Look out for your Census letter

Letters inviting residents to take part in the Census 2021 are arriving in the post. The once-in-a-decade survey gives the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales and the information you give helps decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. Although Census day is on Sunday 21 March, you can complete your form now. Your letter contains a household access code that you need to complete the census online. Find out all you need to know about Census 2021

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Be prepared. Groundwater flooding is possible in Amport and Monxton.   

Groundwater levels are high. From today (10/03/21) to Monday (15/03/21) small amounts of rain are forecast. Whilst we were expecting the groundwater to peak imminently, further rain may keep levels rising into next week . As the groundwater peaks, there is a small chance that it will be high enough to impact 1-2 cellars. Any impact would be relatively short lived, as more settled weather next week, should mean that levels finally begin to fall. We continue to monitor the forecast. If you use pumps to help reduce water levels, please ensure they can operate. This message will be updated by 17/03/2021.

To check the latest information for your area

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* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/065FAG003

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 216002 .

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

What you should consider doing now

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* Monitor local water levels and weather conditions. 

* Prepare a flood kit of essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance documents, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.

* Check that you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it.

Courier Fraud

The following was posted by Hampshire Police on 19th February:
We want to alert residents to a scam where someone pretending to be a police officer calls your home and tells you your account is subject to fraud. They say that you must withdraw money immediately and move it to protect it from being stolen from your account. They then send someone to your house to collect the cash in person.
 
Alternatively, they may ask you to transfer your money to another account that they will give you the details for.
 
Sadly, this happens all over the country. But yesterday, 17 February, two elderly people living in Monxton, Andover, were targeted.
 
An 83-year-old woman and an 86-year-old man were both phoned and told their accounts were subject to fraud. The fraudsters said they had been working with their bank and asked them to transfer money.
 
Luckily, neither victim parted with any money and reported the calls to the police.
 
The scammers often say they are from a police station in London, that they are working undercover and that there is fraudulent activity on your account, when in fact it is them scamming you.
 
They ask for your help to stop it from happening and are very convincing. They may even tell you that your bank is involved or know your full name and address.
 
In the Monxton incidents, one of the victims was told they would be arrested for interfering with the investigation when they refused to transfer their money.
 
We want to remind you that a police officer would never call you and ask you for your money. No one, not even someone from your bank, would call and ask for your financial details or ask you to withdraw cash.
 
Look out for elderly relatives and friends, and remember:
 
• Police officers will never call people in this way and ask you to withdraw money or disclose personal or financial information. If someone does do this, please hang up – it will be a scam.
• Consider contacting your telephone provider to get a free call-blocking service if you are getting unsolicited calls. 
• If you are a friend, relative or carer of someone you think might be vulnerable to this type of scam, please speak to them about this advice. You might be the only person who can stop them from being scammed. 
 
If you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, report it to us by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, dial 999. 
 
You can make yourself aware of this type of scam and how to protect yourself by visiting the Action Fraud website (https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/) or by calling them on 0300 123 2040.

Hampshire County Council Covid-19 Vaccinations

Hampshire County Council and the NHS are reminding residents who have received their vaccine that it is vital to keep following the rules of Hands-Face-Space.

Who is currently being offered the vaccine and how will I be invited?
 

How will I be invited for my vaccine?

Please wait to be contacted by the NHS for an appointment. For most people they will receive a letter either from their GP or the national booking system; this will include all the information they need, including their NHS number. Some services are currently also phoning and texting patients to invite them in. 

Across Hampshire our residents will be invited in one of three ways to have a vaccination:

  • Using a local GP service: GP practices are working together across the county to vaccinate as many people as possible. Residents may be contacted by a different surgery to the one they usually go to.
  • Local hospital services: Patients may be contacted to have the vaccination as an inpatient or outpatient.
  • At a vaccination centre: These are due to go live shortly. If a person lives within 30 to 45 minutes of a vaccination centre, and haven’t already been vaccinated, they may have received a letter asking them to book an appointment online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. If they can’t access the NHS website they can call 119 free. If a person would prefer to be vaccinated by their local GP practice or vaccination centre, they can wait to be contacted by their GP.

Find out more about how you will be contacted on the NHS website.
 

Who can get the vaccine? 

The Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) published its detailed advice here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020.

In line with this guidance, in this initial phase vaccines will be prioritised for those 80 years of age and over, those who live and work in care homes, and frontline health and social care staff. It has also been announced that people aged 70 and over and those who are listed as clinically extremely vulnerable will also start receiving invitations to have the vaccination.

I am over 80 and am worried as I haven’t been contacted yet – what can I do?

We understand that many people are very keen to be vaccinated as soon as possible, and we are continuing to work our way through the priority groups.  While we absolutely understand that it is difficult to wait for an invitation, we will be in touch with everyone as soon as we possibly can.

You can support your local NHS by:

  • Making sure you are registered with a GP practice.
  • Ensuring your GP practice has up-to-date contact details for you – especially a mobile phone number if you have one. This makes it quicker and easier for us to make contact. There is no need to call us with this information – it can be updated online through the GP practice website.
  • Continuing to follow the government guidelines to keep yourselves and others safe by complying with lockdown rules, washing your hands, covering your face, and giving other people space when you are out. This is really important even once you’ve had the vaccine.

I have received a letter with a link to book my vaccination but there are no locations nearby to book. What should I do?

If you live within 30 to 45 minutes of a vaccination centre, and haven’t been vaccinated, you may have received a letter asking to book an appointment through the national booking service online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 for free. If the vaccination centre nearest to you is not showing continue to check the site regularly as more slots will be added as they become available.

If you would prefer to be vaccinated by your local GP practice please wait to be contacted by your GP practice.
 

I’ve received a letter but someone I live who is the same age hasn’t yet. Can we get vaccinated together?

If you have received a letter and live with someone who is also eligible but has not received a letter, it is likely that theirs will follow shortly. If you like you can wait and book at the same time.
 

Queries about your vaccine appointment and guidance after vaccination
 

How can I let you know if I can’t make my appointment?

Once the NHS has contacted you, it will be possible to rearrange your appointment by contacting the team you booked the appointment through. This could be your GP practice team, the national booking service online at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination or over the phone by dialling 119.
 

How long does the vaccine last? Should I still wear a face covering when I go shopping? Can I hug my grandchildren now?

Those who have received a vaccine still need to follow all the same guidance as everyone else to help protect others. Once you have received your vaccination it is still really important that you continue to follow the current guidance to stay at home as much as possible, continue to follow social distancing, wear a face covering and regularly wash your hands.
 

Why has my second dose been postponed, am I still protected?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have agreed a longer timeframe between first and second doses so that more people can get their first dose quickly, and this decision will allow us to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives.  Getting both doses remains important so we would urge people to return for it at the right time.
 

Will vaccines still be provided/can I still attend my appointment during the national lockdown?

Yes. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is an important medical appointment and so is within the rules wherever you live. Vaccinations will continue as normal in all areas through the national lockdown, so If you have booked or are offered an appointment, please attend it.  There is social distancing in waiting areas and please wear a face covering to your appointment and minimise your risk as you travel to your appointment.
 

I have lost the vaccination card from my appointment, what should I do?

You don’t need to do anything as your GP practice will have a record of your vaccination. If you do need any of the details that would have been on your card please contact your practice online, if possible.
 

Can I access community transport support to assist me to get to my vaccination appointment?

There is transport support available to help people safely get to their vaccination appointments. The Connect to Support Hampshire website has links and contact details for community transport support available across our communities.

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COVID-19 vaccination scam alert
 

I’ve received an invitation for the vaccine which I am worried could be fraudulent, what should I do?

We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.

Coronavirus vaccines are only available on the NHS. You can be contacted by the NHS or a GP surgery local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge.

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips. 

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.

Find out more about how you will be contacted on the NHS website.

Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator

Your Village Needs You!

David James has been acting as Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for Monxton for almost eight years and is now looking to recruit a successor.

Neighbourhood Watch (NW) is the largest voluntary organisation in the UK – one in seven homes across the country is a member of a scheme and they work with each other and the Police to reduce crime and the fear of crime in their community.

In Hampshire we have over 4,500 schemes covering about 150,000 homes. In a time of cuts the Police cannot deal with all the problems and issues arising from crime and antisocial behaviour alone. They need the help of the whole Community. NW provides a way for local people to play an important part in addressing this balance and making their communities safer.

The role of the Coordinator involves the need to:

  • Keep contact details of scheme members and ensure this is passed to subsequent coordinators.
  • Welcome new residents, explain NW and encourage them to join.
  • Have a system that allows information to be distributed quickly to your members – i.e. warnings about crimes, incidents or scams. This is currently done via Monxton Matters.
  • Encourage members to report to the Police any criminal or suspicious activity in the area. They should also tell the coordinator, so a warning can be passed on to the neighbours if necessary.
  • Encourage neighbours to get to know each other.
  • Identify your vulnerable neighbours – keep in touch with them.
  • Help neighbours by signposting relevant information.
  • Support local crime and safety initiatives.

Anyone interested in taking on this important role should contact David for more information on 01264 710049 or djamescdr@gmail.com. Additional training and advice will be made available through Hampshire & IoW Neighbourhood Watch Association.

Monxton Parish Council Minutes

Minutes of the Monxton Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 12th January 2021 Via Zoom at 7.30pm.

Present: Cllr M Cleugh – Chairman                 

               Cllr J Balding – Vice Chairman

               Cllr C Barbone   

               Cllr H Corroon

               Cllr J Hooper              

               Hampshire County Councillor Mrs Zilliah Brooks          

               Test Valley Borough Councillor Mrs Maureen Flood

               Heather Bourner – Parish Clerk  

               0 Members of the Public

Apologies:

Apologies for absence were received from Test Valley Borough Councillor David Coole.

WELCOME.

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS.

Cllr Corroon declared an interest in a planning application for his property.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

No members of public were present.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING.

The Chairman agreed to sign the minutes of the previous meeting of 13th October 2020 as a true record. All agreed.

VILLAGE HALL UPDATE

The plans for a new Village Hall have been submitted to TVBC along with a completed CIL bid for funding. It is hoped that confirmation as to whether the bid is successful will be received in May. Cllr Mrs M Flood said she would talk to the TVBC CIL team to obtain an update.

The Clerk provided an update on The Village Hall finance position as follows.

Village Hall Finance Reconciliation

Current account                 £2068.36

Savings account              £53828.96

Parish Council held

Village hall fund               £12040.77

Total available                  £67938.09

Cllr Cleugh confirmed in addition Amport Parish Council have pledged £3800 toward the village hall project.

PLANNING.

To note the following TVBC decision:

20/02381/TREEN –tree works Bec House- permission

20/02829/TREEN- fell 2 elm, 1 manor Farm Cottage- permission

Resolved: that the planning advisory committee’s approval on the following applications were endorsed:

20/02277/FULLN- single storey extension Bryning Lodge- no objections

20/01093/FULLN – Paisley House Monxton Condition 4A – External Lighting –objections made

20/03017/FULLN- cover existing covered link, Monxton Manor –no objection

20/03010/TREEN- reduce height of pine, Springfield, Chalkpit Lane- no objections  20/0322/RESN- layout plot 5 Andover Busines Park- as outlying permission has been granted it is not possible to object to this building. Cllr Cleugh will send a comment regarding the lost opportunity to fit solar panels and create power.

21/00075/TREEN- tree works, Monxton Manor- no objections

Concerns had been raised about a variation to a planning application at Paisley Cottage. Reference number 20/01093/FULLN. The plans included planting a whole row of trees which will all be lit at night. Several villagers had expressed concerns regarding the resulting light pollution however it was apparent that public comments to variations on an application were not published on the website. This resulted in the applicant being completely unaware of comments made by residents. The Parish Council comments did appear on the website. Cllr Cleugh had approached TVBC planning department who confirmed officers had visited the site with environmental officers in December.  The case officer confirmed they are unhappy with the lighting scheme and a decision should be forthcoming shortly. Cllr Flood agreed to check with the officer why public comments are not published for objections to conditions,

Revisit VDS or produce Neighbourhood Plan.

Cllr Balding had suggested the Village Design Statement be revisited to update this and include a paragraph highlighting the need to retain dark sky in the village. Cllr Cleugh said the parishioners also wanted to protect the Village Green. This could not be done in a VDS but could be included in a Neighbourhood Plan. The Clerk had circulated a NP document made by another parish which showed how much work was involved in producing such a document. There followed a discussion as to the merits of either. It was agreed Cllr Balding would circulate the current VDS and all Cllrs were asked to review and send comments to The Clerk by 22nd January. In addition, the Clerk would contact Sarah Hughes from TVBC to arrange a meeting where she could give Councillors information and advice on creating a neighbourhood plan for Monxton.

FINANCE

To note balance in Lloyds bank as at 07/12/20 £29350.90

Resolved: that the following payments be approved and cheques signed

Clerks expenses (Aug-Oct) £28.55

Clerk back pay £43.29

Clerks salary £106.71 per month and HMRC £26.67 payments by standing order November – January

New standing orders for revised pay and Income Tax from April 2021 to be signed.

ENVIRONMENT & FOOTPATHS

Cllr Balding reported as follows: –

Lengthsman Scheme 2021

HCC have confirmed they will continue to support the Lengthsman Scheme for 2021/22.

Environment Agency

The ground water levels at Clanville Gate have started to rise and but remain reasonably low at present.  See graph appendix 1

Southern Water

One of the pumps at the Monxton Pumping Station was replaced in December.

The Pillhill Brook

The Development Phase of The Watercress and Winterbournes scheme by the Hants & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has been completed and they are looking for volunteers who live in Monxton to be involved in helping with the Monxton section of the Pillhill Brook.

Footpaths Report

The stile on footpath 6 behind Manor Farm remains broken despite being repeatedly reported to HCC. Via the local Face book page farmers have requested that walkers do not stray from footpaths

SUNNYSIDE

Cllr Barbone had nothing to report

Traffic Monitoring

Cllr Hooper has now obtained all the necessary equipment and will begin monitoring traffic speeds in the village, a full report will be provided at the April meeting

Borough & County Councillor Reports.

HCC Mrs Zilliah Brooks reported: – she will continue to send the regular Cllrs Briefings which provide up to date information about the latest COVID facts and figures. She said HCC have been doing lots of work with local foodbanks to ensure residents who need this help are supported. She highlighted some current scams where people are contacted and asked to pay for a COVID vaccination. This vaccination is free to all and no one should respond to any messages asking for payment.

She further reported that not only will the lengthsman scheme continue next year it is possible after training that the lenghtsman will be able to work on the road system which is not currently allowed. Finally, she confirmed HCC Countryside Access team are keen to work with parishes to improve the footpath network across the county.

TVBC Councillor Maureen Flood reported as follows

Increase in garden waste collection rounds
On Monday 1 February the Council’s garden waste collection service will be moving from two to three collection rounds.  This change is taking place due to unprecedented demand for the service, which now has over 18,000 subscribers. The team has worked hard to minimise disruption and around 7,000 householders will receive a day change as a result.  These householders will be contacted directly.

Garden waste collection service launching a new online system 
To coincide with the introduction of additional garden waste rounds, from Monday 1 February residents will have access to a new online system for subscribing to the council’s garden waste collection service. Provided through the My Test Valley App, for the first-time residents will be able to subscribe and pay at point of signup. Residents will also be able to renew or update their subscriptions online resulting in an improved customer experience. 
At the same time, the Council will be introducing a new online bin collection calendar ‘Know Your Bin Day’ which is also supplied through the My Test Valley App. providing residents with bespoke waste collection information for their address and can also be downloaded into a smartphone.

Test Valley Community Helpline: (Unity)

Tel: 0330 400 4116. Open 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday, every week.TVBC has granted a £10k boost to Unity, to support their response to Covid-19 and recruit an army of volunteers to staff the local Covid vaccination sites.

Financial difficulties or worries.

Please, do pick up the phone and speak to TVBC about your council tax concerns. Tel: 01264 368000

Businesses – Covid grants

There are grants varying from between a few hundred pounds to £3,000 for every 28-day period. They include money for those businesses that have been forced to close as a result of the national restrictions, as well as those that remained open but whose custom is significantly impacted.

To view the full list of grants available and to apply, visit www.testvalley.gov.uk/businessgrant

In response to a question about finances Cllr Flood confirmed that there is no proposal to cut frontline services to make the budget balance although it is possible that TVBC may need to rely on reserves to meet these obligations.

Correspondence – none other than that already discussed.

Any other business – none

CLOSE OF THE MEETING

The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting.

DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 13th April 2021, 7.30pm

COVID Vaccination Scam Alert

There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity.

The NHS will never ask for a person’s banking information so please do not provide as it will be a scam

There is a texting scam leaflet you can download here: https://cfa.nhs.uk/resources/downloads/fraud-awareness/covid-19/COVID-19_SMS_and_Text_Message_Scams.pdf

The scam has been reported in the media here: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/1378158/NHS-Covid-19-Vaccination-Vaccine-Appointment-Pfizer-BioNTech-Text-Scam-How-To-Avoid

Parish Council Meeting Tuesday 12th January

Agenda

There will be a virtual meeting of Monxton Parish Council (via zoom) at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 12th January 2021.All Councillors are requested to participate. Members of the public can join the meeting by following this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85684591719?pwd=SjViZVM4ZXFqc2ZvWlNwTm1ObGlFUT09

For further information please contact The Clerk

Heather Bourner

Clerk to Monxton Parish Council

heather.bourner@googlemail.com

01264 773976

*Apologies for Absence

  • Public Participation
  • Declarations of Interest
  • Minutes & matters arising
  • Reports to include

Village Hall update

           Finance

           Environment & Footpaths

           Traffic

           Sunnyside

      Planning

          To note the following TVBC decision:

20/02381/TREEN –tree works Bec House- permission

           20/02829/TREEN- fell 2 elm, 1 manor Farm Cottage- permission

         To receive the Planning Advisory Committees recommendations on the     

          following applications

20/02277/FULLN- single storey extension Bryning Lodge

20/01093/FULLN – Paisley House Monxton Condition 4A – External Lighting

20/03017/FULLN- cover existing covered link, Monxton Manor

20/03010/TREEN- reduce height of pine, Springfield, Chalkpit Lane

           20/0322/RESN- layout plot 5 Andover Busines Park

  • County and Borough Councillors Report

      . Correspondence

  • Any other Business

Date of Next Meeting- 7.30 pm on Tuesday 13th April 2021

Revised tier restrictions for Hampshire

From 26 December 2020, all districts within the Hampshire County Council area moved to Tier 4 – Stay at Home.

 The key restrictions for Tier 4 require:

  • Residents to stay at home, apart from limited exemptions set out in law
  • Non-essential retail, indoor gyms and leisure facilities, and personal care services to close
  • People to work from home if they can but they may travel to work if this is not possible, for example in the construction and manufacturing sectors
  • People not to enter or leave Tier 4 areas, and Tier 4 residents must not stay overnight away from home. Individuals can only meet one person from another household in an outdoor public space.

Full details of the Tier 4 restrictions are available on the Government’s website. The full list of local restriction tiers by area is also available online.