Improvements to Andover Town Centre

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, says that: “This improvement supports Test Valley Borough Council’s regeneration plans for Andover Town Centre, and helps meet their ambition to make all the town’s car parks more accessible, so the town centre becomes a more attractive area for pedestrians and cyclists.”

The scheme will provide new access to Andover’s Town Mills car park to ease access and wider town centre improvements to encourage more cycling and walking.  Delivered in partnership with Andover Vision and Test Valley Borough Council, the project will pave the way towards the total transformation of the Town Mills area with the creation of a picturesque riverside park to showcase the river.   It will also mark the start of the first stage of the borough council’s plan to redevelop the wider town centre.  Hampshire County Council will deliver the project and is providing £434,000 provided by developer contributions and £228,000 from the Public Realm Improvement Fund, £513,000 is coming from the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership, £307,000 from the Market Town Fund and  £133,000 from Test Valley Borough Council. This brings the total investment to £1.6 million.

The improvements will include:
• A new access provided into the Town Mill car park from the A3057 Western Avenue, which will allow the current access off Bridge Street to be physically closed to traffic and enhanced to allow access for pedestrians and cyclists; 
• The existing footpath through the Pocket Park will be widened and a new path will be constructed through the park from the A3057; 
• New benches, will be provided throughout the area to create more seating for people visiting the park; 
• The use of York stone paving and other high-quality materials will enhance the area adjacent to the River Anton and the footpath adjacent to the river will be widened. 

The planned completion of the scheme is Spring 2021.

For more information visit: https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/andovertownmill 

Fly Tipping

‘Fly tipping’ or ‘dumping’ are the common terms used to describe the illegal deposit of waste onto land.

It is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act (1990) to fly tip any material.

TVBC’s Environmental Service investigates all reports of fly tipping and will remove fly tipped waste from public land.

If you find some fly tipped waste, please be aware that some waste is dangerous – do not touch anything, including opening any black bags or containers.

It is important to remember that fly tippers are committing a crime and they do not want to be caught. Some fly tippers may become violent so do not approach them.

Report It!

It is important to report these crimesto report a fly tip online, please follow this link: My Test Valley, including as much information as you can or alternatively, contact TVBC Customer Services on 01264 368000.

Following an investigation, the Council may be able to prosecute the person(s) who committed the fly tipping offence.

  • Offenders can be fined up to £50,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment.
  • Fines are unlimited if the case goes to the Crown Court

Monxton Parish Council Meeting 13th Oct 2020

MONXTON PARISH COUNCIL

There will be a virtual meeting of Monxton Parish Council (via zoom) at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 13th October 2020.All Councillors are requested to participate. Members of the public can join the meeting by following this link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85180586061?pwd=WjVoT2dPdFBJSXVjdE9sRXJPNGswUT09

For further information please contact The Clerk

Heather Bourner

Clerk to Monxton Parish Council

Heather.bourner@googlemail.com

01264 773976

  1. Apologies for Absence
  • Public Participation
  • Declarations of Interest
  • Minutes & matters arising
  • Reports to include

Village Hall update

           Finance

           Environment & Footpaths

           Traffic

           Sunnyside

           Planning

           To note the following TVBC decision:

  1. 20/00284/LWBN –enclosure of existing link, new doors and windows- Monxton manor- withdrawn
  2. 20/01093/FULLN-erection of pergola, car port, pool house, provision of swimming pool paving and landscaping (amended scheme)- permission20/01016/TELN- Installation of telecommunications mast- objection
  3. 20/02030/TREEN- fell 7 ash trees, land adjacent pub car park- permission

         To receive the Planning Advisory Committees recommendations on the     

          following applications

          20/02381/TREEN- tree works, Bec House, Monxton Road

  • County and Borough Councillors Report

      9)Correspondence

  1. Any other Business

Date of Next Meeting- 7.30 pm on Tuesday 12th January 2021

Housing Needs Survey

MONXTON PARISH COUNCIL

It has come to the attention of the Parish Council that you will shortly receive through the mail a Housing Needs Survey. The survey is being conducted by Hampshire Homes Hub on behalf of a property developer, Orchard Homes, who wish to build between 30 and 50 new houses on land behind Stanbury Close Thruxton. The survey has no connection whatsoever to either Test Valley Borough Council or the Parish Council.

The survey seeks to determine the need for new housing in the area. It comprises 2 parts:

  • Part 1 asks questions about your household, including how many people live in the house, their age, the size of house, how long you have lived here and whether you (or anyone in your household) are thinking of moving house in the coming 5 years.  If you are considering a move, you are asked to complete Part 2.
  • Part 2 asks more personal questions about why you might need a new home, who would live in it, what type of house you would look for, how many bedrooms and some very private questions about your income, how much deposit you could afford, how much you could afford in monthly payments (mortgage, rent, etc) and whether you are disabled or have mobility issues.
  • We have no information about how the personal data collected by the survey will be protected under GDPR legislation.

The survey is being sent to all households in 9 parishes in north west Test Valley – as well as Thruxton, the survey will be sent to residents in Fyfield, Kimpton, Shipton Bellinger, Amport, Penton Grafton, Appleshaw, Penton Mewsey and Monxton. It is due to be mailed out with a reply-paid envelope in early September.

The survey is the first step in the process for a developer who has an option on land and who is considering submitting a planning application for a development; TVBC require any application to be supported by a recent survey of housing needs. Orchard Homes have not submitted any planning application but the fact that they are conducting this survey indicates that they are actively considering the development of this area of land.

The land is currently designated as agricultural and sits outside the settlement boundary of Thruxton Village, although within the Parish boundary. Any application to develop this land would be against the policies of the Neighbourhood Development Plan and, in our view, would place an intolerable burden on the village infrastructure.

It is not our role to tell you whether or not to complete the survey or the answers to provide; however, if you do complete the survey, please be aware of the fact that it is being paid for by a property developer who is actively considering a development of 30 – 50 new houses on land currently given to farming and through which is a much-loved footpath to Fyfield Church.

Thank you.

This is a public health message from NHS Test and Trace

As part of the government’s coordinated response to Coronavirus, NHS Test and Trace has developed the new NHS COVID-19 app.

It is now available for download to all residents of England and Wales. We strongly recommend that everyone over the age of 16 downloads and uses it.

Download the ‘NHS COVID-19’ app from the App Store or Google Play. There is more information at https://covid19.nhs.uk

The app will help you to understand and manage your personal risk and reduce the spread of Coronavirus. The more people who use it, the more effective it will be.

The app requires operating system 13.5 or above if you have an Apple iPhone. It requires Android 6.0 or above if you have an Android phone. If your smartphone is not compatible, you can still access full support from the NHS Test and Trace service.

Proposal to remove trees from Village Green

To all villagers
Monxton Parish Council Objection to the felling of Ash trees on the village green ref 20/02030/TREEN

You may be aware that Mr Dique Li, the owner of the village green, has put in an application to cut down all seven Ash trees which are located on or near the village green.

This will have a massive impact on the scene around the green as these form part of the iconic views across to the river from the all roads.
If you are so minded please put in your objection ASAP, note while the closing date for objections is technically today the application is open for any comments up to the 8th October and following discussions today with the tree officer they will not be able to act unless there are significant local objections.

Statement on New Covid-19 Restrictions

The laws around gatherings in public or indoors have changed, to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Under the new rules, people may not participate in social gatherings, in any place, in groups of more than six.

We will continue our approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging people to follow the new regulations, and use our common sense and discretion.

Enforcement will be used as a last resort. In most situations we can resolve breaches without having to issue a fine.

Ultimately, we all have a personal responsibility to do what we can to limit the spread of infection.

For more details: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/news/hampshire/news/news/2020/september/statement-from-assistant-chief-constable-maggie-blyth-on-the-new-covid-19-