Stream Banks at Monxton Village Green- Note from Hugh Corroon

The eroded bank of Monxton Green has recently been restored using chestnut stakes, hazelwood branches and soil from downstream.  The bank restoration work replicates the work completed 6 years ago, which had deteriorated over time, and forms part of my riparian responsibility to maintain the bank and prevent erosion.  Hope everyone
enjoys it and please try to keep off the newly seeded soil.

Hampshire Waste Recycling Centres

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “We continue to follow Government guidance on social distancing to keep residents and staff safe which must be our primary consideration.
“With covid safe measures in place at HWRCs, capacity has inevitably been reduced, and so we have had to change the way people visit the sites to manage demand. The new booking system is achieving what it set out to do, eliminating the lengthy traffic queues which were causing problems for others. I do appreciate this is an extra step people need to take to visit an HWRC and would like to thank Hampshire residents for their patience.
“I am pleased to able to say that, now we’ve had a couple of weeks to see how the system is working, we are in a position to increase the number of slots each day to 5,000 in total across Hampshire’s network of 24 sites. This will be done by allowing more people to book in during each half hour slot. I’ve also taken on board feedback that being able book a week ahead would be helpful, so we are increasing advance booking slot availability to allow people to book up to seven days in advance.
“I would continue to urge people to think about how to waste less if they can such as by composting food and garden waste, or upcycling or donating unwanted items.”
Bookings for HWRCs can be made online at: http://www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/recyclingcentres/book-appointment
A telephone booking line, primarily 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 are limited to one slot per household per week.
There is no need to bring confirmation of the booking to the site, the site will have information on confirmed bookings;
Site staff will check registration plates upon arrival – people will need to arrive in the vehicle specified in the booking;
Anyone turning up without a confirmed booking will not be allowed entry to the site;
As per government guidelines, residents in the specified vulnerable category (those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, people over 70 and pregnant women) are strongly advised not to visit a site;
New parking arrangements are in place with site staff guiding vehicles, from a safe distance, into spaces
As far as possible, only one person per household should visit the HWRC.
Due to social distancing measures, site staff will be unable to provide any assistance with unloading material or carrying material. Residents are asked to bring only the amount of waste they can comfortably carry and empty into containers
Trailers are not permitted.
Everyone must keep at least a two-metre distance from others at all times.
Most waste materials will be accepted, except for chargeable waste – soil, rubble, asbestos and plasterboard.
Reuse sales areas will remain closed. Where possible, please continue to store items of furniture which could be reused, donate to local furniture charities, or use online platforms (e.g. Freegle / Facebay / Gumtree). Please see the Smart Living web pages for more information on furniture reuse.

The Blue Cross recommends the following for dogs in heat waves.

Heatstroke in Dogs
Dogs can suffer fatal heatstroke within minutes. Unlike humans, dogs can’t sweat through their skin and so they rely on panting and releasing heat through their paw pads and nose to regulate their body temperature and keep cool. Imagine wearing a thick winter coat on a hot summer’s day and you’ll understand why dogs succumb to heatstroke so easily. Signs of heatstroke in dogs include collapse, excessive panting, and dribbling. If you suspect your pet is suffering from the condition, move them to a cool place, preferably with a draught, wet their coat with cool – not freezing – water, and contact your vet immediately. Once a dog shows signs of heatstroke the damage is often already done, which is why it’s so important to prevent it
Dogs in hot cars
Never leave a dog in a car, even for a moment. “Not long” is too long. A car can become an oven very quickly even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it is 22°c outside – within an hour – the temperature in a car can reach an unbearable 47°c.
Can I smash a window to free a dog from a hot car? If you see a dog in distress inside a car, official advice is to dial 999 immediately and ask for the police. A dog in distress in a hot car is an emergency and the police will advise you what to do based on the situation. Depending on the severity of the situation, the police may attend and break into the car to gain access to the dog, or they may advise you to do this. Call the police and tell them what you intend to do and why. Take photos and/or videos of the dog in distress and the names and phone numbers of witnesses.
How to keep a dog cool and prevent heatstroke
· Make sure your dog has access to clean water at all times, ideally a large bowl filled to the brim. Carry water and a bowl with you on walks.
· On hot days, walk your dog during the cooler parts of the day, in the early morning and late evening
· Watch your pet for signs of over-heating, including heavy panting and loss of energy. If you recognise these signs when on a walk, stop, find a shady spot and give your dog water.
· Never leave your dog (or any pet) alone in a car, even with the windows open
· Be particularly careful with short-nosed dogs such as bull breeds, boxers, pugs, older dogs, and those that are overweight. These dogs can get heatstroke simply by running around.
· Hold your hand for 5-10 seconds on a paving stone or road etc. If you cannot keep your hand there then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws too. So walk in the cooler parts of the day.

Nearly £2million secured by County Council and partners to protect Hampshire’s chalk streams

Hampshire County Council and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, together with 13 partners, have secured £1,937,800 of National Lottery funding to enhance and protect the unique chalk headwater streams of the Test and Itchen rivers.  The award will fund the Watercress and Winterbournes Landscape Partnership Scheme, a collaboration of local communities and organisations focussing on natural flood management, local heritage preservation, enhancing habitat and preserving endangered species.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “This significant funding award will be used over the next five years on a range of planned activities  to protect this unique chalk landscape and the wildlife it supports. “This has been a truly collaborative effort and I would like to thank everyone who gave their time, and expertise to help make this funding application a success, and to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for their continued advice and support. The local community has been at the heart of the plans through the development of this project and will be empowered to safeguard their streams for many years to come.”

There are approximately only 200 existing chalk streams worldwide, most of those in England. In Hampshire, the alkaline waters provide a unique habitat for species such as water vole, brown trout, southern damselfly, water crowfoot, and endangered white-clawed crayfish.

Debbie Tann, Chief Executive of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said: “We are delighted to be delivering this fantastic scheme, which will have real benefits for both people and wildlife. We look forward to working closely with our partners, and with the communities in the area, to ensure we achieve real and lasting change for these precious chalk stream environments.”

Stuart McLeod, Director London & South at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Nature is our oldest form of heritage and helping the natural world to recover and thrive is a key priority for National Lottery funding. We are delighted to support this scheme which will involve communities and partners in securing a bright future for our rare chalk streams, the wildlife they support and their surrounding landscapes.”

The Watercress and Winterbournes project includes enhancing habitats, protecting rare species, repairing historic structures, and tackling the pressures of flooding through the use of natural flood management techniques. It brings together local communities and 14 organisations to restore and celebrate seven special chalk streams: the Bourne Rivulet, Candover Brook, Cheriton Stream, the Pillhill Brook, River Arle, Upper Anton, and Upper Test.

 

 

 

Hampshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs)

A new booking system for Hampshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will take effect from Monday 15 June when all HWRCs will revert to their normal summer opening hours of 9am until 6pm, seven days a week.
Bookings can be made online at: http://www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/recyclingcentres/book-appointment. 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.

Covid-19 and Rights of way

HCC Advice for users of Rights of Way

  • Always follow the government guidance on social distancing
  • Avoid touching gates and railings where possible
  • Leave gates as you find them
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get back
  • Keep your dog on a lead to help maintain your 2 metre distance from others
  • On narrow paths, make other people aware of your presence, find a wide place to pass, and wait if you need to
  • This also applies to runners and cyclists, who should take particular care to distance, as they move fast

Monxton Parish Council has received complaints that cyclists are using our footpaths.  This is not allowed and is dangerous.

Footpaths are for walking only 

HCC Dog Walking Code

Ensure your dog is under effective control, which means:

you have a short lead with you and use it when needed

you do not let your dog off the lead unless you keep it in sight and close enough to come back to you on command

Prevent your dog from approaching horse riders, cyclists, or other people and their dogs uninvited.

Keep your dog with you on paths or access land and don’t let it stray into crops including fields of grass, fruit and vegetables.

Never let your dog worry or chase wildlife or livestock.

Ensure your details are on your dog’s collar and it is microchipped, so you can be reunited quickly if it is lost.

Keep your dog’s vaccinations and worming up to date.

Always bag and bin your dog’s poo wherever you are. You can use any public waste bin or your bin at home.

Never leave bags of dog poo lying around, even if you intend to pick them up later.

Groundwater Flooding

Southern Water are working to manage groundwater levels in our area.  Due to flooding issues in Abbotts Ann, they are pumping out at various sites including Mullens Pond, Amport and Monxton.

If you are experiencing flooding, please call 0330 303 0368 immediately. Please be sure to state that you are experiencing a groundwater related issue so that they can process your call appropriately. 

You can visit the following website for more information:

https://www.southernwater.co.uk/help-advice/flooding

Use of HCC waste recycling centres

A Reminder to Register your vehicle for ongoing free access to Hampshire’s HWRCs

Nearly 300,000 vehicles have already registered online, ahead of the launch of a new system on 1 April 2020 by the County Council – giving Hampshire residents continued, automatic free access to Hampshire Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs).

The new system will use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and will ensure continued free access for residents to any of Hampshire’s 24 HWRCs to dispose of household waste. Access for non-Hampshire residents (excluding Dorset Council residents) will be for a fee of £5 per visit.

Once Hampshire residents have registered, they will see no change when they next visit a Hampshire HWRC. The system is being brought in to provide effective and environmentally practicable options for those who live close to Hampshire’s borders to continue to access the HWRCs, but in a way that is fairer to residents who pay for the cost of the service through their council tax.

Register online: https://www.hants.gov.uk/vehicle-registration-hwrc

Flood Warning

This is an update from the Environment Agency.

Flood Alert in force: Groundwater flooding in villages surrounding Andover.

Flooding is possible for: Communities at risk of groundwater flooding surrounding Andover, including Weyhill Bottom, Kimpton, Amport and Monxton.

Be prepared.

Groundwater levels are high and rising. From 13/02/2020 to 17/02/2020, 71mm of rain was recorded at Andover.  In the next few days there will be groundwater emergence into Deacon and Down Road, Kimpton. The sewage networks may be affected in all the villages. Over the next 5 days, small amounts of rain are forecast each day (except on Friday 21/02/2020, which should remain dry). The groundwater level will continue to rise for at least the next 12 days. We continue to monitor the forecast. If you use pumps to help reduce water levels, please ensure they can operate. This Flood Alert will be updated by Tuesday 25/02/2020.

To check the latest information for your area

* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/065FAG003

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 216002.