01256 702716 clerk@odiham.org.uk

Village News & Events:

Thank You on behalf of the Odiham and NW Poppy Appeal!

Cheering news in these challenging times! The Poppy Appeal 2020 in Odiham and North Warnborough raised nearly £3,700. This does not include an amazing contribution from RAF Odiham, some of whom ran a marathon, while stationed in Mali, on Remembrance Day in aid of the British Legion.

On behalf of the Poppy Appeal I would like to say a huge “Thank You” for the contributions from private individuals, and collections from the Post Office, Kings Street Dentists, the Cricket Club, all the shops, pubs and garages, and in particular, our three local schools who were continuing to operate at a very testing time.

Monica Good    Poppy Appeal Organiser

Residents’ survey to shape Hart’s electric vehicle strategy

Top 20 electric vehicle charging station companies

Hart District Council is carrying out a very short survey, 5 minutes, to assess the demand for charging points for electric vehicles over the coming 5 years. OPC is supportive of sustainable transport and already supporting this through its Strategic Plan.  The survey responses will build a picture of electric car use in Hart and identify prime locations to install chargepoints within the district.

Government plans to phase out diesel and petrol cars. If you would like to see charging points in Odiham and North Warnborough please complete the survey at this link

Covid Lockdown

As we approach the start of the second Covid lockdown, we would like to let you know the actions Odiham Parish Council has taken in line with Government guidance:

Facilities
  • Playgrounds will remain open and will continue to be inspected weekly.
  • The Recreation Ground multi-use-games-area will close for the duration of the lockdown.
  • Allotments will remain open.
  • King St toilets will remain open and be cleaned by a contractor Mondays to Fridays.
  • The Cemetery will remain open.
Events & Meetings
  • Sadly the Odiham Remembrance wreath laying ceremony is cancelled. Residents are encouraged to follow the Royal British Legion’s “Doorstep Remembrance” or follow a live streamed event such as:
  • The Cenotaph: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000pb0n or
  • Hart District Council:
    https://www.facebook.com/HDCLiveStreaming
  • The following scheduled meetings will go ahead via Zoom:
o Full Council – 17th November, 7.30pm
o Planning & Development – 18th November, 7.30pm
o Finance Committee EGM – 1st December, 7.30pm
Parish Office
  • All staff will continue to work throughout the lockdown and can be contacted by email: clerk@odiham.org.uk, deputyclerk@odiham.org.uk or admin.officer@odiham.org.uk.
  • The Parish Office can be contacted on 01256 702716 with at least one member of staff available Mondays to Fridays.
  • Alternatively you can contact your ward Councillor directly by email. Individual Councillor addresses can be found at http://www.odiham.org.uk/your-council/councillors/
During the first lockdown, Councillors ran a prescription and hearing aid delivery service. Councillors are monitoring demand and are equipped to re-start this service if necessary.
If you need support, please contact Hampshire County Council in the first instance on 0333 370400. Further details are available at https://www.hants.gov.uk/…/coronavirus/volunteer-welfare
We would like to wish all our residents well during this difficult time and look forward to better times when we can meet you all in the community!

Covid Update – Remembrance Sunday Arrangements

Following the decision to introduce a lockdown from Thursday the strict conditions imposed are such that the Odiham Remembrance Service and Wreath Laying, planned for 1045 on Sunday the 8th November, are no longer viable. Reluctantly, therefore, they are cancelled. Instead, those who wish to place a wreath, cross or symbol of Remembrance at the Odiham War Memorial should to do so individually by last light on Wednesday, if possible. These will be arranged and displayed until the new year as is normal.

There will be BBC1 coverage of the pre-recorded Festival of Remembrance on Saturday 7th November at 2140 and of the Cenotaph Service at 1015 on Sunday.

Everyone is encouraged to pause and remember at 1100 on Remembrance Sunday and on Armistice Day, Wednesday 11th November.

Thank you to all who have provided support and assistance during the current Poppy Appeal, which continues until the 8th November under the guidance of our new appeal organiser, Monie Good. Thanks are due to Odiham Parish Council, Royal Air Force Odiham and the Rev.Chris Dudgeon for their support.

Poppies are available at local garages supermarkets and some shops in the High Street (at least until Wednesday). It maybe that you would find it easier to make an on-line donation this year. If so the link is: www.rbl.org.uk/poppyappeal and click on the ‘make a donation’ button.

Simon Lloyd

Chairman, Odiham & District Branch.
Royal British Legion (Reg Charity No: 219279)
01256 702302
07769 880413

Government Consultations on Planning

Odiham Parish Council has recently responded to two major Government consultations on Planning:

  1. Changes to the Current Planning System White Paper
    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/927157/200805_Changes_to_the_current_planning_system.pdf
    OPC’s response can be viewed here
  2. Planning for the Future Consultation
    https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future
    OPC’s response can be viewed here

 

Working from home tax allowance

The Government has confirmed that if you’ve been working from home and had additional expenses as a result (e.g. heating, lighting or wifi) you can claim, a £6 tax relief allowance per week, for the full tax year 2020/21. This equates to £62 cash in the pocket if on basic tax or £124 if you pay at 40% tax for the year – this works even if;

  • your offices are still open but fewer people can go in due to Covid precautions
  • you work part-time
  • you only need to work at home on certain days

To process the claims, HMRC have just set up a dedicated working from home HMRC microservice that will automatically apply the whole 2020/21 tax year’s relief via your tax code – making claiming the whole amount very easy.

You’ll need to have your Government Gateway ID to do it, for which you need your P60/payslip and passport – but once done, the claim itself is just a few quick clicks! It’s done by altering your tax code, which means the amount taken off your payslip in tax is altered, which means you’ll take home more pay

https://www.gov.uk/tax-relief-for-employees/working-at-home