Fire service warns against complacency ahead of strike
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) is urging residents to remain vigilant during the next round of strikes by firefighters on Wednesday (13 November).
The latest round of industrial action will be the fourth held by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) since September, in opposition to the government's proposed pension reforms.
With help from the public in reducing unnecessary 999 calls,
HFRS has so far managed to cope with the impact of the strike action.
But Assistant Chief Officer Neil Odin is reminding people that HFRS resources will again be significantly depleted by Wednesday's action and for people to continue to take extra care.
He said: "We have been extremely grateful for the assistance of our communities in helping to reduce emergency calls during the periods of industrial action.
"We have dealt with relatively few incidents during the previous strike periods, but we cannot afford to be complacent as we are again only likely to have around 50% of our full capacity available to us.
"We would again urge the public to continue to take that extra bit of care at home, at work and on the roads to help us all stay safe during Wednesday's industrial action."
HFRS is reassuring people that 999 calls will be answered as usual but also warning that response times will inevitably be hit by the FBU strike.
ACO Odin added: "We would ask people to consider if there is a genuine need for a fire engine before they call 999 as calls may need to be prioritised where a life may be at risk."
For advice on how to keep safe during industrial action, visit hantsfire.gov.uk.
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ROAD SAFETY AND TRAFFIC WORKING GROUP REPORT
Our newly acquired Speed Indicating Device has now been installed in The Street. In watching from a safe distance it is noticeable that vehicles are visibly braking when the SID is activated, whether they continue to take notice is to be seen. The device is set at 30mph and indicates all speeds from 20 to 40mph. When a speed greater than 30mph is triggered by a vehicle, the warning sign "SLOW DOWN" is indicated together with the actual speed. Data is collected within the device and can be downloaded for analysis. EPC are working with Hampshire Constabulary Traffic and Highways depts.
Thanks go to Eversley Parish Council and Cllr David Simpson Hampshire County Council who made the procurement of our Speed Indicating Device a possibility. We are now dependant on HCC Highways to agree other locations in the village and together with the team from Eversley Matters and potential sponsors from local businesses we hope to procure a 2nd device for use on other critical roads within the village.
Cllr Chris Young
The Parish of Eversley is in the north-east of Hampshire, on the banks of the Blackwater River, which itself forms the County boundary with Berkshire. It is one of the northern parishes of Hart District, lying to the west of Yateley and north of the A30. It is about 4 miles from Fleet, 10 miles from Basingstoke and 6 miles from Camberley.
The village of Eversley comprises five distinct areas - Lower Common, Eversley Street, Eversley Centre, Eversley Cross and Up Green. Within these hamlets there are about 600 houses and nearly 1500 residents.
Eversley has many features typical of Hampshire villages - a church, a school, a village green and duck pond, a cricket pitch, a village hall and a shop-come-post office. However, they are dotted around the parish so that it has no obvious core.
There are four designated Conservation Areas, at Church Farm, Eversley Street, Eversley Cross and Up Green. To the south and west of the vlllage there are large areas of forestry, parts of which are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s), because of their nationally important wildlife. Some of these are also designated as parts of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area, because of the internationally rare birdlife, such as the Nightjar, Dartford Warbler and Woodlark.
There is an extensive footpath and bridleway network and ready access to the hundreds of acres of forestry land, which is much used by local horse riders. One of the bridleways, The Welsh Drive, passes close by a bronze-age bowl barrow called Cudbury Clump on the Bramshill boundary and crosses the parish to the Yateley border by Blackbushe Airport, with access to Eversley’s National Nature Reserve at Castle Bottom.