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Village News & Events:

Coronavirus Support

As the lockdown continues there is a growing need for volunteers to shop for the elderly and vulnerable. Thank you to all those who have already signed up or taken the initiative themselves. The national level systems are taking a while to kick in and the County and District level are being passed back to Parish Councils. The HartisPrepared website will still not accept volunteers. So if you are willing and able to help please email cllrmcfarlane@odiham.org.uk We are trying to match one volunteer to one person needing help. That minimises the risk to both – you just do extra shopping when you shop for yourself. Also we are trying to match neighbours. If you are already helping someone PLEASE DO NOT STOP. It would be handy to let us know so we don’t duplicate. Please stay safe and look at the guidelines for doing so published here www.hartvolaction.org.uk/coronavirus/local-updates/

NEW HELPLINE IN HAMPSHIRE FOR VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

From today, a new helpline is up and running for frail or vulnerable residents who do not have the support of families, friends or their local communities and who urgently need assistance with essential food or household supplies, collection of medication, or who are at risk of loneliness.

‘Extremely vulnerable’ are those who are socially shielded and should have a letter from the NHS and those who are vulnerable for other reasons (e.g. over 70, frail or have other health issues) – where people do not have their own support networks.

The Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline – HantsHelp4Vulnerable – can be contacted on 0333 370 4000. The helpline is available seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm.

#Hantshelp4vulnerable
#Hereforyou

More details will follow.

OPC’s decision making over the following few weeks

In accordance with government guidance, the Parish Office is now closed to the public and staff are working from home wherever possible.  We will do our best to help with your enquiry but it may not always be possible to prioritise your enquiry during this challenging period.

Government guidance also prevents face-to-face meetings which will affect the way in which OPC makes its decisions.

The Coronavirus Act passed this week includes powers to the Secretary of State to allow virtual Council meetings.  Whilst these powers are not yet in place, OPC will be following sector advice by holding virtual meetings (where a meeting is considered essential) and the Clerk has been given temporary delegated authority to make essential decisions on behalf of OPC in consultation with the Chair or relevant Committee Chair – such decisions are those which are necessary to run the Council or where OPC risks breaking a contract or agreement.  All decisions will be reported to the next available convened meeting.

Responses to Planning Applications will be agreed in consultation with Planning & Development Committee members via email or virtual meeting.  All decisions will be recorded in the minutes in the normal way.  Residents within the parish are welcome to submit their comments on a specific application by emailing clerk@odiham.org.uk and/or cllrverdon@odiham.org.uk.

We will consider livestreaming virtual meetings as soon as we receive notification that the virtual meeting power is in place.

Please refer to each meeting agenda for further details.

Playgrounds Closed from midnight 23rd March

The playgrounds at the Recreation Ground, Bufton Field, Chamberlain Gardens and Chapel Pond Drive are now CLOSED.
By order of HM Government as part of the UK Coronavirus (Covid-19) Response.
This closure is effective from midnight 23rd March for a minimum period of 21 days.
No equipment safety checks will be carried out whilst the play area is closed.

Following an extraordinary Council meeting held on 23rd March and following government advice:

–  Open space areas will stay open.
–  The public toilets in King Street will stay open unless the government advises otherwise and as long as regular cleaning can be maintained.
–  Allotments will stay open but users are encouraged to follow social distancing guidance.

Coronavirus – Office Closed to the Public

The government has issued stay at home guidance for households with possible Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection.

To protect the safety of Council staff and Councillors, the PARISH OFFICE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

Staff and Councillors are working together to maintain an administrative service where possible.

Please phone or email the Parish Office with your enquiry or following Odiham Parish Council news online.

To find the latest information we are all encouraged to go online first wherever possible and this is the main website:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Newsletter and Coronavirus local support

Dear Residents
We have just produced our SPRING NEWSLETTER which will be distributed to all households in the next few weeks.
We wanted to share this with you now as it includes some details on local support throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
Please share this with your neighbours who may not be online and in need of a little extra help.

Coronavirus

The OPC are following national guidance which is evolving as the situation develops.  We are particularly concerned for those who may need help but are not on social media or cannot get online.  If you know someone in that situation please share as much information with them as you can.  There is also information below for those who want to help.

If you feel unwell or are vulnerable it is important you follow the current advice – the 111 telephone help line is there for those who cannot get on line – this is likely to include many in the most vulnerable groups.

One piece of advice is to arrange for family or friends to bring deliveries of essentials if you cannot get out because you are self-isolating or unwell.  It’s a good idea to set this up before you need help.  Remember DO NOT meet face to face – deliveries should be left at the door.

Many community minded residents are keen to help their neighbours.  Covid-19 Mutual Aid (a volunteer run organisation) recommends setting up a local group. It says ‘the smaller the better – a group that brings together those people who live on your street alone could be more effective and manageable than a district-wide support group.’ The Covid-19 Mutual Aid website provides advice on how to set up a local group, including important guidance on safety and security. You can also register your group so others can find it. https://covidmutualaid.org

Some residents, and local groups such as All Saints Church, Love Your Neighbour – Odiham on Facebook and local-community groups, are already using the attached form to contact their neighbours:  Corona help postcard

We suggest the best thing for volunteers to do is to print out the form above and deliver it around their neighbourhood, especially to those houses where they know elderly people may live.  Then those who are self isolating, who need help, will have somebody close to them to contact.

The find the latest information we are all encouraged to go online first wherever possible and this is the main website:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Join us for the Odiham Spring Clean

POSTPONED:  this event is postponed to September in accordance with the national Great British Spring Clean event

https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/volunteer/litter-heroes?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9JfXjL-h6AIVFODtCh0OgASaEAAYASAAEgKwtvD_BwE

Keep Britain Tidy
Join us for our Spring Clean on March 28th!
We’ll provide the equipment, you just need to sign-up on the link below to let us know who’ll be attending.
If you know of any particular areas in need of attention leave a comment below.

https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/events/odiham-north-warnborough-spring-clean-5e5be215c3595

Rented affordable homes and rural exception scheme housing allocations within Hart

At the full Council meeting on 11th February, Hart District Council gave a presentation explaining how housing is allocated within the Hart District.

Applications for both affordable housing homes and rural exception scheme homes are assessed against certain eligible criteria and homes are allocated to applicants meeting these criteria demonstrating the highest priority.

Rural exception scheme homes are first allocated to those on the register with a local connection and we are aware of a pending rural exception scheme planning application in Odiham.  If you can meet the required criteria and are interested in a property it is important to register on the Hart Housing Register https://www.hart.gov.uk/housing.