Last Minute addition to Agenda for Hedgehogs and Rats

If the preservation of Hedgehogs or the elimination of Rats is of interest to you you may like to make a note in your diary. Following the decision of the Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury Local Area Committee meeting to refer the motions about Rats and Hedgehogs  to the Eastleigh Borough Council Cabinet for resolution you may be interested to know that the public can attend and speak at these council meetings.

The Cabinet meeting is on Thursday 14th June at 18:30 at Eastleigh House.  The public can speak to any item on the agenda when that item is reached. Members of the public can also speak on any item not on the agenda at the start of the meeting provided they’ve let the attendant officer know they wish to speak before the meeting starts. The Hedgehogs and Rats are to be Item 7 on the revised agenda. Apparently Cabinet meetings are usually ‘very brisk’ and Item 7 should be reached quite quickly.



Wine and Cheese Expertise

P1000662aIt was a ‘fun and interesting evening’ said Mary Peterson describing the NMDCA Wine and Cheese evening. It was a slightly competitive test of peoples’ knowledge and palettes as six different wines were presented for tasting. There were three reds and three whites comprising three price bands of cheap, middle of the road and expensive. The test being to see if the two or three person teams could correctly choose which wine was which and to guess the country of origin. The blind tasting was achieved by cloaking the bottles in socks, with a colour coding system on the neck employing coloured insulating tape.

P1000664aIn addition to the wines, there was a challenge to identify six different cheeses laid out on colour coded plates. Also a great spread of food was provided by Doreen and Gillian to counteract the effects of a busy evening imbibing. The different wines were ‘paced’ throughout the evening and along with the chat and nibbling no one had to be carried home! When the scores for the wines and the cheeses were totted up it was a close run thing but Phil Heller and his wife Bernice took home the prize.

P1000661aOne of the things that everybody took home though, was that the price of the wine does not necessarily define its drinkability and that many people preferred the cheapest of the wines to the more expensive ones. Both the red and the white at just over £3 a bottle seemed to prove the most popular before the price was known and even more popular when it was revealed. Aldi and Asda being the suppliers of these wines.

Council to discuss rat problem.

Local Area Committee Meeting at the Dovetail Centre, Methodist Church, Chandler’s Ford to discuss among other things the rat issue in Chandlers Ford

Wednesday 6th June, 7 pm at The Dovetail Centre, Winchester Road, Chandler’s Ford.

Conservatives are calling on Eastleigh Borough Council to address the issue of the ever-increasing rat population in Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury. Cllr Margaret Atkinson (Hiltingbury ward) has tabled a motion to be debated at the Chandler’s Ford & Hiltingbury Local Area Committee meeting . 

Motion – Councillor Atkinson
“That this LAC recognises that the rat population in the Borough needs to be properly controlled to prevent health and safety risks to residents. Consequently this LAC recommends that Eastleigh Borough Council takes immediate steps to introduce a Pest Control policy to ensure that it fulfils its statutory duty under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949. Further that Eastleigh Borough Council takes immediate and urgent action to work with other agencies and neighbouring authorities to bring the current rat population in the Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury area under control.”
The meeting is open to the public who can speak to the meeting and listen to the debate.
Hiltingbury councillor, Judith Grajewski says, “Local Conservative councillors have opened a petition and the response on the doorsteps has been very positive. Local residents have had enough. The rat population seems to be exploding and the pests are invading people’s gardens and homes, and in some cases causing considerable damage to property. Cllr Dowden (Valley Park, Test Valley) and I have raised the issue at numerous cross-border meetings over 2-3 years, and are still calling for meaningful action to deal with the problem as a matter of urgency”.

Cllr Judith Grajewski


Happy Ending

Front coverFor those of you who read through the article in the last issue of the Miller’s Tale you may be forgiven for thinking I ended the piece on a rather downbeat note.

It seemed that not a lot was happening and we could be stuck with the lumpy exit to North Miller’s Dale for the foreseeable future. Having been away for a week I was pleasantly surprised on my return to see that the council workers had not only filled the holes but had done some substantial resurfacing to the cycle way entrance and right the way through to the junction with the Baddesley Road. It looks like it is a good quality repair and not just a patch up so hopefully it will remain intact for a few years to come.

I am sure it is a different department but to complete the job the highways department will need to reinstate the white lines at the junction and the arrow directing cyclist onto the cycleway. But all credit to the council for getting the job done eventually.