Leader’s New Year message!

I thank all town councillors who have served in 2023 and all our council employees, who implement the policies of the council on a day-to-day basis.

In October, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), who is responsible for the land owned by the MOD in Whitehill & Bordon confirmed their commitment to delivering a supermarket. I remain cautiously optimistic about the new town centre development but we still await adequate Health Facility proposals to come forward.

I was proud when we hosted The Armistice Day service as usual, where this year it included two hundred soldiers from REME marching through our town. It’s so vitally important to remember the sacrifices made and the reading of the roll of honour is always a poignant and reflective moment.

In May, the Whitehill & Bordon Community Party held all fifteen seats on the Town Council and we strive to continue what we started in being the grassroots voice for residents, delivering what we can and holding those in power above us to account. Crucially, we also won six seats (out of 43) on EHDC, allowing us to influence decisions such how to fix bin collection issues and start working on local projects to benefit our residents, of which there will be more news to come! I got stuck in straight away and have been able to approve many grants, including to Project 94 (youth club) and Hollybrook Playpark. We are a small group punching above our weight!

I am pleased to say that we have frozen the town council share of council tax per household for the third year running 2024-25, whilst making grants to Phoenix Theatre, Citizens Advice and Forest Community Centre. We continue to protect the Greenspaces we control including Bordon Inclosure and Deadwater Valley Nature Reserve, where the service contract awarded to Deadwater Valley Trust to manage them has continued positively. We paid for roof repairs to Whitehill Village Hall as it’s vital to be supporting community assets across our town area.

I remain committed to representing our community, trying to work with third party decision-makers to achieve results but never shying away from robustly standing up for you when required!

Best wishes for 2024!

Cllr Andy Tree

Leader of the Council