M3 Junction 9 Winnall Roundabout (Winchester, Hampshire) Resurfacing – update

Update from Highways England:

We will be resurfacing sections of the Winnall Roundabout, to ensure the carriageway surface remains in a safe condition for our customers.

For the safety of our workforce and customers we will be closing the roundabout and all approach roads over four nights (between 9pm and 6am) starting on Tuesday 21 July 2020.

Roads within the closure will include:

  • M3 junction 9 northbound exit slip road
  • M3 junction 9 southbound exit slip road
  • A272 Spitfire Link from the A31 roundabout
  • Easton Lane link between the Tesco roundabout and junction 9
  • A33 southbound link from Kings Worthy to junction 9

Various diversion routes will be in place during the closure using Winchester town centre (for closures of A34, Spitfire Link, southbound exit slip road, Easton Lane and the Kings Worthy link); and via the M3 and A303 for the closure of the northbound exit slip road.

Signage will be displayed on the M3 prior to junction 11 to allow road users the option to exit at the junction for Winchester.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles on blue light calls only (under escort by a traffic management vehicle).

Please be aware that due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, all our works are subject to change due to available resource by our Supply Chain, as well as possible adverse weather conditions – please check the yellow signs placed in advance at the junction for confirmation of the closures dates/timings.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption during our work. If you have any questions, or if you’d like you know more about our work please email us at info@highwaysengland.co.uk or call us on 0300 123 5000.

Alternatively, to view our weekly report of full closures please visit https://highwaysengland.co.uk/roads, scroll down and under Roadworks click on ‘Check for Roadworks’, then scroll down and under Planned full closures click on ‘Check for Roadworks’ (this will open a Microsoft Excel file that will allow you to filter by day and road).

Amended Planning Application for the vacant site behind Oliver’s Battery shops – UPDATE

13 July update: WCC’s Planning Officer has confirmed the final date for receipt of public comments on this application has changed from 14 July to 27 July. The PC’s own comments (objection) have been submitted and are available on the WCC planning website.
(AMENDED PLANS 30.06.2020) Redevelop the land at the rear of 93-95 Oliver’s Battery Road South to provide seven new dwellings.   Planning Application Ref. 19/02852/FUL   

Residents’ attention is to drawn to an amended planning application that has been submitted by Vivid Homes for the vacant plot behind the shops in Oliver’s Battery Local Centre. Vivid’s proposal is for 7 new dwellings with 14 parking spaces and open space, and 8 new garages to replace the existing garages.

This scheme replaces a previous proposal by the same applicant that the PC submitted an objection to via the Winchester City Council planning website; the PC considered the amended scheme at its meeting on 7 July and concluded the same serious concerns remain and is submitting a further objection.

The land forms a significant part of the Oliver’s Battery Local Centre as defined by Winchester’s Local Plan planning policy and is therefore designated for retail and commercial use; the proposed application seeks to convert the land use to residential.

The PC’s main concerns are that the existing opportunities on the site for local businesses and employment would be lost forever if the proposed scheme is consented, together with increased traffic through the village centre and at the Badger Farm Road junction.

The PC invites residents to review the amended scheme and submit their own comments at the Winchester City Council planning website. Closing date for public comments is 14 July and the amended scheme can be viewed here or by going to www.winchester.gov.uk/planning:

https://planningapps.winchester.gov.uk/online-applications/simpleSearchResults.do?action=firstPage

Playground re-opened

The playground has now re-opened.  Please follow the advice below and on the signs that have been put up.

Follow the current social distance guidelines when visiting and encourage your children to do the same.

If the playground is busy, consider coming back at a later time. Talk to your children about this possibility before visiting.

Wash your and your children’s hands before and after visiting. Take hand sanitiser with you and consider taking a bottle of water for if your children’s hands get covered in mud. Ensure your children are using hand sanitiser frequently.

Follow and adhere to all current government advice in addition to the above guidance.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Play area at the Recreation Ground

The Parish Council will be reviewing opening the play area and other facilities at the Recreation Ground at its meeting on Tue 7 July and consequently the earliest that the play area will reopen is Wed 8 July.

Update on Household Waste & Recycling Centre booking system

Here is an update from Stuart Jarvis at Hampshire County Council on the Household Waste & Recycling Centre booking system. This has been the source of frustration for some so the explanation below is welcomed:

 

Whilst we have effectively solved the nuisance traffic queue issues, we now have a different frustration with residents not always able to secure a booking to visit an HWRC when they wish to.  Whilst we will do all we can to address this, while we have any social distancing restrictions in place (and we are awaiting guidance on the latest announcements this week in relation to HWRC operations) sites will always operate at below pre-Covid levels.  The current national rules mean we are operating at around 25% capacity, and therefore demand, which is always higher at this time of year, is likely to be in excess of available capacity.

The booking system has now been in place for a number of days, and we have been able to monitor its operation and site useage to inform a review of the arrangements, based on evidence rather than conjecture.  We have also been able to take into account the comments we have received, and we are now making some further adjustments to the booking arrangements.

From next week onwards we will begin to increase the number of available slots at each site by enabling more visits to be booked in each 30 minute window.  I know that there has been concern and criticism over the use of the 30 minute window, but this is based on a misconception of how the system actually works – we do not limit the bookings to 1 visitor for each parking bay per half hour, and we will now increase this further – effectively meaning we will accommodate an additional 5,000 visits per week across the network.

I am aware that some residents have been frustrated by not being able to book a slot, and find it inconvenient to need to repeatedly log in or use the phone system to try to get a slot.  We wanted to avoid the issues raised in other areas when booking systems were introduced, and all slots were immediately booked up weeks ahead, so our system was limited initially to 48 hours ahead and slots were released in tranches to allow timely bookings to be made.  We will therefore be revising the system to allow some slots to be booked up to 7 days ahead, but will keep releasing additional slots progressively up to the day before – thereby allowing greater flexibility for different user’s requirements.  Whilst it is not a major issue, to date we are seeing a small percentage (c 2%) of ‘no shows’ in booked slots, which is obviously a frustration for those trying unsuccessfully to book slots.

I hope this information is helpful – and I attach a link to a press release announcing these changes.

Regards
Stuart Jarvis
Director of Economy, Transport and Environment
Tel: 01962 845260
Email: stuart.jarvis@hants.gov.uk

 

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs)

new booking system for Hampshire’s HWRCs will take effect from Monday 15 June, with residents able to book a 30-minute slot when the booking system goes live on Thursday 11 June.

From 15 June, all HWRCs will revert to their normal summer opening hours of 9am until 6pm, seven days a week. Anyone wishing to visit a site will need to book a slot in advance. People will be able to book a 30-minute slot up to 48 hours in advance. Bookings can be made online at: www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling

Telephone bookings, for those without access to the online system, can be made by calling 023 8017 9949.

Anyone wishing to book a slot will need to provide their name, car registration and, for online bookings, an email address. Bookings will be limited to one slot per household per week. More information about using the HWRCs is available online.

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return

Here is the publication of the dates set for the period for the exercise of public rights:
Notice of Public Rights Accounts for the Year Ended 31 March 2020

Here are the documents required by the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, for the financial year ended 31 March 2020:

Section 1 Annual Governance Statement 2019 20
Section 2 Accounting Statements 2019 20
Annual Internal Audit Report 2019 20
Explanation of variances
20_bank_reconciliation_2019-20 – 6 May 2020

 

The Reunite Foundation

The “Reunite Foundation” reunites missing families and loved ones for hospitals and councils. We are trying to get the word out to a broad audience and looking for new volunteers so that we can help take the pressure off the NHS by getting the families back together, they can then step in and assist. Can you help us get the word out?  Please go to www.reunite.org.uk for further information

Alison Jane
Mobile  073 0819 0819 – Landline 020 7097 3974

Update on Recreation Ground

The Council are reviewing access to parts of the Recreation Ground following the recent Government guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England.  This guidance included tennis courts but it is not as simple as unlocking the gate, as there are other issues and details that need to be carefully considered, for example areas of children’s play equipment must remain closed.

The Council has been seeking advice from a number of sources, including the Hampshire Association of Local Councils, the Society of Local Council Clerks, Winchester City Council and its insurance company.

The Government guidance is primarily for sports centres and clubs that have membership and staff who are able to undertake COVID-19 risk assessments, implement cleaning protocols, monitor and manage use to ensure it is consistent with the guidance regarding health and hygiene, including the requirement that people exercise alone, with their own household, or with one person who is not in your household (as long as they stay two metres apart).

The guidance states providers of outdoor facilities should only reopen the likes of tennis courts when they feel able to do so safely and that until they feel it is safe and responsible to reopen, they should remain closed.

It has been noted that since 13 May some people climb over the locked gates to access the Recreation Ground, despite the sign confirming that the Recreation Ground is closed.

As a result, there are serious reservations that attempting to segregate the play equipment, while allowing access to the tennis court, will not deter people from using the play equipment.

Consequently, there is a real concern that it would not be safe and responsible for the Council to reopen any of the facilities at the Recreation Ground at the moment.

The Council recognises that the Recreation Ground is a highly valued asset for Oliver’s Battery residents.  As owner of the Recreation Ground, the Council intends to reopen all or parts of the Recreation Ground as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so.

Parish Council meetings now being held online

Further to recent legislation enabling remote council meetings, all Oliver’s Battery Parish Council meetings will be conducted electronically until further notice.  The Agenda for the next meeting, on Tuesday 5 May, will be published on the usual Agenda page of the website where there will also be a link for members of the public to join the meeting.