Your Council

Welcome to these web page devoted to the work of Eversley Parish Council.   As Parish Councillors, we have a large number of tasks and, partly because we are short of Councillors, each of us has had to take on a number of commitments.   I am personally grateful to the Councillors who have represented the Parish's interests on bodies as diverse as the Eversley Sports Association, the District Association of Parish Councils, the Hart Road Safety Council and the Charles Kingsley's School Board of Governors, to name but a few.  

We currently have 8 Councillors and no vacancies. 

The Parish Council is the third tier of "local government" below Hart District and Hampshire County Councils.   It meets twice each month and, apart from being consulted on all planning applications in the village, has responsibility for looking after land and children's play equipment at Cross Green, Chequers Green, Centre Green, and Lower Common together with Up Green, Church Green and the Burial Ground.   It has also chosen to maintain the Churchyard and Graveyard on behalf of the District Council and the footpaths and bridleways of the rights of way network on behalf of the County Council.  There are also various signs, seats, litter-bins and notice-boards about the parish and some other areas of Common Land which it looks after.

Many of the other responsibilities and interests of the Council are described in these pages and we hope that you find them both interesting and informative.   Every Council meeting is open to the public, is reported in the Parish magazine and is available on these web pages.                                                            

Conservation Area Proposals

A Conservation Area is defined as “an area of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”.   Eversley has four Conservation Areas, which have been designated by Hart District Council at various dates.   The area around St Mary’s Church was designated in 1976, Eversley Street was designated in 1980 and Eversley Cross in 1983.   Finally, each was revised, and Up Green was added, in 1987.

Hart District Council is required to carry out periodic reviews of its Conservation Areas and advised by the Government to produce an analysis of the character of each one.   In September 2001, Hart published a draft ‘proposal statement’ for Eversley’s Conservation Areas, for public consultation.   The Parish Council was not very happy with the draft and substantially re-wrote it.   It also helped the District Council to deliver a copy of a revised draft to everybody living in an Eversley Conservation Area.   All the comments received were considered and further alterations made before the document was finally adopted.   The Proposal Statement now forms “supplementary planning guidance” in the consideration of any planning application.

The Proposal Statement is available to view at the District Council Offices in Fleet and copies of it can also be bought there.   Apart from a detailed analysis, the booklet also contains maps of the Areas, some specific points about them and nine general proposals that supplement the development plan policies in relation to development within any one of these architecturally and historically important areas of the parish.             

Planning Applications

Planning Applications come in all shapes and sizes.  Over the past two years, Eversley Parish Council has been consulted on an average of 80 different sets of plans per annum, for everything between a single sign to a development of a site for ten houses.   The vast majority of proposals are usually acceptable and are granted permission by Hart District Council, sometimes with alterations to the plans and always with conditions to ensure that the development is carried out in a satisfactory way.   Several applications were concerned with minerals or waste, where the County Council is the decision making body.  Others are often withdrawn before a decision is made.   Of the refused applications several went ’to appeal’.   When an applicant is unhappy about a decision to refuse permission, he can appeal to the Secretary of State to have his application re-considered.   Some of these were decided very quickly, with Hart’s decision being either upheld or overturned.  

By and large, Eversley Parish Council’s views have been listened to and influenced the decision and/or the conditions.   However, there have been a few cases where the decision has gone against Parish Council’s views or where the local planning authority has failed to take actions against unauthorised developments that the Parish Council thought that it should.   “Planning” continues to be the area that can, it appears, excite or upset the greatest number of parishioners.  

Traffic Issues Eversley

Road safety and the effects traffic is having on village life continue to be one of the biggest problem areas for the Parish Council.  We receive more letters, emails and verbal communication about traffic problems than any other subject.  Unfortunately Eversley is, and always will be, dissected by two busy roads; the A327 and the B3272. 

The impact roads have on village life, the perceived and real danger vehicles have to pedestrians, and the noise and disturbance does cause real concern.  It is for these reasons that the Parish Council is trying to persuade Hampshire County Council, the authority in charge of roads, to implement traffic calming and road safety improvements and to get the police to agree to support these proposals. 

Open Spaces, Recreation Areas, Playgrounds and Parks:

We are fortunate in Eversley to have an abundance of Open Spaces, village greens and playgrounds and the Parish Council maintains these areas in a sympathetic manner, paying particular attention to playground safety and public accessibility.   We have a network of 38 footpaths. 

Richard at work

The Parish Council contracts a litterpicker who covers all roads in the village on a monthly rota.   As many as 30 bags full of litter have been collected over the period of a month, much of which is caused by fly tipping, an unfortunate occurrence caused by people from outside or those who take no pride in the village!  If you should see any vehicle tipping rubbish, please take the registration number and report it to the Police or the Parish Council.

The Parish Council also uses local grass cutting and tree felling contractors Nick Robins Ltd who’s owner lives in the village and employs a team of men responsible for six sites (including play areas) which are cut and strimmed on a regular basis, to a very high standard. 

Playgrounds are at:

Chequers Green In the centre at The Fielders is 4.8 hectares of play area with cushionfall bark pits being refilled on a regular basis.   Play area contains a trim trail, football and basketball nets and large children’s playground with picnic area and tables, shrubs and trees.

Cross Green This contains seesaw, swings, spring rides and picnic area with tables.  Here, our contractors take great care with the wildflower areas, shrub beds and woodlands which contain wild bulbs and many recently planted trees and shrubs.

Centre Green At the rear of Centre Green there is a 5-a-side football pitch which is cut and strimmed regularly, giving a green area where ball games can be played.  In addition, an area has been cleared through the coppice behind the playground, to create a cycle terrain for use by the children of the village.

Lower Common   Until recently this consisted of a set of children's swings set in a green area.  However, thanks largely to the efforts of former councillor Pete Tidey, the first set of new  play equipment was installed. There were just two items, an aerial runway and a climbing frame but these have livened up the area so much so that it has become a meeting place for families.    Further bids have been submitted by the Parish Council for additional equipment and £4.5K was received to put a Toddler Corner into place.  Work on this was delayed over the winter months but it is hoped this will be installed by the end of May 2010.  Applications are also in the pipeline for funding for additional play equipment for the Lower Common site.

Church Green This area contains the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Post, trees, bulbs and benches and is again maintained to a high standard.

Churchyard and Closed Graveyard The Churchyard area is to the front, side and rear of the Church.  The closed Graveyard is opposite the Church.  This is all maintained by our contractors and follows a schedule of maintenance which covers all the older graves and also pays attention to the yew trees and holly hedges.

Burial Ground The Parish Council is also responsible for the upkeep of the Burial Ground, where paths, grass, bulbs and hedges are kept in a proper manner.  As all burials have to be witnessed and documented by the Parish Council, it is also responsible for the provision of current burial plots.