An update from Hart District Council Chairman, Councillor Wendy Makepeace-Browne
Greetings for October. This month I held my Civic Day, hosting Mayors and Chairmen from around Hampshire, introducing them to the lovely district of Hart. I showcased some of our award-winning open spaces and two contrasting local business. Feedback was very positive, I was grateful for the sunshine as we were outside for a while and we now have a few more fans!
For my Hart Council focus this month, I thought I’d highlight some of our highlights … Officers and Councillors work hard to bring improvements for residents, so here are just a few:
Hart (with Basingstoke & Deane) has just launched a brand-new fleet of waste trucks, marking the start of a new 8 year, £44m, joint waste contract for bin collections, which I am delighted to say was won by a Hart business. The result will be an improved bin collection service now, and soon, the ability for more items to be collected at the kerbside for recycling, like textiles. In Hart, we collect 32,369 tons of waste per year and we recycle/compost 41.6% of it, which sits us at number 2 in Hampshire for recycling behind Eastleigh Borough Council.
This month we launched a new partnership with Enterprise First giving local, small businesses free support services. We now offer impartial, confidential mentoring for business planning, funding, marketing, competitor research, and all other challenges of starting or growing a business - 88% of businesses in Hart are classed as micro businesses. The Council is looking at a range of new initiatives to continue our support of this thriving local economy sector.
We have 2 dog wardens at Hart, who are a credit to our team. They have maintained Hart as a Gold Footprint Award winner for over 5 years and have just taken us Platinum! This is an RSPCA award, celebrating the good practice of organisations that go above and beyond statutory service requirements with the aim of achieving higher animal welfare standards. Our ladies deal with everything dog from returning strays home safely, rehoming, educating owners and investigating dog attacks, all the way through to investigating dog fouling complaints.
Lastly, I’d like to give a brief mention to our Hart Lottery. This was set up in July 2017 as a charity fund raiser and we currently support over 60 good causes through it, covering sports groups, disability groups, schools, youth groups and community organisations. Every ticket sold donates money to a charity, if no charity is nominated by the ticket holder, the charity allocation goes direct to the Hart Chairman’s charity fund, for which I thank you. The lottery has been very popular and successful since it started in July 2017, and we are keen to see it grow further. If you are interested in supporting good causes, whilst having a chance to win, please do look at the Hart Lottery, likewise, if you are a charity looking for funds. Prizes range from free tickets to a jackpot prize of £25,000. I hope this has been interesting and for feedback or questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If there is a topic that you’d like to see more information on, please do let me know and you can follow updates from the Council on Facebook - /HartDistrictCouncil and on Twitter - @HartCouncil.
See you next month.