e-Bulletin - April 2021

Welcome to the Parish Council’s e-Bulletin
Fair Oak Parish Council’s 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.  

We hope that the e-bulletin will be viewed as a key resource, fully engaging our residents and driving activities at a community level.

Deliberately short and snappy, the bulletin is provided in electronic format with web links to access further information and downloadable material. The e-bulletin is emailed monthly to all residents who have signed up to receive the bulletins. Older editions of the e-bulletin are also available here.

News & Notices

Parish Office
The Parish Office remains closed with all Admin staff working from home. However, we can still be reached by email, phone, through our website or via our Facebook page.

Our Grounds team continues to work (socially distanced) maintaining our parks and green spaces.
It is hoped with the easing of restrictions that Admin staff will soon (May) be
returning to the office.
Parish Meetings

Our next “virtual” meeting is the Council’s AGM on Monday 4 May 2021 at 6 pm.   
The meeting was originally scheduled for 17 May but has been rescheduled in accordance with relevant legislation.  

All residents are welcome to attend any of our meetings which are held via Zoom.  If you would like to be part of the meeting or ask a question, please contact the Clerk by emailing:

The Agenda for the meeting will be posted on our website one week prior to the meeting.  
Meetings dates for 2021/2022 can be viewed
The live streamed meeting can be found on the Council’s YouTube channel
Here to serve the Community
After receiving news from Fair Oak Infant School that they had a major electrical fault and had to close the school, the Parish Council were delighted to be able to step in and offer its space as temporary classrooms.  

Year one pupils spent the day at Lapstone Playing Fields and year two children use the Horton Heath Community Centre for the day.  A great example of a community coming together.
Skate Ramps – Knowle Park 
We are delighted with the new themed graffiti on the ramps at the skate park.  The Graffiti artist, Kezia Hoffman worked in consultation with the young people to formulate these designs and don’t they look great. Thank you to all your positive responses to this and to the children whose designs inspired the final work. 

Walk & Talk Finger Post 
For those of you with step counters you may have noticed that our very talented Groundsman, Colin Hardwicke, has produced a handmade finger post denoting steps to various destinations around the villages.  We hope this encourages residents to explore the Parish and get fit at the same time. Further waymarkers are planned for the centre of the village and Crowdhill soon. 

Water Bottle filing stations
In line with a greener planet and more sustainable environment, the Council has installed a water bottle filling station at the Lapstone Playing Fields.  An additional fountain is destined at the Parish Office and it is proposed one be installed at the Community Library building.
Tree Planting Scheme 
The Parish Council is currently working on a tree planting scheme with a view to implement this in the Autumn. The key principal of the scheme will be for every tree that has to be felled because its diseased, dead or dying we will replace with 3 trees ”3-4-1”

Food Banks
There has been a total of 2,592 items donated from residents since the Parish installed the yellow bins at the Woodland Community Centre and Parish Office.  Well done everyone and keep the donations coming.

Woodland Community Centre
Disappointingly due to circumstances out of the Parish Council’s control, the Woodland Community Centre remains closed for regular users due to the “drying out” process from its recent flood.  We apologise for any inconvenience to our users and hope these issues are addressed speedily. 
Fountain Cafe - Update
We have had a whopping 904 residents respond to the Community Café survey. The survey officially closed on 23 April 2021. Initial analysis of the results show that 98% of you fully support the Parish’s plans to place a community cafe on the old scout hut site as part of our wider phased improvements at the park. Thank you to all residents who responded. We will post the full survey results on our website shortly.
Corporate Plan
The Council has written a new Corporate Plan following the Community Engagement survey and ran a consultation which ended on 30th April 2021.
There are 6 objectives in the new plan: 
•    COVID-19 recovery 
•    Supporting people in our communities to live their lives well
•    Supporting our communities in improving their health and wellbeing
•    Encourage & support a sustainable local environment
•    Become an innovative and forward-thinking Council
•    Improve community involvement and engagement

How we plan to meet these objectives is covered in our action plan which will be reviewed on an annual basis. 

We asked residents to comment on the 6 objectives and the action plan. It was an  opportunity to have a say on the vision for the Parish. 

The Council will formally adopt the plan at its meeting on 4 May 2021.
Scorey’s Copse – update from
Eastleigh Borough Council

Eastleigh Borough Council, has issued a stop notice on any further development works at Scorey’s Copse, Horton Heath. The stop notice means that all development work on the site is prohibited for the next 28 days. There is no right of appeal against this notice.
On Saturday 10 April the Eastleigh Borough Council was made aware of unauthorised site clearance works at Scorey’s Copse on Botley Road, Horton Heath that included the removal of a number of trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order, number 839. Officers visited the site, cautioned the owner and asked that works cease. However, the owner chose to continue work. The unauthorised work on the trees is therefore a criminal offence.

An abatement notice has also been served, to prohibit any burning of material on the site that would cause smoke. This notice lasts indefinitely.

EBC are also pursuing a tree replacement notice. The notice will require trees to be re-planted at the owner's cost. The exact number and make-up of those trees is being determined by the council's tree specialist.

A Council spokesperson said, "The Council’s Enforcement, Environmental and Legal teams are now working together on additional action over the next few weeks.  We will simply will not tolerate this sort of flagrant and illegal destruction of our natural environment.
Anti-social behaviour
Sadly some of the Easter characters were damaged during the period of the Spring trail but we hope this didn’t stop residents’ enjoyment.
The Parish Council is currently updating its CCTV around key sites and is also looking for a company to monitor the CCTV 24/7. We are also sourcing a roving CCTV camera. We hope that these steps will go some way to tackling the ASB we are currently experiencing around the Parish. 

Parish History 
Copies of “The History of Fair Oak and Horton Heath” book, published by Helen Douglas, are available to purchase.  Click here for more details

Guiding for Adults – Trefoil Guild
The Group based in Fair Oak & Horton Heath is looking for new members.  Please contact Janet Painter if you would like to join (details on poster below).

Dates for your diary
1st - 30th April 2021Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Click here for more information

1st - 30th April 2021Stress Awareness Month
Click here for more information


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

As all staff are currently working from home, email is the best way to contact us,
as a direct phone call may not be answered straight away.
Coronavirus Support via Community Hubs 
If you need support or would like to volunteer to help those in need please go to for further details.
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