Village Improvement Projects



When and Why was the Village Improvement Scheme Started?

Who Makes Up the Better Streets Working Group?
Cllr John Thornton (Chair)
Peter Caizley
Stephen Crew
Neil Mason
Zia Paul-Birabi
Sarah Wigley
Tom Wood

Other villagers are consulted as appropriate.


Village Improvement Projects Working Doc 30 Nov 2020

Correspondence with Villagers

E-mail to Villagers re George House Bollards Nov 2020

E-mail to Villagers re George House Bollards & Planters Nov 2020


Project Updates

Street Name Signs

New Old Barn Crescent Road Sign with Spring Flowers Starting to Grow

Kissing Gates on Footpath 5

Following complaints by a number of villagers, three stiles on Footpath 5 were identified as being in poor order and restricting access on an important route from Hambledon to Denmead. The PC was successful in obtaining a grant from the HCC Rural Communities Fund to cover 50% of the costs, and awarded the contract for the work to local business, J Gordon Forestry & Arboriculture Ltd. The project was delayed by problems with supply of the gates during the first Covid-19 lockdown, but installation was completed in November 2020. The new gates make a huge improvement to accessibility in this area of the village.


New kissing gate from field onto the Fareham Road New kissing gate between fields New kissing gate from field into Madam's Copse

Rights of Way (RoW) Maintenance - 2020

Five of our key footpaths (6; 26; 33; 8a and 15a) are usually cut in the summer by Hampshire Countryside Service as part of the Priority Cutting List. In 2021, the PCL contract was postponed due to all the uncertainties surrounding Covid-19 lock-down and social distancing etc., and the PC was asked to manage the list itself. After a tendering process, a contractor was selected and the work duly carried out. It later became clear that only a proportion of the cost would be reimbursed by HCC, which left a significant shortfall for the PC to fund. The Clerk, concerned that the tendering process had not resulted in the best value for money being obtained, sought the advice of the PC's internal auditor, who in turn forwarded details to the external auditor, for reference. The internal auditor, as can be seen from the e-mail communication on the link below, advised that ...'in amongst the disruption caused by the global COVID pandemic, an email to HCC was missed, resulting in the council incurring expenditure which had not been budgeted for. This is not ideal but as it is very clear that it was an error rather than any deliberate act I see no point in doing other than to remind the council of the following...'.