Reporting dangerous road incidents in Hampshire

Hampshire Police has launched a scheme for all road users, including cyclists and horse riders, to submit footage of dangerous incidents via an online portal. This can be from a dash cam, head cam or other recording device that is being legally used.

The footage must meet the below criteria:

– It must be reported within seven days
– Should not be edited
– Should not have been deleted from your device
– Should not be shared on social media
– Needs to show between one to two minutes either side of the incident
– If it is from a collision, or an offence not listed in the criteria set out on the submission portal, then it will need to be reported by calling 101, or online via the Hampshire Police website.

Along with the footage, you will need to submit a witness statement and be required to answer some basic questions to support your statement.

Footage can be submitted by going to https://hants-snap-police.egressforms.com or via the Force website – https://www.hampshire.police.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Council Minutes-July 2020

Minutes of the Monxton Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 14th July 2020 Via Zoom at 7.30pm. 

Present: Cllr M Cleugh – Chairman

Cllr J Balding – Vice Chairman

Cllr Bowden

Cllr Corroon.

Hampshire County Councillor Mrs Z Brooks

Test Valley Borough Councillor Mrs Maureen Flood

Heather Bourner – Parish Clerk

1 Member of the Public

Apologies:

Apologies were received from Cllr Barbone & TVBC Cllr D Coole.

WELCOME.

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS.

There were no declarations of interest. All councillors confirmed no amendments were required to disclosable pecuniary interests. The Clerk will relay this information to TVBC.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

None.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING.

The Chairman agreed to sign the minutes of the previous meeting of 14th April 2020 as a true record. All agreed.

 VILLAGE HALL UPDATE

Plans for a new Village Hall have been submitted to TVBC and some objections have been raised, one from a parishioner but the TVBC conservation officer also objected to the design and use of glass.

As a result, shutters were added to the design to cover the windows and a wooden cladded facia was added to the elevation facing the road. Some minor internal alterations were also added. However, these amendments have also been reviewed by the conservation officer who has again raised further concerns.

Cllr Corroon suggested the conservation officer be asked to meet on site and discuss the plans. TVBC Cllr Flood agreed this would be a good way forward along with further discussions with the architect. She agreed to attend a meeting if she was able. Cllr Balding said she had researched some village hall designs which were in keeping with the area and shared these with the village hall committee. Cllr Cleugh said he was very concerned about the time limits by which the CIL bid needed to be made. He said the date for submission for CIL bids is from 01/09/2020 to 30/11/2020. A representative from Amport Parish Council has agreed to join the CIL bid team and a meeting of the team will be held in the near future. Cllr Cleugh agreed to try and arrange a meeting with the conservation officer in the near future.

 FINANCE

To note balance in Lloyds bank as at 11/06/20 £32593.83

Resolved: that the following payments be approved and cheques signed

H Bourner (exps) £34.17

David Eaglesham – Audit work £120.00

Carl Cafferty grass cutting (various|) £320.00

TVAPTC £15.00

Thruxton Parish Council £1000.00 lengthsman funding

Broughton Parish Council £1265.50 lengthsman funding

Charlton Parish Council £2058.75 lengthsman funding

H Bourner (Lengthsman) £320.00

Clerks salary £106.71 per month and HMRC £26.67 payments by standing order May – July

Retrospective payments – Carl Cafferty £300.00

Founds electrical village hall electrical works £1486.80

 ENVIRONMENT & FOOTPATHS

Cllr Balding reported as follows: –

Andover Waste Recycling Centre

Bookings for the Andover HWRC can be made online or by telephone and contact details are on the Monxton Matters website.  Anyone wishing to book a slot will need to provide their name, car registration and, for online bookings, an email address. Bookings are limited to one slot per household per week.  Most waste materials will be accepted, except for chargeable waste – soil, rubble, asbestos and plasterboard

The Pillhill Brook

HCC and the Hants & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, have secured nearly £2 million of National Lottery funding to enhance and protect the unique chalk headwater streams of the Test and Itchen rivers.  The award will fund the Watercress and Winterbournes Landscape Partnership Scheme, a collaboration of local communities, including Monxton.  Chalk streams are rare, with many in Hampshire including the Pillhill Brook, which provides a unique habitat for species such as water vole, brown trout, southern damselfly, water crowfoot, and white-clawed crayfish. The Watercress and Winterbournes project includes enhancing habitats, protecting rare species, repairing historic structures, and tackling the pressures of flooding through the use of natural flood management.

Dog Mess and Dog Bins

Dog bins are provided to dispose of bags of dog mess but dog walkers are still not picking up their dog mess on the footpaths and around the village.  Dog mess is a serious health hazard and it is an offence not to clean up after your dog in a public place.  It is unpleasant and dangerous for the Lengthsman and if dog walkers wish the footpaths to continue to be cut, they must pick up their dog mess and put it either in the bins or take it home.

The bin at Sunnybank Playground will be emptied locally this year and the Parish Council expressed thanks to John Chaffney for his assistance in agreeing to empty the bin. The Parish Council will only be charged for the one month that TVBC maintained the bin in this financial year.

Footpaths Report

Footpaths are generally in good order however some research will be undertaken to establish if a broken stile can be replaced by a gate.

Village Green

Cllr Balding raised concerns raised about large parties using the green and lighting fires and BBQs which caused concern as a fire risk. Cllr Balding asked if there was any help TVBC could provide to the parish. TVBC Maureen Flood said this was either a concern for the landowner or the police.

Some complaints had been received about dangerous trees on the village green. The landowner had suggested fencing off the green however upon investigation it was only two branches which were creating a problem to the complainant. Cllr Cleugh has sent the landowner details to show the trees are not a real problem. Cllr Cleugh said he had contacted TVBC to discuss the matter as the land is an open space in the TVBC local plan as a public amenity and there is no desire to see the land fenced off.

 PLANNING.

To note the following TVBC decision: 20/00694/LBWN-replacement windows

& internal works-Little Cottage-consent             

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

20/01016/TELN- Installation of telecommunications mast- objection

20/00284/LWBN –enclosure of existing link, new doors and windows- Monxton manor- no objections

20/01093/FULLN-erection of pergola, car port, pool house, provision of swimming pool paving and landscaping (amended scheme)- Paisley House-no objection

20/00694/COND4 – method statement regarding replacement ceilings, Little Cottage – no objections

20/01494/FULLN- demolition and replacement of existing garage- Little Cottage – no objections

Update on Black Swan – this application was still being considered at TVBC. The owner has obtained advice from experts who were stating that the pub could not be run as a viable business. Once a recommendation is made the application will go before committee. Cllr Cleugh pointed out this application was against current policy in terms of change of use from a pub to a residential property.

Update on Well Cottage, High Street – Cllr Cleugh said he has been supporting the developer who is trying to rebuild the damaged buildings who has been in constant discussions with the TVBC conservation officer. TVBC Flood said it was necessary for all conditions of the planning application to be addressed formally before work can proceed but she will revisit the matter with planning officers.

Borough & County Councillor Reports.

HCC Zilliah Brooks reported that HCC have worked very hard communicating all the difficult challenges during the current restrictions, details of which have been shared down to Parish level. Concerns have been raised that a second wave will emerge toward the end of September and HCC will work hard to ensure local authority care homes have the necessary risk plans in place.

HCC are trying to support the most vulnerable families who do not have access to IT equipment for home schooling, providing help to food banks and making telephone calls to those who live alone.

 TVBC Councillor Maureen Flood reported as follows-

Next TVBC Local Plan – Refined Issues & Options Consultation 2020
Following its approval at cabinet on 17 June, the Local Plan Refined Issues and Options document, was published for public consultation on Friday, 3 July. The consultation will run for eight weeks until 4.30pm on Friday, 28 August 2020. More details can be found on TVBC website
Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice Test Valley Andover Branch has moved from their previous address on London Street to Floor 1 of Chantry House.

Car Parks TVBC
The further period of free parking extends until July 21st. As from Wednesday 22nd July the new lower rate (1st April) of parking fees will be reinstated with a charge of £1 for two hours, free after 4pm and on Sundays.

Dates for your Diary – Andover High Street Summer Events 2020 (With the easing of ‘lockdown’)
The French Market – Friday 3️1st July.
The Four Fun Fridays will return on the 7️th, 1️4th, 2️1st and 28th August – although in a slightly different format this year.
Sunday 20th September sees the return of the popular Andover Farmers and Crafts Market.

TVBC Chief Executive

Roger Tetstall retired from the post of Chief Executive on the 29th May after 19 years of service. After a rigorous interview and selection process Andrew Ferrier was appointed to the post of Chief Executive at Full Council 10th June 2020.

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 October 2020, 7.30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stream Banks at Monxton Village Green- Note from Hugh Corroon

The eroded bank of Monxton Green has recently been restored using chestnut stakes, hazelwood branches and soil from downstream.  The bank restoration work replicates the work completed 6 years ago, which had deteriorated over time, and forms part of my riparian responsibility to maintain the bank and prevent erosion.  Hope everyone
enjoys it and please try to keep off the newly seeded soil.

Updated Village Hall Planning Application

Updated East Elevation

Updated South Elevation

Updated Floor Plans

VILLAGE HALL: PLANNING APPLICATION FOR DEMOLITION AND ERECTION OF REPLACEMENT VILLAGE HALL

Following comments on the planning application updated drawings have been submitted to show less glass and more privacy for hall users. The extra cladding on the east (road) elevation allows for an improved layout of the hall, with the more private hall area (which we envisage will be used for meetings, classes etc) to be at the rear of the building. The community area, which will hopefully incorporate a cafe/meeting area, will be to the front (road side) of the building.
Sliding shutters have been added to the south elevation, overlooking the paddock, which will allow shading or privacy to be altered as required by users.

The full planning application and drawings can be seen online here and enter the planning reference: 20/00807/FULLN

Please do add your comments and also please note that the more letters of support there are the better the prospects of winning a CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) and other grants.

Monxton Parish Council Meeting 14/07/2020

MONXTON PARISH COUNCIL

There will be a virtual meeting of Monxton Parish Council (via zoom) at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 14th July 2020.All Councillors are requested to participate. Members of the public can join the meeting by invitation and will need to contact the Clerk with a minimum of 24hours notice prior to the meeting should they wish to do this. Alternatively, members of the public can e-mail matters for discussion to the Clerk.

Heather Bourner
Clerk to Monxton Parish Council
Heather.bourner@googlemail.com
01264 773976

1) Apologies for Absence

2) Public Participation

3) Declarations of Interest

4) Minutes & matters arising

5) Reports to include

Village Hall update
Finance
Environment & Footpaths
Traffic
Sunnyside

Planning
To note the following TVBC decision: 20/00694/LBWN-replacement windows
& internal works-Little Cottage-consent

To receive the Planning Advisory Committee’s recommendations on the
following applications
20/01016/TELN- Installation of telecommunications mast- objection
20/00284/LWBN –enclosure of existing link, new doors and windows- Monxton manor- no objections
20/01093/FULLN-erection of pergola, car port, pool house, provision of swimming pool paving and landscaping (amended scheme)- no objection
20/00694/COND4 – method statement regarding replacement ceilings, Little Cottage
20/01494/FULLN- demolition and replacement of existing garage- Little Cottage

6) County and Borough Councillors’ Report

9) Correspondence

10) Any other Business

Date of Next Meeting- 7.30 pm on Tuesday 13th October 2020

Hampshire Waste Recycling Centres

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “We continue to follow Government guidance on social distancing to keep residents and staff safe which must be our primary consideration.
“With covid safe measures in place at HWRCs, capacity has inevitably been reduced, and so we have had to change the way people visit the sites to manage demand. The new booking system is achieving what it set out to do, eliminating the lengthy traffic queues which were causing problems for others. I do appreciate this is an extra step people need to take to visit an HWRC and would like to thank Hampshire residents for their patience.
“I am pleased to able to say that, now we’ve had a couple of weeks to see how the system is working, we are in a position to increase the number of slots each day to 5,000 in total across Hampshire’s network of 24 sites. This will be done by allowing more people to book in during each half hour slot. I’ve also taken on board feedback that being able book a week ahead would be helpful, so we are increasing advance booking slot availability to allow people to book up to seven days in advance.
“I would continue to urge people to think about how to waste less if they can such as by composting food and garden waste, or upcycling or donating unwanted items.”
Bookings for HWRCs can be made online at: http://www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/recyclingcentres/book-appointment
A telephone booking line, primarily for those without access to the online system, can be made by calling 023 8017 9949
Anyone wishing to book a slot will need to provide their name, car registration and, for online bookings, an email address. Bookings are limited to one slot per household per week.
There is no need to bring confirmation of the booking to the site, the site will have information on confirmed bookings;
Site staff will check registration plates upon arrival – people will need to arrive in the vehicle specified in the booking;
Anyone turning up without a confirmed booking will not be allowed entry to the site;
As per government guidelines, residents in the specified vulnerable category (those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, people over 70 and pregnant women) are strongly advised not to visit a site;
New parking arrangements are in place with site staff guiding vehicles, from a safe distance, into spaces
As far as possible, only one person per household should visit the HWRC.
Due to social distancing measures, site staff will be unable to provide any assistance with unloading material or carrying material. Residents are asked to bring only the amount of waste they can comfortably carry and empty into containers
Trailers are not permitted.
Everyone must keep at least a two-metre distance from others at all times.
Most waste materials will be accepted, except for chargeable waste – soil, rubble, asbestos and plasterboard.
Reuse sales areas will remain closed. Where possible, please continue to store items of furniture which could be reused, donate to local furniture charities, or use online platforms (e.g. Freegle / Facebay / Gumtree). Please see the Smart Living web pages for more information on furniture reuse.

Hampshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs)

A new booking system for Hampshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will take effect from Monday 15 June when all HWRCs will revert to their normal summer opening hours of 9am until 6pm, seven days a week.
Bookings can be made online at: http://www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/recyclingcentres/book-appointment. Telephone bookings, for those without access to the online system, can be made by calling 023 8017 9949. Anyone wishing to book a slot will need to provide their name, car registration and, for online bookings, an email address.

Objection to planning application for telecommunications mast

Please see below objection from Monxton Parish Council. Villagers are encouraged to submit their own comments- please note the deadline for doing so is 9th June 2020

PRIOR APPROVAL & PLANNING APPLICATION No: 20/01016/TELN FOR THE PROPOSED INSTALLATION OF A TELECOMMUNICATIONS BASE STATION AND MAST on Land North Of Abbotts Ann Road Monxton Andover Hampshire SP11 8AR

Monxton Parish Council wishes to strongly OBJECT to both this Prior Approval and this Planning Application, due to the adverse impact on Monxton by the proposed siting of a 20-metre-high Telecoms mast at the top of the hill, between Monxton and Abbotts Ann.

The applicant states that they wish to use this site for the proposed base and mast because,” there is currently little or no coverage along this section of railway”. As there have been no Neighbour or Community Consultations about this proposal, we would like Monxton Parish Council’s comments to be taken in to account prior to any decision by Test Valley Borough Council.

Design

The Monxton Village Design Statement states in its Design Guidelines that, “To maintain the distinctive appeal of Monxton; In the cases of new developments, effort should be made to ensure that they do not dominate the locality and should be blended sympathetically with nearby dwellings in respect of scale”. 

This design will not blend in to our rural surroundings and will dominate its locality. This intrusive 60-foot-high mast contravenes the Monxton Village Design Statement and will be a blot on our wonderful local landscape.  This site therefore should be discounted on these grounds.

Siting of the Mast

The Applicant’s Design & Access Statement states that the reason this site has been chosen for the proposed base and mast, is that rail passengers experience a weak mobile phone signal along this section of the railway. Residents of Monxton, Abbotts Ann and Amport will receive little, if any, additional benefit due to the topology of the area. As an EE customer, I use their WIFI service which means we have no need for an improved signal, and therefore, a mast of this size in such a sensitive position is not appropriate, quite the contrary, because its proposed location is at the highest vantage point above Monxton. The siting of this mast will also have a detrimental impact on the residential amenity of Manor Farm and nearby properties in Monxton.  This site should therefore be discounted on these grounds.

Appearance

The appearance does not compliment the character of the surrounding agricultural land and the impact on the visual amenity of the area is unacceptable.  The development proposed is so substantial, that to grant permission would undermine the plan-making process by predetermining decisions about the scale, location or phasing of new development that are central to an emerging plan. The appearance will have a detrimental impact on the residential amenity of Manor Farm and nearby properties in Monxton.  This site therefore should be discounted on these grounds

Test Valley Borough Council Revised Local Plan

Policy COM2 Settlement Hierarchy

This states that developments will only be permitted in the countryside if it can be demonstrated that the works to be located in a rural area are essential.

These works are NOT essential for the residents of Monxton or nearby villages, so consequently, they should not be allowed.

Policy E1 High Quality Development

The proposed development is wholly inappropriate for this area and will have a detrimental effect on it’s character and should be discounted on visual amenity grounds

Policy E2 Protect, Conserve & Enhance the Landscape Character

The proposed design is not in keeping with its surroundings in both terms of its scale and appearance. It will not preserve, conserve or enhance the character of the area, quite the contrary, and it should be discounted on visual amenity grounds.

Policy LHW4 Amenity

The application should not be permitted as it will be detrimental to the visual amenity of the nearby residential properties at Manor Farm and Monxton.

National Planning Policy

Section 2 – Achieving Sustainable Development

The proposed development will not enhance our social communities or benefit our village economically, as the applicant claims.

Section 4 – Decision Making

Local resident’s social and environmental conditions will not be improved by the proposed development, quite the opposite.

Section 10 – Supporting high quality communications

The proposed development in our rural area is not essential for our economic growth or social wellbeing.

Paragraph 113 – states that the Local Planning Authority should ensure that they have evidence to demonstrate that electronic communications infrastructure is not expected to cause interference with air traffic services.  The applicant has failed to provide this information as they have not consulted any Civil Aviation Authority/Secretary of State for Defence or Aerodrome Operator.

Paragraph 114 – states that “The number of radio and electronic communications masts, and the sites for such installation, should be kept to a minimum consistent with the needs of consumers”. The proposed development is not consistent with our local needs and, as such, there is no necessity for the proposed new mast at this location

Paragraph 115 – states that “Applications for electronic communications development (including applications for prior approval under the General Permitted Development Order) should be supported by the necessary evidence to justify the proposed development”.  The information provided by the applicant is inaccurate and misleading and should be discounted

Section 12 – Achieving well-designed places

The proposed design is unattractive and will be an eyesore. The visual impact will be detrimental to the surrounding rural area and should be discounted on visual amenity grounds.

Section 15 – Conserving & enhancing the natural environment

The proposed site is located between the Conservation Areas of Monxton and Abbotts Ann and is bordered by ancient woodland.  An Environmental Impact Assessment has not been provided.  This proposed project will have significant adverse effects on the environment and Test Valley Borough Council should take this into account in the decision-making process.

The proposed site is not located in an urban or suburban area but in a rural idyll.  By even considering, this unsuitable location for their proposed development, the applicant has shown how little local knowledge they have. They have failed to provide, what is, incredibly important and relevant information in their application, which Test Valley Borough Council needs to take in to consideration when making their decision.

The applicant states on the Site Specific Supplementary Information that:

There are “No schools in proximity”. 

There are two primary schools within a mile of the site, in Amport and Abbotts Ann.

“No Civil Aviation Authority/Secretary of State for Defence or Aerodrome Operator has been consulted and the structure will not be within 3km of an aerodrome or airfield”.

There is a helicopter pad at the Army Headquarters, Monxton, which is located within 3km of a statutory safeguarding zone, and from where helicopters fly senior Army staff to and from Salisbury Plain. There are two aerodromes in the vicinity, one at Thruxton, where the Hampshire Air Ambulance is based, which deploys regularly, and where many private planes are based; all of which fly over the site area.  The Army Air Corps base is down the road at Middle Wallop; the proposed site is directly under the regular flight path used by the Army’s low flying Apache Helicopters to and from Middle Wallop and Salisbury Plain.

Southern Water has not been consulted.

There is no mention in the application that Southern Water’s rising main goes right through the proposed site.  This line carries raw sewage from the Monxton Pumping Station to the Pumping Station at Abbotts Ann and any disturbance or ground movements could be catastrophic, not only for Monxton, but for all the villages that are further down the line.  Abbotts Ann recently suffered extensive flooding from this line near the proposed site, with numerous tankers having to pump out at that location for some days.

Manor Farm, Abbotts Ann

The residents of nearby Manor Farm have not been informed or consulted by the applicant about this proposed development, which will be sited very close to the existing Alpine/Penchard workshops and Manor Farm buildings.  There is no mention about Manor Farm’s Planning Application for a residential development, and the proposed development should be discounted as a result.

Highways

There are only two ways to access the site either through Abbotts Ann or Monxton. The Highways report does not cover the route the construction traffic will take and as the road through Abbotts Ann is impassable by HGVs and Monxton’s roads are clearly signposted, ”Unsuitable for HGVS”.  We are very concerned about the adverse impact this will have on our village.

Environmental Impact Assessment

The applicant has not provided an Environmental Impact Assessment.  Vitally important biodiversity has adapted to this semi-natural habitat of wood-pasture.  This development is likely to have significant effects on the environment and an Environmental Impact Assessment should be required.

Conservation Areas

The proposed site, on agricultural land, is located between the Conservation Areas of Monxton and Abbotts Ann and a huge unsightly mast should not be allowed to be erected near these protected areas.  The proposed site is wholly inappropriate for this development and will have a detrimental effect on the character of the rural area and should be discounted on visual amenity grounds.

Habitat

The proposed site is a wonderful wildlife habitat, due to being left fallow for over 20 years.  It has a large active badger sett and they and their setts, are protected by law. This habitat should be protected as it is an offence to recklessly damage or destroy a badger sett and to disturb a badger when it is occupying a sett.  This habitat should be protected.

Landscape 

The Landscape report does not state that the site is bordered on one side by ancient woodland, which provides habitat for numerous animal species and BAP priority species of birds including, Song Thrushes, Woodpeckers and Barn Owls.  It is a vital that wildlife habitats are considered as part of this application to avoid habitat loss and the damaging impacts of this proposed development.

Public Rights of Way

It is stated that this 60 foot mast will not be able to be seen from the many footpaths and public rights of way in the area, but in the autumn and winter, it will be visible from Monxton and the surrounding area.  Due to the height of the proposed site, there are wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, which are enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Contrary to the applicant’s claims, Abbotts Ann Road is used every day for numerous leisure activities including jogging, dog walking, horse riding and cycling.

In summary, this new mast will be of no benefit to Monxton and, for the sake of a few minutes’ WIFI downtime on the trains travelling along the stretch of line, it would be far more appropriate to make use of existing masts. Rail passengers experiencing a weak mobile phone signal for a few moments does NOT justify the impact on our villages and if this unnecessary proposed development is allowed to go ahead, it will cause harm to our important Conservation area and a beautiful rural area of the Test Valley. A better solution but no doubt more expensive would be a series of mini-masts along the railway cutting which has not been proposed as an option but would be more acceptable.

We would, therefore, ask that EE are required to provide a solution that does not have an adverse impact on our village and the surrounding area.  We seek Test Valley Borough Council’s support and request that this prior approval and/or the planning application are refused.

Regards

Mike Cleugh

Chairman

Monxton Parish Council

07836792545
01264 710276