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Fascinating Interactive Map Of Fleet

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David Pottinger writes:

The other day I was making an online payment to Hart District Council and I noticed that their website now includes a very interesting and helpful interactive map of the area (see the example screenshot above).

The link is here (I’ve found the responsivesness of the site can vary, you may need to try a few times).

Notice that on the lhs you can overlay various criteria. For the picture above I have chosen Planning Information (General) and then Rivers (the blue lines above).

On the top of the map you can also choose Background and this covers aerial imagery from 1997 to 2013.

The online map is also useful if you plan to explore the environs of Fleet Pond, as described in a previous post here.

Anyway, it’s certainly worth a look!

Blog Facts and Figures: 2014 has automatically prepared a 2014 annual report for our blog and here it is:

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

If you fancy setting up your own blog (personal or business), WordPress is a good option, you can find details here (they have a free plan).

Hart Hits The High Spot Once Again

_79860873_c9ca5f08-6b2a-44cd-bc97-8b43b9d57661Hart boasts the county’s largest freshwater lake – Fleet Pond

From the BBC News (England) site, yesterday:

The most desirable place to live in the UK has been named as Hart in Hampshire.

The district’s residents were found to be the healthiest and live the longest, with a high employment rate.

Surrey’s Elmbridge and Winchester in Hampshire came second and third on the annual Halifax quality of life survey’s top 50 list.

It was dominated by areas in south east England, and Hambleton, Yorkshire, was the only place in northern England to make the list at number 50.

The survey looked at factors including life expectancy, crime rates, education and weather.

It is the fourth year in a row that Hart has topped the list.

Hart, which is centred on the town of Fleet, boasts vast open spaces of heathland and woodland, as well as the county’s largest freshwater lake.

More than 97% of residents report being in good health, and the average weekly wage is £839 – one third more than the UK average of £629.

Employment rate is also high, with four out of five 16 to 64 year olds in work.

Life expectancy in Hart is the joint highest in the UK along with South Cambridgeshire, with the male population typically living to the age of 83.

However, Hart residents pay a premium to live there as the average house price is nearly seven-and-a-half times the typical local annual income.

The report, which is the ninth Halifax has produced, uses statistics from various sources including the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Met Office.

Great that they had a picture of Fleet Pond (above) at the top of the article 🙂

For relaxation and well-being, why not take a walk around the Pond over the festive period?

Season’s Greetings To All Our Readers


David Pottinger writes:

Many thanks for the interest you’ve shown in Fleet Pond Blog this year. We’ve been fortunate in having had over 130,000 visits since it started in July 2008!

We’ve lots of ideas for posts for 2015 that we hope you’ll find interesting, so please stay tuned. Also, if you have any requests for topics, we’d be very happy to hear from you…

Until then, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Theft At The Pond – The Lions’ View Plaque


Sadly, our attractive new wooden plaque for the Lions’ View (seen above) has just been stolen 🙁 It was only put up three weeks ago. The matter has been reported to the police.

If you have any information that might be helpful to getting it back, please contact either Colin Gray or Terry Austin. All help would be appreciated.

Colin Gray: 01252 616183 or email
Terry Austin: 01252 624925 or email

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Putting in the plaque as part of the new and very popular viewpoint