Medstead Parish Council
Public Notices / News
TRAVELLER ENCAMPMENT - MEDSTEAD VILLAGE GREEN
You will have seen that there are several traveller caravans and vehicles currently encamped on Medstead Village Green.
In accordance with the Medstead Parish Council Policy on Dealing with Illegal & Unauthorised Encampments, when travellers move their caravans etc. onto a piece of land they do not own, without the permission of the landowner – in this case the Parish Council, this is called an unauthorised encampment. This is a civil matter of trespass between the landowner and the travellers and it is the responsibility of the landowner to deal with the encampment.
The policy of Medstead Parish Council is to evict unauthorised vehicles as promptly as practical and steps are being taken to ensure that this is achieved to the satisfaction of all parties involved.
Once the Travellers have left the site the Parish Council will contact East Hampshire District Council and request a clear up of the area as required.
Further updates will be posted when the position becomes clearer.
Update 8th July.
The legal process of repossessing the Village Green is in hand, being actively taken forward through the Parish Council's lawyers. Hampshire Constabulary and East Hampshire District Council are aware of the issue with the former monitoring the activity on the Green, having been informed of the position (including the speeding vehicles near to and on the Green itself this morning. Any further issues of similar nature which are observed, should be reported to Hampshire Constabulary dialling 101.
Update 10th July.
The legal documents regarding repossession of the Village Green were issued and sent to the Court Service yesterday by the Parish Council's lawyers. As soon as the hearing date at Court is known, this site will be updated accordingly.
Update 11th July
The legal documents regarding repossession of the Village Green have been received back from the Court and a Notice to leave the site will be served either today (Thursday) or tomorrow. The Hearing (at Aldershot & Farnham County Court) is scheduled for 18th July. Hampshire Police are continuing to monitor the site with additional visits and if there are any issues, please dial 101 and report the incident.
Update 12th July
As of late morning today, the travellers have left Medstead Village Green. The Parish Council has made safe the area and fenced off the rubbish which was left behind. This will be cleared by contractors in the very near future. Should they return a Notice to leave the site has been served and is live and the Court Hearing is still scheduled for 18th July. Again, if there are any further suspect activities on the Green, please dial 101 for the police.
Thursday, 5th May 2016
Neighbourhood Plan Referendum
We are pleased to announce the Medstead and Four Marks Neighbourhood Plan was accepted by our community at Referendum on 5th May 2016 by 2001 votes for and 140 against with 7 spoiled papers.
A majority of 93.45% were in favour of our Plan.
There was a 41% turnout.
Details of the referendum will also be published on the East Hampshire District Council website.
Medstead Parish Council Elections 2019
Seven candidates stood for election as Parish Councillors to contest the nine seats on Medstead Parish Council on 2nd May 2019. All candidates were elected uncontested by the Returning Officer.
With two councillor vacancies remaining on Medstead Parish Council following the local election, three applications had been received from Mr Charles Clark, Mr Andrew Jackson and Mr Gordon Mitchell. A short presentation by each candidate was heard by Council at the Annual Meeting of Medstead Parish Council held in the Village Hall on Wednesday 8th May 2019.
Council considered the applications further and then undertook a secret ballot with up to two selections being made by each councillor.
The Clerk was asked to read the result of the ballot and it was agreed that Messrs. Charles Clark & Andrew Jackson be appointed as co-opted councillors. Both were asked to sign the Declaration of Acceptance and the Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest Forms and then took their place at the Council table.
15th September 2016
CPRE Hampshire Countryside Award 2016
In a packed hall near Winchester, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq presented the 10th annual CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards to a diverse range of rural-inspired projects.
Countryside conservation charity, CPRE (the Campaign to Protect Rural England) runs the awards to celebrate a beautiful and living countryside that everyone can value and enjoy. During the awards ceremony held at Itchen Abbas and Avington Village Hall, this year’s awards judges were united in how difficult the task had been to decide on the winners from a unique group of entries from across Hampshire.
Alongside lead sponsor, The Southern Co-operative, the individual award category sponsors attending the event were Community and Voluntary - The Southern Co-operative, Young People - Steve’s Leaves, Rural Enterprise - Dutton Gregory Solicitors, and Sustainable Buildings - Radian.
East Hampshire and Winchester District
Highly Commended - Community and Voluntary category: Medstead Village Pond Project (Medstead Parish Council)
Gemma Lacey from The Southern Co-operative said: “The community commitment to this project was outstanding. It has rallied together to raise funds and undertake the work required to transform a disused pond into a wildlife pond, turning a 15-year community idea into a reality.
The village pond provides a truly special place that can now be enjoyed by the local community and provides an educational opportunity for school children, with a pond dipping platform and wildlife information boards. This project really showed the power of collective action at a community level and what can be achieved as a result. It is also a great showcase for Neighbourhood Plans in action.”