Agenda and minutes

Community Forum (Whitehill & Bordon, Liphook, Headley, Grayshott, Lindford & Greatham)
Tuesday, 25th October, 2016 6.30 pm

Venue: Whitehill Village Hall, Sutton Field, Whitehill, Bordon, Hampshire GU35 9BW. View directions

Contact: Lisa Papps  Democratic Services Assistant - 01730 234073

No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive and record apologies for absence.


Apologies from Councillor R Millard.


Confirmation of Minutes

Please note that it is helpful if Councillors could give advance notice, to Democratic Services, of any questions they wish to raise in respect of the Minutes.


Minutes of the last meeting held on 19 January 2016, previously circulated.


The minutes of the previous meeting held on 19 January 2016 were agreed and signed as a correct record.


Chairman's Announcements


There were no Chairman’s announcements.


Declarations of Interest

To receive and record any declarations of interest from members present in respect of any of the various matters on the agenda for this meeting.


There were no declarations of interest.


Apprenticeships - You're Hired!

Following an introduction by Cllr Ferris Cowper, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, there will be a panel discussion where you can find out how you can earn while you learn with an apprenticeship.


Members of the public will have the opportunity to talk to local businesses, training providers and view displays from 5.30pm and after the meeting has closed.




The Chairman introduced Cllr Cowper, Leader of EHDC, who opened the discussion.  EHDC had launched an apprenticeship initiative and as an incentive to local businesses, this scheme paid half of the costs of having an apprentice to any local employer who took on an apprentice for two years.  There were locality conditions to the scheme and the employer had to also pay the national minimum wage.  The apprenticeship scheme also helped with transport costs of up to £400 over two years via the employer and helped to finance training costs of up to £1,000 over two years.  EHDC had sponsored 39 apprentices, 11 of whom had worked at East Hampshire District Council.  There were currently five applications pending awaiting an interview and assessment.  EHDC had paid out around £150,000 per annum towards apprenticeships and this had not been capped.


The Chairman introduced Martyn Kiddey, a local employer and an Apprenticeship Ambassador.  Whatever skills an individual had, there would always be an apprenticeship to fill it and there were also a number of different levels available.


Chris Adams, Employment and Training Manager, Radian, was introduced by the Chairman and explained how they helped support people in to work.  This could range from a 30 minute course to help with CV writing to a one year training course.  Locally, he had been working on opportunities at Quebec Park where he was writing an employment skills plan to include work experience for younger people aged 16-19 and those aged 20+.


Susan Robbins, Economic Development Theme Lead – RegenCo, EHDC, explained that she had been the beneficiary of a council training scheme and knew the benefits first hand.  There would be local opportunities at Louisburg Barracks where local residents would be able to apply for the new jobs and training made available when a further skills training centre opened in May 2017, ready for students to enrol in September 2017.  Basingstoke College would operate the site.  There would be three large workshop areas and classrooms where there would be a focus on construction works.  Further information could be found on the Basingstoke College website.


A question was raised as to whether businesses were being encouraged to employ people, paid or voluntary, that had disabilities.  In response, Cllr Cowper confirmed that there was no qualification issue around ability/disability; roles were gender neutral, ability neutral and race neutral.  Cllr Cowper asked Bob Coleman, Team Leader Community Services, who was present at the meeting, to look into whether EHDC should increase investment where a potential employee had needs.  Following the meeting, the Team Leader Community Services confirmed that each employee, regardless of disability, had their needs assessed as soon as they were offered the post.  Their manager would ensure that any identified needs were implemented.  This was reviewed regularly and if required, modified to ensure their ongoing needs were catered for.


Martyn Kiddey said that as an employer, he wanted someone who was able to do the job and could do so safely.  If they  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.


Public Questions


There were no public questions.


Bramshott and Liphook Parish Plan pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Councillors are asked to note the Bramshott and Liphook Parish Plan.  A brief introduction will be given by the Steering Group who have prepared the plan.




Mr Trevor Maroney addressed the Forum and explained the background to the parish plan.


A concern was raised that there was an ambition to have another swimming pool and knowing the substantial costs involved, wondered where the funding would come from.  Mr Maroney advised that due to no public transport in the evenings and at weekends to get to the nearest pool, they were conducting a study which would see if it was feasible.


In response to a question raised as to where they hoped to see business development, Mr Maroney advised that they were keen that the Passfield business site remain.  The current business park by Liphook railway station was ideal and also somewhere near the A3, as this was the main route for transport.


Following the discussion, the Bramshott and Liphook Parish Plan was NOTED.


Appointments to Outside Bodies 2016 - 2017 pdf icon PDF 49 KB


Additional documents:


Following a discussion, it was RESOLVED that the following appointments to Outside Bodies for the year 2016 - 2017 be AGREED:


Outside Body




Liphook Youth Club

Cllr A Glass


Phoenix Centre

Cllr M Smith



River Wey Trust

Cllr A Glass


Whitehill and Bordon Community Association


Whitehill and Bordon Town Partnership


Cllr A Waterhouse


Cllr A Waterhouse