Johnny died from cancer early in September. It seems that this might be a good place to say a word of thanks for the contribution that Johnny made to our South Warnborough community. Just a snap shot of some of what he did during his years here.
His help to the many local activities and causes he was involved in ranged from scrounging a tug-of-war rope from his mates in the army for the fete (before we had our own) to a gruelling legal contest to avoid the intrusion of a full time moto-cross course being established locally. During this time the Parish and District had objected to this proposal on planning grounds and lost. Johnny remained involved in taking the objection forward on the grounds of the disturbance that the noise of the moto-cross would cause. The case went to review and the Judge ruled that if residents complained about noise the operator could be charged with causing a “statutory nuisance”. This appears to have deterred any development of a permanent moto-cross course.
Johnny was Chairman of the South Warnborough Parish Council for a number of years. In addition to the moto-cross objection he worked hard on many other demanding projects including the development of affordable homes resulting in the building of Hawthorn Cottages on Gaston Lane. He was persistent in his requests to the District and County authorities for their support for traffic control through the village, and some measure of success was achieved with the “Village 30” programme which placed 30mph restrictions on traffic through the centre of South Warnborough. Incidentally we were the first village in Hampshire to implement this.
Never slow to volunteer he gave time to the Hart Centre, several local committees, supported Neighbourhood Watch ( forwarding emails as recently as 27th August), and when St Andrew’s needed help with the re-ordering, Johnny led on the design and implementation of a new sound system, and joined the grass cutting rota!
He was instrumental in establishing a website for South Warnborough and did a great deal of the basic information management.
Sometimes one man can make a difference, Johnny certainly did.
To all Parish & Town Council Clerks
To all Parish Council Representatives
It is my sad duty to pass on to you a message from our chair, Alastair Clark, to tell you that Johnny Fielding has passed away after an illness.
Many of you will have known Johnny who was a very active parish councillor, not just in South Warnborough, but in the wider field as well, where he brought great intellect and energy to a wide range of issues. I'm sure I speak for all of those who knew him when I say that he will be sadly missed.
Clerk, Hart Association of Town and Parish Councils.
A requiem mass, for Johnny Fielding will be at 10.45 am on Wednesday September 24th. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton.
It is the church between the Alton House hotel and Alton Station. Parking may be difficult since St. Mary's parking spaces compete with those for railway commuters. The service will be followed by a cremation at Aldershot.
Consultation on Hart Local Plan Housing Development Options
Hart District Council is preparing a new local plan. The first and main document will be a Local Plan: Strategy and Sites Development Plan Document covering the following broad issues:
Amount and distribution of new housing: Housing development, mix & provision (including travellers)
Amount and distribution of new business space: Retail and leisure provision
Infrastructure provision (roads, transport, schools, healthcare, utilities, etc)
Open space and Green infrastructure: Heritage assets
Design Landscape Character
Biodiversity Thames Basin: Heaths Special Protection Area
Climate change: Renewable & low-carbon energy
As part of the preparation process the Council is consulting on a Housing Development Options Paper and accompanying Sustainability Appraisal.
We are holding a series of drop-in sessions at the following locations where you can speak to Council officers:
Odiham – 10th September 2014, 10:30am – 7pm. Cross Barn, Palace Gate Farm, Odiham, RG29 1JX