Improvements to a section of footpath 21
Whilst the maintenance of footpaths is not in OPC’s remit, we have responded to resident’s concerns about a section of footpath 21. OPC approved the use £9,892 of s106 Highways Contributions from the Hatchwood/Montfort Place development for improvements to a section of this footpath between London Road and Farnham Road at an EGM on 18 December 2018.

HCC have advised that these works will commence on 29 January 2019. The appointed contractor has advised them that the works will take 2 weeks. In order to complete this work and to prevent the likelihood of danger to the public the Countryside Service at HCC has made an order to temporarily close part of footpath 21. Details of this closure can be viewed on the council’s website by following the link below:-

14 February 2019 - HHC have updated us that good progress has been made, but the snow and heavy rain has meant that the works cannot be finished off yet. The contractor has been on site for 2 weeks, and have laid the terram and new surfacing material. The western half of the path is more or less finished and needs just a final dressing and roll. Works on the eastern half of the path have been made much more difficult by the snow and then very wet weather.  This half needs more material and then rolling.The surface needs to dry out before the works can be finished – at the moment, when it is rolled it the wet material is sticking to the roller, so is not having the desired effect. New notices have been left with the workmen, which they will put at the end of the path and in the centre, explaining why the path is still closed (closed until 25th Feb).

Bus Shelters at and opposite The Crown
At the meeting on 19 November 2018 the T&T committee were advised that Hampshire Highways have advised that there is not enough space to install a bus shelter at the location opposite The Crown as the extent of the highway extends up to the rear of the footway outside the property Deansgate.

Some members of the committee felt that there is room to install a bus shelter here, particularly as there used to be one at this location and will be making contact with Highways to discuss this further.

The path through Mildmay Court

15 February 2019

As you may be aware, access to the footway from Reyntiens View to the cemetery has been closed by the management company at Mildmay Court. Several residents have expressed their concerns to the parish council at the loss of this access.

OPC’s Traffic and Transport Committee has agreed to apply to Hampshire County Council for a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) to try and re-establish the public’s access.

This is lengthy and technical process, part of which is to obtain confirmation of previous local use of any such access, including the timeframe of such use. To this end, OPC is asking any local resident who wishes to see this happen, to complete the User Evidence Form below and return this to OPC either by hand to the parish office or via email to

Each person completing the form needs to mark the route with a red line that they have used on a copy of the map below and attach it to their form and sign and date it. OPC will include any relevant copies of maps and documentary evidence.  It is important that the forms are completed according to the regulations and submitted in the correct order.

OPC would ask anyone wishing to complete the form to do so by 15 March 2019.

User Evidence


The committee are seeking advice from the Open Spaces Society regarding the closure of the path through Mildmay Court and have agreed to request that Hampshire CC make a Definitive Map Modification Order to register the path as a right of way.

Bike Racks
OPC have purchased bike racks which are due to be installed on the High Street outside of the Bel and The Dragon by Hampshire Highways.

Useful Information
If you have concerns about the condition of a tarmacked public footway you can report this directly to Hampshire Highways on their website via the following link:

For any problems with public footpaths. These can be reported to Hampshire County Council on their website via the following link:

For problems with the condition of a public road. Please report these directly to Hampshire County Council on their website via the following link:

Please see the following for more information:
THE HART TAXISHARE – still in operation 9 January 2015