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EHDC Planning Committee Disconnected from Reality ?

Chawton Parish council successfully lobbied to speak at the recent recent South Alton planning meeting that was to decide on "The largest development Alton has seen for 40 years" according to their chair, cclr Burridge.

Chawton Parish Council takes a balanced view on planning - some is necessary to support the growth of the country and control housing costs, but conversely it has to be "right" for the area and include a good balance of stock from affordable housing through to higher end housing - hence catering for the various needs of the community and it must include the right mix of services as well as houses - after all we all need schools, shops, water, electricity and the Internet for example.


Fireworks Feedback 2014

We hope everyone enjoyed the Village bonfire and fireworks on Sunday evening. This was the first time that we have had to take the decision to re-schedule due to the weather and it shows the power of the Web sites, social networks, personal networks and local radio.

We would like to hear your feedback, both good and bad, please take a minute or let us know your views, so that we can make any amendments to next years event.

For those who are interested, the reason for the unexpected small gap in the middle of the display was due to a couple of fireworks that had got a little damp and decided not to play ball. So, for all the planning, mother nature still shows who's in charge.


Fireworks 2014

Re-scheduled to Sunday 9th November.

The running order for the event remains identical. We hope to see you this evening.

Chawton is once again holding its popular bonfire and fireworks event on Saturday 8th of November.

The event is held at Chawton Cricket club, behind the main recreational ground.

We open at 5:30 for food, drinks and sparklers. The bonfire will be lit at 6:30 with the fireworks following once the bonfire is going well and people have stopped arriving.

The event will feature :

  • The Bonfire
  • Free sparklers for children
  • Glow-bands for children
  • Hot and cold drinks (tea, coffee, soft drinks)
  • Hot food - BBQ (courtesy of the scouts), hot dogs & soup
  • The fireworks
  • First Aid with St Johns Ambulance

As per last year, we will have plenty of people serving food and drinks, plus we've provide plenty of time to get your food and drink before the main event.

Due to significant increases in attendance, which causes parking and access problems - to the limit of what we can safely provide for due to the Village layout;  yet at the same time our takings are barely covering the event, we are now forced to change to a ticket only event. This is necessary to maintain the viability of the event in the coming years.

Tickets are purchased on the gate at a cost of £5 per adult and children under 16 are free, although you may still donate more if you wish. As before, the more we make on the day, the more we spend on next years display. There will be two entrances, one each end of the recreational ground, one of which will be over our new bridge. Exact cash on the gate is welcome - to allow us to process your entry more quickly. Tickets are not available in advance, we plan to do this from next year.

Please note that there will be no public viewing from outside the enclosed area and the fireworks will be launched from a different location this year. There will also be barriers and security to prevent access to certain areas, follow the directions of our marshals.

We have very limited parking available, so if you can, please walk from Alton or park in an Alton car park and walk from there (20 minute walk). Very limited free parking is provided in the village car park, on-street and in the dead end past the school. Please do not park in the pub car park unless you are planning to eat there. You can help reduce the impact by walking or car sharing. You must follow the guidance of our marshals and park considerately. Do not block the main road or move the bollards as we need to maintain emergency vehicle access.

Pedestrian access is either via the village car park by the Pub or opposite the school.

If you wish to bring your own sparklers, these must be lit in the designated area - both for safety reasons for others and to help minimise the clear up the following day.

If you have materials for the bonfire, please take these to "Simons strip" (by the stream). Please remove or bang flat any exposed nails or screws. no plastics or glass please.

We are building the bonfire during the morning from about 9:00am and our annual clear-up takes place from 9:00 on the Sunday morning, all are welcome to come along and help. Its a great way to meet local people and help the community.


Dog fouling fine

Irresponsible dog ownership has been an issue in Chawton in recent months. A number of dogs are allowed to roam regularly on the green area adjacent to Gosport Road. This  not only affects residents, but also visitors to Jane Austen’s house and children who use the play area on the green.

The problem is exacerbated when the dogs foul the area and EHDC officers have been patrolling regularly in recent months to deter offenders. “Failure to clean up after your dog in East Hampshire is an offence under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996”, said Dog Warden, Neil Burton, “but it is also a matter of  responsibility and public duty.”

One of the dogs that roams the area was seen fouling on 17th July 2014 and the owner received a fixed penalty charge of £50, which has since been paid. Members of the public who witness dog fouling offences are asked to report them to East Hamsphire District Council.

Contact; Neil Burton or Dave Griffiths 01730 234318


Bridge Installed

After many months in the planning, we are happy to announce that the replacement bridge over the stream on the recreational ground has now been fitted and the ground works completed, bar a little grass seed.

The Parish Council started this project back in spring 2013 when the previous sleeper based bridge broke away and floated off - thus preventing access to the Cricketers, walkers and school children who all regularly use the access.

We've had to overcome many hurdles, such as tree stumps in the line of the path; queries over potential impacts on flooding; obtaining approval from the Environment Agency to replace the bridge; locating a suitable bridge supplier and the flood waters which came up in the winter of 2013 and only subsided in June 2014, thereby preventing the preparatory ground works.

We are therefore happy to reinstate the previous access. The new bridge includes some enhancements such as providing disabled and pushchair access to the pavilion, its got sides and handrails to improve safety when people cross and its fixed down to some large concrete bases to prevent it moving in any future winter weather.

We would like to thanks the following companies for their help in the completion of this project

We hope you like the end result and would like to hear your feedback.


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