An Update from Hamble Parish Council
Hamble Parish Council
Like everyone, we are adjusting to the restrictions that we are all facing and the challenges that come with them. Despite that, I know that people are finding new ways to stay at home either together or alone while still staying in touch with neighbours, friends, volunteers and families despite the limitations of social distancing.
The village is generally quiet and peaceful, there are still issues that need to be sorted out. The office staff are available and the grounds staff are, like many other key workers, still out in the village keeping things safe and tidy. They are working reduced hours but are undertaking safety checks, emptying bins and keeping an eye on things generally. Although most areas of the village are quiet and people have been following government guidelines there are the odd instances where we have been able to respond – this has included removing fly tipping, dealing with damaged street furniture and keeping an eye on areas where people are drawn to as part of their daily exercise routines. We have tried to keep most of our playing fields and public spaces open but we are keeping this under constant review. The Police have been out and about and are keeping their Facebook page up to date with posts from around the area. We are continuing to work with them, especially with areas that are giving cause for concern. If you have a worry, there is a page on their website with lots of information as well as a section on how to report concerns about people not following the guidance https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/c19/coronavirus-covid-19/.
Normally at this time of the month agendas for Parish Meetings would be going up across the village as well as appearing on the website and Facebook. Government has allowed parish councils to change their normal practices, to either cancel meetings or to hold them remotely. At the moment we are not proposing to hold a virtual meeting in April, and will watch whether there is a change in the current guidelines before taking a view about the May meeting. We had planned to hold the Annual Parish Meeting on the 21st May but again government has relaxed the need to do this and, as it stands, this seems unlikely to happen. We have been using technology to hold internal meetings and will be looking to see if this is an appropriate solution for public meetings if the restrictions continue. The use of technology has also highlighted new ways of working which, after 2 weeks working in different locations, now seem a natural part of a normal working day. Hopefully when we return to more normal times people’s use of technology will help more of us to stay at home and reduce the pressure on Hamble Lane, daily congestion and the consequent air quality issues that come from it.
Lastly a big, big thank you to all of those people that have either given up your own time and safety to go out and help someone else or who as part of your job have had to be out and about providing all of the every day things that we have taken for granted but which we now think more carefully about and are grateful for. There’s no telling how profound the change will be when all this is done – but let’s make sure at the very least that we are more aware of the people we depend upon each and every day for our wellbeing, safety and security.
Hamble Parish Council
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Hamble Village Memorial Hall, 2 High Street, Hamble-Le-Rice, Southampton, Hampshire, SO31 4JE