Parish Council Minutes – 8 April 2015

Minutes of the Monxton Parish Council Meeting held on Wednesday 8th April 2015 in the Monxton Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Present: Cllr Mike Cleugh – Chairman, Cllr Sarah Dowding – Vice Chairman, Cllr Judith Balding, Cllr Adrian Drage, Borough Cllr Mr Ben Few-Brown, Richard Waterman – Parish Clerk, Mrs Z Brooks – Candidate for Hampshire County Councillor, Members of the Public – 3

Apologies : Cllr David Bateman and Mr David James NHW

WELCOME – Cllr Mike Cleugh welcomed everyone to the meeting.

DECLARATION OF INTEREST – There were no declarations of interest recorded

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
The Chairman signed the minutes of the January 2015 meeting as a true record.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
No slots had been booked to address the Parish Council.

PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS
The Parish Council are up for election on the 7th May 2015. The current councillors standing are Judith Balding, Sarah Dowding, David Bateman and Mike Cleugh.

PARISH COUNCIL ACTIVITIES
Parish Council activities fall into three main categories:

  • Representing the local community
  • Delivering services to meet local needs
  • Improving quality of life and community well being.

Local councils can provide and maintain a variety of important and visible local services including allotments, bridleways, bus shelters, car parks, commons and open spaces, community transport schemes, community safety and crime reduction measures, events

and festivals, footpaths, leisure and sports facilities, litter bins, planning, street cleaning and lighting, tourism activities, traffic calming measures, village greens and youth projects.

Parish councils receive funding by levying a “precept” on the council tax paid by the residents of the parish. Parish councils comprise unpaid councillors who are elected to serve for four years.

Parish councils must be notified by the district or county council of:

  • All planning applications in their areas
  • Intention to provide a burial ground in the parish
  • Proposals to carry out sewerage works
  • Footpath and bridleway (more generally, ‘rights of way’) surveys
  • Intention to make byelaws in relation to hackney carriages music and dancing, promenades, sea shore and street naming.

PLANNING

  • No new planning applications received since January 21/1/15
  • Update on the Alpine Group at Manor Farm -Agreement in principle with the Keir Group, still awaiting final approval of some details but Planning consultant positive that this is now imminent and will result in a agreed deal.
  • The Alpine Group two new factories on Walworth Industrial Estate in Andover and 10 houses on the current Alpine site will be built in a no profit deal. The Chairman wished to thank the work of Cllr Mrs P West and Cllr Mr Ben Few-Brown who have helped this project to go through.
  • Issues with lorries going to dump rubble at Georgia Lane still plague the village.
  • A recent Village meeting to discuss the Georgia Lane operation was well attended.
  • The Chairman gave up-dates from TVBC, Environment Agency, Hampshire County Council and the Forestry Commission on the issue with Georgia Lane.
  • Cllr Mr Ben Few-Brown reported that TVBC are investigating 4 breeches of the Planning Permission for the site

ENVIRONMENT – CLLR JUDITH BALDING

SOUTHERN WATER
The works to the pumping station have been completed by Southern Water, and hopefully, these improvements and those done to the drainage system, will ensure that we do not have a repeat of the issues we experienced last year.

PILLHILL BROOK
The replacement weir across the Pillhill Brook at Upper Mill House is now in place. It is a great improvement on the dam which had been built over the original weir. Household rubble, bricks, concrete sand bags, grass and soil were removed to enable the construction of the new weir. The Pillhill Brook is an important stretch of unique chalk stream and is not a winterbourne. To maintain the ecological function of the brook and to protect the habitats of the Wild Brown Trout and the varied wildlife, there has to be a regular water flow. It remains to be seen if the new weir will allow sufficient water to flow down the main river channel of the brook, both in the winter months when levels are high and during the drier summer months when the water levels are low.

FOOTPATHS AND BRIDLEWAYS
No reports of any problems with the footpaths or bridleways.

TRAFFIC – CLLR SARAH DOWDING

  • Scalpings or similar requested for potholes down the road sides along Broad Road and also by the Village Hall by Hampshire County Council Highways.
  • Ground works on the verge alongside Monxton Manor to be started week commencing 11 May 2015.
  • Villager Gateways on TVBC list for 2015/2016, along with 30mph limit extension.
  • Still waiting for the bollard to be repaired by Hampshire County Council Highways – now done.
  • Still waiting for bollards around small green at Abbotts Ann Road/Broad Road.
  • Community Speed Watch due to start very soon – at latest spring 2015. This project is now under new leadership.
  • It was reported that there is a large pothole on the road between Sunnybank and the traffic lights.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
David James will provide an up-date at the May meeting.

FINANCE
Payments February and March 2015.

  • R.N. Waterman                   Wages – February   (Standing Order)  £200.00
  • R.N. Waterman                   Wages – March                                         £200.00
                                                                                                                  £400.00

ACCOUNTS – 1st April 2014 – 31st March 2015

INCOME
Opening Balance BF      = £5,574.65
Plus ½ precept             = £5,200.00

£10,774.65

EXPENDITURE
Wages                         =  £2400.00
Insurance                    =    £388.45
Notice Boards              =    £133.30
Play Ground Inspection =     £65.40
Village Maintenance      =  £1816.00
Dog Bins                     =     £152.64
Church Grant               =     £500.00
Village Hall refurbishment  £1000.00

£6,455.79

BALANCE IN BANK       =  £4,318.86

MONEY SET ASIDE – NOT INCLUDED IN ABOVE FIGURES

£2000.00 for Traffic Calming
£1000.00 for Village Project/Maintenance

Cllr Mike Cleugh proposed that the Parish Council spend £500 of the Village Project money to restore the Village Pond into a nice area.

Cllr Adrain Dredge was concerned that any work carried out on the pond could cause possible flooding to neighbouring properties and recommended to proceed with extreme caution. This was noted and it was agreed to clear the area and monitor the level of water in the pond before taking any further action.

SUNNYBANK
Cllr David Bateman advised that there is no current issues and gave his apologies as he is still too ill to attend but expects to make a full recovery. The Parish Council wished him a speedy recovery.

MONXTON WEB SITE
Cllr Sarah Dowding reported on the Monxton Web Site. Views to date 65,162 with 193 comments submitted.

A.O.B.
The Parish Council were asked if there was any news on the planning application for the new tracks at the Great Wood? Cllr Mike Cleugh reported that the Environment Agancy are on the case.

CLOSE OF THE MEETING
Cllr Mike Cleugh thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting.

DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING
13th May 2015 – AGM    

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