DIVISIVE plans to build a new car park in Headbourne Worthy are set to be decided today.

The proposals would see spaces built for 25 cars next to St Swithun’s Church.

Recommended for the approval, the scheme is due to be debated at today’s Winchester City Council planning committee.

So far the Headbourne Worthy Parish Council plans have proved divisive, receiving seven letters of objection, and eight in support.

Issues range from concerns over the visibility of the cars ruining the rural setting of the church, to the allegedly excessive number of spaces.

However, those supporting the scheme argue it would mean people would no longer have to cross a “dangerous” road to get to the church.

THE Martyr Worthy Lecture Series will continue on Tuesday, February 26 when Dr Andrew Monaghan will be presenting What is Power in Modern Russia?

The talk will be held in Itchen Abbas and Avington Village Hall in aid of the four churches of the Itchen Valley parish.

It is to start at 7.45pm and tickets cost £20 each, including a complimentary glass of wine and canapes beforehand from 7pm.

To buy tickets, visit www.itchenvalleychurches.org/fundraising, or for more information, call Verity Coleman on 01962 882800 or Gilly Greenwood on 01962 779540.

PARISH councillors have objected to plans to build three new homes in Kings Worthy.

Proposals have been submitted to demolish a former agricultural building at North Winchester Farm, in Stoke Charity Road.

If approved, it would be replaced with three detached houses.

The council said in its written objection: “It was not included in Local Plan Part 2, nor was an attempt made to approach the parish council when determining the settlement boundary.

“The parish council would consider this if it were put forward as a rural exception site.”

A decision on the proposal is due before the end of the month.

A RETIRED lieutenant colonel will be giving a illustrated talk next month retelling the stories of survivors of the Second World War, and in particular D-Day.

Lt Col Ian Holmes will give the talk at St Mary’s Church, in London Road, Kings Worthy on Thursday March 7.

It will start at 7.30pm, with tickets costing £10, or free for members of the Worthys Local History Group.

THE Hampshire Chronicle is always keen to hear local news from Sparsholt, The Worthys, Easton and Littleton.

Send details to Michael Seymour at 5 Upper Brook Street, Winchester, SO23 8AL, call 01962 860836 or email michael.seymour@hampshirechronicle.co.uk.