Monxton Parish Council Meeting – Tuesday 23 January 2018

MONXTON PARISH COUNCIL

NOTICE OF PARISH MEETING

THE MONXTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING IS TO BE HELD

ON TUESDAY 23rd JANUARY 2018 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30PM

AGENDA

1. Welcome and Apologies
2. Declaration of Interests.
3. Members of the Public (Pre-booked slots if requested)
4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting sign that they are correct
5. Planning
6. Reports

  • Environment & Footpaths
  • Traffic
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Sunnybank

7. Financial Report – 2018/2019 Precept
8. HCC and TVBC reports (if provided)
9. Correspondence
10. Close of the meeting

Date of next meeting – 10th April 2018

Parish Council Minutes 25 October 2017

Minutes of the Monxton Parish Council meeting held on Wednesday 25th October 2017 in the Monxton Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Present: Cllr M Cleugh – Chairman, Cllr S Dowding – Vice Chairman, Cllr J Balding, Cllr A Stevens, Cllr P Weston, Richard Waterman – Parish Clerk, County Councillor Mrs Z Brooks, Borough Councillor Mr B Few-Brown, Members of the Public – 9

 

WELCOME – The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS – There were no declarations of interest recorded.

PARISH COUNCIL VACANCY – The Parish Council agreed to co-opt Mr Andy Stevens onto the Parish Council. Mr A Stevens signed the Declaration of Office and was given the Declaration of Interest Forms. The Chairman welcomed Mr A Stevens onto the Parish Council.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC – There were no issues raised by the members of the public.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING – The Chairman signed the minutes of the previous meeting as a true record.

PLANNING – Cllr Mike Cleugh

  • Issues with Nelsons lorries going through Monxton – EA on the case.
  • Non-functioning of the ANPR system in Monxton Road.
  • Appeal at Plot 5, Andover Business Park: 17/00043/OUTN
    • Goodmans want a Public enquiry re objections to their latest planning refusal. Meeting to be held by TVBC on the 21/11 at 2pm to discuss the appeal process.
  • Corner Cottage – 17/01144/FULLN
    • revised planning application by Ross Construction – no objection to new design but concerns regarding the trees, which have been cut down contrary to the planning application and a basement not shown on any plans.
  • Black Swan/Village Green update
  • Alpine – meeting either 6thor 7th November to discuss plans to move from Manor farm site and build houses to pay for a new site & factory on Andover Airfield. Venue – Monxton with attendees from Abbots Ann & TVBC

ENVIRONMENT – Cllr Judith Balding

Tree Works in Monxton Conservation Area

  • Test Valley Borough Council must have given their approval, in writing,  before any tree work is carried out within the Monxton Conservation Area.

Southern Water

  • SW has announced that, amongst possible ‘ecosystem’ projects for the South East region, they propose an integrated catchment area approach to the River Test to improve environmental resilience, both upstream and downstream and to engage communities in water efficiency programmes.

Fireworks

  • We would ask that residents do not set off fireworks, have bonfires or set off Chinese lanterns at their properties, as they all pose a serious fire risk to the thatched houses in the village.
  • 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. Details on the Monxton Matters website of the organised bonfires and firework displays in Andover and the surrounding areas around 5th November.

Footpaths and Bridleways

  • Thanks to Shaun Crowley, who has volunteered to be our new Footpaths Representative.  Details on the Monxton Matters website.
  • Lengthsman
  • Funding from HCC for the Lengthsman Scheme is now in place.

 VILLAGE HALL – Cllr Sarah Dowding

  • The Monxton & Amport Village Hall has been awarded a grant of £4,750 for the Amport & Monxton Community Charity, which distributes profits from the Amport & Monxton Fete.
  • This will go towards replacing the ancient boiler with an air source heat pump.

VILLAGE CLEAN-UP

  • We’d like to have another autumn clean up to tackle a few areas we didn’t manage before, and also have the opportunity to plant some 500 native wild daffodil bulbs (narcissus pseudonarcissus) around the village.
  • Please meet at the Village Hall at 10am on 4thNovember where we shall provide rubbish bags, gloves and waste paper ‘grabbers’. If you can bring a trowel or tools for bulb planting that would be great.
  • We need lots of willing volunteers Jobs include:
    • Litter picking
    • Ivy cut from trees, bridge on Monxton Road, walls etc
    • Village Hall exterior to be tidied
  • 500 bulbs to be planted around the village gateways and village greens/pond area
  • Please let us know if you’re coming so we know many to cater for. In return for your efforts hot and cold drinks, and bacon butties (or cheese rolls) will be provided for all helpers in the Village Hall from 12noon.
  • We would love to see as many people helping as possible, and children and families are most welcome. THANK YOU!

FINANCIAL REPORT – Parish Clerk
Financial Report – 25th October 2017

INCOME
Opening Balance 1/4/17        = £3,761.80
Precept                                = £5,700.00
VAT Refund                          = £   875.97

= £10,337.77

EXPENDITURE
Wages                                    =    £700.00
Insurance                                =   £393.57
Village Maintenance                 =    £930.00
Administration                         =   £155.00
Dog Bin/Litter Collection           =   £330.60
Audit                                       =   £120.00

= £2,629.17

Bank Balance
Parish Council   £ 5,944.43
Misc Funding    £ 7,430.65

£13,375.08

WEBSITE AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • We have set up a new Facebook group for both Monxton and Amport. This differs from a page on Facebook, which Monxton & Amport both have, as users can interact with a group and post their own information. It’s more community-centred.
  • Monxton & Amport Villages group – 84 members
  • Monxton Matters Page – 200 followers
  • The newsletter continues to be sent regularly to around 250 email address in Monxton, Amport, Abbotts Ann, Quarley & Grateley. It is read by around 65% of the recipients each time (61-73%)

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
David James is still looking for a replacement. There has been a burglary in Monxton recently at the bungalow next to the bridge.

SUNNYBANK – Cllr Mr Peter Weston

  • Black Swan – we should all be aware of my findings to date.
  • Goodmans – didn’t really get anywhere. Crossland (MD) didn’t respond, got a basic response from Glennie who is the director responsible for ABP. Just stating they have no desire to see HGVs in Monxton, the TRO etc.
  • Drains – up near the first village sign – blocked (again) – been reported
  • Footpath cutting date – asked council to change it from August to June/early July – awaiting response
  • Manure & chalk – on Kurt’s farm, manure close to houses, chalk piles appearing from nowhere – appears to be dumping. Emailed Kurt, awaiting response.

BOROUGH COUNCILLOR MR BEN FEW-BROWN
Cllr Mr B Few-Brown reported that it has been confirmed that Monxton, Amport, Grateley and Quarley will be joining the Anna Ward and there will only be two Borough Councillors.

COUNTY COUNCILLOR MRS Z BROOKS
Cllr Mrs Z Brooks reported that Hampshire County Council must find £140 Million savings over the next two years. Possible cutbacks include closing some of the Counties re-cycling centres, Cuts in the Bus and Community Transport schemes, the loss of the School Crossing (lollipop) scheme, dimming the street lights and the loss of 200 corporate jobs. The Council Tax will also rise by 5% each year.

SPEED WATCH
The Chairman reported that the Parish Council are in discussion with Picket Piece after they enquired if they could hire the Speed Watch equipment.

CLOSE OF THE MEETING
The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting.

DATES FOR THE 2018 MEETINGS
23rd January
17th April
24th July
16th October

 

Traffic Restrictions around Andover Airfield site – please read!

An update about Goodman’s appeal to lift traffic restrictions from/to Andover Business Park, putting at risk communities along the A3057, A342, A343, A338, B3048 and Monxton Road.

In 2009 Goodman were finally given permission to construct a huge storage and distribution depot on Andover Business Park amidst vocal opposition which feared our roads and villages would be blighted by a daily (and nightly) flow of hundreds, if not thousands, of HGVs. These fears were partially placated by stringent traffic routeing restrictions being imposed that more or less confined lorries travelling to and from the Business Park to the A303 and A34. These conditions are notionally enforced by a camera system that detects lorries using prohibited routes and by fines for transgressions.

However, in their latest application for yet more storage and distribution sheds Goodman have requested that these traffic restrictions should be lifted and this would immediately put at risk communities along the A3057, A342, A343, A338, B3048 and Monxton Road such as Stockbridge, Kings Somborne, Ludgershall, The Collingbournes, Nether Wallop, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Shipton Bellinger, Tidworth, Longparish, Monxton, Grateley and this is not a complete list.

Monxton Parish Council has, of course, strongly objected to this application.

Parish Council Minutes – 12 July 2017

Minutes of the Monxton Parish Council meeting held on Wednesday 12th July 2017 in the Monxton Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Present: Cllr M Cleugh – Chairman, Cllr S Dowding – Vice Chairman, Cllr P Weston, Richard Waterman – Parish Clerk, County Councillor Mrs Z Brooks, David James NHW, Members of the Public – 4
Apologies: Cllr J Balding and Borough Councillor Mr B Few Brown.

WELCOME – The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS – Cllr M Cleugh declared an interest in planning application 17/01456/FULLN

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC – No issues were raised by the members of the public.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING – The Chairman signed the minutes of the previous meeting as a true record.

PARISH COUNCIL VACANCY – The Clerk reported that TVBC had informed him that the Parish Council can co-opt to fill the vacancy. Mr Andy Stevens has expressed an interest in joining the Parish Council and will be co-opted at the October meeting.

PLANNING – There are have not been many issues with Nelsons lorries going through Monxton no major feedback from villagers over last 6 months.

Corner Cottage – 17/01144/FULLN
A revised planning application by Ross Construction – no objection to new design but concerns regarding the 40+ trees which have been cut down contrary to the planning application.

Rectory Cottage – 17/01456/FULLN
Small-scale Domestic Solar Panels in field. SUPPORT.

TRAFFIC AND HIGHWAYS – The Chairman gave a brief history of the traffic problems Monxton have experienced and the Non-functioning of the ANPR system in Monxton Road for over 2 years.

MPC raised the issue of the long-term failure of the ANPR system with HCC, (and other traffic concerns) at a meeting in Winchester, and have recently `kept the pressure on` with a further meeting also attended by many councillors and officers both from TVBC and HCC, facilitated and supported by Zilliah Brooks.

A further meeting was held on Monday 3/7/17 with Pat West and councillors from many local parishes to press Zilliah Brooks also present to get a meeting with the HCC Director of Highways within the next 3 weeks and support an FOI request.

A Freedom of Information request has been submitted by Abbotts Ann PC on behalf of all the local parish councils to TVBC and HCC re the ANPR continued failure to operate.

Cllr Mrs Z Brooks confirmed that Goodman’s have their own system VINDEX and stated that their system is working. Further work is needed on the Hampshire County Council ANPR system. Cllr Mrs Z Brooks suggested that Monxton residents take photographs of HGVs that come through the village so they can be identified.

Cllr S Dowding stated that she feels that this is unacceptable, it is the responsibility of HCC to fix the ANPR system and not for Monxton residents to monitor vehicle movements. Cllr P Weston suggested that a letter sent to the MD of Goodmans at his home address informing him of the problems Monxton has with the HGV’s and site traffic. The Parish Council thought this a good idea. Cllr P Weston will draft a letter.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST FOR ANPR SYSTEM ISSUES

The reference Numbers for the requests are:
TVBC  76487
HCC FOI1094284

Request for Information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as to the Planning obligations and actions of The Authority, The ANPR system and barred routes in relation to the Andover Business Park, formerly known as the Land at Andover airfield.

This request is made by Timothy Abram Vice Chairman of the Abbotts Ann Parish Council and in conjunction with the Parish Councils of Monxton, Penton Mewsey, Penton Grafton, Charlton, Andover Town Council and Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE).

ENVIRONMENT – Cllr J Balding

Footpaths and Bridleways

  • We have now had confirmation for funding for the Lengthsman Scheme from HCC.
  • A full-time Lengthsman will be appointed to start work, for all the Parishes included in our Scheme, from next year with Penton Mewsey PC as the lead.  Under the Scheme, the main duty for the Lengthsman will be to cut the footpaths.  We will continue with the arrangement we have until about October and MPC will be reimbursed for the costs for cutting the footpaths this year from the Lengthsman Scheme funding.
  • HCC are not scheduled to cut the BOAT by Sunnybank until August, but after it became very overgrown in the past few months, MPC had a kind offer from Peter Batten of Willow Farm to cut it for us.  He did a very good job and we would like to thank him for giving up his time to do it free of charge.
  • The new Footpath Representative is Shaun Crowley.

The Clerk reported that there is still no news on securing the funding for the Lengthsman. Cllr Mrs Z Brooks reported that she and Cllr A Gibson are meeting with the HCC Executive and hope to secure the funding for the Lengthsman.

FINANCE – Parish Clerk

INCOME
Opening Balance 1/4/17        = £3,761.80
Precept                                = £2,850.00
VAT Refund                          = £   875.97

= £7,487.77

EXPENDITURE
Wages                                    =    £400.00
Insurance                                =   £393.57
Village Maintenance                 =    £485.00
Administration                         =   £155.00
Dog Bin/Litter Collection           =   £330.60

= £1,764.17

Bank Balance
Parish Council   £ 5,723.60
Misc Funding    £ 7,430.65

£13,154.25

WEBSITE – Cllr S Dowding
Cllr S Dowding reported that the website is going well and that she posts regular up-dates on Monxton Matters.

FETE – Cllr S Dowding
Cllr S Dowding reported that it was a record year for the Fete with funds raised (profit) of £17,735.23. Each year a total of £7,800 goes to Amport Church and Amport School. Amport Church has 65% (£5,070) and 35% is for Amport School (£2,730). Any excess is for distribution by the Amport & Monxton Comunity Charity to community projects. This year there is £9,935.23 to be granted.

VILLAGE HALL – Cllr S Dowding
Cllr S Dowding reported that the Village Hall need to get 3 quotes for the refurbishment and building work. So far, they have one and it has come in considerably more than estimated. The Village Hall has started fundraising.

SUNNYBANK – Cllr P Weston
Cllr P Weston reported that there was a power cut at Sunnybank and the power was off for 12 hours. Residents are to receive a refund of £75 from the power company.

The recent Village Clean-up was well attended. Cllr P Weston spoke about a leaflet drop to residents of Sunnybank asking them to sign up for Monxton matters, issues with the B.O.A.T. and the grass cutting at the entrance to the cul-de-sac.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – Mr David James

  • Looking back over the past few months the problems seem to be the same and I wonder if anyone listens to the repeated warnings.
  • Rural Crime
  • The main cause for concern, highlighted in several recent alerts, is theft from parked vehicles. People still leave valuables, particularly handbags, often in view, when they leave their cars to walk the dog. Thefts from outhouses and garages are a close second
  • Scams
  • As a follow, up to the Sky refunds scam I spoke to the Sky salesman in the Chantry Centre. He confirmed that Sky does not have a ‘refunds department’ but sadly told me about an elderly lady who contacted him in tears after having been swindled out of a significant sum of money.
  • The ‘Council Tax’ fraud has been doing the rounds in Sussex, the victim is asked to make an up-front payment to secure a council tax refund.
  • The online vehicle sale fraud. Fraudsters advertise vehicles and machinery for sale on various online selling platforms. The victims, after communicating via email with the fraudster, receive a bogus email which purports to be from an established escrow provider who will keep the payment until the buying and selling parties are both happy with the deal. The money goes straight to the fraudster.

RE-CAP ON PLANS FOR 2017/2018

  • Planning
    • Purchase village green and possibly car park
    • Continue to encourage Alpine Group to move from current site
  • Environment & Footpaths
    • Employ a Lengthsman for footpath maintenance
    • Village clean-up for spring and autumn
    • Bulb planting for autumn
  • Traffic & Highways
    • 30mph roundels to be painted on roads
    • Continue to monitor lorry movements through the village
    • Continuation of Community Speed Watch
  • Village Hall
    • Fund-raising for the building work

CLOSE OF THE MEETING
The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting.

DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING
To be confirmed

Monxton Parish Council Meeting: 25 October 2017

MONXTON PARISH COUNCIL
NOTICE OF PARISH MEETING

THE MONXTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING IS
TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY 25th OCTOBER 2017
IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30PM

AGENDA

  1. Welcome and Apologies
  2. Declaration of Interests
  3. Parish Council Vacancy – Co-option of Mr Andy Stevens
  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
  8. Update on Alpine Group & Manor Farm, Abbotts Abb
  9. Update on the Black Swan pub and village green
  10. Use of Village Hall parking
  11. HCC and TVBC reports (if provided)
  12. Correspondence
  13. Close of the meeting

Date of next meeting to be confirmed –  January 2018

 

 

 

Footpath Representative Required

Image result for footpath signDo you walk around Monxton regularly? If so, Monxton needs a new Footpath Representative, to ensure all our byways and paths are kept in good condition for us all to enjoy.

The role involves keeping an eye on all the paths in the parish (maps are available) and liaising with the parish lengthsman on keeping the paths cut and well maintained.

Reports on the paths need to be given quarterly to Monxton Parish Council at the meetings, although this can also be a written report if you’re unable to attend each time.

So if you enjoy walking around our beautiful parish please get in touch – monxtonmatters@gmail.com