Phone Box Referendum
Thank you to all those who came along to vote yesterday.
The result was a resounding YES to the Trust adopting the Telephone Box. We will begin the process right away.
RESULT : Total Votes cast 170
Yes Votes 166
No Votes 4
Percentage Yes 97.65%
After 3 years of fund raising. which started out as a £100,000 target but ended up with us having to raise £150,000, work has begun on replacing and repairing the roof of the Village Hall.
As well as the roof tiles we will also be installing 3 rows of solar panels on the south side of the building and relaying and widening the paths at the front and levelling and replacing the slabs at the side giving easier and safer access from the pub car park and rear entrance.
At the same time we will be improving insulation under the tiles,
The work is expected to be complete by September and during the process we are hoping to keep the building open for all user groups, although they may have to use different entrances from time to time.
The Village Trust would like to put on record their grateful thanks, especially to the individuals who made major contributions helping us to reach the figure and who all wished to remain anonymous.
LIST OF THE MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS
Earl of Southampton Trust £20,000
Veolia Environmental Trust £20,000
The National Lottery £10,000
HCC Leaders Fund £20,000
Garfield Weston Foundation £ 5,000
Village Individuals/Groups £22,000
From our own reserves £43,000
Once the work on the outside of the building is completed, we are looking at a number of projects to bring the hall right up to date and fit for purpose over the next 50 years. They include :
Refurbishing the front of the building and replacing the notice boards
Removing the 1980’s false ceiling adding more insulation and returning the roof to its original vaulted design
Replacing the gas central heating with Infra-Red electrical heaters which can run off the solar panels.
Redecorating the ‘committee room’ and turning it into a ‘coffee room’ with new tables and chairs.
Re laying a new laminate floor in the hall.
Redesigning and replacing the kitchen units.
Removing the cupboards at the rear of the hall giving access to the large outdoor cupboard for storing new chairs and tables.
All of these projects will require funding of course but in the end we will have preserved a building that is at the heart of Titchfield making it available for many generations to come.
We have already raised funding from Hampshire County Council for work to begin on clearing the brambles in the Autumn so as to protect wildlife and planting can then begin in November. We are envisioning a long term project here starting
We are asking individuals, businesses, streets and groups within the village to help by funding their own trees. We have already received many offers and are now ready to take contributions from you.
Please either post cheques made payable to Titchfield Village Trust through my door (7 Frog Lane) or BACS pay into our Account :
Titchfield Village Trust, Sort Code 30-96-26 Acc Number 80429368
We will not be putting plaques onto the meadow but will be setting up a Memorial Giving Page on our website for those who would like to leave a message.
As the result of their extremely successful quilt show, held in July at the Village Hall, the Solent Stitchers have donated £1,000 towards the building fund.
Wendy Payne, the Chair of the Stitchers group, who meet twice a month at the hall, said they were extremely pleased with the turn out and also added that any further fund raising events they may hold this year would also be donated to the Titchfield Village Trust.
Thank you all the stitchers who worked so hard putting on the show.
That would seem to be enough to be going on with and as I’ve said each one of the projects is long term but in order to see them through, we need your help and support, without it very little of what we’ve begun can be completed.
Please try to find a way to help by either joining the Trust, volunteering your time to help us out, making a financial contribution, buying into our Fareham Lottery site, or just turning up at one of our general meetings and adding to our support base. Without the Village the Trust will fail, we need you now more than ever to move these projects forward. Don’t just watch join in.
Nick Girdler, Chairman.
Many of you have made comments on the improved access the new path across the Barry’s Meadow has provided. The Earl of Southampton Trust (EoS Trust) are to be congratulated on providing a much-used facility.
As a result the Village Trust and the EoS Trust have joined forces to continue improving the meadow by removing the brambles on the left hand side, as you look from the bottom, and replacing them with a copse of native trees.
Stitchers Sew It Up
Many of you will, we are sure, be very dissapointed at the outcome of the Appeal by Foreman Homes to build 57 houses on the field adjoining the Bellfield Estate. Rather than just complaining (The only way to appeal a planning appeal is through a very expensive Judicial Review) we will be keeping a very close eye on how the outline planning application progresses.
The Inspector made a number of observations and recommendations, highlighted below, and we will be making sure they are adhered to in order to prevent further incursion on the field.
63. Provision of up to 57 dwellings, including a 40% policy-compliant element of affordable housing to be secured through the undertakings, would be a very significant benefit of the scheme, and would also support the social objective of the Framework and the Government’s policy of significantly boosting the supply of homes.
125. Conditions are required to protect and promote the ecological interests of the site. These include the LEMP and provisions for existing wildlife. They also reflect the appellant’s commitment to promote biodiversity net gain. Aspects of various conditions also refer to matters necessary to safeguard the integrity of the protected sites.
126. To safeguard the relationship between the character and appearance of the appeal site and surrounding countryside, and to safeguard the settings of the adjacent heritage assets, it is necessary to ensure the identified Landscape Areas remain unoccupied by built form.
127. Details of external lighting are to be agreed. This reflects important implications for safeguarding the future ecological value of the land, the general significance of views in and around the site during the hours of darkness, and concerns for public safety.
128. To safeguard any hitherto unrevealed heritage interest within the site, a scheme of archaeological investigation is necessary.
129. To ensure a satisfactory living environment for occupiers and neighbours, and to contribute to a sustainable development, conditions require details to be submitted and approved relating to surface water and foul water drainage. For similar reasons, a scheme of investigation and remediation is required in relation to any existing site contamination.
130. To further promote sustainable development, a scheme of mineral recovery is required. Arrangements are also necessary for vehicle charging and water efficiency. These requirements are also consistent with Policy CS16 which seeks to safeguard the use of natural resources.
131. To protect the living environment of neighbours during construction, and to protect important ecological interests, it is necessary for the works to be undertaken in accordance with a suitably robust CEMP. Similarly, it is necessary to restrict hours of operation of external works to reasonable times.
132. I agree that matters relating to the LEAP and BCA are fully addressed in the accompanying undertakings and further conditions are unnecessary. Building heights would fall to be considered as part of subsequent reserved matters.
133. Matters relating to contamination, drainage, archaeology, ecology, phasing, the CEMP, mineral recovery, and floor levels are all to be addressed before development commences. This is necessary given the importance of those matters to the sensitivities of the site and its development, and the implications which could otherwise arise should works proceed in the absence of their prior resolution.
We have written to Foreman Homes informing them of this along with the Chief Planning Officer at FBC