Dogs & Heat

The Blue Cross recommends the following for dogs in heat waves.

Heatstroke in Dogs

Dogs can suffer fatal heatstroke within minutes. Unlike humans, dogs can’t sweat through their skin and so they rely on panting and releasing heat through their paw pads and nose to regulate their body temperature and keep cool. Imagine wearing a thick winter coat on a hot summer’s day and you’ll understand why dogs succumb to heatstroke so easily.  Signs of heatstroke in dogs include collapse, excessive panting, and dribbling.  If you suspect your pet is suffering from the condition, move them to a cool place, preferably with a draught, wet their coat with cool – not freezing – water, and contact your vet immediately.  Once a dog shows signs of heatstroke the damage is often already done, which is why it’s so important to prevent it

Dogs in hot cars

Never leave a dog in a car, even for a moment. “Not long” is too long.  A car can become an oven very quickly even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it is 22°c outside – within an hour – the temperature in a car can reach an unbearable 47°c.

Can I smash a window to free a dog from a hot car?  If you see a dog in distress inside a car, official advice is to dial 999 immediately and ask for the police. A dog in distress in a hot car is an emergency and the police will advise you what to do based on the situation.  Depending on the severity of the situation, the police may attend and break into the car to gain access to the dog, or they may advise you to do this. Call the police and tell them what you intend to do and why. Take photos and/or videos of the dog in distress and the names and phone numbers of witnesses.

How to keep a dog cool and prevent heatstroke

  • Make sure your dog has access to clean water at all times, ideally a large bowl filled to the brim. Carry water and a bowl with you on walks.
  • On hot days, walk your dog during the cooler parts of the day, in the early morning and late evening
  • Watch your pet for signs of over-heating, including heavy panting and loss of energy. If you recognise these signs when on a walk, stop, find a shady spot and give your dog water.
  • Never leave your dog (or any pet) alone in a car, even with the windows open
  • Be particularly careful with short-nosed dogs such as bull breeds, boxers, pugs, older dogs, and those that are overweight. These dogs can get heatstroke simply by running around.
  • Hold your hand for 5-10 seconds on a paving stone or road etc. If you cannot keep your hand there then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws too. So walk in the cooler parts of the day.

Attention Dog Walkers

Dog mess is a serious health hazard. If you are a dog owner, you have a legal duty to clean up every time your dog fouls in a public place. There are marked dog bins provided in the village to dispose of bags of dog mess. If you cannot find one, please take your dog bag home and dispose of it in an ordinary household black bin.

It is an offence not to clean up dog mess on the Village Green and the footpaths. Under those orders, a person who doesn’t clean up after their dog may face an on-the-spot fixed penalty fine of up to £80. If a person refuses to pay they can be taken to the local Magistrates for the dog fouling offence and fined up to £1,000.

If residents wish the footpaths to continue to be cut, dog walkers must pick up their dog’s mess.  If residents see anyone allowing their dogs to foul the Village Green or the footpaths,  please report it to the Parish Clerk, Heather Bourner.

Advice To Dog Owners About Attacks On Livestock and Horses

Keep full control of your dog when out and about in the countryside – or you could face prosecution is the message from the Police County Watch team as it tries to educate dog owners about the risk of attacks on livestock and horses.

The advice to dog owners is:

  • Keep your dog on a lead when in an area with farm livestock or horses
  • If there is no livestock visible, keep the dog in sight at all times, be aware of what it is doing, and be confident it will return to you promptly on command – if you cannot be confident of this, the dog should not be off the lead
  • Ensure your dog does not stray off the path or area where you have right of access

The worrying of livestock by dogs is a criminal offence contrary to the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.

Village Clean Up – Thank You!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped to clean up our beautiful village and parish on Sunday. A glorious day meant a great turn out of residents, armed with cleaning and gardening tools. The village now looks a lot more sparkling with clean signs and gateways, cleared trees, litter picked, grass and verges mowed and strimmed, and a spring clean for the Village Hall.

We all enjoyed sausage butties and cake as our just rewards afterwards as well as catching up with and meeting friends and neighbours.

Let’s all help to keep Monxton beautiful at all times. We’re planning another autumn clean up when we are also planning to plant a lot more daffodil bulbs.

Application for New Houses in Monxton

There has been an application from a developer to build four new houses on the land behind Cambridge Cottage, on Andover Road, Monxton.

The proposed new entrance, opposite Little Thatch, would be just below the pinch point on the Andover Road This entrance has very poor sight lines up towards Andover and could be the cause of traffic incidents. HCC Highways will comment on this point in due course.

The site is also outside the settlement boundary and therefore designated as countryside so TVBC has raised an objection on these grounds (click here).

Monxton Parish Council has objected to this development and a copy of the letter of objection is below, if you would like to use this as a template for your own letter.

If residents are minded to comment on this application, either to object to support, you should either register on the TVBC website or write to the Planning Officer, Emma Jones, at TVBC Planning Department at Beechhurst, with a copy to Monxton Parish Council Chairman, Mike Cleugh at Rectory Cottage, Monxton. Email mikecleugh@hotmail.com

The date to file your comments is before the 23rd November 2018.

Letter of Objection from Monxton Parish Council

Monxton Parish Council objects in the strongest terms to this application, which is totally unwelcome and not in keeping with any aspect of the village design statement in that it completely detracts from the rural nature of the village, which is in a conservation area and which has approximately 50%, grade 2 listed thatched cottages, two of which are adjacent to this executive house suburban development in an ancient village.

 Our objections are based on planning policies and are as follows:  

  1. Contrary to TVBC Local Plan – The development would be situated outside the settlement boundary and as such would be development in the countryside which is outside TVBC planning policy – COM2 (Settlement Hierarchy)
  2. Contrary to Monxton Village Statement –  Unacceptably adverse impact on the character of the surrounding area and on the amenities of the properties adjacent to the site by reason of overlooking, loss of privacy and visually overbearing impact. The houses proposed are typical suburban 4/5 bedroom houses totally out of character with the neighbouring grade 2 Thatched listed properties namely Little Thatch and Little Cottage.
  3. Contrary to Highways policy – totally inadequate sight lines – The site access proposals are not in accordance with acceptable standards and would lead to potential traffic safety problems.  The poor sight lines of less than 10 metres for vehicles coming down from Andover would mean cars leaving the site going to turn right would have no time to avoid accidents as this area is the pinch point on that section of the highway and has created several accidents over the years as two cars can only just pass at that point currently.
  4. Noise and Light pollution – The area is currently an open water meadow and any new buildings would have an adverse impact on surrounding properties caused by increased noise caused by vehicles and light pollution from the new buildings.
  5. Ecology – The new houses would have an adverse impact and harm to the high ecological value of the site as they would take land used by various riverside mammals and birds and create barriers to free access to the river.
  6. The Pillhill Brook – any potential effluent or waste from the properties would risk contamination and harm to the Pillhill Brook, a unique chalk stream, which has a high habitat value and is an important wildlife corridor. The current pumping station at Chalkpit Lane is already at maximum capacity and has had huge problems for the last few years in having huge tankers take the wastewater out of the village in the winter months for many weeks causing disruption and noise to villagers. Southern Water should be contacted for their views on the impact of additional houses as a matter of urgency.  
  7. Flooding risk – currently lower parts of Meadow View, which borders the site, has a pond forming in the winter in the lower southern corner which would mean would mean that plots 3 & 4 may suffer flooding of their gardens at the very least.
  8. Impact to the environment of the piling foundations required: Meadow Lodge which was built in the 1960s is currently built on 30 piles over 11 metres deep. (We note, however, no piling is mentioned for the design of the houses in the application. This could have a major impact on the geology of the meadow and the potential to disrupt underground sub-surface water flows from the higher ground down to the river. In addition, the houses’ foundations could also affect the hydrology of the area causing potential harm to adjacent buildings.)
  9. The current trees lining the edges of the meadow, we believe, would cause severe shading to the houses and would very quickly be felled to improve the light into the gardens. We urge TVBC to put Tree Protection Orders (TPOs) on all trees bordering the property to ensure that they are not cut down in the future.
  10. Site Access: we understand that the owner tried unsuccessfully to obtain access to the field from Andover Road and was refused by TVBC, and also at appeal to the then Department of Environment & Transport by the Inspector in 1987 (copies of these refusals sent to Emma Jones at TVBC on the 8/11/18) and in addition we understand that the land in front of the current entrance is owned by Hampshire Highways, which TVBC will investigate.

Public Fireworks Displays

Stay safe this bonfire night by taking your family to one of the organised bonfire and firework displays in our area.

Andover Golf Club

Saturday 3rd November
5pm – 10pm Gates open at 5pm, fireworks at 7pm
Tickets £20 for a family, under 5’s go free.
Hot food, drinks, bouncy castle and fireworks

Bulbery Playing Field, Abbotts Ann, SP11 7BN

Sunday 4th November, 5.30pm -7.45pm
This year’s village fireworks and bonfire night, organised jointly by the Abbotts Ann School PTA and the Friends of Bulbery Sports Field, will take place on Sunday 4th November. Tickets available from the village shop, Eagle Inn or the school office. Family ticket = £18 (£23 on the night), adult ticket = £6 (£8 on the night), child (3-U16yrs) ticket £4 (£5 on the night).

The Sports Field, Buckholt Road, Broughton, Stockbridge, SO20 8DA

Monday 5th November
Adult £6 / Child £5
Broughton Firework Club’s amazing annual firework display will once again take place on Bonfire Night 5th November 2018.  There will be a Torch Lit Procession at 6:30pm from The Square (outside The Greyhound Pub) up to the sports field in Buckholt Road. The bonfire will be lit around 7pm and the firework display will begin around 7:30pm.  Hot food and refreshments will be available.  Follow event signs for free parking adjacent to the cemetery on Salisbury Road.  Tickets can be bought on the night.

Fireworks and the law

The law states you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am.

The exceptions are:

  • Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
  • New Year’s Eve cut off is 1am