What We’ve Done
Ever since its inception the village trust has been involved in all kinds of projects and consultations which have helped the village retain its special place as a conservation area. We are also linked to the adjacent Titchfield Abbey conservation area. More details on our past projects can be found in our ‘History’ section.
Over the last few years the committee decided that a more pro-active stance might be taken alongside our re-active role and as a result we have a number of ongoing projects
We managed to convince B.T. that our phone box, which was in a somewhat sorry state, should be repaired and repainted. This could only be achieved by getting the box listed. Telephone boxes may be a long way past their sell by date but at least we still have one. The future (and Dr Who) only knows what it may become in the years ahead
In 2011 it was discovered that the War Memorial in front of the Parish Rooms was in need of repair. Our local Stone Mason and Monument Maestro Ron Knee was willing to do the work and the Trust were able to donate £1,000 towards the cost. Research carried out by the Trust discovered that the grade 2 listed monument was in fact the responsibility of Fareham Borough Council. Once they knew of the problem and our contribution the work went ahead very speedily..
During 2012 The owners of the land on the North side of the A27, which included the Tithe Barn and the Fishing Lakes, approached the Trust about becoming ‘stake holders’ for the long term upkeep of the barn which they had recently sold under a leasehold agreement to the Titchfield Festival Theatre.
The owners wished to develop the land they owned which stretched from Mill Lane along the A27 as far as Cartwright Drive.
After numerous meetings they asked the Trust to support their application for the development of an 86 unit retirement village behind the Holiday Inn Hotel and in exchange they would donate the rest of the land for use as a Country Park. The Village Trust were more than happy to agree seeing it as an ideal opportunity to maintain the strategic green gap and historically important lands leading from the village to the Abbey.
We continue to be involved in the Country Park Development.
New Country Park Boundary in white
The upgrading of the A27 to dual carriageway between the Segensworth roundabout and the gyratory system on the Fareham/Stubbington road, along with its later link up with the Stubbington By-Pass would mean an increase in traffic. We convinced Hampshire County Council that this would result in problems for the Primary School which sits alongside the road.
More traffic would mean more traffic pollution, noise, fumes, etc. After discussions with the school we were able to obtain £10,000 from the county for the construction of an acoustic fence along the boundary to at least reduce some of the problem. Monitoring of the pollution levels was also promised.
Traffic and the Village have long been in conflict and throughout the existence of the Trust we have spent a considerable amount of time monitoring and coming up with schemes and suggestions for improving this relationship. The last survey, carried out at the behest of our Borough Councillor Connie Hockley, put forward a number of improvements including the addition of 25 new parking spaces in the Community Centre car park. The Trust wholeheartedly backed the provisions of the recommendations put forward in the report. We realise of course this will not be the end of a set of conversations that have been going on for over 50 years and will no doubt continue for just as many