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FAIR OAK AND
HORTON HEATH PARISH COUNCIL

e-Bulletin - July 2020

Welcome to the Parish Council’s e-Bulletin
 
The e-Bulletin is designed to provide an up to the minute snapshot of current news, reports, developments, opportunities, and events of interest to our residents.  

News & Notices

Parish Office
 
The Council is looking to phase return staff back to the Parish Office from the beginning of September. In the meantime, the Parish Office will continue to be closed to the public. Despite not being able to meet with you in person, we are very much open for business and you can reach our staff by phone, email or social media as we continue our mission to deliver the best service possible for all our residents. Thank you for your understanding and support as we do our bit to help mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19 in these extraordinary times.
Parish Meeting Dates
Council meetings are still being held virtually.
Meetings dates for 2020/2021 can be view
 here
Community Centres and Parish Office Conference Suite
 
In line with Government guidance, the Parish Council will be reopening the Woodland Community Centre, Horton Heath Community Centre and the Conference Room at the Parish Office on Monday 27 July 2020.  To safely re-open, the Council has had to introduce new procedures and restrictions.

To help hirers we have developed a set of FAQ’s.
Fair Oak Library
 
The Council was formally notified by Hampshire County Council that they will continue to pursue the proposal to close the library in Fair Oak. The Council has issued a statement regarding this here.  

The Library Task & Finish group will continue with its work to lobby the County and to look at alternative options. 
Eastleigh Basics Bank

We have received over 1000 donated items at our centres and the Eastleigh Food Bank were overwhelmed with our last drop off and very appreciative. The Council is still offering its services to Eastleigh Basic Bank to assist in the delivery of food parcels. The Woodland Community Centre is open on Wednesdays and the Parish Office is open on Thursdays, both between 10 am and 2 pm, for anyone to drop of a donation.
Asset News
Play Areas 

All of our play areas have been open now for several weeks.  
We remind users to continue to observe the rules when entering to ensure everyone’s safety.
Hanging Baskets – As many of you know, it has been tradition in the Parish for the Council to place flower towers around key locations.  Last year, the Asset Committee decided to replace these towers with hanging baskets and small floral displays.

The hanging baskets, were unfortunately delayed due to disruption in the supply chain (Covid-19) but have now been installed on lighting columns from Winchester Road up to Horton Heath cross roads. The necessary structural surveys and permissions were obtained to allow this. In addition, our Groundstaff have made small planters, using recycled materials, around the village.  

Many of you have already sent emails to us saying how the flowers have cheered you up. Next year, we hope to put more baskets up to continue to brighten up the village. 
Crowdhill Green 

We have received several compliments regarding the installation of the seating, metal deer and entrance features.  These were commissioned over two years ago by the Parish Council and we are pleased to finally see them in situ.

Negotiations continue between us, Eastleigh Borough Council and the landowner (Bloor Homes) regarding the remaining public open space and the play area - which the Council hope to bring forward (at our own risk) this year for development
With the public art installation almost complete at Crowdhill Green, Fair Oak & Horton Heath Parish Council would like to thank all those who have been involved in the designing, commissioning, constructing and installation of all the artwork.

This includes the public who submitted their thoughts and ideas to the designers and artists who turned these ideas into wonderful pieces that will be enjoyed by many people for years to come. Special mention goes to the following artists whose valuable contribution to this project should be recognised. 


Colin Phillips Designer Blacksmith
Paul Sivell Wood Sculptor
Nicola Henshaw
Will Rosie
Horton Barns Ltd
Meadowsweet Way  
The Council was pleased to see that 119 residents responded to our consultation on the new play area at Meadowsweet Way, Horton Heath. The winning design submitted by HAGs (below) and been formally approved by the Council.

Work will start on decommissioning the old play area in September with a view to have a new play area open for October half term. Please keep an eye on our website and facebook for further updates. 
The Council has also been working hard on improving the area around the Community Centre with one of the ground staff hand-making benches and planters out of recyclable materials. 

Communication

We urge all residents to regularly check our Facebook page and website for important updates.

Our Facebook Page

www.fairoak-pc.gov.uk

As all staff are currently working from home, email is the best way to contact us.  A direct phone call may not be answered.
Coronavirus Support via Community Hubs 
If you need support or would like to volunteer to help those in need please go to https://www.eastleigh.gov.uk/coronavirus-support for further details.
Visit our website for more info about the Parish Council
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