Make Odiham Beautiful (MOB)
Make Odiham Beautiful (MOB).
Odiham is a wonderful place to live. But it is never going to win any “Best Kept Village Competition” – or even qualify for entry. Does this matter? We think that it does – and so do many others (including overseas visitors). What do you think?
The Problem. – some examples:
Planted areas in Palace Gate & Deer Park View down to Medical Centre/Car Park, once well done & attractive, are now overgrown and & choked with weeds.
Many buildings, private and commercial, sprout weeds.
Pathways are often overgrown.
Rubbish is carelessly discarded, even near litter bins!
Graffiti never removed. One example in Stoney Alley there for 2 years.
Garden waste is often dumped outside the walls of the Almshouses.
The Churchyard is at the heart of the village & might benefit from some extra care while appreciating that part of it has been allowed to overgrow as a biodiversity experiment. Ivy over gravestones, nettles flourishing, etc. More regular churchyard working parties & rubbish burning?
The Bury refurbishment has been going on for over a year & is still not finished.
Hart District Council (HDC), it is reported, are short of funds & areas which were maintained say 4 times per year are now done only twice or even once a year.
Much HDC maintenance is now done on an emergency/respond to loudest complaints basis.
These are but a few examples. You may have some of your own that you wish to share.
Define & communicate who is responsible for what, HDC/Parish Council/etc.
f the Parish Council judge this a problem then appoint a focal point & communicate what action is being taken.
Investigate if some of the responsibilities (and money) can be transferred from District to Parish Council (Fleet is too far away!).
If individuals have concerns, then tell the councils & councillors.
Define and communicate what businesses and householders can reasonably be expected to do.
Promote a sense of pride in our community and town, perhaps a MOB Campaign (Make Odiham Beautiful).
Communications via parish web site/e-mail/notice boards/shop windows/etc.
We are copying this note to various councillors, council officials, the Odiham Society. We suggest that other residents share their concerns in the same way; and perhaps copy this note to others. If everyone is happy with the situation we shall keep quiet (maybe).
Brian and Jackie Sinnatt,
Queensmead, 140, High Street, Odiham.