Winter weather update from Hampshire County Council

Please see the message below from Hampshire County Council:

Dear Members,


With weather forecasts warning of some of the coldest weather in recent years, with sub zero temperatures across the county, and snow showers likely, at least in the East and North of Hampshire early next week,  I thought you would welcome an update on our highways preparations.


Despite much more frequent salting already this winter due to frosts, our salt barns have good stocks of around 13,000 tonnes, with further deliveries due next week.  All of the 3000 or so community salt bins are full, and we have issued communications advising how to make best use of these bins – i.e. a little salt goes a long way – as we expect the cold spell to be prolonged and we may not be able to replenish these bins immediately if we are dealing with snow and ice on the main road network.  The main road (Priority 1) network has already been treated several times, and teams will be out continuously over the weekend.  These ‘Priority one’ routes cover approximately one third of the county road network but carry the majority of Hampshire’s traffic; covering A roads, some B roads, major bus routes, roads to hospitals and other key emergency hubs, large schools and colleges, areas of high traffic concentration and public transport interchanges. The new winter vehicles can be quickly fitted with snow ploughs and they are equipped with the latest GPS technology to make sure salting operations are as efficient as possible. Gritters will start on the Priority 2 network on Sunday to ensure these roads, including single accesses to villages, are treated ahead of any forecast snow.  Early Monday morning, crews will set out to treat Hampshire’s community routes in the North and East of the county, which include minor roads to smaller schools and GPs surgeries.


We have alerted the 100+ volunteer farmers we are able to call on to be ready to fit County Council snow ploughs (stored on the farms) to their tractors to carryout any local snow ploughing which may be needed, in addition to our work on the main routes.  We are also deploying salt wicks, which are similar to sandbags – but designed to increase salinity in known areas of water seepage onto the highway.  These ensure that any water running off fields and onto the roads is salty, and helps put salt onto the roads as well, ahead of the forecast freeze.  It is also worth remembering that salt begins to lose its effectiveness when temperatures dip below -5C, and it is likely that we will see some very cold overnight temperatures in the next week or two, according to the forecast.  We are advising all road users to be prepared before setting out on journeys and to take extra care as a result of the likely weather conditions.


We are also working with colleagues in the district councils to ensure town high streets and precincts are treated as necessary , and we have already supplied salt to a number of district councils for them to use to treat footways and pedestrian areas.  I will provide you with another update early next week, when we hope to have greater certainty on the detailed weather patterns we can expect during the forecast very cold spell.


Stuart Jarvis 
Director of Economy, Transport and Environment

Message for residents, from NHS West Hampshire CCG

Dear friends and community groups

As you may have read in the Press, the NHS in Hampshire is under severe pressure at the moment because a lot of people are attending Emergency Departments.

I am writing to you today to ask you to spread the message throughout your communities for people to check on older or vulnerable neighbours and ensure they have enough prescription medication and over the counter remedies.

We also advise that if people are unwell, they should get advice from other parts of the NHS including:

  • NHS Choices website –  for advice on a wide range of illnesses and conditions
  • Local pharmacists – who are health professionals and able to give advice
  • NHS 111 – if you need urgent advice (and you cannot wait until your GP surgery reopens)
  • Local hubs – people can make an appointment by calling their own GP surgery or NHS 111.

    Appointments are available with a GP or practice nurse at the ‘extended hours’ hubs, which are open every weekday until 8pm at Andover, Winchester, Romsey, Hedge End, Totton, Ringwood and  Lymington.  Weekend opening times vary and only Lymington is open on New Year’s Day.

Please could you also warn people to take extra care during this cold snap to avoid trips, slips and falls on icy surfaces.

We know local people understand the NHS is under huge pressure and thank them for contacting other parts of the NHS, to avoid putting added strain on our hospitals.

People should only dial 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.

More information about local services, including the ‘extended hours’ hubs and pharmacy opening times for New Year’s Day, is available on our

I would like to thank you for your support and wish you a very happy and healthy New Year!

Yours sincerely
Heather Hauschild
Chief Officer

Boundary Commission for England’s revised proposals for the parliamentary constituency of Test Valley

Boundary Commission for England has published its revised proposals for the parliamentary constituency of Test Valley.  The following is from their website:

Our Revised proposals, published on 17 October 2017, set out the new constituencies in the South East. You have until 11 December 2017 to tell us what you think of them.

View the website and comment here.



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 that The Borough Council of Test Valley as agent for Hampshire County Council (being the Traffic Authority) proposes to make an Order to allow for works in connection with new water, gas and electric connections as follows:-

ROAD TO BE CLOSED Part of Braishfield Road between its junctions with Sandy Lane and Abbotswood Common Road.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES From the southern point of closure, south on Braishfield Road, west on Winchester Road and Winchester Hill, north on Cupernham Lane, east on Sandy Lane to the northern point of closure and by the same roads in the opposite direction.

PERIOD OF ORDER From Monday 16 October 2017 for a period of 3 months or until completion of works, whichever comes earlier.

DURATION OF WORKS It is expected the road will be closed from 16th October to 5th November 2017.

Reasonable access to adjoining properties will be maintained while the work is going on. If you have any queries regarding the diversion or works please contact Chris Lee or Sarah Evans on behalf of Connect It Utility Services on telephone 02380829780. For all other enquiries please contact Mr. Ejikeme Ibe, telephone 01264 368728 on behalf of the Estate and Economic Development Services.

Dated 06 October 2017

Signed K. Dunn, Head of Legal & Democratic Services

Test Valley Borough Council, Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road,

Andover, Hampshire SP10 3AJ

Test Valley Borough Council, Strategic Housing & Economic Land Availability Assessment and Brownfield Call for Sites

Strategic Housing & Economic Land Availability Assessment and Brownfield Call for Sites


The Council (Test Valley Borough Council) is issuing a Call for Sites to inform the preparation of the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA). This is a requirement of the National Planning Policy Framework. The SHELAA will be a technical document which will provide information on sites for potential housing, economic development, Gypsy and Travelling Showpeople, Self-Build housing etc. in relation to their suitability, availability and achievability.


The reasons for undertaking this exercise are:


1)    The information submitted as part of the Call for Sites will help to identify Brownfield Sites to be placed on the

‘Brownfield Register’ which the Council must legally prepare

2)    The SHELAA will help to inform future planning documents i.e. Local Plan, Gypsy and Traveller DPD and Neighbourhood Plans

3)    The SHELAA will also provide the basis for calculating the five year deliverable housing land supply position.


As part of the Call for Sites, the Council is contacting existing site promoters who have previously submitted land to the Council via the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) ( Economic Development and / or Employment Generating Uses Call for Sites (2015) ( and Gypsy and Traveller Call for Sites 2013 (


Should existing site promoters wish to continue promoting previously submitted sites, they are requested to resubmit sites afresh using the SHELAA / Brownfield Call for Sites Submission Form 2017. If we do not receive a reply from existing site promoters, we will assume that the site in question is no longer to be promoted for development and it will not be included in the SHELAA.


This is to ensure that previously promoted sites are still available and deliverable as well as having the latest up to date information. This is also an opportunity to promote any new sites for consideration. The SHELAA will supersede the SHLAA and previous Call for Sites.



The SHELAA only identifies sites which have been promoted to the Council, it does not allocate sites. The inclusion of the site in the SHELAA does not imply that the Council would necessarily grant planning permission. Similarly, the identification of potential Brownfield Sites through the SHELAA process does not imply that the Council would necessarily grant planning permission.



The Council has prepared a Guidance Note (please see enclosed) which sets out the purpose of the SHELAA / Brownfield Call for Sites and the consultation process.


Further information on how to submit sites and the information required to be included within the submission can be found within the enclosed SHELAA / Brownfield Call for Sites Submission Form 2017. All promoted sites will be made publically available. Individual personal details and land ownership details will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.


Further details are also available at:



With regards to residential and economic uses, the Council will accept sites for a net gain of 5 or more dwellings and sites that are 0.25ha (or likely to provide at least 500m² of economic floor space) and above.


The closing date for submission is Friday 20th October 2017. Please return the Submission Form to:


By email to:




By post to:          Planning Policy Team

Test Valley Borough Council

Beech Hurst

Weyhill Road



SP10 3AJ