Peter Fountain's blog
Dear Residents and Retailers,
Hampshire County Council Traffic Control section plans to carry out essential repair work to the Odiham High Street Pelican Crossing between the 15th and 17th of August 2007.
The work is required to replace the existing traffic signal ducting and cabling which is currently substandard putting the crossing at risk of failure. In carrying out the work it will be necessary to trench across the High Street at the location of the Pelican Crossing.
The excavation will be undertaken in two stages to minimise disruption with traffic controlled by temporary signals under a shuttle working arrangement. The works are likely to take no more than 3 working days during which time the Pelican Crossing will be out of use.
The replacement of the existing cabling and ducting,
whilst inconvenient, will remove the immediate risk to the operation of the crossing and ensure the ability to correctly maintain it in the future.
May I apologise in advance for any inconvenience these works may cause. Should you have any further concerns about this matter please contact me directly on 01962 845421.
Hampshire County Council
It is with regret that the Odiham Fire Show which was to have been held on Saturday and Sunday, 4th and 5th of August has had to be cancelled due to the state of the ground following the recent heavy rainfall.
A big thank you to Odiham residents who tolerated the somewhat selfish parking of a few visitors to the French Market. Some residents also ignored the controlled parking which seriously hindered the smooth flow of traffic. Parking was well signposted to the recreation ground but it would appear that some felt that it was too far to walk !
Some residents have given me feedback which is always welcome, [email protected] or 01256 702128.
We cannot guarantee the weather but we can promise one of the best French Markets around with a huge variety of stalls and a great atmosphere.
For those of you visiting for the day we apologise in advance that we are unable to offer the usual field for parking for obvious reasons so please follow signs for alternative parking which is still only a short walk from the High street.
If you have special requirements for parking please call me, Peter Fountain on 01256 702128 or 07973 933832 or email [email protected] and we will make sure that you are looked after.
Enjoy the day.
For followers of Hampshire Farmers' Markets a new venue has been included in the schedule. To this end a Farmers' Market will take place on Saturday the 21st of July at The Victoria Hall Hartley Wintney commencing at 10 and finishing at 2 p.m.
There's plenty happening over the next 8 weeks in this Parish so make some notes in your diary.
French Market Sunday 22nd July, High street Odiham.
Odiham Fire Show Saturday and Sunday, 4th and 5th of August, the biggest in the country.
Jazz Weekend in The Chalk Pit Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th of August.
Odiham Food Festival 27th August, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.,High street Odiham.
What else would you like to see ?
The Odiham Food Festival will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 28th of May and will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The High street will be closed from King street to Church street.
Chefs from a number of restaurants in the area will be demonstrating their skills complemented by a variety of food stalls.
Faulty crossing lights.
If the pedestrian lights in the High street should fail, ( as they have done recently ), or indeed any within Hampshire, telephone 01962 847686.
High street retailers and residents attended a meeting at The George Hotel this evening 22.02.07 to listen to plans for the future of the Delicatessen and No 81. These prime retail shops and their accommodation will go on the market at some stage in March. It was unanimously agreed by retailers and residents that these properties should remain retail outlets and the Odiham Society, Odiham Parish Council and the OTMG will be urged to write to Hart planning outlining these wishes. Whoever purchases these properties will require some time to carry out the necessary repairs and this could well be as much as a year.
Thank you to all who attended.
Tourism South East 'Welcome to Odiham'
A specially designed customer care training programme for Odiham.
Through Tourism South East the OTMG have managed to secure 2 dates in March to enable retailers and businesses to improve their retailing skills.
Understanding your customer
Delivering service excellence
Providing information and advice
Meeting specific needs
Dealing with difficult situations
Where ? The George Hotel
When ? 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. 6th March and 14th March.
How much ? Free if you are involved in the business of promoting tourism and £15 for the 2 sessions if you are not. ( normally £75 )
This represents excellent value for money, and will include hot drinks and sandwiches and is open to anyone.
For further information or a registration form please contact Peter Fountain on 01256 702128 or email [email protected]