Agenda item

Chair's report


Face-to-Face Committee Meeting

This was the first face-to-face Local Area Committee for 18 months. The Chair thanked everyone who was involved in enabling the meetings to continue virtually during the height of the pandemic, and subsequently the return back to face-to-face meetings.


Boorley Park Play Area and MUGA

In July, the Chair was pleased to officially open the new children’s play area and Multi Use Games Area in Boorley Park. This has been well received by the local children and parents. More recently, with the relaxation of the Covid restrictions, a bench has been installed in the play area for parents to use.


Hatch Farm Working Group

Hatch Farm Working Group continues to work together to deliver improvements to the Barnsland Recreation Ground and a Wheeled Sports Area on the Hatch Farm public open space.  A consultation exercise was carried out at the West End Youthouse Community Games and Fearless have now been appointed as the provider for the Wheeled Sports Area. They will work with users of the facility and the working group to develop and deliver a fantastic new space for the community.


Berrywood Fields

Earlier this summer, work commenced on the delivery of more community facilities in the form of grass playing pitches and public open space at Berrywood Fields. These football pitches, together with the Artificial Turf Pitch on the Deer Park School site, are being funded by Developers Contributions allocated by the Committee, and will provide a facility for the community and local clubs for team sports. 


Deer Park Secondary School

Travelling along Woodhouse Lane, the new Deer Park Secondary School can be clearly seen and is the first brand new secondary school to be delivered in Hampshire for 30 years.  The new complex is being further enhanced by the extension to the Sports Hall and the installation of the Artificial Turf Pitch.  The new school year has begun successfully and pupils were thriving in their new environment. 


Chalcroft Way Link Road

As work continues on Woodhouse Lane to deliver the road improvements to enable access to Deer Park school and the future housing development, and deliver the Botley Bypass, a section of the new road infrastructure for the new community at Horton Heath has recently opened.  The new Chalcroft Way link road connects Bubb Lane with Burnetts Lane and while it currently only provides access to Chalcroft Business Park, this was a significant step forward in delivering the infrastructure for the One Horton Heath development.


Hedge End Station Car Park

The project to install the new height barrier at the Hedge End Station car park was almost complete with the legal notices confirming the height restriction having been put up last week.


Living Well Partnership Merger

Residents in the Hedge End and Botley area will have been aware of the recent consultation carried out by the NHS Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group. This followed a proposal from the Living Well Partnership who provide GP services at St Luke’s and Botley surgeries, to merge the practice with their Southampton practice into one NHS contract.  While the CCG have now approved the application, the Local Area Committee were continuing to engage with the CCG to ensure residents views were represented.


Community Grants

The local Community and Youth Grants scheme was due to open this week, providing an opportunity for charities and not for profit organisations in Hedge End, West End and Botley to apply to the Local Area Committee for grants for up to £500 towards one off projects, equipment and individual events.  The grant scheme will run for seven weeks and all applications will be considered by the Local Area Committee in January.


Eastleigh Unwrapped

An exciting new arts event for Hedge End took place at Greta Park this month, supported by the Committee, with Eastleigh Unwrapped coming out of Eastleigh town centre for the first time.


The Berry Theatre

The Berry Theatre was opening its doors again with tickets on sale for some live performances this autumn, to provide much needed fun and excitement following the challenges of the last year.


Itchen Valley Country Park

In July the Council approved funding for a range of infrastructure improvements at Itchen Valley Country Park, supported by Developers Contributions from this Committee. The project will see the provision of a new community building to replace the Kingfisher Barn, a central events and welcoming space at Highwood Barn, upgraded play equipment and better parking, amongst other things. The park was currently hosting a British Wildlife Photography exhibition at the Woodland Café which runs until Friday 1 November.