PLEASE NOTE: This site is no longer monitored and exists only as a public record of the committee's work.


25 May 2012 - 8:47 pm

Community Speedwatch – Volunteers Needed

This campaign is designed to monitor drivers within the local parish 30 mph limits and to make motorists more speed aware, thus protecting the more vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and children.

The Community Speedwatch campaign will in our view help make roads in our local area safer.

We are looking for members of the community who wish to assist by joining this campaign, volunteering their help to reduce speeding motorists.

You will ideally need to able to dedicate 3 or more hours per week.

Anyone interested in further information or joining this campaign is welcome to contact Peter Watson DSA ADI on 01489 896899.

25 May 2012 - 8:20 am

Congratulations from George Hollingbery MP

Thank you for the email and for including the link to the Shedfield Parish Plan. You are to be congratulated on the work you are doing.

Please do keep me informed of any developments in the future.

Yours sincerely

George Hollingbery

Member of Parliament for Meon Valley

17 May 2012 - 8:57 am

Trees in our parish

15 May 2012 - 7:46 am

Trees listed

Mal Rowland and Lorrie Smith have been helped enormously in their task of listing Tree Protection Orders in the parish for the Parish Plans, by the work already done so asiduously by  Martin Clarke over the last few years.

To see his photographs and site plans follow this link: Trees Listed

If you have any other information about trees not as yet mapped please contact Martin at

14 May 2012 - 3:53 pm

Nothing was done

I contacted the Finch team about this —-nothing, absolutely nothing. Five Oaks has been on the downhill slope (NO PUN INTENDED) for 7 years and only the bureaucratic blind could have missed it.

Denis Findlay, Waltham Chase

14 May 2012 - 3:45 pm

The horse has bolted

Well done everyone, its a great start.

But there is one matter I must address and this relates to the change of use to industrial. Sadly the horse has bolted and it did so 15 years ago.

I was banging on about the ramifications of changing brown sites to housing back then, when in a short time,

in Bishops Waltham at Abbey Mill, the LPH site, and Titheridges Site,

in Swanmore at the Cortusels Site,

and in Durley at The Sawmills,

were all lost to housing. (Abbey Mill may now become a superstore)

With farmers finding it hard, the shift was bound to happen and it is the appeal inspectors and political parties who encouraged the shift who are mostly to blame, but also to some extent the local Parish Councils.

Quite simply over time they tend to be personality led and the wider focus is lost. I was lucky in that in my time on the District Council, Shedfield Parish Council was receptive to what I had to say. Not all the local District Councillors had such joy.

If Parish councils worked more closely together a strategy could be agreed but as things stand too much is piece meal, made worse by the fact two large political groups make up the political map of the District and seek differences rather than commonalities.

The big threat to our way of life now is not the change of use on Farms (that’s done), but the threat 5000 new homes at Knowle are going to bring, and more locally what is going to happen to Morgans’ site in Waltham Chase, and Hampshire Growers in Shedfield.

Andrew Archard,  Waltham Chase 

13 May 2012 - 10:27 am

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13 May 2012 - 10:21 am

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13 May 2012 - 9:53 am

We can't let this go on

I came to the parish when it was a rural/agricultural setting and entirely because it was. That is now not as true, with the changes at Church House Farm from agricultural to industrial, the change of use of Five Oaks Farm from a farm to industrial, and unsympathetic housing in the villages. Winchester Council don’t monitor any of these activities and then just try to amend the ‘books’ after the damage has been done, with 'retrospective’ planning applications.

Martin Clarke, Waltham Chase

13 May 2012 - 9:34 am

The website is fantastic. Like most, I choose to live in Waltham Chase for the quiet country life.

Gary Pothecary