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Fleet Pond, Hampshire

Have your say on the future of Hart

Hart District Council has opened its latest consultation on its draft Corporate Plan. The plan sets out the Council’s vision and priorities for the next five years and they are asking all local residents for feedback.

4 key priorities

The draft Hart Corporate Plan sets out 4 key priorities, which are to achieve:

  1. A thriving local economy
  2. A clean green and safe environment
  3. Healthy communities and people
  4. Becoming a more efficient and effective Council

The strive for efficiency comes as no surprise as councils, like many other organisations and companies, are under pressure to do more with less. The draft plan sets out the key actions that will be taken to achieve these four priorities. They include some significant investments such as creating a new secondary school for the district. The plan also touches on accommodating additional housing development for affordable homes, to assist the 1,320 (August 2017) people who are currently on the housing register.

You can find out more about the draft Corporate Plan on the Council’s website www.hart.gov.uk/corporate-plan-consultation-2017. This includes information on the plan itself as well as how to have your say using their online form. The consultation is open until 4pm on 31 October 2017 so you have 7 days left to add your thoughts.

Hart is a thriving community that we are very proud to be part of.  If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Fleet and its’ surrounding areas then we can help.  Why not check out our properties currently for sale, as well as some comments from happy customers who have sold their property through Check 4 Houses.  We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% + VAT.  Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us for a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

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Hampshire County Council asks residents for their views on balancing its budget

We all know that councils are under pressure to do more with less.  Like many public sector organisations, budgets have been squeezed yet in many cases demands for services are increasing.  Hampshire County Council is no different.  The County Council claims that by April 2019 it will be facing an anticipated budget shortfall of £140 million.  In an effort to involve local people, they have opened an online consultation about strategic options for balancing the books.

Saving money: the options

The consultation asks for residents’ views on the key options for saving money, which are:

  • reducing and changing services
  • introducing and increasing charges for some services
  • lobbying central Government for legislative change
  • generating additional income
  • using the County Council’s reserves
  • increasing Council Tax
  • changing local government arrangements

At each part of the consultation you will be asked if you agree or disagree with the council making changes in this way.  For example, reducing services might mean reducing library opening hours, or routine road salting during winter months.  Lobbying central Government for legislative change could allow Councils to charge residents to use services such as local Household Waste and Recycling Centres or concessionary bus fares.  Changing local government arrangements in Hampshire could mean having fewer councillors and senior managers, reducing back office functions or disposing of surplus buildings and equipment.  All of the options are outlined in the Information Pack.

Online and paper options

You can complete the consultation online on the Hampshire County Council website here, as well as view the Information Pack.  You can also download and print paper copies of the Information Pack and Response Form or request copies by emailing insight@hants.gov.uk or calling 0300 555 1375.  Paper copies are also available from Hampshire libraries.

The closing date for the consultation is 11:59pm on Monday 21 August 2017.  You still have a few weeks to have your say and help influence the future direction of our local area.

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Enjoy some family fun at Fleet Carnival this weekend

This weekend sees the streets of Fleet transformed for the Fleet Carnival.  Carnival runs from Friday 30th June – Sunday 2nd July, with the Grand Procession on Saturday 1st July.

Underwater fun

2017 is the 62nd anniversary of the Fleet Carnival and the theme this year is ‘Under the Sea’ so expect to see plenty of starfish and seahorses on display.  2016 was a record year with 40 procession entries.  2017 could beat that with 35 entrants already registered, including local schools, charities and companies such as Everyone Active.  The people of Fleet have chosen Surrey and Hampshire Borders Riding for the Disabled as the nominated charity this year.  Procession entrants will have their buckets ready to collect donations along the route.

An action packed programme of events

As always the Carnival offers something for everyone.  Friday sees the opening of the Carnival at 5pm on Calthorpe Park playing fields.  An evening of fun fair and live music awaits.  Those visiting the marquee can take part in the family Bingo night.

On Saturday a full programme is on offer with stalls open from 10am – 5pm.  The Bar/Pimms tent and food stalls run even later until 9.30pm.  Enjoy live music throughout the afternoon from 3pm – 9.30pm.  The Kidszone is open from 12-5pm and the Baby show takes place at 11am.  If you think your little cutie is a winner then you’ll need to be at the Carnival marquee by 10.45am to complete the entry form and pay the £5 entry fee.  There are 4 categories available, from 3-18 months.

Sunday sees the dog show and car show take centre stage.  More live music and food is on offer, as well as the Maker’s Market and funfair.  The Maker’s Market will be situated in the Fleet Carnival Marquee on Calthorpe Park and will have over 40 stalls including Crafters, Quilters, Jewellers, Painters, Jams and Fudge. The music line up is yet to be confirmed but promises to have plenty of local talent on offer.

Fleet is a thriving community with a regular calendar of events such as this to bring local people together.  If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Fleet and its’ surrounding areas then we can help you find your ideal property.  Why not check out our properties currently for sale, as well as some comments from happy customers who have sold their property through Check 4 Houses.  We can sell your home from just £599 or 0.5% + VAT.  Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us for a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

 

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Have your say on the local Hart Development Plan by 9th June

Hart District Council have opened a consultation to enable residents to have their say on the Hart development plan.  This local plan will shape the future of Hart’s towns, villages and countryside.

Identifying sites for development

According to the Hart development plan, since 2011 5,304 homes have already been built or permitted.  Allowing for ‘windfalls’ from unidentified small sites, this means the council needs to plan for 4,591 new homes by 2032.  The council’s preference is to use brownfield (previously developed land) where possible.  Of the 4,591 homes required, 2,030 (44%) will be provided by ‘brownfield’ opportunities.  A new community of 1,500 homes will be built on the site of the former Pyestock National Gas Turbine Establishment (Hartland Village).  Extension of the Sun Park site adjacent to M3 Junction 4a will provide a further 320 homes.  The rest of the sites are expected to come from ‘greenfield’ land, including a new settlement of up to 1,800 new homes at Murrell Green.

Exhibitions and events

The council are running staffed exhibitions and drop in sessions at a variety of locations across the district.  These events are designed to give everyone a better understanding of the plan and the opportunity to talk to the council.  Dates include The Tythings in Yateley on 10 May and Hawley Leisure Centre on 15 May.  You can view a full list on the council website.  Leaflets have also been sent to all households and businesses in Hart.

You can find out more about the Hart Development plan and have your say online at www.hart.gov.uk.  You can also download a response form and email it to planningpolicy@hart.gov.uk.  The closing date for comments is 9th June so you still have time to share your thoughts.

If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Fleet and its surrounding areas then we can help.  Why not check out our properties currently for sale, as well as some comments from happy customers who have sold their property through Check 4 Houses.  Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us for a free, no obligation valuation of your home.  We can sell your property for just £599 or 0.5% + VAT.

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Good luck to all the Fleet Half Marathon runners this weekend

This Sunday 19th March is the date for this year’s Fleet Half Marathon and we would like to wish all the amazing runners good luck for the event.

A new route for 2017

This year’s Fleet Half Marathon sees a new, revised course with a faster, flatter final 2 miles.  The event will also support a new local charity – Fleet Pond Society – helping to support the natural environment in Fleet.  Fleet Pond is the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire.  Along with the nature reserve that surrounds it, the Pond provides a haven for natural wildlife and an important part of our British heritage.

Runners this year will also benefit from more toilets within the park following runner feedback from last year.  All entrants are able to buy an official Brooks event t-shirt when they enter the race, as well as enjoy a medal, re-useable kitbag and other gift when they finish.

A new race partner

This year there is also a new race partner Everyone Active – the management company of the new Hart Leisure Centre opening in the next few weeks.  The much awaited grand opening is scheduled to take place on 1st April, giving local residents access to fantastic new facilities to enable us all to get out there and get active.

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If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Fleet and its surrounding areas then we can help. Why not check out our properties currently for sale, as well as some comments from happy customers who have sold their property through Check 4 Houses. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we can give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

Athletes running on the road

Good luck to all the runners in the Fleet 10k

Sunday 23rd October is the annual Fleet 5+10k run in Calthorpe Park and many local runners will be out in force to complete the challenging race.

The race kicks off at 10am in Fleet Town Centre, outside the Harlington Centre. The 5k route passes through the town centre towards the station, then into Elvetham Road, Reading Road North and once more into Fleet Road. Those running 10k complete two laps of the course. The route is on public roads and allows a fast pace so that some runners can push themselves to achieve a personal best.

Last year nearly 1,000 runners took part in both the 5k and 10k events and Fleet high street was packed on both sides with supporters. Entries for this year’s race are still open so it you fancy a challenge then now could be the time to sign up online. Entries close on Monday 10th October or before if the race limit is reached. The race costs £12 or £14, depending on your affiliation, and could be your best achievement yet.

Fleet & Church Crookham Athletic Club

The event is run by registered charity Fleet & Crookham Athletic Club, which was founded in 1960. It raises funds for the promotion of community participation in healthy recreation and the provision of facilities and coaching for all running/athletics disciplines in the Fleet area.

We would like to with all the runners and their supporters good luck. We will be keeping our fingers crossed for some dry weather for you all.

If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Fleet and its surrounding areas then we can help. Why not check out our properties currently for sale, as well as some comments from happy customers who have sold their property through Check 4 Houses. We can sell your home from just £499 or 0.5% + VAT. Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we can give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

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Join in the fun at Fleet Carnival this weekend

The ever popular Fleet Carnival takes place this weekend from 1st-3rd July 2016.  The theme for this year’s Grand Procession on Saturday 2nd July is ‘Rio’ in preparation for the Olympics there this summer.  Floats will be taking inspiration from the Olympics as a whole, one of the 42 different sports that are part of the Olympics, or the Rio Carnival itself.

Carnival opens at 5pm on Friday 1st July on Calthorpe Park playing fields with the fun fair, live music and Bingo Night in the marquee.  Three live bands will be performing including ‘The Cherries’ and ‘Off the Record’.

On Saturday the carnival fun begins again at 10am, with the main procession starting at 1pm.  Live music, the Kidszone, food stalls and the fun fair all run throughout the afternoon with plenty to entertain everyone.  There are already over forty floats confirmed for the procession – with everything from fireman to librarians and vets to hairdressers, as well as many local schools.

Sunday 3rd July is show day and with the car show, dog show and even baby show there is something for just about everyone.  The dog show features nine different categories for everything from Puppies to Golden Oldies and Loveable Lads to those with the Waggiest Tails.  The annual Makers Market will have over 40 local stalls including quilters, jewellers and painters as well as edible delights such as jams and fudge.

Whilst Fleet Carnival is of course about bringing local people together and having fun, it also raises lots of money for local charities.  Proceeds from this year’s event will be going to Chloe’s & Sophie’s Special Ears Fund (CSSEF).  CSSEF is inspired and motivated by Chloe and Sophie Jackson.  Chloe and Sophie are sisters and both live in Aldershot, Hampshire.  They are both deaf.  The charity is passionate about raising deaf awareness in the local community, including providing deaf awareness sessions, story sacks and resource kits for schools.

If you are looking to move within or even relocate to Fleet and its’ surrounding areas then we can help you find your ideal property.  Why not check out our properties currently for sale, as well as some comments from happy customers who have sold their property through Check 4 Houses.  We can sell your home from just £499 or 0.5% + VAT.  Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we can give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.

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Hart Council Planning Consultation reopens

Hart District Council have launched a fresh consultation on future development across the Hart area.

An initial consultation began in November 2015 but was stopped mid January 2016 due to errors found in the supporting material.  At the time, Cllr Stephen Parker, Leader of Hart District Council, said: “In order not to undermine the consultation process and to maintain a fair and transparent procedure, we have taken the decision to stop the consultation and have ceased our online response form…. I would like to reassure the public that by working with my colleagues to rectify the issues discovered, we will create a robust consultation going forward.”

With these matters now resolved, a fresh consultation has now opened and residents are once again invited to give their views on how development in the Hart area should be managed over the coming decades.  Cllr Stephen Parker, said: “We have been working hard over the past weeks to identify and rectify our consultation material. This has been completed and we are now confident that the new consultation is robust.”

The consultation itself remains largely unchanged and the Council has put in a place a process to assist respondents to read the changes and confirm their original response online, using the dedicated link www.hart.gov.uk/confirmation-of-local-plan-response. For those who have not had the opportunity to respond as yet, they can use the standard www.hart.gov.uk/local-plan-consultation-2016 to submit their response.

The consultation will be open until 4pm on Friday 18 March so now is the time to have your say on future development in this part of Hampshire.

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Hart District Council halts development consultation

Back in November we reported that Hart District Council had opened a major public consultation into future planning options for development across the area.  The consultation was designed to harness residents’ views about what approach to development the council should take, as well as sharing information on the types of development required.  As Cllr Stephen Parker, Leader of Hart District Council, said: “We really want to hear the communities and residents views, as this is a real opportunity for the people of Hart to help shape the development of our district for the future decades.”

However the consultation has since been closed, due to errors found in the consultation material.

In an apology to residents,  Cllr Stephen Parker, said: “In order not to undermine the consultation process and to maintain a fair and transparent procedure, we have taken the decision to stop the consultation and have ceased our online response form…. I would like to reassure the public that by working with my colleagues to rectify the issues discovered, we will create a robust consultation going forward.”

The consultation is expected to reopen in the next few weeks.  The council has outlined that the questions will not change and that it is expecting to send new summary material to all residents.

For further updates please visit www.hart.gov.uk

Fleet Pond, Hampshire

Hart remains the most desirable place to live in the UK

Our local area of Hart district has been selected as the top place to live in the UK for the fifth year in a row.

According to the annual Halifax survey, Fleet and its surrounding towns and villages scored highly on a range of factors including life expectancy, employment and crime rates – even hours of sunshine when compared to other places across the UK.  More than 97% of our residents say they are in good health and the average weekly wage is £839 – one third more than the UK average of £629.  Employment rates are also high, with 80% of 16 to 64 year olds in work.  Life expectancy is the joint highest in the UK, with men typically living to the age of 82 and women living to 86.

Winchester in Hampshire also appeared in the top five places to live, alongside Elmbridge in Surrey, Rutland in the East Midlands and Chiltern in Buckinghamshire.  The survey analyses data from a variety of sources including the Office for National Statistics and the Met Office.

The continuing appeal of Hart continues to generate high demand for property in the Fleet area, so your home may be worth more than you thought.  If you are thinking of selling your property then we would be delighted to help.  With all the knowledge of a local high street agent, but at the cost of an online agent we can sell your property from as little as £499 or 0.5%+VAT, saving you thousands.  Please give us a call on 01252 819725 or contact us and we can give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home.