Parish Council Minutes – 16 November 2016

Minutes of the Monxton Parish Council meeting held on Wednesday 16th November 2016 in the Monxton Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Present: Cllr M Cleugh – Chairman, Cllr P Parfrey, Cllr P Weston, Richard Waterman – Parish Clerk, David James NHW, Members of the Public – 1

Apologies: Cllr S Dowding – Vice Chairman, Cllr J Balding, County Councillor Mrs Z Brooks and Borough Councillor Mr B Few Brown.

WELCOME – The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS – There were no declarations of interest recorded.

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

Cllr J Balding attended a Southern Water Stakeholders on behalf of MPC in October.  Many topics were covered including securing reliable supplies of drinking water, planning for future growth and possible droughts in the future.

MPC together with a number of other local parish councils, have applied to join the Lengthsman Scheme for 2017/2018 provided by Hampshire County Council.  Each Parish will receive £1,000 per year from HCC, but at least 20% of the allocated money must be spent on footpaths. Part of the criteria is that one of the Lengthsman’s duties will be to cut the footpaths of each parish. This is due to start on 1st April 2017 and Penton Mewsey PC has agreed to be the lead PC.

The stile on Footpath 6 is broken again.  We will look in to the possibility of replacing it with a kissing gate.

Cllr P Parfrey, Cllr S Coke (Amport PC) and County Councillor Mrs Z Brooks met with HCC Highways Officers Stuart Morton and Ben Clifton at the HCC Offices, Winchester on 26th September 2016.

Mr Morton explained that the Hundred Acre Roundabout was ‘over engineered’ at the time of the original development, and that the forecast figures from Goodmans in the new application were acceptable’ and within the design capacity of the roundabout.

We were also informed that the vehicle cap related to the number of vehicles leaving the site, and that no account was taken of the impact of any increased flow on the ‘substandard junction’, (described as such by Highways England to Sir George Young), at the entrance to the roundabout.

There followed some discussion about the ‘real world difference’ between the figures and how poorly the system works in practice.

There are separate cameras around the site, independent of the ANPR system which were used for the application data. The ANPR cameras are now actually functioning and are waiting to be linked to Goodmans system on site. This should be very soon.

We raised once again the poor signage and the unclear instructions given to drivers, and Mr Morton said he would look at that issue for us.

Width restriction—Mr Morton said that if we emailed him re the lack of enforcement, he would take it up. Cllr P Parfrey have since done this, and it has ended up with Ray Alborough, who has indicated that he does not really think there is a problem.

Cllr P Parfrey reported that the extension to the 30mph speed limits is ongoing.

16/01512/OBLN – Modify the planning obligation associated with Planning Permission 09/02392/OUTN by removal of part 11 of schedule 6 regarding HCV Traffic Demand Management systems – Andover Business Park.

Cllr P Parfrey reported that a paper has been put together objecting to this application and a 3 minute slot has been booked to speak at the planning meeting.

Alpine Group
The Chairman reported that the Alpine Group are not answering emails and that he intends to pay a visit to the Alpine Group.

The Chairman reported that an offer for the Village Green was submitted to Enterprise Inns and it has been rejected on this occasion. An interest in purchasing the Black Swan has been registered.

SUNNYBANK – Report submitted by Cllr P Weston
Cllr P Weston reported that there is an issue with an over grown hedge at one of the properties. It has been noted that there is an increase in dog fouling on the footpaths.

Rural Crime
Non-dwelling burglaries and thefts of plant and equipment and more recently horse boxes are still the main cause for concern.

Telephone scams continue to be a problem, including bogus calls from banks and the police. These are now getting increased coverage in the national news. Most recent was a case of bogus “heir hunters” who conned a significant amount of money up front with a promise of a legacy.

Rogue Traders and Cold Callers
An item on this subject appeared in October’s Parish News and the problem does not go away. Useful information and advice can be found on the Hampshire Police website:

FINANCE – Parish Clerk
ACCOUNTS – 1st April 2016 – 16th November 2016

Opening Balance BF              = £4,232.74
Precept                                = £5,700.00

Wages                                    = £1,600.00
Insurance                                 =  £384.78
Village Maintenance                 = £1,620.00
Administration                         =   £156.00
Queen’s Birthday Celebrations     = £500.00
= £4,260.78

BALANCE IN BANK       =  £5,671.96

The Chairman stated that the Parish Council intend to increase the precept to allow for more maintenance in the Parish. The Parish Council also intend to reduce the number of Parish Council meetings to 4 in the next financial year. The Clerk has agreed to take a cut in wages to reflect the reduced meetings. This will be proposed at the January meeting.

The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting.

18th January 2017

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