Hampshire County Councillor Grant Fund

The HCC County Councillor Grant fund opened on 1st June for applications up to £1000 from each parish across the Downlands Division. Further details are available on www.hants.gov.uk (search County Councillor Grants)

HCC Balancing the Budget Consultation 5 June – 17 July

The County Council’s consultation, Balancing the Budget, has been launched to understand the views of residents and stakeholders across Hampshire on options to help the Authority deliver a balanced budget up to 2021/22. 
 
Leader of the Council, Councillor Keith Mans, says “By planning ahead and through careful use of reserves, the County Council has successfully found ways to deliver services differently and more efficiently, securing savings of £480 million over the past 11 years.  However, due to growing demand for council services, further reductions in Government funding, rising costs and inflation, the County Council faces a further estimated budget shortfall of £80 million by April 2021. This means more decisions will need to be made about what the County Council can and cannot provide in future.  
 
“Opportunities for reducing costs are getting harder to find which is why it is important that the County Council hears the views of residents and stakeholders, many of whom are likely to be affected by the outcomes.This consultation presents a range of options that could contribute towards balancing the budget. 
 
“The Balancing the Budget consultation runs from midday on Wednesday 5 June 2019 to 11:59pm on 17 July 2019.  We will be publicising the consultation widely through a variety of channels including local media, social media, advertising and direct communications with key stakeholder groups.   
 
“We would like to hear from as many residents and stakeholders as possible to help us understand and consider the potential impact of any changes proposed. Feedback will help to inform areas where the County Council could focus on balancing its budget up to 2021/22.  It is important residents and stakeholders are clear that no prior decisions have been made regarding the proposals.  People can take part in the consultation via the online response form on the webpage: www.hants.gov.uk/balancingthebudget, which will be live from midday on Wednesday 5 June.  There will also be a full information pack about the proposals in the consultation on this webpage. Paper copies can be requested by emailing insight@hants.gov.uk or calling 0300 555 1375 and will also be available from local Hampshire libraries. 
 
“The views submitted through this consultation will be collated and used to inform discussions at Executive Member, Select Committee, Cabinet and Council budget proposal meetings during 2019.  I very much hope that you will take the time to respond to this important consultation and would appreciate all you can do to promote participation more widely.”

Connect to Support Website

This website (https://www.connecttosupporthampshire.org.uk/home) is a useful resource providing information about all aspects of independent living, such as advice about mental and physical health, help and support for carers, and equipment to help people manage at home. The website and app also includes a directory of local services, activities, charities and helplines to supporting individuals with specific needs, a directory of Care Quality Commission-registered home care agencies that can provide personal and nursing care in people’s homes, and a directory of registered care homes and nursing homes in Hampshire.

Tennis Net Adjustment

Please can users of the tennis court at the Rec contact the Clerk when the net needs adjustment.  Unfortunately it recently came to light that the previous winder went missing and a new winder cannot be fitted because part of the fixing bolt was broken within the threaded section where the winder should be attached

LYME DISEASE

The Council has been asked to highlight the rise of Lyme disease cases particularly in Hampshire, and at this time of year. Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks and although acute Lyme disease is relatively straightforward to treat the chronic condition becomes increasingly debilitating.  Further information can be found here:

NFDC Lyme Disease Leaflet Just a Tick

RSPB Evening Walk on Tuesday 4 June

Join the Winchester RSPB group for an evening walk which will visit the   Conservation Area as well as going to the Butterfly reserve at Yew Hill.  The walk starts at 6.30 pm in the recreation ground car park and is free of charge.  For further details visit the Events page on the group’s website