DOG NAPPING

A greeny blue and silver 4 wheel drive Suzuki jeep, registration number YH51 CVA was recently involved in an attempted dog snatch in Bagshot, near Shalbourne.  This vehicle  was also seen again in Biddesden a couple of days ago. The Suzuki is now wanted by the Wilts/Berks Police:  the plates are false and may well have been changed by now. You are asked to call 999 if you see a similar one which doesn’t add up in an odd place. Please be vigilant and keep your dogs in your sight at all times.

In addition to the Suzuki, there is a suspicious white Ford Ranger pickup registration YT70 VDM in the area and you are asked to ensure your outbuildings are locked up securely. 

If you see either of these vehicles or you experience any attempt to take your dogs, please report it to 101 or Hampshire Police online via the reporting form

Please also inform the Parish Clerk, Heather Bourner, so we can pass on any information to residents and other villages.

Village Hall CIL Fund Bid

Members of Monxton Parish Council, the Village Hall Committee, and other generous volunteers have all spent a considerable amount of time preparing the documents and supporting information which has now been submitted for TVBC’s CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) Fund Bid.

Monxton & Amport Village Hall - the new Pillhill Hub

The CIL Fund is for infrastructure projects in Test Valley that often require funding in excess of most grants and awards. We anticipate it to be the majority of the funding for the new village hall building, which will most likely be named the Pillhill Hub.

Our bid has been enhanced by some wonderful 3D drawings, which were kindly and generously created free of charge by Andrew Down of Pocket Protector Projects in Grateley.

Warning To Secure Outbuildings To Prevent Thefts of Equipment

Do you have sheds, barns, garages or outbuildings containing valuable equipment such as quad bikes, power tools, gardening equipment or farm machinery?

Do not confront suspects and call the police on 999 immediately if a crime is in progress.  There have been a series of burglaries of outbuildings occurring overnight and in the early hours of the morning in rural districts. The suspects are targeting quad bikes, ATVs and any tools of value such as chain saws, hedge cutters and leaf blowers.

The police believe many of these thefts are connected to organised crime groups who are exporting stolen quad bikes abroad. This shows a level of planning by the criminals, so being aware and reporting suspicious vehicles and people is really important.

They would like to assure residents that they are taking this type of crime extremely seriously and that they are conducting patrols in rural areas. but we would urge anyone to ensure as far as possible to secure and alarm their buildings and property mark their equipment. Consider installing CCTV, tracker devices, automatic security lights and intruder alarm systems.

“Rural crime is a priority for us and we will continue to relentlessly pursue suspects. The community are our eyes and ears and we encourage you to report all incidents as soon as you are able to by calling 101 if it’s not an emergency. If it’s happening there and then, always call 999.

“You can also report suspicious activity online (if it’s not an emergency) by visiting our website www.hampshire.police.uk or clicking on this link: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/

Please take note of the below crime prevention advice in relation to quad bikes:

• Keep good records of your quad bikes or ATVs. Take colour photographs from the side, front and behind.
• Photos should include serial/chassis numbers, model numbers and distinguishing features
• All quads should be security marked with your postcode, followed by letters of your
property name or number
• Register your quad at www.immobilise.com
• Park as close to your premises as possible, ideally in a locked outbuilding with CCTV and security lighting, preferably out of sight from nearby roads.
• Secure with wheel clamps and/or locking posts, and store in a secure building. Consider using ground anchor plates and chains for extra security
• Consider investing in a bespoke quad security device (look for those approved by Secured by Design and Sold Secure)
• Fit a GPS tracking device
• Remove keys when not in use and do not leave them near the quad

Help deter theft and aid recovery of agriculture equipment with CESAR

CESAR can be fitted to all types of self-propelled and trailer mounted construction and agricultural equipment.  The registration database is accessible 24/7 to provide support to officers who are making enquiries at the roadside about equipment stopped in suspicious circumstances with persons they suspect may have stolen it.
CESAR uses Datatag ID technology, with both visible and covert markings, making it a real deterrent and an invaluable aid to recovery. Many insurance companies offer discounts of up to 20 per cent on premiums and reduced excesses for cover on CESAR-marked machines. For more information visit: www.cesarscheme.org.
Message Sent By
Nicola Holt (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

Hampshire Police Alert

We are seeing a series of thefts of quad bikes, farming equipment, power tools etc from rural outbuildings. Please make these items and buildings as secure as possible and if you see anything suspicious happening, report it immediately.

Please work with us to prevent these thefts and serious harm by reporting anything you think we should know, either through online reporting via our website www.hampshire.police.uk, by calling 101, or ringing Crimestoppers (0800 555 111) anonymously. In an emergency, if something is happening there and then, ALWAYS dial 999.

Thank you.
Nicola Holt (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

COVID-19 Lock Down

The new rules:

1. Self-isolating at home if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and getting tested
2. Not mixing with anyone from outside your immediate household or support bubble, either inside or outside (although you may meet with one other person in an outside public space)
3. Keeping your distance from people not in your household, or support bubble – two metres apart wherever possible
4. Reducing all but essential travel
5. Wearing a face covering wherever required to do so; and
6. Washing your hands regularly
  
Hampshire residents can continue to keep updated via the weekly COVID-19 infection rate tracker on the County Council’s website, which provides information on virus transmission rates. The webpages signpost people to the most up to date information and advice – visit www.hants.gov.uk/coronavirus

Remembrance Service Cancelled

From St Mary’s Monxton                                                                             

It is with regret that due to the current Lockdown measures the annual service of Remembrance to be held in Monxton Church this Sunday has had to be cancelled.

This does not prevent us from remembering and giving thanks for those from this parish who gave their lives during the two Great Wars.

The church will be open this and every Sunday for private prayer until further notice

Please hold in your prayers: –

1914 – 1918

  • PRIVATE ERNEST M. BLAKE
  • PRIVATE G. FOSTER
  • PRIVATE CONRAD GUYATT
  • PRIVATE CHARLES KINGSTON
  • SERGEANT MAJOR ROBERT LEVY
  • PRIVATE SIDNEY RICHARDSON
  • PRIVATE LEONARD RUSSELL
  • PRIVATE ERNEST GEORGE WHITE

1939 – 1945

  • STEWARD SYDNEY JOHN ALDER
  • PETTY OFFICER HERBERT HENRY BOUNDS
  • CORPORAL ERNEST E. GRAY
  • SIGNALMAN JOHN HENRY POTTER
  • WARRANT OFFICER ELIAS CHARLES WILLIAM WHEELER
  • CORPORAL HENRY LONGMAN

Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are a gardener’s friend, as they eat snails, slugs and insects.

Make a hedgehog a home

Leave areas of the garden ‘wild’, with piles of leaf litter and logs. These are an attractive nest as well as a home for the invertebrates (slugs, beetles) that hedgehogs like to eat.

Making an artificial home can be as simple as placing a piece of board against a wall.

Feeding hedgehogs

Food and fresh water will encourage hedgehogs to return. Leave out foods like tinned dog or cat food (not fish-based) and crushed dog or cat biscuits. Specialist hedgehog food is also recommended and can be bought from wildlife food suppliers.

Never feed hedgehogs milk as it can cause diarrhoea; instead provide plain, fresh water in a shallow bowl.

Hedgehog-friendly gardening

·         Cover drains and holes and place bricks at the side of ponds to give hedgehogs an easy route out. Cover swimming pools overnight and when not in use.

·         Check for hedgehogs before using strimmers or mowers, particularly under hedges where animals may rest. Check compost heaps for nesting hogs before forking over.

·         Build bonfires as close to time of lighting as possible and check them thoroughly before lighting.

·         Remove sports or fruit netting when not in use to prevent hedgehogs becoming entangled, and getting injured.

·         Slug pellets can poison hedgehogs and should only be used as a last resort. Instead try using one of many “natural” alternatives, like sprinkling crushed eggshells or coffee grounds around the plants you need to protect. If you have to use pellets, place them under a slate which is inaccessible to hedgehogs.

Hedgehog hibernation

Hedgehog in the wild © Rob Scrivens RSPCA

Hedgehogs usually hibernate between November and mid March and animals must have enough fat reserves to survive hibernation. Making hedgehog homes in the garden and providing food will help hedgehogs.

Juvenile hedgehogs weighing less than 500 grams during late autumn will need help to survive the winter – download our factsheet caring for autumn juvenile hedgehogs (PDF 416KB) for advice.

Find out what to do with an injured or sick hedgehog or an orphaned young hedgehog.

Bonfire Night

Statistically, homes with thatched roofs are no more likely to catch fire than those with conventional roofs; however, if a thatched roof does ignite, the results are rapid and devastating.  If you live under thatch, it is wise to be extra vigilant around November 5th and make frequent checks on your roof. For further information and advice, contact your local fire safety officer.

We would ask that residents DO NOT have bonfires or set off any fireworks in their gardens, as they pose a serious risk to the thatched properties in the village.

Chinese lanterns are of particular concern, as the potential for harm when they descend is catastrophic, with a number of thatch fires resulting from these lanterns. 

The laws concerning fireworks:

·         It is illegal for anyone under 18 to possess a firework in a public place.

·         Fireworks cannot be set off by a private individual between 11.00pm and 7.00am except for certain nights of the year.

·         It is an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to any captive or domestic animal.

Fireworks and Animals – Animals have very acute hearing and are frightened by loud bangs.  By following these simple recommendations from the Blue Cross you can help to protect them.

Every year thousands of animals will suffer as a result of fireworks being let off. Blue Cross animal hospitals across the country see a marked rise in pets requiring medication during such stressful times, and many animals are brought into Blue Cross adoption centres having run away from home.

Dogs & Cats

·         Always keep dogs and cats inside when fireworks are being let off.

·         Make sure your dog is walked earlier in the day before the fireworks start.

·         Close all windows and doors, and block off catflaps to stop pets escaping and to keep noise to a minimum. Draw the curtains, and if the animals are used to the sounds of TV or radio, switch them on in order to block out some of the noise of the fireworks.

·         All pets must be microchipped, so if they do run away they have a better chance of being quickly reunited with you.

·         Avoid leaving your pet alone during such potentially upsetting events.

Horses & Livestock

·         Fireworks must not be set off near livestock or horses in fields, or close to buildings housing horses or livestock.

·         Anyone planning a firework display in a rural area should warn neighbouring horse owners and farmers in advance.

·         Try to make sure that fireworks are never set off near your horse’s field or stable. Tell neighbours there are horses nearby, so that they can ensure fireworks are not set off in the area.

·         Keep your horse in its familiar environment, in its normal routine with any companions to make it feel secure. If your horse is usually stabled then keep it stabled. If it is normally out in the field, keep it there as long as it is safe and secure. Ensure that you or someone experienced stays with your horse if you know fireworks are being set off.

·         Chinese lanterns are known to cause terrible injuries and the deaths of horses and other livestock. As there is no way of controlling where they go and where they land, the advice to horse owners is to be vigilant and to ensure you check your fields and hedgerows for burnt out lanterns.

Small pets – Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and birds all need to be treated with special care when fireworks are being let off. These animals are easily frightened.

·         Hutches/cages and enclosures should, if possible, be put in a garage or shed.

·         If you cannot bring your pet’s hutch inside, you should turn its enclosure around so that it faces a wall or fence instead of the open garden.

·         Cover any aviaries or hutches with thick blankets or a duvet to block out the sight of the fireworks and deaden the sound of the bangs, but make sure there is enough ventilation.

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Planning Permission for a New Village Hall

Monxton Parish Council and Village Hall Committee are delighted to announce that, following many months of discussions and negotiations with TVBC, we have now received planning permission for the new village hall as of the 16/10/20.

Final Designs for the new village hall

We now need to raise the funds to pay for the building work required to demolish the current hall and build the new village hall plus equip it with the kitchen, toilets and other equipment. This will be raised from the Community Infrastructure Levy Fund (CIL) via a bid we are making for a grant for a significant sum of money, in addition to the funds we have already accumulated. 

If you have any skills in preparing grant applications or wish to assist in any way with any aspect of the project, please contact Penny Kitson (Hall Chairman) on penny@kitsonsonline.co.uk or Sarah Dowding on sarah@classictravelling.com

We will also be looking at fund-raising events over the next few months and into next year so if you have any ideas please contact Penny or Sarah.

Finally, thank you to all those villagers who provided written support either on the planning portal or the Monxton website as this will be used in evidence for the grant application

The Government’s Planning White Paper

Planning for the future,’ the government’s white paper on proposed reforms to the planning system in England.

The Government has set out for consultation major proposals to reform the planning system. The White Paper is proposing that the housing provision requirements are set by a standard national method and that these requirements are binding. The implications for the Test Valley is that our housing requirement would increase by approximately 50% per year to 814 dwellings per annum. There is a risk that a national method would place considerable emphasis on nationally recognised designations such as green belts, and less on other important local designations such as local gaps. 

The White Paper proposes the removal of S106 and Community Infrastructure Levy with a single Infrastructure Levy with a mandatory flat rate set nationally and reflect specific areas, which would be levied at point of occupation. There is real concern about this proposal partly because of the lack of detail in how a national rate for areas would be set and over what area. Test Valley Borough Council currently has four CIL levy rates based on land value. The concern is that to ensure viability for specific areas the levy will need to be set at the lowest rate and this would have consequences on the funds available to help deliver future infrastructure projects. It is not clear how the value relates to the cost of infrastructure and whether there will be certainty that enough funding would be available through this route, particularly when factoring in that it will cover affordable housing as well. The payment being made at occupation is not supported as this is too complex to enforce and put in place any infrastructure that may be required.

A number of major concerns have been raised with the proposed reforms and a coalition of over 40 housing, planning and environmental organisations are in opposition to the White Paper.  The main concerns include loss of local democracy, housing affordability and access to green space.

Some of CPRE Hampshire concerns include:

1.      Rural areas will bear the brunt

2.      No account is taken of environmental constraints (e.g. National Parks, water resources, designated landscapes)

3.      It doesn’t take account of the fact that one million homes, for which planning permission has already been given, have not yet been built

4.      Greenfield at risk – the objective of maximising use of brownfield land is not achieved with these proposals

5.      Climate Emergency

6.      Removal of local decision-making

7.      One size cannot fit all – each region and each district have different constraints and different growth factors

The proposals will result in some of these changes: 

1. Transfer development from urban to rural areas

The proposed new standard method would shift housing numbers from the cities to the rural districts. This is not consistent with the stated aims of achieving sustainable development and maximising re-use of brownfield land. It also does not account for any constraints in terms of National Parks, other designations, nor water resources, or access to public transport hubs. In Hampshire, these are critical.

2.  Make housing in Hampshire even less affordable 

The algorithm used to calculate the adjustment/affordability factor creates a built-in incentive for developers to continue to build more houses at a price above the median price because this would ensure that the LPA is then required to allocate even more land for even more homes.

3.  Brownfield Sites – An overwhelming flaw in the proposals is that the changes proposed are not necessary to meet the Government’s stated target.   If the focus was on developing brownfield land – underused, derelict and ready to be recycled – instead of Green Belt or the countryside; there is already enough brownfield land available to meet the government’s own target to build 300,000 homes per year for the next five years.  There is enough space on brownfield sites for 1.3 million homes and over half a million of these already have planning permission in place.

To help save local democracy and our ability to shape the future of where we live – please respond to the Government’s Planning White Paper by 29 October 2020, when it closes to public consultation.

You can respond in detail via the government’s online questionnaire.

The White Paper can be viewed in full at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future

Email: planningforthefuture@communities.gov.uk

Contact your MP Kit Malthouse at kit.malthouse.mp@parliament.uk