Get to Know Your NHS! Public meeting 9 March 2021

A message from the Communications team at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

Everyone living in north and mid Hampshire is invited to join a free online session to hear more about their local NHS, as part of the Hampshire Together: Modernising our Hospitals and Health Services programme.

The Get to Know Your NHS event, which will take place on Tuesday 9 March 2021 at 7.30pm, has been arranged to provide further information and answer queries on how local services are currently delivered in the lead up to public consultation on the Hampshire Together programme – due to take place later this year.

The aim of the session is to describe how services are currently delivered and from where and explain why it is felt improvements could be made.

Dr Matt Nisbet, a local GP, is one of the speakers who will take part in the event. He said: “We know people are interested in what’s going on in their local NHS and care passionately about the services in their local community. During this event, we will showcase what we currently do and explain how and where we do it before looking ahead to the future.

“We are inviting local residents to join us to hear directly from those involved in the programme. We will also be discussing the best ways to communicate with the public in the lead up to public consultation later this year as we want to hear from as many people as possible.

“We need to get this right in order to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time, for generations to come in a timely and sustainable fashion – so I would encourage everyone to attend.”

The event will take place online via Zoom videoconferencing due to the current restrictions in place to help combat COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to take part, you can register by clicking here

The Hampshire Together programme is part of the government’s plan to invest in the NHS and build 40 new hospitals by 2030, with north and mid Hampshire as one of the areas to benefit from funding.

It includes the potential for the construction of a brand-new hospital, with health and care partners working together to develop health, wellbeing and care services that provide everyone across north and mid Hampshire with access to high-quality, timely and sustainable hospital services as close to home as possible.

More information about the programme can be found at and details of how hospital services are currently provided can also be found online at

Thank you for your continued support

Communications team

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Winchester Emerging Local Plan

Strategic Issues and Priorities Consultation

You may know that the Parish Council (PC) is supporting the Save South Winchester Campaign Group (SSWCG).  We are seriously concerned that the proposed ‘Royaldown’ development of 5,000 houses, commercial centre, 5 solar farms, a 2,200 space park and ride, etc in Oliver’s Battery, Compton and Hursley will adversely affect the countryside all around us.

We know that many of our residents are also very worried about the possibility of this enormous development (known as a strategic allocation) appearing in the next Local Plan.

We are planning to put regular information and updates, relating to the emerging Local Plan and how it might impact on Oliver’s Battery, on our website and Facebook and send emails to local residents who have signed up to our Contacts List (details on how to join the Contacts List are included in the two recent flyers).

You may have seen promotions from Winchester City Council (WCC) encouraging you to respond to their consultation on their draft Local Plan. This consultation opened on 15 February and closes on 12 April 2021.

The consultation document is a long and complex read, asking the public to answer questions on a wide range of topics.

The Parish Council is working with SSWCG and Hursley Parish Council to analyse this complex document and will offer an interpretation and guidance on how to respond to it.

We encourage as many of you as possible to respond to the consultation, as this will have a direct impact on whether Royaldown, or something similar, comes to countryside in and around Oliver’s Battery.

However, if you can be patient and wait, we expect to issue our commentary by 15 March, which we hope will help inform your choices in responding to this very important consultation.


Call for Sites

At the same time as the Strategic Issues and Priorities Consultation, WCC are also conducting an additional ‘Call for Sites’ whereby sites can be submitted to be considered for allocation for a range of purposes in the Local Plan, Housing – including small sites, gypsy and travellers’ sites and custom/self-build sites, Brownfield sites, Employment sites, Renewable Energy Generation sites, Biodiversity offsetting, Carbon offsetting, Nutrient offsetting, Green infrastructure.   Please use the following link to submit your site: Winchester District Local Plan 2018-2038 Call for Sites 2021

Texas Field – Update

The land agent has sent Natural England farm records confirming that Texas Field was disked and sprayed in July 2007.

As a consequence, there does not appear to have been an Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations breach.

The land agent has been requested to give the PC notice of his intentions to undertake any work on the field in future so the PC can include this information on the website and Facebook page in order that local residents can be advised.

Dogs Worrying Sheep

The Parish Council has been asked to bring the matter of sheep worrying to dog owners’ attention and to issue a reminder that people in charge of dogs can be found guilty of the offence of ‘worrying’ livestock on agricultural land.  Worrying is widely defined under the law as including  chasing livestock in such a way as may reasonably be expected to cause injury or suffering to the livestock (or in the case of females, abortion or loss or reduction of their produce); or being at large (not on a lead or otherwise under close control) in a field containing sheep.

Animal worrying poster

New Local Transport Plan for Hampshire

Hampshire County Council is asking for your views on a NEW Hampshire Local Transport Plan.

Hampshire’s Local Transport Plan has set the policies for transport across the County since 2001. There is a need to update this in the changed context of new technologies, the pandemic and increased focus on active lifestyles and the challenges of climate change.

Please share your views on the emerging:

  • Vision: What will our transport system look like in 2050?
  • Outcomes: What are we trying to achieve in terms of climate change, economy, the environment, and society?
  • Guiding Principles: How we will change the way in which we plan and deliver transport?

To view more information and leave your feedback visit: The first phase of consultation closes on 28th February 2021.


COVID-19 – South African variant detected in Hampshire

Message from Hampshire County Council Assistant Chief Executive:

A single case of the above variant has been confirmed in the county.  The confirmed case lives in the Bramley area, north of Basingstoke, and is not linked to travel or previous variant cases.

As a consequence, and following Government guidelines, the County Council is working with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Public Health England, our local NHS, as well as the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), to carry out a localised ‘surge testing’ programme in the area. The testing programme will begin next week, and will comprise a door to door household delivery of testing kits.

All residents over the age 16 will be strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test. The results of which will help the DHSC to better understand and prevent the spread of new variants. It is important to note that the risk of transmission from this particular case is considered to be very low, helped by the fact that national restrictions are in place with most people staying at home and adhering to the Government guidance of ‘hands-face-space’.

Furthermore, there is no evidence that this particular variant causes more severe illness, nor that the regulated vaccines do not protect against it.

More details about the testing programme will be published on the County Council’s website at, and residents will be able to use a postcode checker to identify whether or not they will be provided with a test.

The advice for all residents in Hampshire, remains the same – stay at home, essential travel only, hands-face-space.

Oliver’s Battery Film Nights – this Wednesday 7.30pm

Olivers Battery Film Nights logo

Dear OB Film Friends everywhere,
Please join us at 7.30pm on Wednesday 17th February to watch from your armchair.

“Fast Girls”

Fast girls poster


For those who would like to, we will have a pre and post film Zoom chat, please feel free to join us at 7.15pm.

View the trailer here:

At 7.30pm, watch the film on your TV, and rejoin the OB group (using the same Zoom link) around 9.00pm for an-after film chat.

If you have difficulty using BBC iPlayer or Zoom David Higgins can help: 07718574638

We now have a website were all the films will be advertised

From the OB Film Nights organising group

Here are the links you will need:

Find the film here:

And join us on Zoom here: from 7.15pm

Meeting ID: 873 7473 3312
Passcode: 544876

To tell us what you thought of the film
Click Here :

We plan to run the films from your armchair every two weeks until further notice.

We have completed a leaflet drop and a banner just by the bike shop. This has a QR code link to our new website where people can sign up for our newsletter and view future events.
Here is a link to the Film Club’s Facebook page:

WCC recycling small waste electrical items and batteries

Recent announcement from WCC:

From 1 February, we are improving waste collection to enable you to recycle small household electrical items such as toasters, torches, or kettles. We will also be collecting household batteries.

To recycle small electrical items, place them in a carrier bag (no black sacks) and put them next to your waste or recycling bin on collection day. Please do not put these items in your bin.

We will collect any small electrical items that use batteries or plugs provided that they can fit into a standard sized carrier bag.

Further details of how to recycle large electrical items can be found on the Bulky Household Waste web page.

We cannot collect light bulbs, or fluorescent tubes

To recycle small household batteries, place them in small plastic bag, e.g. a sandwich bag, and leave them on top of your waste or recycling bin on collection day. Please do not put these items in your bin. We cannot collect car or large commercial batteries.

Texas Field

Following reports that ploughing activities had commenced in Texas Field, the PC contacted Natural England for confirmation that the farmer had fully complied with the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (England) (No.2) Regulations 2006. These regulations require an EIA screening decision from Natural England before any cultivation can be undertaken on land that had not been cultivated in the last 15 years. The PC believe that Texas Field was last cultivated more than 15 years ago. Natural England are currently discussing with the individuals concerned their responsibilities under the EIA regulations and works in the field have halted in the meantime. The listing of the field as an Asset of Community Value did not change the ownership of the field but the existence of the ACV listing has been drawn to the attention of Natural England.