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Each month a report of some of the town activities is given by the Chairman/Mayor to the Town Council. Here is the latest.

Future finances
The month has been an interesting one as we look at our finances and the future needs of Whitchurch. At our last meeting I stressed the need to look ahead to plan for possible added responsibilities particularly as others cut their services. There is a choice – one where we accept that residents will experience less as a result or we take an opportunity to manage a move to providing more services locally.

Some Planning matters
I remain concerned over a few planning matters and hope we can progress to release of s.106 developer funding to benefit the town. The open space at the Cricket Ground remains a local concern and there has been coverage by Press, and interest from TV. It is community spaces like this that help give the town our character and must, in my opinion be retained. Another application (not Whitchurch) indicates the importance of ACVs in such cases.

bloswood-lane-housing-site-smHousing development
Planning Officers at Basingstoke recommend approval of housing at Bloswood Lane with numbers above the Local Plan figures. We oppose that decision but it shows the need for robustness in our responses to protect Whitchurch from overdevelopment. [update – the approval was given]

Speedometer 1Speedwatch and policing
I also attended the Basingstoke area SpeedWatch meeting where there was a call for more feedback. Hopefully the police will be forthcoming with this. The use of Parish arranged ANPR equipment was an interesting topic.

On other policing matters it is more than pleasing to again see no public reports of anti-social behaviour at Alliston Way or Daniel Park. I thank the Police for their work on this.

Polling Station sign smElection costs
Following, was BDATAPC Meeting, where the surprise announcement of election costs being passed on by BDBC to the Parish and Town Councils was the main topic. It is on our Agenda and something with several budgeting options to consider.

A Certificate Awarded
Last week at the Civic Offices, two Certificates were presented to the Town Council and Neighbourhood Plan team in recognition of the Plan’s approval. It was a good opportunity to stress the importance of volunteers to our town.

A Poignant Service – We Remember
It has been a busy time outside the Town Hall confines with attendance at several meetings and activities. The Remembrance Service was especially poignant this year – those attending were given some very thoughtful words from Reverend Andrew Ashdown. It was an honour to lay the wreath on behalf of the town.

Young people do themselves proud
Another group so important are our young people and it was an honour to attend the Testbourne Leavers Presentation Ceremony and we are lucky to have schools here that provide such good education. Younger children cannot be forgotten either and am I will be inviting them to see how the Council works.

Mayor and Lantern smLanterns and Lights
Last Saturday saw the Mayor and Mayoress bending sticks, glueing and taping as they created a Lantern for this Thursday’s Grand Parade from the Silk Mill to the Town Hall Lights Switch on. I cannot thank Annie Dickinson and Colin Reeves and their teams of helpers enough for what they are doing towards this event. [and what a great event it turned out to be]

Thank you to Andy and Janice
Lastly we have two vacancies and I must officially thank Andy Jordan and Janice Aves for their time, commitment and support they have given to the Town Council and its residents in enhancing the richness of our community.
We will miss their contributions and wish them the very best for the future.

John Buckley
Chairman Whitchurch Town Council and Mayor of Whitchurch

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