Monxton Parish Council Meeting & Village Hall Consultation: Tuesday 16 October

MONXTON PARISH COUNCIL

NOTICE OF PARISH MEETING

THE MONXTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING IS TO BE HELD

ON TUESDAY 16th OCTOBER 2018 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30PM

AGENDA

At 7.30pm there will be a presentation of the survey results for the Monxton & Amport Village Hall consultation, and a discussion with Q&As from anyone present with regards to the future of our community spaces.

The Parish Council meeting will commence afterwards, hopefully at about 8pm.

  1. Welcome and Apologies
  2. Parish Council Vacancy – Co-option
  3. Declaration of Interests
  4. Members of the Public (Pre-booked slots if requested)
  5. Minutes of the previous meeting – sign that they are correct
  6. Planning
  7. Reports:
  • Environment & Footpaths
  • Traffic
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Sunnybank
  • Financial Report
  • Village Hall Up-date and CIL Funding.
  1. HCC and TVBC reports (if provided)
  2. Correspondence
  3. Close of the meeting

Date of next meeting – To be confirmed

Equinox Rocks Amport

On 29th September Amport Green was the stunning backdrop for an evening of dinner, music and dancing to raise money for the Monxton and Amport Village Hall fund.

Equinox Rocks was organised and run by a committee of 10 from Amport, Monxton, Fox Amport and Weyhill. A large, dressed and beautifully lit marquee hosted 25 tables of ten people from around the villages plus friends and family. Guests were invited to decorate their tables in the afternoon, returning at 7pm for drinks, dinner, an auction, music and dancing.

In advance of the event, guests were asked to come up with a decoration theme for their tables, to organise a picnic supper (hot or cold, simple or lavish – and we had it all!) and to find an outfit that would make them want to hit the dance floor. They did not disappoint! Table themes ranged from “All at Sea” which featured a hand-made model yacht as a centrepiece (Covill table) to “In the Pink” which took pinkness to a whole new level (Upjohn table) to “Happiest in Water” which had illuminated balloons reaching towards the ceiling, adorned with swimmers and dolphins (Staines table). Outfits included the classic, black tie and long dresses, and the outrageous – pink wigs,
sequinned jackets and boots that weren’t made for dancing!

Music for the evening opened with the dramatic Allegretto, played by professional violinist Sarah Mallock. Fellow musicians singer Renn Washington and DJ Kwame Knight then joined her, electrifying and filling dance floor for the remainder of the evening.

Funds were raised through a combination of the auction, £10 envelopes with prizes, Heads and Tails and the Equinox bar. An incredible £16, 270 was raised all of which will go towards the improvement of the Monxton and Amport village hall provision.

The Equinox Rocks and village hall committees would like to thank all of the people, guests and helpers, who contributed to the evening’s success, perfectly summed up by visiting singer, Renn: “I can’t believe the community spirit of this place….”

Watercress & Winterbournes – 6 August

pillhill comic poster

The event is on Monday 6th August at 7pm, meeting at Abbotts Ann Village shop. Numbers are limited and booking is essential.

The objective is for me to generate awareness and also to recruit some interested people onto the Pillhill Brook Community Catchment Group (CCG). This CCG would decide the projects to be written into our Heritage Lottery Bid, which if it is successful, will release the 5 years’ worth of funding.

 

Community Hub Consultation

The Monxton and Amport Village Hall Committee (MAVH) once again seeks your help to ensure we have the best possible community asset well into the 21st century.  We have been approached by many locals concerned about the lack of an appealing community meeting place now that the Black Swan has been sold to a local property developer.

Three years ago we canvassed villagers as to what you might want from a village hall.   The outcome of this was planning permission to renovate the current hall (16/01869/FULLN).  To finance this, you have supported fundraising events and our project fund stands around £35,000.  Build costs for this renovation are estimated to be in the region of £350,000 with eligible grant funding around £200,000-250,000 and the hall would be closed for 4-6 months during renovations.  Another option might be to build a new, purpose-built hall on the current site.

The sale of the Black Swan pub (which included the car park and village green) has presented us with a unique opportunity.  Following initial discussions with the new owners and TVBC, there exists a potential option to build a purpose-built village hall/community hub at the rear of the existing car park (on the scrub land where the electricity sub-station is currently sited) in conjunction with two small roadside cottages; the initial site suggestion was for a small housing development.  Build costs for a new community hub are estimated to be in the region of £400,000 (including fit-out) with eligible grant funding around £250,000-300,000; new builds such as this attract additional grants as part of TVBC’s drive to create community assets fit for the future. The current hall would remain open until the new build was completed.

Please remember that if we do not take this opportunity the car park will be lost forever as it will become a site for 2-5 houses, according to the current owner. If we do move the building to the new location then the current village hall site will become a small 3-4 bed house of appropriate village design, fitting in with the vernacular.

In order to determine the best course of action, we invite you to have your say by responding to the short survey that was emailed to all residents on 10 July (download a PDF copy here – Survey 2018).   (Survey closes on 16 October 2018)All responses will be treated in confidence and used to inform the decision-making process. Please return hard copies to Penny Kitson at Sherborne Lodge, Furzedown Lane, Amport or email monxtonmatters@gmail.com

Monxton Matters (https://monxton.org.uk/) and The Amport Village and Parish websites (http://amportvillage.co.uk/) will be the primary interfaces to keep you informed of developments and we will be holding open days at the Village Hall: