Today the DRAFT Neighbourhood Plan is at assessors for a ‘Health Check’. This is being done by an organisation that exists to help groups such as the Forum – so they are on our side.
All the minutes and reports that various groups have produced are included as appendices and all web-site contributions can be referenced. All the events, open days, meetings and initiatives that the Forum has engaged in are referred to and will improve the chances of the document being well received. Hopefully, the health-check will confirm that we are on the right path but, if not, they will instruct us so that we can make adjustments.
This does not mean that we are at the end of the road – more like we are at the start of the next stage which will be the Public Consultation Process.
Now is a good time to mention the fact that the preparation of the plan has only been possible because of masses of work done by many people – too many to name individually.
It really has been a team effort so thanks to everyone who contributed.
19 February 2018
I wonder if you have discussed the problems of buses travelling down South St and potential solutions?
I often have problems travelling into the village from Coach Hill when meeting an oncoming bus. You can’t see a bus from that direction when you enter the narrow street. Driving past the bus is then hazardous and difficult since there is no room to pass due to parked cars and the bollards. It’s also hard to reverse out when cars are following you.
A simple solution would be to remove the bollards to reduce the risk of vehicle damage or install lights to control the flow of traffic along this section of road. This road was much better years ago before the width restrictions and installation of the stupid bollards.
A group from the village is going to publish a book with a difference, and is seeking 15-29 authors to each write a chapter. Each chapter (between 3000 and 6000 words) will be a complete fictional short story, set in a period of the author’s choice between the Dark Ages and the 1950s. For example, it could be early 15th century or 680 (when the church was built) or WWII or any other period. It can be a love story, a mystery (like the Cadfael books) or any other topic but the history of that period must be correct. All proceeds from the book will be given to charity – yet to be decided.
Apply by post by 7th February on one A4 sheet to John Hiett, Kames Cottage, 9-11 High Street, Titchfield PO14 4AE, stating:
Your name, address, telephone number and email address
- The period you have chosen.
- A brief resume of the story.
- A paragraph about yourself, to show why you should be chosen.
Publication date is before the end of 2018.
If you are selected you will be sent further details about the schedule and a style guide.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN SO FAR – Jan 8th 2018
September 2015 – TVT article published in Parish Magazine
October 2015 – following responses from public, Nick Girdler, Chair, TVT suggested setting up working party to look at local issues. Continue reading
The Open Meeting was well attended despite the cold weather. Colin Wilton -Smith made a brief presentation explaining the Forum’s housing proposals and Forum members were on hand to answer questions. There was also a visual display setting out the proposals plus a running slide presentation. All attendees were invited to vote on the proposals.
If you have any queries please get in touch
A house visit today from the police, on their way to visit the person with the video footage. Later in the day, a follow up telephone call from the police to report that on this occasion there was no useful footage for them to work with. Better luck next time. Perhaps if more of us had cameras installed………?
The attached document shows the Forum’s proposal currently with FBC. It contains a request for a change to the Titchfield Urban Boundary and gives the reasons why the Forum is not proposing any sites for housing development within the neighbourhood plan area.
What follows is an extract from a letter sent to all FBC Councillors regarding the deployment of Automatic Number Plate recognition cameras in the Borough
The ANPR cameras have been deployed in 27 locations across Fareham as part of a study required in relation to the air quality exceedance that has been identified by DEFRA/DfT as part of the Government’s commitment National Air Quality Plan to address nitrogen dioxide exceedences along the A27 and A32 in the vicinity of Fareham Town Centre. The survey is being funded by DEFRA and the cameras will be in situ for 1 week. The camera locations allow monitoring of all vehicle types entering the area of exceedence and a plan of the locations is attached for your reference.
The ANPR cameras have been commissioned jointly by Fareham Borough Council and Hampshire County Council and have all the required permissions from Hampshire Highways in place.
The data from the cameras will be used to inform the evidence base for the air quality plan that will need to be developed for the A27/A32 adjacent to Fareham town centre.
The Police are interested in speaking to anyone who has seen or heard anything that might relate to the recent theft of lead from various houses. If you have any info please dial 101 and quote this case no: 4417-045-3133.
Please be aware that lead is being systematically stolen around the area. Last week West Street, today High Street. Mostly it is flashings on porches and over windows. The police are aware.
The FBC Draft Local Plan is about to be made public. The plan sets out how the Council plans to tackle the growing need for new homes in the Borough over the next 20 years. The press release announcing the release is worth reading and is here. People will be able to have their say on the proposals in writing and at a series of Community Action Team (CAT) meetings and exhibitions.
The Titchfield exhibition is on 13th November between 2pm and 6pm and the CAT meeting is between 7pm and 8.30p, both in St Peter’s Church.
How does the FBC Local Plan affect the Titchfield Neighbourhood Plan?
Importantly, FBC has not identified any sites for development within the NP Plan area.
However, this does not mean that developers will go away – they will continue to look for suitable sites on which to build. Nor does it mean that there will be no new houses built in Titchfield in the coming years. Some dwellings could be built on sites as yet unidentified (windfall sites). The Forum’s own survey showed that the preference is for affordable (to rent or to buy) 2/3 bedroom dwellings. And the Forum sub-group looking into housing has identified some sites where dwellings might go. The important point is that the Neighbourhood Plan, which has statutory status, will contain policies that will ensure that any houses built in the NP area over the next twenty years will be in accordance with the residents wishes – not the wishes of developers.
Recent government papers show that local neighbourhood plans are carrying increasing weight. Currently there are 2,200 groups like ourselves working on them. The Borough and the Forum are working together to avoid any serious difficulties. Already other places in the Borough are thinking of working on neighbourhood plans. We are lucky that ours is running alongside the FBC Local Plan.
Throughout the last year and a half, members of the Forum have met regularly with FBC planning officers to discuss housing and related issues. On Oct 10th we met with FBC lead planning officers and a representative of AECOM. We were updated on the most recent statements coming from the government and we can now look at the effects of the latest government initiative on the number of houses required, both nationwide and in this area.
On 15th November the Forum will meet with FBC again to go through elements of the Local Plan evidence base, including the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and Settlement Boundary Review as well as the screening process for Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Titchfield Neighbourhood Plan.
It is worth noting that the process being followed by FBC and by the Forum is exactly the same i.e. do the research, draft a proposal, consult, re-draft the proposal, publish.
After recovering from the wonderful news about our South /South East England award we headed off to the Borough awards at Ferneham Hall.
Congratulations to the Borough as the Hall looked amazing decorated with hanging baskets, floral displays and wonderful tables . We were delighted to receive a Borough award for Community Gardening from the Mayor and Leader of the Council . Both awards will go on display when we have consulted on the best place for the Village.
Work has started already for next year . We are having a pumpkin carving or decorating competition . You can bring pumpkins to the Village Green on Saturday 28th October between 12 to 4 and prizes will be awarded at 4.
On Sunday 29th October we will be bulb planting from 10.30 until 12.00. Come and join us on the Village Green .
Very exciting news about the Wild Flower meadow to be planted in the churchyard. Come and hear about it and help out on October 26th 11 until 1.00. Tim Mason is leading this and Village in Bloom will be supporting this as much as possible
Why not plant your pots with bulbs and put them outside to keep the village looking superb all year
Tim Mason has asked if we would forward this exciting news .
If you have any queries, please would you contact Tim directly:
On Saturday, 23rd September 2017 we had our first Health Day thanks to the very generous sponsorship by Everetts the Chemist.
Although the visitor numbers were less than we had hoped there was a lot of interest on what was on offer. We had a Tooth Bus where people could have their teeth checked. Eyes and ears could also be checked in the main hall. There was actually little interest in the ‘giving up smoking’ stand but the blood pressure stand nearby was in constant use. The Forum footpath maps were very popular. There was also a bike which, if you pedalled sufficiently hard, mixed up the fruit and liquid to make a very pleasant smoothie drink.The free raffle prizes were much appreciated by the winners. The prizes were kindly donated by the groups attending as well as the Village Greengrocer who gave a hamper of fruit.Several health, slimming and dance stands were in attendance and the demonstrations of dance and fitness were very popular. The Community Centre chair also gave a very interesting demonstration of resuscitation and the use of the defibrillator.
As one visitor said, ‘What a lovely atmosphere’.
Some of the more frequently asked questions are answered here.
On Wednesday 20th September the Village in Bloom committee travelled to
Gatwick to attend the South and South East of England awards. We had no
expectations as this was our first entry, but were excited to sit down with
The awards are given in the following categories, Highly Commended, Bronze,
Silver, SilverGilt and Gold. Only the main awards are given at the ceremony.
We watched as castles, towns and stately homes received their awards. After
luncheon it was time for large villages. It was with huge pride that
Village in Bloom Titchfield were awarded a SilverGilt and two members of the
committee received it on behalf of the village.
Congratulations to everyone who took part, helped and supported. Our
village has become one of two receiving SilverGilt, there were no Gold
awards in this category. It was also announced that coming in on a
SilverGilt was a force to be reckoned with.
The Committee are now ready to carry on and aim for Gold next year . We will
let you know if we have any result in the Borough awards on the 27th.
Thank you and well done everyone !
Ross Underwood and his Footpath team have selected a series of walks around the local area.
This week’s walk is the Five Bar Gait. Why not give it a try?