E L V E T H A M H E A T H M A T T E R S
Out and About Road Adoptions
Despite being a well-established development, many of the roads on the Heath are still to be adopted by Hampshire Highways and are therefore still the responsibility of the individual developers. Currently there is no one agency responsible for fixing problems with street lights, verges, road surfaces and drainage. The County Council will only adopt a road if it is up to a standard that does not require immediate maintenance at the expense of the public purse. Up until now it appears that there has been no urgency to get this done; consequently, the roads are degrading ever further from an adoptable standard. However, in recent months some progress has been made possibly, in response to
Hopefully you have noticed improvements to the woodland walks and open spaces around the Heath over the last few months as last October the Parish Council took on Lotus Landscapes, on a short term contract, to improve and maintain these areas. Prior to that, Hart District Council maintained all the green spaces in the area. Now, in partnership with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Hart only look after the highway verges, the ponds and the nature reserve. The Parish Council is delighted with the improvements – paths have been widened, shrubs tamed and weeds suppressed. In addition, Lotus are removing or pruning dangerous trees, replacing dead or dying shrubs, emptying litter bins and carrying out safety checks of the play areas. Whilst both the Parish Council and Lotus Landscapes check the areas regularly,
we do welcome information from residents - if you spot anything that has been missed, please get in touch with us either by email or phone.
Park and Ride
Following discussions with the developer the Parish Council is to assume responsibility for maintenance of the park and ride area at the entrance to Elvetham Heath. We will shortly be organising clearing of the car park and replacing the logs that block the entrance to it with a more permanent solution, allowing the car park to be brought into use as an overflow area. This will mean the car park can be used whenever there are events on the Heath, such as the annual fete, car show and for the farmers’ markets (when The
Key will be closed to normal parking). There will also be the potential to run additional events in the car park itself, such as car boot sales. If anybody is interested in using the Park & Ride car park for an event, please contact the Clerk. Also included within this arrangement are several acres of woodland adjacent to the car park. We are discussing with local youth groups such as the scouts the potential to use this area for outdoor activities.
pressure from parish, district and county councillors. At the end of last year three areas of the Heath had their roads adopted and it appears that other roads are being made ready. In the meantime it is important to keep reporting any faults to the developers whilst they remain responsible for roads. We can assist with this if necessary. The councillors will continue to apply pressure in the hope of speeding up the process. Once our new website is up and running, you will be able to access a map showing the current status of roads around the Heath. It will be updated as roads are adopted. For roads that have already been adopted any faults can be reported via the Hampshire County Council website.
“... keep reporting any faults to the developers whilst they remain responsible for roads.”
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