Demfest: Sunday, 10 September

Demfest, a community festival that aims to support those living with dementia, will take place on Sunday, 10 September at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey, from 11am to 4pm.

The free event will offer a variety of activities, workshops and presentations designed to inspire and support anyone living with the condition or caring for someone affected by dementia. Further details about Demfest can be found here.

Fishlake Meadows video

Martin De Retuerto, from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, has taken part in an interview with That’s Solent TV. The Trust has recently been awarded the contract to manage Fishlake Meadows Local Nature Reserve, which covers approximately 60 hectares and comprises a mix of open and standing water, reed bed and swamp.

The resulting video can be seen here.

A Previous aerial survey is also shown with the following link

Test Valley’s green spaces are flying the flag again

Romsey Memorial ParkRooksbury MillValley Park

Romsey War Memorial Park, Valley Park Woodlands Local Nature Reserve and Rooksbury Mill Local Nature Reserve have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as amazing green spaces worth celebrating.

The outdoor spaces are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that will receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. Romsey War Memorial Park has now won the award for ten consecutive years while Rooksbury Mill in Andover has nine and Valley Park has eight.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Community and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Tony Ward, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive three Green Flag Awards for another year. We know how much it means to residents and visitors to have high quality green spaces, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining all three of our parks to such a high standard.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.  Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

Romsey Carnival this weekend

The Romsey Carnival will take place on Sunday, 23 July in the town centre. The parade will begin at 4.30pm from Romsey Industrial Estate and will proceed through Duttons Road, Malmsbury Road, Alma Road, The Hundred and Market Place before finishing in Church Street.

Categories to be judged include walking and vehicle entries and presentations will be made before the procession.

For more information, please visit the Romsey Carnival website.

New facilities at Valley Park

Friends of the Parks

Ten volunteers from Friends of the Parks constructed a new slipway at Valley Park Woodlands Local Nature Reserve pond on Sunday, 16 July. The team moved six tonnes of gravel to provide a firm base for launching the boat, Matty 2, which is used for carrying out pond maintenance tasks.

Reverend Canon Tim Sledge

tim sledge

The Council has been notified that the Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Canon Tim Sledge, Vicar of Romsey, to be appointed as the new Dean of Peterborough. It is expected that Tim will officially be instated as Dean at 3.30pm on Sunday, 15 October 2017. Tim of course has been helping here in King’s Somborne whilst we await a new vicar and many of you will have seen him at Brian Oranges memorial service.

Tim has been an inspiration at our Borough Council meetings with opening prayers – his words often striking some important messages.

Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment and Brownfield Sites

Brown Field Site

The Council will be undertaking a Call for Sites exercise commencing on Friday, 28 July 2017, for a period of 12 weeks.

The Call for Sites exercise will inform the preparation of the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA). This is a requirement of the National Planning Policy Framework. The SHELAA will be a technical document which will provide information on sites for potential housing, economic development, gypsy and travelling showpeople, self-build housing, etc., in relation to their suitability, availability and achievability.

The reasons for doing this are:

1) The Council is legally required to compile a Brownfield Register by December 2017

2) The SHELAA will help to identify possible sites in the settlement boundary. This can help support the Council’s Five Year Housing Land Supply position

3) The SHELAA will help to inform future planning documents such as the Local Plan, Gypsy and Traveller DPD and Neighbourhood Plans.

The SHELAA will only identify sites which have been promoted to the Council. It does not allocate sites. The inclusion of the site in the SHELAA does not imply that the Council would necessarily grant planning permission.

Details of the Call for Sites consultation will be available on the Council’s website. Parish Councils will be made aware of the consultation for their information. The outcome of the exercise will be presented to Planning Advisory Panel later on this year.

The closing date for submission is Friday, 20 October 2017.