Frequently asked questions - Picket Piece
How do I get in contact with Barrett homes?
The Barrett homes customer service number is 01489 787064
The help-line is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays
How do I get in contact with David Wilson homes?
The David Wilson homes customer service number is 01488 680300
The help-line is open 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays
Where will I find information about the development, local facilities, services or community activities?
The Test Valley Borough Council’s development worker for Picket Piece, Andrea Harris runs a drop-in session for residents every Thursday morning between 10.00am and noon at the Community Hall. There’s no need for an appointment, just drop-in for a chat and a drink.
A newsletter is also produced two to three times a year which contains information about what’s happening in the development as well as useful general information. This is delivered to every new house in the development as well as existing homeowners.
How long will it be until all the houses are built?
Occupation figures provided by the developer as at December 2017show that there are now over 430 homes occupied on the site.
Barratt homes aim to complete the last phase of their development by the end of Summer 2018 and David Wilson Homes in Spring 2020.
What is being done about the speed of traffic driving along Walworth Road and Ox Drove?
TVBC are working with the PCSO for Picket Piece and St. Mary’s ward, Sarah Matthews to look at how speeding traffic can be monitored and what actions can be taken. One of the recent ideas is to implement a Speed Watch project.
Speed Watch can only operate on roads with a speed limit of 30 mph and under. The best locations would be 20 mph zones and community and residential areas that have a 30 mph limit. Community volunteers work alongside Hampshire Constabulary offices to identify vehicles which exceed the speed limit.
Details of the vehicles will be collected at the time of the alleged offence and entered into a database. The registered owner of that vehicle will then be sent a letter telling them that their vehicle was seen exceeding the speed limit, how it affects the local community and asking them not to do so again in the future. If the same registration number is logged again within 12 months, the owner will receive a warning that if the vehicle is seen speeding again a third time, the details will be passed to an officer to take further action. Full training is provided to all community volunteers.
If you would like more information or to become a community volunteer, contact Sarah Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a Residents’ Estate Management Company?
Residents’ Management Companies are set up by Barrett and David Wilson Homes for the purpose of managing those communal parts of the development which are not intended to be handed over to other organisations.
The communal parts do not include the parts of the road network intended to
be adopted by the Highway Authority or the open space areas intended to be transferred to Test Valley Borough Council, or those transferred to Housing Associations, Education or Community facilities.
Typically, the Management Company maintains any remaining roads and footpaths, incidental landscaped areas, communal parking bays, etc and including all services associated with the upkeep of these areas.
The Residents’ Management Company is a Limited Company that has appointed a Managing Agent, in this case Remus, to attend to the maintenance requirements and the collection of service charges. Service charges are calculated by dividing the total cost of maintaining the communal areas, including all administration costs, by the number of member households within each phase.
Once the communal parts are completed by the developer to a satisfactory standard, the responsibility for the maintenance is handed over to the Managing Agents. This continues until the development of each phase is complete and at which point the control of the Residents’ Management Company may then be transferred to the residents who are invited to elect and appoint Directors. At this time, the freehold of the communal parts is also transferred to the Residents’ Management Company.
The owners of all houses and flats become members of the Residents’ Management Company upon the initial sale of the unit by the developer, and these include those with either freehold or leasehold interests.
All occupiers of houses within each phase contribute to the service costs of the communal parts.
Remus Property Manager
Tel: 01722 428000 8.45am – 5.15pm Monday to Friday
When are the rubbish bins collected?
Test Valley Borough Council collects kerbside rubbish from Picket Piece properties every Friday, alternating between household waste (black bin) and recycling (brown bin). Please leave your bin at the edge of your property by 7am each Friday and please bring all bins back onto your property as soon as possible once emptied.
Rubbish can also be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Scott Close on Walworth Business Park. Some types of bulky waste can be collected from your property by the council by contacting our Customer Service Unit on 01264 368000
What is being done about persistent dog fouling?
Signage has been placed around the development to encourage dog owners to be responsible and clean up after their dogs and a new black wheelie bin has been installed outside of the play area at Picket Road/Ox Drove for putting dog poo bags in.
It is actually an offence not to clear up after your dog and you can be fined. To report any issues call the Animal Welfare Officer on 01264 368000 or visit the Council website at www.testvalley.gov.uk.
How were the street names chosen?
The street names were chosen from a variety of different references, all connected with the local area, for instance;
Locksbridge Road was named after a stream or brook which used to run through the area and Mortimer Road was named after a local land owner William Mortimer.
When will Picket Piece get it’s allotments?
Work on the preparing the allotment site has commenced. You can register your interest in obtaining an allotment with Andover Town Council by emailing email@example.com
What bus provision is there at Picket Piece?
Wheelers operates the bus route to and from Picket Piece. The number 13 bus is a hail and ride service which means you can stop it anywhere along the route. For information and timetables contact: Wheelers Coaches 02380 471800 www.wheelerstravel.co.uk.
Is there a Social Club in Picket Piece?
Picket Piece has it’s own Sports and Social Club in the Village Hall. It is open Friday evenings from 7pm – 11pm and Sundays from 6pm – 10.30pm. The drinks are reasonably prices and pool and darts are available.
The Sports and Social Club is a charitable organisation who organise social events at the hall for residents and members.
For more information about what’s on or to hire the hall, visit the website www.picketpiecevillagehall.org or Facebook page @PicketPieceSportsandSocialClub
Tel 01264 332149
When will Picket Piece be getting a shop?
There will be 3 retail units available within the Picket Piece development, these are situated at the Barratt Homes end of Locksbridge Road. Extensive marketing is taking place at present to encourage retailers to occupy the premises however to date there has been no firm interest in the units.