Parish Council Update for the Steep and Stroud December Newsletter



Unfortunately due to illness, there is no newsletter report from Steep PC this month. 

Planning Application Ref. No: SDNP/23/03766/FUL Land south of Church Road

The PC would like to inform residents of an extension to the deadline for comments on the Wilson Designer Homes application for 8 houses on the land at Church Road. According to the SDNPA the application will need to go to committee, which will not be before the middle of December at the earliest. They have not put any final date for on comments on the application, which is live on the SDNPA website.

We are hiring!

We have an exciting opportunity for a Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) to join our team. This is a senior role within our organisation and is the “Proper Officer” of the Council, having responsibility for its financial and administrative affairs including the custody of Council documents and records. Additionally, the role includes acting as Secretary to the Sole Managing Trustee (the Parish Council) for Steep War Memorial Village Club, AKA Steep Village Hall.

Please see attached job specification for more details.  If you are interested, please email the Parish Council Chair, [email protected].

Clerk Advert Oct 2023 (pdf version for website)


Parish Council Drop In coffee morning

Thank you to all who attended our first Drop In Coffee morning and made it a success.
Residents new and old popped in, and it was lovely to see all the residents mingling and chatting.
Thank you also to June for the delicious cakes and biscuits!

EHDC Councillor Grants for community groups

Councillor grants for community groups – apply now!

Clubs and groups across East Hampshire can apply for a grant from their local councillor.

Each district councillor is allocated a budget to support not for profit organisations within their ward.

East Hampshire District Council entrusts each of its members with £4,500 funding pot to give to projects and organisations in their own patch.

Community groups have until the end of February 2024 to apply for a grant up to £1,000 for projects with a charitable goal or which is of benefit to the community.

As part of the council’s drive to improve the environmental performance of the district, £1,000 must be used on projects which raise awareness of climate change, reduce waste or otherwise have a positive impact on the environment.

To apply visit and speak to your local councillor or Community Development Officer.

East Hampshire Wellbeing Walks

Short, safe and sociable walks in your local area

East Hampshire Wellbeing Walks are free to attend and suitable for people of all ages and abilities, from beginners to more experienced walkers

Wellbeing Walks are short, safe and sociable walks of no more than three miles (or 90 minutes) designed to be accessible for all. It’s a nationwide project, hosted by the Ramblers, with over 10,000 volunteers who help to organise and lead the walks.

Taking part in the Wellbeing Walks is a great way to improve your health and wellbeing, and meet new people.

For more information, please see

East Hants District Council ‘roving’ meetings

EHDC are bringing democracy closer to our local communities with new roving council meetings.

From July they will be holding full council meetings in various locations around the district. This gives an opportunity to talk to residents and makes it easier for residents to come along and see decisions being made – the moment they happen.

Dates and venues

27 July – Horndean Technology College (Old Hall), Horndean

28 September – Clanfield Centre (main hall), Clanfield

30 November – Millennium Centre, Liphook

11 January 24 – Alton Maltings, Alton

29 February – Festival Hall, Petersfield

21 March – Clanfield Centre, Clanfield (TBC)

16 May – Alton Maltings, Alton

All dates and venues are subject to change. We are also looking at alternative venues in the Whitehill & Bordon area, in an attempt to get a more even spread across the district.

Find out more about your district councillors and meetings here.

Hampshire County Council Budget Consultation 2023

Hampshire County Council are looking to save £132 million a year from their budget, and are consulting residents on how to do this.

Proposals include increasing council tax and slashing the Highways budget. They are currently consulting residents to hear their views.

Although we have 1.6m people living in Hampshire, there are usually only around 3,000 responses to budget consultations. This means that everyone who responds will have a relatively high influence over the outcome. It only takes 10 minutes to read the Information Pack and then another 10 minutes to complete the online survey.

Steep is likely to be affected by the proposed cuts to Highways in particular, and individuals may well be impacted by other cuts.

The consultation is open until July 23. Please have your say here.

Councillor Freddie Holmes

Bin collection time update from EHDC


With the current sweltering heat during the day, EHDC have been working hard to avoid heat exhaustion in our crews, with lots of additional water and breaks during the day.

Working on a bin crew is a tiring job at the best of times, but in temperatures over 20ºC for most of the day, it can become unsafe.

That’s why EHDC have decided to start collecting bins earlier in the morning, so the crews have a better chance of being finished before the hottest part of the day.

Crews may be leaving the depot at around 5am, so please ensure that your bin is out the night before your collection day.

Early collections will begin TOMORROW (Wednesday 21 June).

Thank you for your understanding.

If your bin collection is missed, report it here.


Results of Parish Elections

The results of the Steep election have ben declared and details of your new Parish Councillors can be found here –

This website will be updated shortly with councillor contact details.


Presentation to Jenny Hollington

Councillors Jim MacDonald and Terry Cook presented Jenny Hollington, our previous clerk, with a commemorative crystal rose bowl as a thank you for her years of dedication to the council.

Jenny stepped down from being the Steep parish clerk at the end of 2022 after 14 hard years, and none harder than the recent ones. She also clerked the East Hampshire Association of Parish and Town Councils since Jim took the chair in 2016. To mark her super work and enduring smile, Jim and Terry presented her with this small gift.

We hope that with your reclaimed time, you might be able to spend some of it in the garden to fill it with your blooms.