After the formalities were completed, long standing Hampshire County Councillor Mark Kemp-Gee was first up with a report on progress with the drainage maintenance on the A31 and offering hope that a new scheme to prevent flooding may be in the pipeline, although the length of that pipeline might be considerable! He also commented on the ever ongoing pothole problem on Hampshire Roads () and County Council Budgets, expenses and Council Tax increases to cover increased provision for Social Services.
There was also news of safety improvements at the Newton Valence/Mary Lane crossroads on the A32 and the possibility that the current 40 mph limit might be extended.
Next on the Agenda was a report from East Hampshire District Councillor for the Downland ward, Mr Tony Costigan. In view of the controversy over the new Sports Centre the debate could have been fairly lively, unfortunately Mr Costigan had previously tendered his apologies as he was not in the UK. We understand assume this is only a temporary situation.
Two points here, at the time of writing, there is the possibility of a legal challenge from Alton District Council to the Approved EHDC replacement for the Sports Centre on the grounds that the plans for a Leisure Centre to be constructed by a private company, Everyday Leisure were approved without sufficient consultation with Local residents and organisations.
There will be an Extraordinary Meeting of Alton Town Council Council on the 16th April at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall to consider a from Counsel on the legality of the decision. Agenda
There is also a revision of the Ward Boundaries for East Hants District Council which, if the current proposals are accepted, will be in place for the EHDC elections next year.
Farringdon will henceforth be in the much larger "Binsted, Bentley & Selborne" Ward which will, somewhat confusingly, be represented by two East Hampshire Councillors. Why this new ward wasn't divided, with each part represented by a single councillor, I have no idea, logic is not always employed to arrive at these decisions.