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HHRA Update 12 July 2022

Proposal to Erect a Telecommunication Mast. Our councillors have drawn our attention to a planning application to erect a telecommunication mast on the grass bank at the junction of Hill Head Road and Crofton Lane. We are appalled at this proposal, which would constitute nothing less than an act of sheer vandalism to an attractive and valued local amenity. To gauge what the impact would be, do take a look at the mast and associated cabinets outside The Crofton pub and imagine one like that slap in the middle of that pretty corner of our neighbourhood. We understand that telecommunications companies have a right to erect such masts, but wonder if such a remotely-located organisation has examined all of the various local siting options to identify where they would have the least adverse impact on communities. Our councillors have already raised their objections and have asked us to urge our members to send in their comments. Naturally HHRA is objecting very strongly, but an HHRA submission, though usually influential, officially counts as one only and so we do urge our members to add their own - as many as possible please. Details, plus guide as to how to submit a comment, can be found on the FBC website at Planning Applications - search for P/22/0937/PA. Do look at our and our councillors' comments and submit your own - we need as many comments as possible to stand the best chance of influencing the decision. Please also bring this to the attention of your neighbours.

The Great Sewer Project. The major remedial work to the Knights Bank/Old Street sewer will start this Thursday and Friday, with digging down being carried out at the pumping station. The work to install the steel fused lining will commence on Monday 18 July. This will entail the all too familiar tankers in Knights Bank Road, taking over the work of the sewer, plus contractors’ vehicles. The road will not be closed, but please assume it will be very full and access will not be easy. A winch machine will be in the drive of 23 Old Street. Jason Masters’ estimate of duration is 6 – 10 working days: it depends on whether, despite earlier use of ground penetrating radar, any hitches occur on the route between Knights Bank Road and Old Street – we hope residents in Little Gays do not receive an ominous knock on the door…. New valves were installed at the pumping station earlier this month so in theory, by the end of the month, all bases will have been covered.

Vandalism at Salterns Car Park. As some will already have noticed, a week ago 18 of the wooden posts installed to keep vehicles off the grass have been cut off. The culprit has not yet been identified, but it must have taken quite a time to cut them all, so if anyone saw any suspicious activity no doubt the Council would be interested to know; if you did see something but want to remain anonymous, then you could perhaps contact us in confidence via our email address above.

Update on thefts from Cliff Road beach huts. We reported in the last Update the thefts carried out at 21 beach huts below Cliff Road on the night of 26/27 June. Some excellent sleuthing by beach hut owners and co-operation from Hill Head Sailing Club revealed on their CCTV a number of vehicles in the car park during the night and tyre tracks were visible outside the huts; the broken finger post almost certainly resulted from being hit by one of the vehicles. The CCTV footage has been shared with the police, although sadly light levels were not good enough for registration numbers or faces to be seen.

Shellfish gathering. We know how frustrating we all find it when large scale gathering of shellfish occurs. We reported in the 27 June Update what was discussed at the CAT meeting and below is a note arising from a conversation one of our members had with Environmental Health at FBC, which reminds us and adds to what has previously been circulated:

A group of 3 men or a family of 5 with a bucket each is certainly legal and often culturally important. There is no contamination closure in place so it’s apparently fine from a health and safety point of view (although it’s not clear how responsive and frequent the environmental monitoring system is). Southern IFCA manage the byelaws and there may be seasonal closures in place for certain species so it depends on what’s in their bucket as well as its minimum size. There are also commercial licences in place and they should have their permits which you can request to see.

The real concern is large groups of adults. This should be reported to the GLAA (Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority) and the police.

As we have previously confirmed, car details can be useful for both police on 101 or FBC on 01329 236100 or 07770 227155 out of hours, but we know some members have been very disappointed at the lack of interest and response from both agencies.

Village Poppies. Although we do not normally include advertisements or invitations to join activity groups, we are sure that you will agree that this one is an exception. A group is being formed to decorate the village and particularly the War Memorial during November with handmade poppies. They are inviting anyone who is interested and can knit, sew or crochet to join them. The next meeting will be on 18 July, then 1 and 18 August. Poppy packs are available for collection or delivery and contain the necessary items. More details on 07479 839115.

Local Archaeology In the 17 May Update, we provided a ‘trailer’ of one of the topics which will feature in our 5 September open meeting, namely the Rainbow Bar. For those interested in the history of this area, there will be interesting archaeological exhibits on display and activities in the Visitor Centre, starting shortly, for the latter part of July. Do drop in.

Scams. " Survey registration - Confirmation needed....TALKTALK FOR EVRERYONE " . "Total Protection....Mca-ffe....Subscription has expired." . "Tesco Deals....You have been selected...." None of these are as convincing as some we have seen lately.

A member also recently reminded us of the need to be wary of cold calling tradesmen who ‘happen to be in the area’ and wonder if you might like them to do a job for you that had never before occurred to you as being necessary. Do always pause for thought and take up references.


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