Cutting hedges near Farnborough
Left to right: Chris Harding, Mark Staplehurst and Dave Bell
News & Events
New Roof for Frogmore Day Care Centre
While canvassing as a local candidate for the Blackwater & Hawley Ward of Hart DC in May 2016, a resident asked me if I could raise some funds for the Frogmore Day Care Centre because they had a leaking roof. I went there and saw the stains on the ceiling where the water had leaked through and I said “OK, I’ll see what I can do”.
I am a member of Sandhurst Joggers, the running club who organise the Yateley Road Races, a series of three 10k races every summer with the start/finish line at Yateley School. I have been involved with these events every year since 2008, running the race or setting up the children’s fun run, and sometimes both. The money raised from the events exceeds the cost of hosting them and the surplus is distributed to local charities. Every year they ask club members if we would like to nominate any local charities who are in need of funds so I said “Yes, can you give some money to the Frogmore Day Care Centre to fix their roof”.
The roof was leaking because of a design fault, it couldn’t be fixed just by patching it up, it had to be completely replaced at a total cost of £70,000. Hart District Council agreed to pay half of it, provided the Care Centre could raise the other half from charitable donations. The repair was urgent, there was a risk of further damage and they had to get it fixed before the winter, so they took out a loan that has to be paid off in five years and got the job done.
They were very pleased to receive a cheque for £750 from the Yateley Road Races. It seems quite small compared with the £35,000 that is needed, but every contribution, large or small, is much appreciated and I will remember them next year when we are asked to nominate local charities.
Approaching the finish line at the Yateley 10k in August 2009.
Road Closures in West Heath
South East Water has started work on the water main replacement in West Heath, Farnborough, causing road closures and diversions.
County Councillor and Rushmoor Councillor Mark Staplehurst was working with South East Water on Friday 28 January to improve traffic for local residents by getting more warning signs placed onto adjacent feeder roads, saying that the road ahead is blocked. Since then, traffic lights have appeared in Mayfield Road.
Work started on Monday 23 January and is expected to take about 38 weeks to complete.
For more details see South East Water.