The Leader of the Council

Leader of the Council

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Forest Community Centre

Pinehill Road

Bordon

Hampshire GU35 0BS

Tel: 01420 473123

Email: info@whitehilltowncouncil.gov.uk

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Dear Resident,

Welcome  to the Whitehill Town Council website. which I hope you will find useful.

Our Town Council covers the Parish of Whitehill which includes both Bordon and Whitehill.

Being Leader is a difficult juggling act in terms of working with other third parties in a proactive way to achieve results through cooperation, whilst knowing when to robustly challenge on behalf of the community. I hope the Town Council will have a good working relationship with third parties moving forward, but they need to deliver on expectations and we must have the infrastructure that comes with development.

The Town Council is the First Tier of Local Government - operating at "grass roots" level.

Our key roles are to:

  • Manage many of our town's amenities, namely

            o 12 areas of parks and open spaces, including 3 play areas, the BMX track and the skate park.

            o Mill Chase Pavilion, sports pitches and the fitness trail.

            o 2 Allotment sites

            o The War Memorial

            o Much of the town's street furniture (a responsibility shared with EHDC) including benches, bus shelters, litter bins, gates and fencing.

            o Savile Crescent Boardwalk and Hollybrook Pond and dipping platform.

         o Bordon Inclosure and The Deadwater Valley Nature Reserve. 

 

               Please do get in contact with the office if you notice a problem with any of these amenities.

  • Review planning applications and report our view back to the planning authority. The majority of the area falls within East Hampshire District Council, but there is a small pocket within the South Downs National Park.
  • Represent your views to other third-party organisations e.g East Hampshire District Council through XChange group, NHS via Clinical Commissioning Group and Police through Community Partnership Meeting.
  • Communicate effectively with residents across Whitehill & Bordon e.g. through Social Media, newsletters and our face-to-face meetings.

We relish the challenges ahead and please do get in touch if you need anything.

 Leader of the Council sign off

Cllr Andy Tree

Leader of the Council

Deputy Leader

The Deputy Leader of the Council is Cllr Catherine Clark.

 

Leader, Deputy, Mayor, Deptuty

 

Note: Cllr T Strickland stepped down as Deputy Leader on 3 November 2021 and was replaced by Cllr C Clark at the Full Council meeting on 16 December 2021.  


 

The Leaders New Year Message 2022

 

2021 has been a year of ups and downs!

The greatest challenge at town council level is how to try and make positive differences for Whitehill & Bordon residents as the lowest-tier ‘grassroots’ council, whilst not charging too much council tax to do it! I am very pleased to say that are now able to freeze our share of council tax for 2022-23, whilst implementing the strategic plan we published on our website, including our financial grants to valuable local organisations that benefit residents, financially supporting Forest Community Centre youth projects and having the first ever proper Christmas lights in Bordon!

Covid-19 remains a worry for many, but I try to stay focused on the positives: the vaccine roll out has clearly broken the link between deaths and infections and free test kits have provided reassurance to many, especially when visiting elderly and more clinically. We remain very fortunate that Forest Surgery in Bordon has been offering vaccines, when residents in neighbouring towns such as Alton have had to travel to Basingstoke.

I am proud to live here when I see how much we are willing to help each other. I see regular posts on social media asking for help or advice, with many kind offers of assistance that follow. I speak regularly to the police about vandalism and anti-social behaviour, but the positive thoughtfulness of our community far outweighs the negatives.

Despite still being a fair way off the fully functional town centre, 2021 was a year of developments and positive announcements: The Shed opened, Morrisons announced it would be coming, funding was announced for Health Provision and Public Transport schemes such as VOCA (taxi for price of a bus on-demand service) are now under discussion. Oakmoor School retained its ‘good’ status from an Ofsted inspection and as a parent of a child at the school, this was very positive and reassuring.

In addition to vowing to protect Bordon Inclosure and Deadwater Valley Nature reserve, we have set up a Climate Awareness Sub-Committee. Formed in December, this is a ‘joint venture’ between town councillors and interested residents that will meet for first time shortly.

I want to thank all my fellow councillors for their support and contribution. In particular former Deputy Leader Cllr Tina Strickland, Town Mayor Cllr Bisi Kennard and new Deputy Leader and Deputy Town Mayor Cllr Catherine Clark, who have represented us well. I also want to thank our hard working and valuable town council staff, Lorraine (Town Clerk & General Manager), Ray (Deputy Town Clerk), Wendy P, Steve, Sarah, Wendy B and Marvin.

2022 will be the year we celebrate the Platinum Jubilee and town council is already working with Town Partnership and plans to work with other local organisations to mark this occasion. I remain committed to representing our community, trying to work with third party decision-makers to achieve results but never shying away from fiercely standing up for you when required!

Best wishes to all residents for 2022!