Recreation and Environmental Committee
2019 Recreation & Environmental Committee
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2017 Recreation Committee
2017 Environment Committee
2017 Recreation Committee
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2016 Recreation Committee
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Recreation & Environment Committee
Cllrs A.Sprott, R. Gordon-Smith, M.Byrne, B.Jeffs and B.Witchard
This committee meets every two months and is responsible for all recreation, sport, youth matters and related issues. It is responsible for all parks and recreation grounds in council ownership: Arlebury Park, Stratton Bates and Sun Hill Recreation grounds, Memorial Gardens and The Soke Garden. Also, included under this heading are the allotments at Spring Gardens. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the meetings.
Committee members have recently inspected all of the parks and recreation grounds and noted where repairs are necessary and improvements would be appropriate. The allotments are inspected on a regular basis to ensure that tenants are cultivating their plots as there is a high demand and waiting list to obtain one.
Every recreational project undertaken by the committee has had the benefit and support from Alresford sports clubs and numerous organisations that use the facilities and we would like to thank them for their continued co-operation and assistance. Funding for improved playground facilities is largely secured from those undertaking residential development within the town. A key element of the work of the Committee is to ensure that such funds are spent for the benefit of children in the community.
Recreation Committee agendas and minutes are all available to view online. You can also view information about our local sports clubs.
More about the Committee
The Committee is directly responsible for a wide variety of duties throughout Alresford, from managing the Allotments, Dog Fouling, Litter Control, grass cutting and some vegetation maintenance and tree management. Within our Budget is the cost of maintaining a small number of public lights and the SLR speed sign that moves from road to road in our area.
The Environment Committee has maintained oversight during the West Street Works and is working with others to take more responsibility for our paths and footpaths to try and ensure they are well maintained.
For the 2015/16 Year we have a budget of £11,800. As at the 31st August our spend stands at £6,998.62. It is likely that because the Environment budget has been allocated cost from other departments in respect of tree management and grass cutting as well as the agreed settlement of an outstanding bill for the emptying of the Dog Waste Bins we will end the year slightly above budget.
All queries and requests for information should be directed to the Committee via the committee Clerk Frances Simpson or using the details on the Contacts page. To view any meeting documents visit the Environment Committee Minutes and Agendas page.
The vast majority of Alresford’s allotment plots are much loved and well-worked by plot-holders. They are delightful and the result of years of improving work by a dedicated band of gardeners.
Like many towns Alresford has a long queue of residents patiently awaiting an available plot. Therefore it is imperative that existing plot holders regularly work and maintain their allotments. The committee is disappointed that this year it has had to write to a number of plot holders about the state of their plots and, in at least one case, spend public funds to restore a plot to a useable condition.
Two new rules regarding the Allotments have been issued recently. These are aimed at encouraging plot holders to maintain their plots in good order and to reduce the handling cost to the council of managing the waiting list. A small one-off charge is now levied on prospective potholders joining the waiting list and the Town Council will now levy a ‘maintenance bond’, equivalent to one year’s rent per allotment, repayable if the plot is returned or given up in good order.
There is an identified need for more allotments and a new site in Alresford is proposed under the draft Local Plan
The Environment Committee has been tasked with setting out a cycling strategy for the town. With the growth of cycling as a popular sport, exercise and method of transport there is now some potential government funding for cycle routes for Alresford, with the cash coming via Hampshire County Council.
As a town we need to decide what we want from and what we want to give to cycling. Do we create a new route on existing roads around the town and link it in to the national network or look at a completely different strategy? How do we make our residential roads bike-friendly and raise awareness of how motorists should treat cyclists and vice-versa? What might be the benefits or disadvantages of promoting Alresford as ‘bike-friendly’?
The Town Council, working with Jackie Porter our Hampshire County Councillor, must have a clear cycle strategy to promote it to the County who will cost and look at the feasibility of any proposals.
So we, and any other interested individuals or groups, will spend some time looking at the evidence and putting together a plan from which the Town Council can form an overall strategy.
All interested parties please contact email@example.com
Dog Waste Bins
All residents and particularly dog owners should be aware that it is appropriate and legal for dog waste, suitably bagged, to be disposed of in the green multi-use public bins provided at locations around the town.
A proposal in 2013 by Winchester City Council to exchange the Red dog waste bins with Green multi-use bins is eventually coming to fruition and will see the majority of our red bins replaced with green bins. PLEASE DISPOSE OF YOUR DOG WASTE APPROPRIATELY.
Paths & Footpaths
We are determined to take more responsibility for maintaining our own paths and footpaths. Therefore Town Councillors have devised a ‘responsibility map’; effectively splitting the town into areas with individual councillors responsible for one or two areas, generally where they live.
The intent is for each councillor to report problems or issues they find to the Town Council’s Environment Committee which will determine the appropriate action to take – whether that’s reporting the issue up the chain, and ensuring it’s followed up, or taking immediate action ourselves, if possible.
Residents are encouraged to continue to report items of concern to Hampshire County Council’s website or through 'fix my street'.
Alongside this the Town Council wants to form a group of volunteers, we already have a number of willing residents, who are able to respond to these reports and if possible undertake action, such as vegetation clearance, with support and training from the Council. If you’re interested in becoming one of these volunteers please write to the Town Clerk at the address below or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Council employs the services of the lengthsman and we are allocated 5 days a year. The lengthsman can help with the clearance of overgrown footpaths, cutting back vegetation overhanging footpaths, strimming and general 'Village/Town upkeep'. If you know of any problem areas that need attention please contact email@example.com
The long-running issue of heavy goods vehicles using the Soke, an issue of considerable concern to residents in the area and one for which they have been campaigning hard for a solution, is being investigated by Steve Brine, our local MP.
Following May’s elections Winchester City and Alresford Town Councillor Ernie Jeffs agreed to open a dialogue with Alresford Salads and local traffic campaigners to establish ‘ground truth’ on the numbers of vehicles actually using the Soke, and their ultimate destination.
Our local MP Steve Brine is now actively involved in the issue and is currently working to set up a meeting with Alresford Salads and Alresford Town Council, Jackie Porter from HCC, himself and Jan Field from the Alresford Society to discuss The Soke later this month.
Litter Pick Day
Thank you to everyone who joined in the Litter Pick event on 29th April 2019. It was a great success! Special thanks to Alresford Ladies Group, Rotary, Alresford Boy Scouts, and Girl Guides.