I see the purpose of a Shedfield Plan as being some ground rules and guidance to developers, also how we as residents would like to see the parish develop in terms of housing, safety and generally as a community.
The reason we chose to live here is the rural aspect- this is often commented on by our visitors and we should strive to maintain this.
I believe there are two main areas of concern which should be included in the Plan;
Much of the rural road network is used by riders of horses and cycles and people just walking and enjoying the countryside. Many of these roads do not have pavements and the pleasure of using the roads for leisure pursuits is hampered by large lorries which are not suitable for our narrow roads. They not only make it a dangerous place to walk but also break up the roads and the verges. The main culprits in Shirrel Heath are the dairy on Bishopswood Road and its daily route along Newmans Hill and down Hospital Road to Clarks Dairy.
There are also the huge articulated lorries that go along the Highstreet to AG Axton at Hill Place, Swanmore.
Also there are the large delivery trucks to and from the woodyard in Hospital Road. This yard is of particular concern to me as it is growing in size and is no longer in keeping with a small rural woodyard.
It seems to me that small local industries have been allowed to develop beyond what is fitting for a country setting.
The practice of the dairy in Bishopswood Road of discharging its effluence into the local sewage system has given local residents much distress.
General Building Development
It is important to control development of any sort and all development should be acceptable for and sympathetic to a rural area.
The recent housing projects in Shirrell Heath High Street are a good example of what can be achieved; the development of the woodyard in Hospital Road with its enormous structures, vast amounts of timber stored at high levels, and all night lighting, is the exact opposite.
Our area still does have a lot to offer but we should remember that it is quicker to destroy something than it is to make it right, and wrong planning decisions are not easily reversed.
Mike Lunn, Twynhams Hill, Shirrell Heath.
This is an open invitation to all parishioners, adults and children, to contribute photos and comments about life in our parish as we find it.
What do you like or not like in your particular village?
Tell us what you think about the roads, the recreation grounds, the community activities, the birds and wildlife, the churches, the houses new and old, the way people behave, the shops, the village halls, public transport, horses, dogs, the trees and hedgerows of our countryside, anything and everything that contributes to our way of life in Shedfield Parish.
Tell us what could be improved as well.
All suitable items will be published.
Roger Huxstep said;
Thank you, well done on the website.
Di Portman said;
Well done.. Good straight forward website, just suitable for people like me who are not techie.
Lorrie Smith said;
I think this website works extremely well. It is clear, concise, and the information contained is of value to the Community, Committee, and Steering Group. Thank all involved in the organising and content of this fabulous website.
Mal Rowland said;
Great website. It looks good and I like the green theme and impact statement on the front page.
Margaret Jones said;
Well done, it all looks really good. I think it was just what was needed.
John Goss said;
Have looked at the site. It is excellent, most impressed with it, well done and thank you.
Dennis Findlay said;
Congratulations - this is a great start. Perseverence and stamina will be the order of the year and years to come, to develop the interest of the community.
The Steering Group has received a grant of £1000 from WCC with which to produce the Parish Plan and the Village Design Statement.
The survey conducted through the parish magazine and local collection points in December/early January unfortunately did not receive very many responses.
We asked 3 questions;
What do you most like in your parish?
What do you most dislike in your parish?
What would you most like to change in the parish?
However from the response we did receive there was considerable unanimity of opinion.
Nearly everyone liked the sense of community and friendliness in the parish and its rural character.
Most people disliked heavy traffic in rural roads and speed of traffic in all roads, followed closely by a dislike of dog fouling and litter.
Several people thought there should be more social and sporting events organised in the parish and several people complained about poor public transport, the lack of shops and a doctors surgery.
People also liked the different styles of building in the parish. Some were for more infill; some were against.
Some residents suggested there should be more of a hub to the parish to bring the three villages together.
So even with the poor response numbers to the survey these results do give the Shedfield Parish Plans Steering Group a starting point for their more detailed investigations