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Buses in South St

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.

Steve Cussons

Do you have a short story in you?

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.

Report on Open Meeting – Sunday 7th Jan – 2018

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.

The presentation is here and a voting form is here so if you were unable to attend the meeting you still have the opportunity to vote on the proposals.  Voting will close at midnight on Jan 14th,  2018

If you have any queries please get in touch



ANPR Cameras

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.

Housing Needs, Fareham Borough Council and the Titchfield Neighbourhood Plan – An update from the Forum.


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.





Latest news from Village in Bloom

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


Health Day 23rd September 2017

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’.


Village in Bloom – Awards

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
400 others.
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 !


Housing Development – Titchfield Motors, East Street

A planning application has been made for the demolition of the existing motor works and the erection of three 3-bedroomed terraced houses.

The recent Aecom Housing Needs Assessment, reported in a recent post, shows that Titchfield will need 10  houses per year for the next 20 years.

As part of the Forum’s remit, the Housing and Sites group has been looking at various sites that meet the criteria the Titchfield residents gave us for development – see results of housing questionnaire.

The Titchfield Motors site meets most of the criteria –  brownfield sites; smaller sites; in accessible locations; mainly for two or three bedroomed homes – so the Forum proposes supporting  this application.

We are sorry to see the demise of a well- supported local business but the houses will be an asset.

Please let us have your comments on our website or contact Fareham Borough Council. The application can be viewed on line via Fareham BC planning portal, the reference is P/17/0985/FP.

We need ten homes per year.


The Forum commissioned a Housing Needs Assessment to be carried out by Aecom.

The result of the the assessment is that for the period 2017 – 2034 the number of additional houses needed in the Titchfield Neighbourhood Plan Area is 262.

Of this figure,  86 Care Village homes are already ‘in progress’.  When these are completed  that will leave176 homes to be built over the 17 year plan period.

So, we need an average of ten additional homes per year until 2034.

The Housing Report prepared by Aecom  is attached.