Village News & Events:


Residents whose property backs onto footpaths have an obligation to keep their greenery off the footpaths.  OPC would appreciate your assistance to keep the footpaths accessible.

Ideas for the Lengthsman

Do you have ideas for works that OPC can consider for the Lengthsman?

Works can include: clearing ditches, cleaning signs, cutting back vegetation overhanging the road or footway, litter picking, cleaning bus shelters, minor repairs to street furniture and clearing footways.  Please email your ideas to giving as much detail of the idea and location as possible.

Parent Drug Awareness Workshop

POSTPONED! Please note that this event had been postponed until the Autumn, more details to follow.

Safer North Hampshire are putting on a workshop for parents who want to know more about the signs of drug use and what they can do to help. See below for more details.


Hart DC Housing Strategy Consultation

Hart District Council is in the process of re-writing it’s Housing Strategy which will be in place for the next 5 years.

We are currently consulting people about the priorities and actions we have identified and asking for your suggestions for any possible additional actions. Please pass this on to any colleagues who may also wish to provide comments.

The consultation can be completed online and is open until 22nd July, 4pm.

You can view the information on our website in the following places:

Thank you for taking time to complete this survey and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact housing services. The final Housing Strategy should be in place by December 2019 to start from January 2020.


Hart Local Plan Strategy and Sites 2016 – 2032: Consultation on proposed main modifications

The Council has published ‘Proposed Main Modifications’ to the ‘Local Plan Strategy and Sites 2016-2032 (Proposed Submission Version) February 2018’ for consultation between Friday 5 July 2019 and Monday 19 August 2019 (5pm deadline).  Further details including all of the consultation material are available at

The Council submitted the ‘Hart District Local Plan Strategy and Sites 2016-2032 Proposed Submission Version, February 2018’ for examination in June 2018. The Local Plan Inspector (Mr Jonathan Manning) held hearings during November and December 2018.  He wrote to the Council in February 2019 with his initial findings and recommendations, which the Council agreed to on 14 March 2019 – see Cabinet papers at  Subsequently the Inspector has agreed a full schedule of changes known as “Proposed Main Modifications” that need to be made for the Plan to be ‘sound’.

It is these Proposed Main Modifications to the Local Plan Strategy and Sites which are now being consulted upon, along with two other documents that accompany them: a Sustainability Appraisal Report Addendum, July 2019 and a letter from the Council’s consultants AECOM dated 25 April 2019 regarding Habitat Regulations Assessment.  It is only these three documents which are being consulted upon.  General comments about the content of the Local Plan not related to a Proposed Main Modification will not be accepted.  All duly made comments (representations) will be sent to the Inspector for his consideration in the preparation of his final report on the examination of the Plan, expected in the Autumn 2019.

Responses must be sent by email to or to: Planning Policy Team, Hart District Council, Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet, GU51 4AE.  Response forms are available at .  Please make clear which document or Proposed Main Modification you are commenting on.

The Council has also published a list of Proposed Minor Modifications for information only. These are available with the consultation documents but are not part of this consultation.

The consultation material is available on-line at . Hard copies of consultation material can be found at the following locations:  

  • Hart District Council, Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet GU51 4AE
  • Fleet Library 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 4BX
  • Odiham Bridewell Library The Bury, Odiham, Hampshire RG29 1NB
  • Yateley Library School Lane, Yateley, Hampshire GU46 6NL
  • Blackwater and Hawley Town Council, Blackwater Centre, 12-14 London Road, Blackwater, Camberley, Surrey GU17 9AA  Tel: 01276 33050 Email:
  • Church Crookham Parish Council, Church Crookham Community Centre, Boyce Road, Church Crookham, Hampshire GU52 8AQ   Tel: 01252 626793
  • Fleet Town Council, The Harlington Centre, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 4BY   Tel: 01252 625246 Email:
  • Hartley Wintney Parish Council, Parish Office, Appleton Hall, West Green Road, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Hampshire RG27 8RE  Tel: 01252 845152  Email:
  • Elvetham Heath Parish Council, The Parish Office, Elvetham Heath, Community Centre, The Key, Elvetham Heath, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 1HA  Tel: 01252 623700  Email:
  • Hook Parish Council Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft, Hook, Hampshire RG27 9NN Telephone 01256 768573 or 768687 Email:
  • Odiham Parish Council Odiham Parish Council Office, The Bridewell, The Bury, Odiham, Hampshire RG29 1NB Tel: 01256 702716 Email:
  • Yateley Town Council Council Offices, Reading Road, Yateley, Hampshire GU46 7RP Tel: 01252 872198 Email:

Waste Collection Round Changes – Hart DC

I am writing to update you on some work we have been doing with our waste contractor Serco to update and rebalance the bin collection rounds.

It is important to look at the way we work and to see if we can make improvements to ensure the service is running efficiently, reducing the distances our vehicles are travelling, sharing the workload across the crews and accommodating new homes in the district.

Following a period of strenuous data testing, Serco and our joint waste client team have been adjusting bin collection rounds that will achieve all of the above.

The revised routes mean that less than 10% of the district’s households will see a change to their collection day or week. Those residents remaining on the same collection day may see a change to their collection time therefore it is important bins are put out by 6.30am.

Our garden waste customers will also see a change to their collections. Over 50% of customers will have a change to their week and/or day.

As you will be well aware communication is crucial when implementing changes to bin collections and I am asking for your support. Where possible, please print off and display the attached poster and share our official social media posts you may see over the next few weeks.

The new collection timetable will start from Monday 22 July and addressed leaflets will be sent to affected households from the end of June advising residents of the changes. From Monday 1 July information will be available on our website, through our social media channels, local media and parish link.

Timeline of Communication

  • From today – information announcing the changes will be available on our website including FAQs at Promotion on the changes will begin through local media and parish magazines.
  • Monday 24 June – Social media messaging will start.
  • Monday 1 July – Addressed leaflets or letters will begin arriving at all households over a two-week period advising residents of the changes. These will provide information on collection days and a timetable specific to them.
  • Monday 1 July – You and your residents can ‘look up’ new collection dates on our website at
  • Monday 22 July – the new collection timetable will start and residents need to put their bins out on their new collection date from the week commencing Monday 22 July. Additional bagged, black bin waste will be accepted on the first collection only. Additional recycling is always collected as long as it is placed in a cardboard box next to the bin or in a clear plastic bin bag.


Balancing the Budget Consultation – HCC

We have launched a consultation to understand the views of residents and stakeholders across Hampshire on options to help deliver a balanced budget up to 2021/22.

By planning ahead and through careful use of reserves, we have successfully found ways to deliver services differently and more efficiently, securing savings of £480 million over the past 11 years.

However, due to growing demand for council services, further reductions in Government funding, rising costs and inflation, we face a further estimated budget shortfall of £80 million by April 2021. This means more decisions will need to be made about what we can and cannot provide in future.

Opportunities for reducing costs are getting harder to find, which is why it is important that we hear the views of residents, many of whom are likely to be affected by the outcomes.

The Balancing the Budget consultation runs until 11:59pm on 17 July 2019.

We would like to hear from as many residents and stakeholders as possible. Feedback will help to inform areas where the County Council could focus on balancing its budget up to 2021/22.  No prior decisions have been made regarding the proposals.

You can take part in the consultation via the online response form on the web page, which went live on Wednesday 5 June. There is also a full information pack about the proposals in the consultation on the web page. Paper copies can be requested by emailing or calling 0300 555 1375, and will also be available from Hampshire libraries.