Hampshire Police Alert

We are seeing a series of thefts of quad bikes, farming equipment, power tools etc from rural outbuildings. Please make these items and buildings as secure as possible and if you see anything suspicious happening, report it immediately.

Please work with us to prevent these thefts and serious harm by reporting anything you think we should know, either through online reporting via our website www.hampshire.police.uk, by calling 101, or ringing Crimestoppers (0800 555 111) anonymously. In an emergency, if something is happening there and then, ALWAYS dial 999.

Thank you.
Nicola Holt (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

COVID-19 Lock Down

The new rules:

1. Self-isolating at home if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and getting tested
2. Not mixing with anyone from outside your immediate household or support bubble, either inside or outside (although you may meet with one other person in an outside public space)
3. Keeping your distance from people not in your household, or support bubble – two metres apart wherever possible
4. Reducing all but essential travel
5. Wearing a face covering wherever required to do so; and
6. Washing your hands regularly
  
Hampshire residents can continue to keep updated via the weekly COVID-19 infection rate tracker on the County Council’s website, which provides information on virus transmission rates. The webpages signpost people to the most up to date information and advice – visit www.hants.gov.uk/coronavirus

Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are a gardener’s friend, as they eat snails, slugs and insects.

Make a hedgehog a home

Leave areas of the garden ‘wild’, with piles of leaf litter and logs. These are an attractive nest as well as a home for the invertebrates (slugs, beetles) that hedgehogs like to eat.

Making an artificial home can be as simple as placing a piece of board against a wall.

Feeding hedgehogs

Food and fresh water will encourage hedgehogs to return. Leave out foods like tinned dog or cat food (not fish-based) and crushed dog or cat biscuits. Specialist hedgehog food is also recommended and can be bought from wildlife food suppliers.

Never feed hedgehogs milk as it can cause diarrhoea; instead provide plain, fresh water in a shallow bowl.

Hedgehog-friendly gardening

·         Cover drains and holes and place bricks at the side of ponds to give hedgehogs an easy route out. Cover swimming pools overnight and when not in use.

·         Check for hedgehogs before using strimmers or mowers, particularly under hedges where animals may rest. Check compost heaps for nesting hogs before forking over.

·         Build bonfires as close to time of lighting as possible and check them thoroughly before lighting.

·         Remove sports or fruit netting when not in use to prevent hedgehogs becoming entangled, and getting injured.

·         Slug pellets can poison hedgehogs and should only be used as a last resort. Instead try using one of many “natural” alternatives, like sprinkling crushed eggshells or coffee grounds around the plants you need to protect. If you have to use pellets, place them under a slate which is inaccessible to hedgehogs.

Hedgehog hibernation

Hedgehog in the wild © Rob Scrivens RSPCA

Hedgehogs usually hibernate between November and mid March and animals must have enough fat reserves to survive hibernation. Making hedgehog homes in the garden and providing food will help hedgehogs.

Juvenile hedgehogs weighing less than 500 grams during late autumn will need help to survive the winter – download our factsheet caring for autumn juvenile hedgehogs (PDF 416KB) for advice.

Find out what to do with an injured or sick hedgehog or an orphaned young hedgehog.

Bonfire Night

Statistically, homes with thatched roofs are no more likely to catch fire than those with conventional roofs; however, if a thatched roof does ignite, the results are rapid and devastating.  If you live under thatch, it is wise to be extra vigilant around November 5th and make frequent checks on your roof. For further information and advice, contact your local fire safety officer.

We would ask that residents DO NOT have bonfires or set off any fireworks in their gardens, as they pose a serious risk to the thatched properties in the village.

Chinese lanterns are of particular concern, as the potential for harm when they descend is catastrophic, with a number of thatch fires resulting from these lanterns. 

The laws concerning fireworks:

·         It is illegal for anyone under 18 to possess a firework in a public place.

·         Fireworks cannot be set off by a private individual between 11.00pm and 7.00am except for certain nights of the year.

·         It is an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to any captive or domestic animal.

Fireworks and Animals – Animals have very acute hearing and are frightened by loud bangs.  By following these simple recommendations from the Blue Cross you can help to protect them.

Every year thousands of animals will suffer as a result of fireworks being let off. Blue Cross animal hospitals across the country see a marked rise in pets requiring medication during such stressful times, and many animals are brought into Blue Cross adoption centres having run away from home.

Dogs & Cats

·         Always keep dogs and cats inside when fireworks are being let off.

·         Make sure your dog is walked earlier in the day before the fireworks start.

·         Close all windows and doors, and block off catflaps to stop pets escaping and to keep noise to a minimum. Draw the curtains, and if the animals are used to the sounds of TV or radio, switch them on in order to block out some of the noise of the fireworks.

·         All pets must be microchipped, so if they do run away they have a better chance of being quickly reunited with you.

·         Avoid leaving your pet alone during such potentially upsetting events.

Horses & Livestock

·         Fireworks must not be set off near livestock or horses in fields, or close to buildings housing horses or livestock.

·         Anyone planning a firework display in a rural area should warn neighbouring horse owners and farmers in advance.

·         Try to make sure that fireworks are never set off near your horse’s field or stable. Tell neighbours there are horses nearby, so that they can ensure fireworks are not set off in the area.

·         Keep your horse in its familiar environment, in its normal routine with any companions to make it feel secure. If your horse is usually stabled then keep it stabled. If it is normally out in the field, keep it there as long as it is safe and secure. Ensure that you or someone experienced stays with your horse if you know fireworks are being set off.

·         Chinese lanterns are known to cause terrible injuries and the deaths of horses and other livestock. As there is no way of controlling where they go and where they land, the advice to horse owners is to be vigilant and to ensure you check your fields and hedgerows for burnt out lanterns.

Small pets – Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and birds all need to be treated with special care when fireworks are being let off. These animals are easily frightened.

·         Hutches/cages and enclosures should, if possible, be put in a garage or shed.

·         If you cannot bring your pet’s hutch inside, you should turn its enclosure around so that it faces a wall or fence instead of the open garden.

·         Cover any aviaries or hutches with thick blankets or a duvet to block out the sight of the fireworks and deaden the sound of the bangs, but make sure there is enough ventilation.

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The Government’s Planning White Paper

Planning for the future,’ the government’s white paper on proposed reforms to the planning system in England.

The Government has set out for consultation major proposals to reform the planning system. The White Paper is proposing that the housing provision requirements are set by a standard national method and that these requirements are binding. The implications for the Test Valley is that our housing requirement would increase by approximately 50% per year to 814 dwellings per annum. There is a risk that a national method would place considerable emphasis on nationally recognised designations such as green belts, and less on other important local designations such as local gaps. 

The White Paper proposes the removal of S106 and Community Infrastructure Levy with a single Infrastructure Levy with a mandatory flat rate set nationally and reflect specific areas, which would be levied at point of occupation. There is real concern about this proposal partly because of the lack of detail in how a national rate for areas would be set and over what area. Test Valley Borough Council currently has four CIL levy rates based on land value. The concern is that to ensure viability for specific areas the levy will need to be set at the lowest rate and this would have consequences on the funds available to help deliver future infrastructure projects. It is not clear how the value relates to the cost of infrastructure and whether there will be certainty that enough funding would be available through this route, particularly when factoring in that it will cover affordable housing as well. The payment being made at occupation is not supported as this is too complex to enforce and put in place any infrastructure that may be required.

A number of major concerns have been raised with the proposed reforms and a coalition of over 40 housing, planning and environmental organisations are in opposition to the White Paper.  The main concerns include loss of local democracy, housing affordability and access to green space.

Some of CPRE Hampshire concerns include:

1.      Rural areas will bear the brunt

2.      No account is taken of environmental constraints (e.g. National Parks, water resources, designated landscapes)

3.      It doesn’t take account of the fact that one million homes, for which planning permission has already been given, have not yet been built

4.      Greenfield at risk – the objective of maximising use of brownfield land is not achieved with these proposals

5.      Climate Emergency

6.      Removal of local decision-making

7.      One size cannot fit all – each region and each district have different constraints and different growth factors

The proposals will result in some of these changes: 

1. Transfer development from urban to rural areas

The proposed new standard method would shift housing numbers from the cities to the rural districts. This is not consistent with the stated aims of achieving sustainable development and maximising re-use of brownfield land. It also does not account for any constraints in terms of National Parks, other designations, nor water resources, or access to public transport hubs. In Hampshire, these are critical.

2.  Make housing in Hampshire even less affordable 

The algorithm used to calculate the adjustment/affordability factor creates a built-in incentive for developers to continue to build more houses at a price above the median price because this would ensure that the LPA is then required to allocate even more land for even more homes.

3.  Brownfield Sites – An overwhelming flaw in the proposals is that the changes proposed are not necessary to meet the Government’s stated target.   If the focus was on developing brownfield land – underused, derelict and ready to be recycled – instead of Green Belt or the countryside; there is already enough brownfield land available to meet the government’s own target to build 300,000 homes per year for the next five years.  There is enough space on brownfield sites for 1.3 million homes and over half a million of these already have planning permission in place.

To help save local democracy and our ability to shape the future of where we live – please respond to the Government’s Planning White Paper by 29 October 2020, when it closes to public consultation.

You can respond in detail via the government’s online questionnaire.

The White Paper can be viewed in full at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future

Email: planningforthefuture@communities.gov.uk

Contact your MP Kit Malthouse at kit.malthouse.mp@parliament.uk

Local Testing for Coronavirus

New testing sites will open in Hampshire in the next two weeks, with our nearest site locations in Basingstoke and Winchester, making it easier to access testing for coronavirus.

Councillor Keith Mans, Leader of Hampshire County Council said: “These appointment-only walk-through sites are a very welcome addition to the testing provision we already have within the county. They will help ensure access to prompt and convenient testing, particularly for those who are unable to access testing sites by car, which is key to preventing further spread of the virus.

“Viral infection rates in Hampshire are rising – in all areas, though thankfully still not as rapidly as elsewhere in the country, but we know how quickly and easily the virus can be transmitted from person to person. We are currently in Tier 1 (Medium) of the new COVID Alert Levels which means the national restrictions continue to apply within Hampshire, and it is important that anyone with symptoms – however mild – seeks a test promptly. It is equally important that those who do not have symptoms refrain from booking a test, in order to manage demand and to ensure that tests are available for those who really need one. We would also remind residents that they should return home immediately after their test and remain in self-isolation whilst awaiting their results.”

The specific locations of the new sites and more information about opening hours will be published ahead of each new site becoming operational later this month. The walk-through sites are designed for pedestrians who have booked a test in advance – there is no drop-in facility available. It is also important to note that when booking a test you will be offered the next available appointment – this may not necessarily be in the location nearest to where you live.  Anyone unable to travel to a Local Testing Site by private car or walking should consider booking a home test.

When to get a test
• Only book a test if you have one of the three main symptoms of the virus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell and taste), or if you are advised to do so by NHS Test and Trace.
• Do not book a test if you have returned from a quarantined country unless you have symptoms.

How to get a test
• Book online or by calling 119 from 8am. Do not call NHS 111 as this is for other health and medical issues.
• When booking online, make sure you complete the form in full. This includes confirming that you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions. You will then be sent a QR code which is required to enter the testing site.

What to do if you are having difficulty booking a test site near you
• Keep trying – more tests are made available throughout the day.

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