MONXTON PARISH COUNCIL
There will be a meeting of Monxton Parish Council at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 23rd April 2019, at Monxton Village Hall.
Clerk to Monxton Parish Council
Apologies for Absence
Declarations of Interest
Minutes & matters arising
ENVIRONMENT AND FOOTPATHS – Cllr J Balding
MONXTON AND AMPORT WEB SITES – Cllr S Dowding
TRAFFIC – Cllr P Weston
SUNNYBANK – Cllr P Weston
Dog bin contract
Invites to Parish Assembly
Pensions regulator- Parish Council responsibilities
County and Borough Councillors’ Report
- To note the following TVBC decision: None
- To receive the Planning Advisory Committee’s recommendations on the following applications
19/000837/LBWN single storey extension & replacement garage Little Cottage
19/00533/FULLN- single storey extension and external swimming pool- Paisley House
Attendance at Events
Any other Business
Date of Next Meeting
AGM 14th May 7.30pm Monxton Village Hall
Next Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm on Tuesday 9th July 2019
Of course, as its an election in May – there will be five councillor vacancies to fill. If 5 or fewer candidates stand – they are automatically elected into the post. If there are more than 5 candidates, then the election will be contested.
If you would like to discuss becoming a councillor please speak to the Chairman Mike Cleugh, any of the current councillors, our the Clerk, Heather Bourner, for more info. We really do need to ensure that new candidates stand.
What do Parish Councillors do?
Here is a list of some of the things we do:
- We are consulted on all planning applications and tree applications within the parish, and those close to it. However, the final decision rests with the Planning Authority, Test Valley Borough Council.
- We act as a focus for funnelling issues to Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire County Council. We also lend our support to challenging other organisations such as BT and the Environment Agency to resolve issues.
- We arrange and pay for maintenance of the footpaths around the parish
- We contribute funds to the many excellent village organisations to help them with their projects
- We own Monxton & Amport Village Hall. The Village Hall is run by a separate sub-committee
How often does the council meet, and what other duties are there?
We meet quarterly for around 1-2 hours. Each councillor contributes to these meetings, does background reading ahead of the meetings and will get involved in other activities from time to time.
Is it for me?
Being a councillor means that you can contribute to your local community, have your say and help steer local initiatives. Although parish council meetings are held in public, they are not public meetings – discussions are between councillors and public interaction is more limited.
You also build up a picture of which council is responsible for what service. Sometimes these can seem to be overlapping – for example, Test Valley BC collect bin rubbish, but Hampshire CC operate the recycling centre and deal with the bin lorries.
The current councillors are friendly and we all get along well. We sometimes have different views and vote differently – but we respect the views others have and come away feeling positive that we’re able to do that regardless of whether the vote went ‘our way’.
How do I stand?
You need to be nominated. It’s only by two people, a proposer and seconder. Fill in a few forms and provide them to TVBC at their offices in Andover.
The link to follow is this one: for TVBC: http://www.testvalley.gov.uk/aboutyourcouncil/localdemocracy/elections/elections-2-may-2019-candidates-and-agents
and this one for some simple clear guidance: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-and-community-council-elections-in-england-and-wales
Publication of Notice of Election: Friday 22 March 2019
Deadline for receipt of nominations: 4pm Wednesday 3 April 2019
Day of Poll: Thursday 2 May 2019
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.
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.