Virtual Attendance Details for Meeting on 17th May 2021

If anyone wishes to ‘virtually’ observe the Parish Council  meeting to be held on 17th May 2021 rather than attending in person, the details of how to do so are below.  Click on the Zoom link if you wish to access.

Please be aware, if you wish to ask a question or make a comment, you must notify the Clerk in advance via email clerk@dogmersfieldparish.co.uk 

Topic: DPC May Meeting
Time: May 17, 2021 07:30 PM London

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Thank You to Alastair Clarke

Dogmersfield Parish Council would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Alastair Clarke for over 25 years service as a Councillor with us.

During his time representing the interests of the residents of Dogmersfield, he has been a Councillor while many significant projects, events and initiatives have taken place. These include the introduction of our very first website, the development and approval of the Dogmersfield Neighbourhood Plan and the fending-off of several invasive development projects.

Mr. Clarke has also represented Dogmersfield Parish Council on many additional bodies and organisations, including Hart District Association of Parish and Town Councils.

The village of Dogmersfield and the demographic of its residents have evolved significantly during Mr. Clarke’s tenure and we believe we represent the sentiments of residents old, new and future when we thank him for all he has contributed to the village we live in and love today.

Warning and Witness Appeal From Hampshire Police About Keyless Car Thefts

The following notice has been posted on Hampshire Police’s website in response to a spate of local car thefts.

 

Officers are appealing for information and offering advice following a spate of five keyless car thefts in Fleet.

Details of the incidents are as follows:

At some time between 12.30am and 7am on Tuesday, 4 May an orange BMW M4 was stolen from the driveway of an address in Kingfishers.

At 4.45am on Tuesday, 4 May an attempt was made to steal a BMW from the driveway of an address on Upper Wield Drive. The owner of the car saw two men near his vehicle and scared them off. They left empty handed.

The men were described as, white, around 5ft 10ins to 6ft and they appeared to be young in age. They were dressed all in black with black hats, black face masks, black jackets, black trousers and black footwear. They were carrying black backpacks.

At around 7.40am on Wednesday, 21 April a black Mercedes Benz was stolen from the driveway of an address in Fullerton Close.

Overnight between Tuesday, 20 April and Wednesday, 21 April a black BMW 520D XDRIVE was stolen from the driveway of an address on Upper Mount Street.

Overnight between Tuesday, 20 April and Wednesday, 21 April a blue BMW was stolen from the driveway of an address in Copse Close, Fleet.

Inspector Jennifer Lovegrove, said: “In each of these cases the vehicles have been stolen without the use of keys. Offenders are using increasingly sophisticated tools to steal cars with keyless entry by tricking the system into thinking the key is nearby. They do not need to gain access to your home to take the keys.

“Were you in the area the time? Might you have CCTV or dash cam footage that could help?  I am urging anyone with any information about these incidents to get in touch with us.”

Tips for preventing Keyless Car Theft:

· Hide Keys: keep keys out of sight from doors and windows

· Signal Blocking: Use a certified pouch or tin to store keys which will block the signal

· Deterrent Locks: Use Sold Secure approved products such as steering wheel, pedal or gear locks to deter offenders

· Parking: Park in a garage if you have one. If parking on your driveway consider fitting outdoor motion detector lighting and CCTV from installers who are members of the National Security Inspectorate or the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board.

Anyone with information should call Hampshire Constabulary on 101 quoting 44210169626.

Warning About Heathland Fires From Thames Basin Heaths Partnerships

April 20th 2021

We have received a notice from Thames Basin Heaths Partnerships about the severe risk of fire on heathlands in our area as a result of the dry spell of weather we’re currently enjoying.

The Met Office’s Fire Severity Index suggests the risk is due to climb to ‘Very High’ by this coming weekend, the 24th and 25th April 2021.

The notice we have received reads as follows:

Nervous anticipation

Sarah Bunce looks forward to summer on the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area, but the stakes are high! There are more than 30 heaths and heathland plantations, including Velmead, Long Valley and Caesar’s Camp…

I always approach spring and summer on the heaths with a mixture of excitement and trepidation!

Excitement because there’s so much to look forward to. The return of nightjars from Africa, tantalising glimpses of reptiles and an explosion of butterflies and dragonflies.

Trepidation because dry weather can bring wildfires. If we have another long, hot, dry summer, I’ll be worried about seeing heathland fires in the headlines again, like the terrible incident at Chobham Common last year.

All the legal protection in the world won’t stop accidents or acts of deliberate vandalism. Local planning departments can protect the heaths with a robust planning strategy, land managers can work hard keeping habitats in great condition and our wardens can ask everyone to give nature space. But it only takes one carelessly discarded cigarette, or one thoughtless BBQ, for all that work to go up in smoke. Wildlife will suffer, people will be put in danger and homes in jeopardy. It’s with good reason that lighting fires is illegal, except in designated areas.

The heaths come alive in summer, as the different heathers start to bloom. My personal highlight is the end of July when huge swathes of common heather, or ling, come into flower, turning the heaths purple. It must surely be one of Nature’s must see spectacles.

Heather is beautiful, but it’s also highly flammable. To avoid more horrific incidents, we must all take this issue seriously and do our bit to prevent fires. Remember the code: No BBQs or fires, ensure cigarettes are out and take all litter home. And if you see a fire, however small, report it via 999 immediately. Never assume someone else has reported it. Your swift action could make all the difference…to people, wildlife and our local environment.

Enjoy the heaths, keep safe and please spread the word.

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership

www.tbhpartnership.org.uk

Look out for details of Heath Week, Saturday 24th to Friday 30th July 2021

 

Warning From Hampshire Police

We have received the following notice from Hampshire Police with regards to some recent thefts in the area:

May I please make you aware of an increase in the thefts of Land Rovers across the county. A green Long Wheel Base Land Rover 110 registration  ST06 AZL was stolen from Chilton Candover between 7 and 11:30PM, I ask if anyone in Chilton, Brown and Preston Candover area has CCTV if they could please have a look at it to see if any vehicles passed their homes in or around the time from say 10:30 to 11:30 PM.

Please also be aware that recently in Tunworth a vehicle was spotted in which a suspicious man was seen asking about old style Land Rovers for sale, and the one he spoke of was not visible from the road? This was a small white VW Golf OV16 U*

May I also make you aware of an increase in the thefts from stables and equestrian establishments

During these incidents, miscellaneous items such as riding helmets and tack equipment have been taken. These incidents are in addition to reports of various farm buildings being broken into across the Hook area in the last three to four weeks.

On a very basic level – make sure everything is locked up securely! We have had incidents where certain doors have been left unlocked, offering an access point for potential intruders.

As a more detailed addition to the above, to better secure your yard and stables we would encourage you to consider the following:

  1. secure tack room windows on the inside with solid iron bars (not tubular steel)
  2. secure all doors with good quality locks; use bolts (not screws) on the hinges
  3. if possible, create a physical barrier across a door. If you are an owner of heavy plant machinery then you could consider parking this in front of a door to block off access to any valuable equipment.
  4. mark your tack using an ultraviolet pen – perhaps write your post code on your tack with the UV pen.
  5. display warning signage advertising CCTV in the area to deter thieves
  6. padlock gates with substantial padlocks and heavy duty chains
  7. reverse top hinges on gates to prevent lifting
  8. install security lights and an intruder alarm

Please report any suspicious incidents, people or vehicles             

Many thanks

Andy Reid