Jackie’s County Corner for February

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Thank you if you took part: the Winchester Movement Study consultation has closed now and Councillors are receiving the first feedback in February. After two recent major accidents on the A34 causing local chaos for many hours, one of the prime questions to Highways England has to be the resilience of the network to closures -and safety of course.

As a councillor covering both Winchester and National Park areas, I am particularly interested in how the two Local Plans will dovetail.
One plan that will affect us all is the M3 junction 9 upgrade, due to be complete by Autumn 2023. You can see the proposals online at www.highways.gov.uk/m3j9 or pop into Tesco at Winnall or the Tubb’s Community Building in the Worthy’s to pick up a paper copy. There is also an exhibition there from 2-8pm on the 16th and 10-4pm on the 17th.

I will be holding my usual surgery in the Tubb’s Hall on the 2nd February so you might like to pop in then from 9.30 until 11am. Deadline for comments is the 19th February and expected start date is June 2021. I also hold a surgery at the Community Centre in Alresford on the third Friday of the month from 9.30 to 10.45 so you could meet me there if you prefer.

Are you planning to be even healthier in 2018? Walking for free with a trained leader, regular Health Walks offer the chance to chat to others if you wish, and often followed by not so healthy coffee and cake! Please contact me if you’d like more details of these or Barton Farm Meadows. Or perhaps you’d like to have a go at Walking Football or Netball at the Leisure Centre? Everyone welcome!

Abbotstone Down Country Park will be having extensive tree work done this Spring or it may be delayed to the Autumn. The B3046 cuts through the iron age fort which has become hidden by vegetation and this work will reveal it. Would you like to help research the history of the site? Please contact me if you think you can help.

As the County cuts bite, consultations are carried out to gauge the effect of change on residents. Late in 2017, there was a consultation on the proposal to close of Merrydale, a respite care facility for parents of disabled children. Despite 87% of responders saying they didn’t agree, as I write this, the proposal is to close the site so it can be sold. I do not want all of this year’s consultations to follow the same pattern. I am told there will be 11 opportunities for residents to put their points of view on HCC service changes in 2018.

Finally- it’s Snowdrop Sunday at The Down House, Itchen Abbas SO21 1AX on the 18th February from 12 to 4pm. All welcome, with teas, a flat path and plenty of places to sit. All proceeds go to the National Garden Scheme which donates the money to major nursing charities. Please come along if you can!

Cllr Jackie Porter, tel: 01962 791054, email: Jackie@jackieporter.co.uk, text; 07973 696 085 Website www.jackieporter.co.uk, twitter @JackieLibDem

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