Welcome from Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council
I was privileged to attend the recent 70th anniversary commemorations of D Day. It is important we honour all veterans who fought so valiantly for the freedom we enjoy today. In this edition of Hampshire Now we mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, reflecting on wartime memories in Hampshire (see Bringing history to life: stories from the First World War).
Looking to the future we want to ensure that Hampshire continues to be a great place in which to live, work and grow up. With significant investments in school buildings and extra school places, we are securing Hampshire’s high-quality education for future generations (see Schools: investing in children).
We are fortunate to have a host of countryside venues to enjoy including the county’s own Country Parks. In this edition we set out some of the investment plans which will ensure they continue to flourish, with the on-going valuable support of many volunteers.
Volunteers play an important role in our communities, making a real difference and enhancing the delivery of local services. Their efforts during the winter flooding were prime examples, demonstrating real resilience at a time of emergency. The aftermath of the flooding presents us with a challenge to get our roads and infrastructure back to the condition they were in before the wet weather. Nevertheless, we are doing all we can to secure the funding needed for the repairs (see Supporting community resilience).