Since the last PC meeting on 9 March, the national pandemic has overtaken our normal course of business, and we are therefore finding new ways to work for the time being.  This newsletter is a way to keep parishioners up-to-date with what the PC have been working on.  We hope you find it useful.  As always, if you have any concerns or questions, you can contact the Clerk, Sally Lawman by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01264 738716.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

The Parish Council and the Community Association swung into action almost as soon as the coronavirus crisis began, and a community response group of volunteers has been formed to help those in isolation. Called the Longparish Community Support Group. See separate article.

The PC has issued a grant of £1000 towards the Emergency Fund.

CRIMINAL ACTIVITY Sadly, there have been some shed break-ins, broken windows and poaching going on, even during lockdown. Please be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police.

During the Covid-19 outbreak, Hampshire Police are asking for people to only call 999 if it is an emergency, 101 if it is urgent and to report everything else on line www.hampshire.police.uk  You can also anonymously report a crime or suspicious behaviour to Crimestoppers-uk.org (Tel: 0800 555 111)

PLAYGROUND CLOSED

The playground remains closed until further notice.  Please ensure that everyone stays out.

The working party has just submitted applications for further grants and if successful, work on the playground refurbishment will begin in September.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

The Annual Parish Meeting was scheduled to be held on 20 April.  This meeting was cancelled. The reports that would normally be presented at the APM will be available to read on the website. 

PC MEETINGS

The PC has now received guidance which will allow us to meet remotely via video link, and we hope to conduct our first remote meeting 11th May.  As always, the Agenda will be published in advance of the meeting, and it should still be possible for residents to “attend” the meeting.  To do this, you will need to contact the Clerk, who will email you an invitation link to the meeting.  We will however have much shorter meetings, concentrating on those items that require a resolution, and we hope that this newsletter will cover the other areas that are usually discussed in the monthly PC meeting.

NEIGHBOUR AWARE

It is very tempting to tackle all those outside jobs, but please talk to your neighbours before embarking on potentially noisy, smoky, or disruptive activities so you can agree when and for how long it should go on for!

SPRING CLEAN-UP DAY

The Spring Clean-Up Day scheduled for 25 April was cancelled.  Hopefully, we will be able to hold the Autumn one as normal.

VILLAGE INFRASTRUCTURE

There have been two infrastructure issues with mains drains in March/April, one by the shop and one in Forton. The Parish Council rep for Infrastructure and residents nearby alerted Southern Water and both issues are now resolved.

Flooding on Mill Lane - Middleton Estate have dug out the ditch by Lower Mill to assist with draining the current flood on Mill Lane but there is more of an issue towards B3048 that Hampshire Highways will need to deal with.

The PC have started to look at options for restoring the Stream verge.

THE PLOUGH INN

A Working Party has been set up to consider the options for the PC to facilitate the purchase of The Plough Inn by Longparish Community Pub Limited (LCPL).  The PC has been seeking legal advice from Hampshire Association of Local Councils (HALC) and nothing has been decided yet.

THE CRICKETERS INN

The PC is very pleased to hear that a new landlord has moved into The Cricketers Inn.

RAYMOND BROWN

Raymond Brown are temporarily working extended hours to clear their back-log.  Due to lockdown restrictions, there is currently a reduced market for the aggregate they produce, therefore the piles are higher than normal.  If you have any queries or concerns, please contact Collard Group 01264 720257 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Fortis IBA 02380 273750

THANK YOU!

The Parish Council would like to thank everyone for following government advice, and staying at home as much as possible at this time.  Please continue to do so.  The PC also wishes to thank all the volunteers who have worked so hard to keep the village running smoothly at this difficult time.  We are very lucky to live in such beautiful surroundings – enjoy the sunshine!