Black Swan Attempted Break-in last week

Burglars tried to break into the Black Swan via the rear window on the kitchen on Sunday night (19 January 2014). They managed to jemmy open the window, but disturbed the dog, who barked, which caused them to flee without taking anything.

This break-in happened between 1.00am and 3.00am and if anyone noticed any non-Monxton people or cars at that time in the morning please let Mikael have any details by calling 710260.

Although nothing was stolen it was reported to the police on Monday morning but they decided not to come out to the scene!

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Nelson Lorries

The very large number of lorries going through Monxton currently to enable the movement of material for the works at the top of Georgia Lane (halfway between Monxton and Grateley turn left at the crossroads at Fox Farm) is for the development of roads in the forest for timber logging work, which will take place over the next few years.

The first phase is to build roads using hard-core and other materials through the forest to allow heavy forestry equipment to be moved to the places where trees will be felled and to extract the timber.

The number of lorries has been unprecedented and is more than 100 movements per week according to Nelsons, which is exacerbated when these meet lorries from the Alpine Group.

The council met recently with Mr Nelson and the owners of the site, Mr Patrick Langdown, Junior and Senior plus the TVBC planning enforcement officer Mrs Sam Francis to discuss the lorries and the potential reduction in the number of journeys by having the lorries go fully loaded to the site via Quarley and return from the site via Monxton (the least worst option) which would yield a 50% reduction.

Recently they have acceded to this request by splitting the traffic 50:50 Quarley and Monxton, which has reduced the lorries by 50% but we are still seeing lorries fully loaded coming through the village as a result.

I have urgently requested Mr Langdown this week to request Nelsons use the circular route MPC proposed to further reduce the nuisance caused by the loaded lorries and the vibration caused to the cottages along the High Street, which may be one of the contributing causes of the damage to the walls of properties bordering the High Street and Green Lane including the cottage on the corner of the Abbotts Ann Road and Green Lane namely Monks Foyle Cottage where an internal wall facing Green Lane collapsed.

Chairman

Monxton Parish Council

Monxton Parish Council Agenda and Presentation from the Meeting of the 20/11/13

MPC Meeting Agenda Presentation 20-11-13

Monxton Parish Council meeting was held at the village hall at 7.30pm on the 20th November and the attached presentation formed the basis of the items discuss by the Council.

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The minutes of the meeting will be published early next week.

Monxton Parish Council

Alpine Group Manor Farm Potential Development & Move

Monxton PC recently arranged a meeting between TVBC Planning and a company called Corporate Property Solutions, who have been appointed by Alpine Group to address two planning challenges – one to obtain outline planning permission for a development of a limited number of acceptable properties at the Manor Farm site, situated between Monxton and Abbotts Ann, and secondly to find a suitable location for a new factory for the steel fabrication business at the site.

Corporate Property Solutions have been having difficulty obtaining any interest from any builders due their scepticism regarding the potential of getting planning permission at this site and they had therefore requested a meeting with TVBC to obtain their views on the likelihood of permission being granted. MPC and APC have already provided written confirmation that they would support a sympathetic development of a limited number of mixed units.

The meeting was held at TVBC office on the 8/11/13 with Paul Jackson, the Head of Planning at TVBC, who confirmed that the application was supported by TVBC in principle, due to the representations of Monxton and Abbotts Ann. He would also be happy to write to Corporate Property Solutions to confirm TVBC’s support, so that the various potential building firms who are nervous about committing money to a project would be re-assured and would have a level of confirmation that the various councils would NOT object to a reasonable development balancing the number of units with the cash generation required to cover the migration of the Alpine business to a new site.

Villagers should be re-assured that this in effect gives Monxton and Abbotts Ann Parish Councils a significant role in determining the future development on the site, in collaboration with TVBC and we are also supported by HCC Pat West and TVBC Ward Councillor Ben Few Brown.