Aug 16 show


Warning from Hampshire Trading Standards Service Doorstep callers offering to Tarmac driveways – ALTON area

Hampshire Trading Standards Service is warning the public to be wary of cold callers at the door offering to lay tarmac driveways and paths. They may imply they are linked to nearby road works.  In particular, reports have been received from the Alton area.

 Trading Standards would advise consumers not to agree to work that is instigated as a result of a cold call or via a leaflet drop. Consumers should obtain at least 3 written quotes from reputable businesses or traders who are either members of the Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Buy With Confidence Scheme or a recognised trade association.

 Members of the Buy With Confidence scheme are fully audited to ensure their trading practices are legal, honest and fair.  All members have been checked for trustworthiness and compliance with consumer protection laws. Details can be obtained by telephoning 01962 833620, emailing buy.with.confidence@hants.gov.uk or via the website www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk

 Traders who agree work at the home of an individual or at a place other than their usual business premises are required by law to provide consumers with a Notice of Right to Cancel, which gives consumers a 14 day cooling off period from the date the work starts.  So, legally, you may have the right to cancel even though work has commenced..

If anyone has any information about traders who are cold calling or requires any advice on doorstep crime they can contact Hampshire County Council’s Quick Response Team on 01962 833666 (Monday – Friday 0900hrs to 1700hrs) where specially trained officers are on hand to provide advice. If assistance is required outside of these hours please contact Hampshire Police on their non-urgent number 101 or dial 999 if you feel threatened or intimidated.

 Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service Montgomery House  Monarch Way Winchester  Hampshire  SO22 5PW Tel: 01962 833620 Fax: 01962 833698 E-mail: doorstep.crime@hants.gov.uk

Ropley Neighbourhood Plan – June Update

Following the adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan objectives by the Parish Council in April, we have turned our attention to formulating the policies that will enforce the plan objectives, starting with ensuring that any new development is well integrated into the existing landscape, the built environment and that discrete settlements are discouraged from coalescing, followed by protecting the rural landscape and character of the Parish including views into and out of the village centre and from public rights of way. We hope to present these policies to the Parish Council for approval at their July meeting. We have also created a suite of site assessment criteria that will be used to evaluate the land parcels that have been submitted to the steering group through the landowner registration process. These site assessment criteria were presented to and approved by the Parish Council at their May meeting, and we are now forming teams of volunteers to assess these sites over the summer. In addition a second team of volunteers is getting ready to start the landscape character assessment which will highlight the key landscape features of the village that must be protected by policies. We have now been granted funding to undertake a Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) and are in the process of finalising the parameters for the task. It will be undertaken by an external contractor with experience in performing these assessments. Finally, a further public consultation meeting will take place on 21st September at 7.30pm in the Sports Pavilion at which we expect to present the plan policies prior to the start of the public consultation period – please book the date in your diaries. If you would like to understand more about Ropley’s Neighbourhood Plan and get involved to support its development then either

  • come to the open Steering Committee meetings in the small room at the Parish Hall, held alternate Mondays at 7.30pm. Meetings will be held on 4th and 18th July, 1st and 15th August.

 Ropley Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group

Neighbourhood Planning

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