Village News

News items that are hopefully of interest to our residents and wider community. Please do get in touch if you have any items you would like added to this page.

Updated: Thursday 20th September, 2018

Macmillan Coffee Morning

You will have seen that the national Big Coffee Morning initiative is being run again this year by Macmillan.

Last year we held a very successful event, raising £150 for the charity. Let's try and beat that with this years event!

Please come along and bring your friends and family from 10am - 1pm on Saturday 29th September, in the Parish Rooms, Lockerley.

Updated: Tuesday 11th September, 2018

Another Road Closure looms!

We have received notification that there is another proposed road closure scheduled for the night of Monday 1st October from 11.30pm to 5.30am on Tuesday 2nd October, to allow Network Rail to perform more works on the level crossing. The usual diversion via East and West Tytherley will be signposted.

Message from HCC: Are you responsible for an adjacent ditch or watercourse?

This is the time of year when we need to think about the state of Hampshire’s land drainage network. As the rain begins in earnest and leaves begin to fall, all riparian owners (those who have watercourses on or bordering their properties) across Hampshire, and beyond, should be looking at the state of their drainage ditches, pipes, culverts and other watercourses to ensure there is unobstructed conveyance of rain water and a reduced risk of localised flooding.

Please take a look at this poster detailing what responsibilities riparian owners have and guidance on how to undertake this maintenance to reduce flooding from surface water after a rain event.

If you have any further enquiries regarding this or any other areas of flood risk management, please visit our website at

Kind regards,

Flood and Water Management Team
01962 846730

Updated: Saturday 4th August, 2018

TVBC issues 'Why does the Local Plan matter?' video

Test Valley Borough Council have produced a short introductory film “Why does the Local Plan matter?” to accompany the Issues and Options consultation for the next Local Plan. In the film we hear from Emily, a local resident, about how implementing the policies and proposals within the existing Local Plan have had a positive effect on her life.

The film helps to explain the context and purpose of the Local Plan using the individual experiences of a local resident. It illustrates the practical role of the Local Plan in meeting the development needs of our communities and improving the quality of life of those who live and work in the Borough. The film is now available on the TVBC website at

Railway Survey Closed

Thanks to everyone who commented on our Railway Survey.

We have closed this for now and will discuss the comments at a future Parish Council meeting, and decide any further actions that need to be taken.

If you wish to make further comments on your recent experiences at the crossing please e-mail

Updated: Wednesday 18th July, 2018

Waitrose to support the Jubilee Playground for Lockerley & East Dean!

GREAT NEWS! The proposed playground for Lockerley and East Dean has been chosen to participate in the Waitrose Romsey, Community Matters Scheme in August! This is the green token scheme where you put your token into one of three boxes to vote for local good causes.

At the end of the month Waitrose Romsey will donate a proportion of £1,000, based on the proportion of votes we receive! Around 1/4 of
residents of the two villages are children and teenagers - please spread the word and vote for our much needed playground throughout August when you are shopping at Waitrose in Romsey by picking up your token and putting it in our box! (if you aren't automatically offered a token when paying please just ask, or grab one from the pots next to the Self Scan terminals)

You could even save some of your tokens from the rest of July to put into our box in August!

On behalf of the Playground Committee, many thanks for your support in this!

Updated: Thursday 12th July, 2018

Test Valley Borough Council seeks your input into the new Local Plan

We received the following information from Graham Smith, Head of Planning Policy for TVBC....

The Council is preparing our next Local Plan for the Borough for the period to 2036.

A Local Plan has to be based upon national planning guidance (National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Practice Guidance), the evidence that we have collected and have taken into account, and what the Council and our communities see as the key planning issues.

The Council is therefore consulting on the issues and options for the next Local Plan, as the first stage in the preparation process, aims to get your views on the issues that face the Borough, and those that live and work in Test Valley will face, and the options for how best to deal with them.  This includes how much development we should plan for and where it should go.  It is not about identifying possible sites for development at this stage.  The consultation includes issues covering: housing, employment, the environment and infrastructure.  The potential options we’ve identified may not through be the only ones, and you can suggest other alternatives, if you think there are more.

The Issues and Options document was been approved by the Council for a ten week public consultation period running from 6th July to 14th September 2018.  The document is available on our website

Comments on the Issues and Options document should either be:

  • Sent in writing to Planning Policy, Test Valley Borough Council, Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road, ANDOVER, Hampshire, SP10 3AJ; or
  • Emailed to

Please provide your name and either a postal or email address.  If you are responding on behalf of someone else, please also provide the name of the individual/organisation.  Please note that emails are subject to a maximum 30Mb size limit, above which they will not be received.

Only those representations that are made in writing and arrive (in either hard copy or electronically) within the ten week period ending at 4.30pm on Friday 14 September 2018 will have the right to have their representations considered.  If you respond to this consultation, we will keep you informed of future consultation stages unless you advise us that you want to opt out of such communication.

The next Local Plan will take approximately five years to prepare and following this consultation there will be at least two further opportunities for you to have your say.  We will use the results of this consultation to prepare a ‘Preferred Options’ draft Local Plan.  This will be a first draft Local Plan and contain more detailed policies and proposals.

Sharing your personal details

Please note that representations cannot be treated as confidential.  If you are responding as an individual, rather than as an organisation, we will not publish your contact details (email/postal address and telephone number) or signatures online, however the original representations will be available for public viewing at our offices by prior appointment.  All representations and related documents will be held by the Council for a period of 6 months after the next Local Plan is adopted.

The Council respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data.  Further details on the General Data Protection Regulation and Privacy Notices are available on our website

Updated: Thursday 5th July, 2018

Hampshire Transport Survey

Hampshire County Council are running a public consultation on street lighting and transport for which they have produced an online survey and are accepting email submissions and phone calls.

Please see the attached flyer for details of how you can have your say. The consultation closes on August 5th, 2018.

HCC Transport Consultation 2018

Another Fundraising success for the Playground project!

On Saturday 30th June the Pocket Theatre company performed their concert of musical highlights in aid of the Jubilee Field Playground for Lockerley and East Dean, successfully raising £1,000 for the cause!

Pocket Theatre are an extremely popular local group who perform productions ranging all the way from Shakespeare to pantomime. They enjoyed performing as part of the Romsey Festival last summer and have performed at numerous venues in and around Hampshire.

“Pocket Theatre were brilliant and gave everyone a really enjoyable evening – huge thanks go to them and everyone who helped and attended on the night!” said Claudia Rogers of Lockerley and East Dean Playground Committee.

For more details of the Playground project, visit our dedicated page

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