village Design Statement

As you know we finally gained approval last year from Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) for the adoption of the Longstock VDS. We have had many comments about the high quality of the photography, map presentation and general layout - a short but concise document concerning the future for Longstock.

TVBC have recently provided a £650 grant for production of some hard copies in booklet form.

Those with computers and laptops and with broadband connection can have good access to this important document either on the Test Valley Planning website or can download from her in pdf format. However some households are without easy access and are therefore unable to see it. we hope to give priority to these homes for the printed copies.

Please apply to the Parish Clerk on musters358@btinternet.com or by ringing him on +44 (0) 1264 810459 should you need a copy.

Click here to down load the VDS

Shopping Bus

Bus pass holder? Over 60 or disabled—even if only temporarily? Want a cut-price trip to Andover with your bags carried to your door?  Dial-a-Ride (Joyrides) runs through Longstock on Wednesdays at 9.30, returning at noon, for £2 return.  Call 356808 to register, or for more information, ring John '810459 or  Dane '810839.

Our Community Responders Scheme Seeks New Members

Stockbridge Community Responder scheme is looking for new members to join this vital organisation.  Can you help?

The scheme was set up in 2005 and covers Stockbridge, Longstock, Houghton, Leckford and Sandydown as well as other areas if needed, and really needs your help to continue this service to the community.

Several members have left the scheme and now there is only one volunteer left, who cannot continue alone, so we are looking for new volunteers to start responding for the group as soon as possible.
Community First Responders are trained by South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and are then sent to appropriate life threatening calls by the Emergency Operations Centre before the arrival of an emergency vehicle.

To become a member you will need to attend and pass one weekend of training, hold a full driving licence, have access to a car, pass a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and be over 18 years old.

If you are physically fit and are able to offer your time for a few hours each week then this could be for you!

To apply please contact 01962 898090.

Mandy Henley, Stockbridge Community Responders Group leader writes: As the last remaining responder I would also like to add that I have been responding since 2007 shortly after my dad passed away. I often wonder if a responder had been on call that day maybe they could have saved him, who knows? One thing I do know is that lives have been saved since then, and this is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done; that said I need support as it is very difficult to keep up the enthusiasm alone.There have been many people in our community who have benefited from our scheme and who have supported it both financially or as members; it would mean so much to me to be able to revitalise this worthwhile scheme.If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer please don’t hesitate to call me on ' 810874.

FEATURES
Once again Geoff Merritt has been digging in the archives and found this fascinating article that appeared in the Racing Illurstrated on 22nd July 1896, the article it titled 'The Bibury Club Day. Click here to download the article in pdf format.
 
We now have a new page on the web site, 'A look at Old Longstock'. I would very much like to thank Geoff Merritt for providing me with an illustrated look of Longstock in days gone by, the photographs are wonderful with Geoff's narative proving very informative. if you would like to download this document in pdf format please click on this link - Illustrative Look back at Longstock
 
Captain William Lambert, an American pilot, flew with the RFC, 93 Squadron and was based at Chattis Hill, Stockbridge during World War 1. Click here to download the article in pdf format.
 
Read an article written by Philip Clifford, it featured in The British Racehourse in July 1969 titled 'This was Stockbridge'.  The article, kindly given to the Newsletter by Geoff Merritt, is about Danebury Racecourse. Click here to download the article in pdf format.

 

Hazeldown's Mysterious Graves - Read about the tiny isolated graveyard on the road to Hazeldown Farm.  Click here to download the article in pdf format.

 

Gerald Fitzpatrick, who now lives in Canada, wrote an article for a Canadian newspaper, it was titled 'Childhood Memories Flow from Stream' which is written around the River Test.  The article was written some time ago now, not sure of the date.  Gerald and his family had the Longstock Village store from 1928 to 1948.  Click here to download the article in pdf format. A photograph of the store is in the Photo Gallery.

Here is another article kindly donated by Geoff Merritt titled 'This Was Stockbridge', click here to download the article in pdf format.  This article was written in 1969 by Philip Clifford for a publication called The British Racehorse.

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