Hampshire County Council has recently improved its website. I like it – and I hope you do too. The front page is simple and the names of the sections reflect their purpose. You can see this in the activities page, based on venues across Hampshire that are managed by Hampshire County Council. They have been putting significant investment to improve ‘the brew, the view and the loo’! You can see opening times and full details at www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo
Even though Hampshire is on target with their ‘Wave 2 Broadband ’ programme to put 97% homes onto superfast broadband by 2019, a fibre to cabinet system is still elusive for many of us, and so I was pleased to hear that Hampshire has set up the £1million Community Match Funding Scheme. This scheme is designed to offer support to communities in the last 2.6% of properties in Hampshire that are not currently expected to be covered by the Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme.
For more information please go to www.hants.gov.uk/broadband, and complete the enquiry form, and let me know how you get on.
As you read this, there will have been a decision to go forward with a reduction to 40mph at the Cart and Horses junction on the A33, adding CCTV and proposed street lighting. I know many of you are hoping to see bigger changes here, but it is heartening to know that our lobbying (through the change.org petition) for a lower speed has had some effect. Our MP and I met with the Exec Member at HCC to discuss this again earlier in September: he and I agreed that we will continue to work for the same outcome on this matter, which is a safe junction for all road users.
I recently attended an excellent Hampshire Chamber of Commerce seminar on GDPR- the new data protection legislation which comes into force in April 2018. There have been several high-profile cases against charities and companies as they try to sort out their databases in preparation for the deadline, so it’s important to get this right. The aim of the legislation is threefold: to reduce nuisance contacts, only to collect data (stored carefully) if it is needed to do the job and to dispose of it (very carefully) when you no longer need it. This seminar is one of many being offered at the moment and I advise Charity Trustees to take advantage of one of the many courses being offered.
Last but not- please ‘shop local’ We all value our local high street, the social contacts we make there and the colour it brings to our daily lives. Local shops report that purchases online put real pressure on the high street every year but business rates remain high. If we are to support our local shops, especially in the run up to Christmas, we need to spend our money right here in the district! Thank you!