Footpath Representative Required

Image result for footpath signDo you walk around Monxton regularly? If so, Monxton needs a new Footpath Representative, to ensure all our byways and paths are kept in good condition for us all to enjoy.

The role involves keeping an eye on all the paths in the parish (maps are available) and liaising with the parish lengthsman on keeping the paths cut and well maintained.

Reports on the paths need to be given quarterly to Monxton Parish Council at the meetings, although this can also be a written report if you’re unable to attend each time.

So if you enjoy walking around our beautiful parish please get in touch – monxtonmatters@gmail.com

Tree Works in the Monxton Conservation Area

Residents are reminded that Test Valley Borough Council must have given their approval, in writing,  before any tree work is carried out within the Monxton Conservation Area.

For more information contact the TVBC Planning Department, at Beech Hurst on 01264-368000 and ask for the Tree Department.  Applications can also be completed and submitted online at planning@testvalley.gov.uk.

Village Clean Up – thank you!

A great turn out today with at least 25 villagers spending a few hours helping to clean our lovely village. Signs are now sparkling and the greenery around them has been cut back, verges and hedges have been trimmed, litter has been collected, and the bridge by the village green is now clear of ivy. Quite a few trees have had the ivy cut back on them, and the area around the village hall has been tidied, weeded and swept.

All in all the village looks much better this evening for everyone’s hard work. So thank you to those who came to help. A well-earned bacon butty and cuppa was enjoyed afterwards in the village hall.

And thank you to all of you who keep the village looking good on a regular basis – whether it’s litter-picking whilst out walking, or keeping your properties looking great.

We plan to have an autumn clean-up as well – which will also involve planting bulbs and trees. to ensure our village looks wonderful for years to come.

Monxton Spring Clean Sunday 7 May

Sunday 7th May 2017
10am to 12 noon

It’s time for a Spring Clean in Monxton so let’s all get together and make our beautiful village look great for summer.

Meet at the Village Green at 10am and we shall provide rubbish bags, gloves and waste paper ‘grabbers’.

We also need:

  • buckets, sponges/cloths, scrubbing brushes for cleaning signs and/or benches
  • garden shears, hedge trimmers & secateurs
  • lots of willing volunteers

We are compiling a list of jobs to do, but if you have a particular job you’d like to do, or you think should be added then please email monxtonmatters@gmail.com

Jobs so far:

  • All sign posts cleaned
  • Litter picking
  • Hedge or verge trimming
  • Ivy cut from trees, bridge, walls etc
  • Village Hall exterior to be tidied
  • Village green area to be tidied by the electricity sub-station

Please let us know if you’re coming so we know many to cater for. In return for your efforts hot and cold drinks, and bacon butties will be provided for all helpers in the Village Hall from 12noon.

We would love to see as many people helping as possible, and children and families are most welcome.

THANK YOU!

 

Pond Clearance, Monxton 23rd March

As part of the programme of works being undertaken by Operation Resilience, Hampshire County Council will be undertaking pond clearance works in Abbotts Ann Road, Monxton at the junction with Chalkpit Lane. The works are programmed to start on Thursday 23rd March 2017 and are expected to last for 1 week, weather permitting. In order to undertake the works safely it will be necessary to close the road from the High Street to Duck Street between approximately 07:30hrs and 17:00hrs. The road will be open during the evenings and at the weekend.

Information signs advising road users of the works will be erected approximately 2 weeks before the start of works. A letter will be sent to local residents and an email will be sent to Test Valley Borough Council and Monxton Parish Council, to advise them accordingly.

Should you have any questions or require further information please contact the Operation Resilience team on 01962 813063 or email operation.resilience@hants.gov.uk

From Paul Clift
Highway Engineer- Planned Maintenance

Hampshire County Highways
Hampshire County Council
Petersfield Depot, Borough Road
Petersfield, GU32 3ND
Tel: 0300 5551388
E-mail: roads@hants.gov.uk
Web: www.hants.gov.uk/highways

Fireworks

On Tuesday evening (14th February) at around 9m there were fireworks in Monxton. Whilst we don’t wish to curb people’s enjoyment, we would like to draw your attention that Monxton Matters received a number of complaints from concerned residents about their animals being affected, children being woken up, and also about the possibility of fireworks damaging/destroying thatched roofs.

A number of animals, both pets and livestock (and no doubt wildlife), were affected by the noise of the fireworks. There have been many cases where livestock have been injured or killed by fireworks, albeit indirectly.

We kindly ask you to let Monxton Matters know if you’re planning fireworks, so we can inform residents. Residents will therefore be forewarned both for their animals and to keep an eye on thatched roofs etc. Please ensure that any firework displays are well away from buildings.

There are now suppliers of ‘quiet’ fireworks and we urge people to purchase these instead – although it doesn’t lessen the fire risk.
http://www.firework-review.org.uk/quiet-fireworks/
https://epicfireworks.com/quiet-fireworks
https://www.buyfantasticfireworks.co.uk/quiet-fireworks-c7

Thank you for your understanding!

 

 

Andover Business Park: HCV Cap Removal

Removal of HCV Cap at Andover ‘Business’ Park

APPLICATION NO: 16/01512/OBLN
APPLICANT: Goodman Real Estate (UK) Ltd
PROPOSAL: Modify the planning obligation associated with Planning Permission 09/02392/OUTN by removal of Part II of Schedule 6 regarding HCV Traffic Demand Management systems
SITE: Andover Business Park, Monxton Road, Andover

Pete Parfrey, as a representative of Monxton Parish Council, attended a meeting of the Northern Area Planning Committee at TVBC Beechurst offices on 17th November where the application by Goodmans to remove the limit of 85 HCVs per hour was heard and considered.

It was interesting to hear Goodmans state that the current figure is only 41 HCVs per hour, and that their projections show they will not reach the 85 limit, despite building ever larger distribution, units requiring many heavy vehicle movements, such as the new ‘Angle 340’. The following statement is taken from their website today, “Global integrated property group, Goodman, can confirm work is underway on a state-of- the-art 336,300 sq ft industrial distribution unit at Andover Business Park”

They stated that they needed to remove the cap because of the way they had (over) allocated HCV slots in their leases, for instance, The Chalkhill Blue had been allocated 7 slots when they only needed one.

There were a large number of well-considered written objections from several local Parish Councils, including Monxton, and a representative from Abbots Ann spoke strongly against the motion. Monxton Parish Council also spoke against the motion. However, a representative from Goodmans dismissed the Parish Councils and residents statements as “not understanding” the application.

The objections were well supported by a number of local councillors, and the great majority of those who spoke were strongly against removing the cap. These councillors pointed out that, in order to secure the original planning permission,Goodmans had freely entered into an agreement with TVBC and thus agreed to the original restrictions.

It is worth noting that Highways England and HCC based their lack of objection solely on figures relating to the strategic highways network, and the only reference to local impact was to say that local villages are protected by the ANPR system. Pete Parfrey was one of a number of those present who pointed out that any system which is out of operation for over a year and a half in order to carry out repairs, cannot be regarded as a reliable or effective safeguard. There is also a lack of transparency, in that the system appears to rely on those who stand to be penalised to implement it.

The application was duly defeated, at which point the planning officer stated that this was both a technical and legal issue, and that councillors had to provide robust evidence that the cap was “serving a useful purpose”. She also, rather worryingly, stated that Goodmans had received planning permission for a “warehouse development”.

This is very different to the original application, which was for for a “Mixed Business Park”, with some warehousing, as illustrated in the Goodmans promotional video shown to councillors by planning officers at that original hearing.

Understandably, the councillors pointed out that they were not legal experts, giving TVBC the opportunity, once more, to refer the matter to TVBC’s Planning Control committee.

This is a re-run of the process which allowed the original application, which was also rejected locally , to be passed at a later date by Planning Control.

There is a very strong feeling locally that relaxing this condition would mark the beginning of a ‘slippery slope’, and seriously undermine trust and confidence in the planning system. What is the point of fighting for and agreeing restrictions, only to see them subsequently removed? If we are to have any influence on the outcome of this, and further applications, (which may well already be in the pipeline), we will need a co-ordinated show of force and support from affected local villages.

The next meeting is at 5.30pm on 20 December in Conference Room 1, Council Offices, Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road, Andover. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda for the meeting, which includes the officers’ report for this application, will be available from 1.00pm at Customer Services, Romsey 5 clear working days before the meeting, or Customer Services at the Beech Hurst offices in Andover.  Additionally a copy of the agenda is available for viewing on the Council’s website (www.testvalley.gov.uk/view-applications).  Any update report will be available from 5.00pm on the day of the meeting at the committee.

Please speak up and make your voice heard. Get in touch with Pete Parfrey to do so by email (prparfrey@gmail.comor phone 01264 710516.