Community Resilience Plan
8 April 2013
The Parish Council would like to thank all those who responded to the letter asking for volunteers who may be able to help in case of a village-wide emergency. We are currently preparing the plan and it will be published in due course.
If you have skills or equipment that you think may be useful in case of emergency and you have not yet been in touch, please contact Susan Sampson 519245.
Community Speedwatch8 October 2012
You may have recently spotted a group of yellow-jacketed volunteers out in Martin with a speed indicator sign. This was a trial of the Community Speedwatch scheme whereby residents are given specialist camera equipment to catch people speeding. The evidence is handed to police who then write to drivers warning of the dangers of driving too fast. If motorists receive two warning letters and are caught a third time, the police will take enforcement action.
The idea is to empower local people to tackle drivers who are putting their own lives as well as others at risk. The scheme also aims to educate motorists on the effects of speeding and to reduce the problem in communities.
Martin Parish Council is considering whether or not to join the scheme and is keen to hear views of residents. We will be discussing this at our next meeting to be held on October 29th.
8 October 2012
Superfast broadband is being rolled out across the country but in Hampshire it is likely that only 80% of homes will get faster broadband by 2015 through the commercial market. Hampshire County Council has been awarded £5m to help get faster broadband to rural areas. The contract for rural areas is being put out to tender now with work planned to start in summer 2013. However, in spite of this government funding, it is anticipated that only 90% of homes in Hampshire will get superfast broadband. Please register your interest in faster broadband by going to www.hants.gov.uk/broadband . Registering does not commit you to anything but the numbers of people registering will be used to plan which areas will get superfast broadband. If not enough people in Martin register, it is likely that we will be in the 10% without faster broadband, so please register now!
Queen's Jubilee Oak Tree
16 June 2012
An oak tree has been planted on the playing field to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It was planted by Parish Council chairman Susan Sampson on 9th June.
The tree was planted as part of a county-wide programme of tree planting and the creation of new woodlands which includes trees being planted in schools and villages and other public spaces across Hampshire. This echoes the tree planting that took place in 1936/7 to celebrate the coronation of King George VI which saw trees being planted across the country, including trees locally in Fordingbridge (2 oak trees on the recreation ground) and a pink chestnut on the school playing field at Sixpenny Handley.
We hope that our tree will be a reminder of the Queen's long reign for centuries to come.