3rd December 2016
Open for Business
- Author: The Editor
- Published: 16th July 2015
Hambledon is going through a tough time at the moment.
To avoid further damage by winter floods the drainage work will take some 18 months to complete. However, with roads having to be closed, this is affecting local businesses. If you are nearby then try to support Hambledon over the next few months.
I have to say that I am also somewhat confused by some of the road diversion signage. It appears to say that Clanfield rather than Hambledon is having the drainage work done. Is it me or have they got their wording slightly wrong?
Even without these road works the businesses in Clanfield and Horndean have more than enough challenges to face. With new homes being built we would expect a welcome flood of new customers in our shops and local businesses. There are certainly some new shoppers in our villages but perhaps not as many as you might expect.
I can perhaps offer one reason for this.
I have recently visited the Show Homes in the area delivering Clanfield Online leaflets and have always received a warm welcome; however it is painfully obvious that some of their staff have no knowledge of this area. They seem keen to ask me questions about the local area when I visit. For example – what shops or businesses exist locally? And what is going on in the area?
Note that when you read the property company’s websites you will often find photographs of the Windmill, Chalton Church or a view of the South Downs. Yet the shopping and leisure facilites mentioned are in Portsmouth or Petersfield. I have tried to convince the marketing teams of these large building firms to include a link to our website but I am still waiting for a return call.
So, if you are one of the new residents in the village then we would like to welcome you. If there is more you want to know about the locality you should find most of what you want in these web pages. If you need more then get in touch.
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