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ELLISFIELD LOCAL INFORMATION

Member of Parliament

Ellisfield is part of the North East Hampshire Parliamentary constituency. The current MP, elected in May 2015 with a majority of 29,916, is Mr Ranil Jayawardena.

Westminster
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
Tel:  020 7219 3000
Email: ranil.jayawardena.mp@parliament.uk
Twitter: @tellranil
Website: www.tellranil.com

Constituency
North East Hampshire Conservative Association
The Mount, Bounty Lane, Basingstoke RG21 3DD
Tel: 01256 322 207
Email: HERE

2017 General Election (June 8)

The 2017 manifestos (when available) of all the major parties can be viewed by clicking on the party name below:

Conservative - 88 pages / 0.3Mb (small size as there’s only one picture in the manifesto, of Mrs May of course …)
Labour - 128 pages / 3.6Mb
Liberal Democrats - 100 pages / 1.2Mb
UKIP - 64 pages / 4.3Mb
Green - 26 pages / 0.8Mb
SNP - ? pages / 0.0Mb
Plaid Cymru - 51 pages / 3.2Mb)

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)

There are 10 (yes, ten!) MEPs representing the South East of England. The results of the 2014 EU election on May 22, 2014 was as follows (only the parties that actually gained seats are listed):

751,439 - UKIP (32.14%)
723,571 - Conservative (30.95%)
342,775 - Labour (14.66%)
211,706 - Green (9.05%)
187,876 - Liberal Democrat (8.04%)

Under the proportional system, the MEPs are now as follows:

4 - UKIP (Nigel Farage, Janice Atkinson, Diane James and Ray Finch)
3 - Conservative (Dan Hannan, Nirj Deva and Richard Ashworth)
1 - Labour (Anneliese Dodds)
1 - Green (Keith Taylor)
1 - Liberal Democrat (Catherine Bearder)

UKIP gained two MEPS, the Conservatives lost one and the Liberal Democrats also lost one.

County Councillor

Ellisfield is within Hampshire County Council's Basingstoke Candovers, Oakley & Overton electoral division (11,694 electorate). The current County Councillor is Anna McNair Scott (Conservative) who was re-elected in May 2017 with 55% (2,623) of the 4,806 votes cast (a 41% turnout compared to 36% at the previous election in May 2013).

MAnna McNair Scott, County Councillorrs McNair Scott can be contacted via County Hall:

Hampshire County Council (www.hants.gov.uk)
The Castle, Winchester, Hants SO23 8UJ
Tel: 01962 841841 (Fax: 01962 867273)
Reception: 01962 847323 (for
Contact Us website page, click HERE)
Councillor Email: HERE

or at her home address:

Huish House, Huish Lane, Old Basing, Hants RG24 7AA
Tel: 01256 476422

Borough Councillor

Ellisfield is within Basingstoke & Deane's Upton Grey & The Candovers electoral ward. The current Borough Councillor is Mark Ruffell (Conservative) who was re-elected in May 2015 with 1,565 votes. Labour's Alice James had 217 votes.
The turnout was 1,803 (there were 21 spoilt votes) which was 77% of an electorate of 2,331.

Mark Ruffell, Borough CouncillorMr Ruffell can be contacted via the Civic Offices:

c/o Conservative Group Room
Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council
Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, Hants RG21 4HH
Tel: 01256 845502
Email: cllr.mark.ruffell@basingstoke.gov.uk

For general Borough Council information:

Website: www.basingstoke.gov.uk
Tel: 01256 844844 / Fax: 01256 841945

NHS Hospital

Ellisfield's local NHS hospital is the North Hampshire Hospital.

Basingstoke HospitalAldermaston Road (A304), Basingstoke, Hants RG24 9NA
Tel: 01256 473202
Website: Click HERE

24-hour health advice & information
can be obtained from NHS Direct:

0845 4647 or www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk


All junctions of Basingstoke's ring road have Hospital direction signs. As well as a large car park, there is a drop off point and a number of disabled parking spaces available outside the main entrance.  Bus routes 1, 5, 9, 32A and 45 stop outside the hospital.

The North Hampshire Hospital was built in the mid seventies with 450 beds and now serves a population of approximately 270,000. The hospital provides a full range of acute & elective services including:

* Adult Medicine (including elderly care)
* Intensive Care
* Accident & Emergency
* Anaesthetics (including pain relief)
* General Surgery (including colorectal research & hepato-biliary,
   surgical units of international repute)
* Obstetrics & Gynaecology
* Ophthalmology
* Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
* Maxillo-Facial Surgery
* Orthopaedics
* Paediatrics
* Pathology
* Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy
* Radiology (including CT & MRI scanning)

The areas of ITU, A&E and fracture clinic have all recently been refurbished and a new building to house the MRI scanner was completed early in 2000.

Located within the grounds of the Hospital is Parklands Hospital (catering for psychiatric patients), St Michaels Hospice and The Ark, a new "state of the art" Postgraduate Medical Centre providing the very latest facilities for training and research.

Schools

Cliddesden SchoolEllisfield does not have its own school.

Many children of primary school age go to Cliddesden Primary School (01256 321571) which is in the neighbouring village.  The school's website can be accessed HERE.
There is a school bus which goes between Ellisfield and Cliddesden School.

There are a number of secondary schools in the area and there are two colleges of further education in Basingstoke.

Library

The nearest County Library is in Basingstoke:

Basingstoke Central Library (aka Basingstoke Discovery Centre, see HERE)
19-20 Westminster House, Town Centre, Basingstoke
Tel: 01256 473901

Mobile LibraryThere is also a Mobile Library (Route 8) which visits Ellisfield monthly on Saturdays.

The 20 minute stop is at the Gravel Pits (junction of Axford Road and Green Lane), between 12:15pm and 12.45pm.

Further information can be obtained from Farnborough Library or refer to the Hill and Dale magazine.

Cango Bus

Cango BusEllisfield is served by a Cango bus service. The C41 comes from Alresford (Ellisfield to Basingstoke in around 20 minutes) and the C42 comes from Basingstoke to Ellisfield (again, around 20 minutes) and then on to Alresford (via Axford, Bradley, the Wields and the Candovers).

To display a full PDF copy of the timetables and routes please click HERE.

You will see that only start and finish times are specified on the timetables. Ellisfield is a "roam zone" and you need to book your place on the bus. You will then be given an estimated time for the bus to arrive at either an Ellisfield bus stop (there’s one at the bottom of Green Lane and another at the junction of Green Lane and Church Lane) or at your house (see below).

For the bus to come to Ellisfield, you need to book your journey by phoning 0845 602 4135. For the bus to stop at your house, you need to first register (once only) by phoning the same number.

Cycle Route through Ellisfield

Hampshire County Council (HCC) has created a well marked cycle route which passes through Ellisfield. The route (click on the image on the left to display the HCC leaflet) goes from Basingstoke all the way to Alton and Alresford (and vice versa!). In the leaflet's description of Ellisfield, it says:

"Set high on the chalk hills south of Basingstoke, but with no obvious centre. Most notable building (on the cycle route) is the imposing Fox PH, but those with their own refreshment might wish to stop at the small but very pleasant rest area (the Gravel Pits, see right), thoughtfully provided on the west side of the road by the Axford Road junction."

General description of the route and connections:

With its combination of woodlands, chalk downland, rolling fields and small villages, the North Hampshire countryside is a superb area for cycling. This route starts at Festival Place in the centre of Basingstoke, goes through the War Memorial Park and then heads south along traffic calmed roads and a newly created cycle path to Hatch Warren. Leaving Basingstoke, it passes through Cliddesden and then climbs steadily to the higher ground around Ellisfield which affords fine views back over the town.

Following quiet rural lanes which undulate through the small villages of Bradley and Lower Wield you arrive at Medstead where the route divides. The main NCN Route 23 continues a gradual descent to Bighton and Alresford and the link to Alton descends gently through Chawton Park Wood along the new traffic free path created from a Forest Enterprise permitted road and a bridleway newly surfaced for cyclists by the County Council.

Being only one section of the longer Route 23, this is inevitably more of an ‘end to end’ route, but with a little planning and the help of Ordnance Survey Landranger Map No 185, very good circular routes can be undertaken by the more adventurous cyclist. Those using mountain bikes may like to try out all or part of the Ox Drove Way Off Road Cycle Trail. The Ox Drove Way, once a drove route for cattle, passes through the heart of rural Hampshire across beautiful rolling hills, through woodlands and past small farms. The most useful section for cyclists seeking an alternative return section between Alresford and Lower Wield is shown on the main map overleaf. This part of the Ox Drove Way can be ridden with care on road bikes in dry weather but can become very slippery when wet. A leaflet describing the full 25 mile circuit can be obtained from Hampshire County Council information centres or via the cycling pages at www.hants.gov.uk/cycling

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