Black Swan Update: Project Cancelled

We regret to announce that the meeting tomorrow evening (Wednesday 22nd March)  has been cancelled. The team has reviewed the information received from the survey and from research &  investigations with other community pubs, the team has concluded that the project does not meet enough the key success criteria to be a viable project as a community-owned pub.

However, should an individual, or group of individuals, want to buy the pub, then there is enough evidence to suggest that the Black Swan could easily ‘fly’ again, especially as a free house. The team are very willing to share the red book valuation, our business plan and suggested forecasts. We would all be delighted if the Black Swan were to remain as a pub.

Critical Success Factors for a Community-Owned Pub

  • Community of +/-2000 required for optimum response
  • No or limited competition nearby
  • Local benefactor to act “swing financier”: eg “soft” loans
  • Good staff accommodation
  • Limited refurbishments required
  • Enthusiastic support from community
  • Ability to raise an average of £1,000/head (ranges of £500 through to £40,000)
  • Ability to pull together a Team with following skills (or free access to these skills): Legal, Commercial, Pubs/hospitality, Financial, VAT, Communications/Marketing

We would like to thank those people who donated money to the fighting fund, which we partially used to fund the ‘red book’ survey/valuation. If you would like the balance of your donation (approximately 50%) to be donated to the Village Green possible purchase, or Village Hall renovations please let us know. Otherwise the monies will be returned by cheque.

Monxton Parish Council will continue to try and purchase the village green on behalf of the parish, and potentially the car park, subject to costs and any conditions imposed by Enterprise Inns.

The team would like to thanks villagers for the support provided to date. If anyone wishes to discuss any aspect of the project please contact Sarah Dowding on or Mike Cleugh at

Black Swan Update Public Meeting 22nd March

Whilst news appears to have been quiet on the Black Swan, a few local residents have still been working hard behind the scenes to work on a business proposal for the possible community purchase of the pub.

The moratorium period (triggered by Monxton Parish Council due to the pub being an Asset of Community Value) ends one month today – at 5pm on Wednesday 13th April 2017. If we are to put in an offer, we’d ideally like to do so before this date.

There will be a public meeting in the Village Hall at 8pm on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.

The current team will:

  • Present an overview of the business proposal
  • Ask for financial pledges for the project
  • Ask for help with the project – looking for committee members for the Community Benefit Society

IF there is not enough support for the proposed community purchase then we shall withdraw from making an offer and Enterprise Inns will be free to sell the Black Swan pub, car park and village green to whomever they wish, with the most likely outcome that both the pub and the car park will be redeveloped for housing.

At the very least Monxton Parish Council has offered, and will continue to offer, to purchase the village green for a nominal sum. However, it must be noted that this may or may not happen, and there is a possibility of the electricity sub-station being moved onto the village green before the transaction is completed.


For any information please contact Sarah Dowding on 710375 or Please let us know if you can attend the meeting.

Village Gateways

After a long three and a half years since we first proposed village gateways, we now have a date for their installation. Works will be on 13th, 14th & 15th March 2017.

There will be gateways and new signs on all roads into Monxton village, apart from Amport Road, which will have just a new sign. There will also be extensions to the 30mph speed limit zone on both Broad Road and Green Lane.

Please click the links below to see the maps, sign and speed limit locations, and gateway and sign designs.



Parish Council Minutes – 18 January 2017

Minutes of the Monxton Parish Council meeting held on Wednesday 18th January 2017 in the Monxton Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Present: Cllr M Cleugh – Chairman, Cllr P Parfrey, Cllr P Weston, Richard Waterman – Parish Clerk, Members of the Public – 2
Apologies: Cllr S Dowding – Vice Chairman, Cllr J Balding, County Councillor Mrs Z Brooks and Borough Councillor Mr B Few Brown.

WELCOME: The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

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

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: The state of some of the trees on the village green was raised. Concerns were raised about the safety of branches and a leaning tree, the trees have got so overgrown that they are now dominating the space.

This was discussed and it was agreed that the Parish Council will get quotes to carry out the work. A planning application will need to be submitted to TVBC as village green is within the conservation area.

The over grown and leaning willows trees on the Amport side of the river were also raised. The owner of these trees will be contacted. Cllr P Parfrey confirmed that many of the willow trees are leaning and offered to take pictures for evidence.

Cllr P Parfrey reported that there is an abundance of wildlife in this area of the river and expressed concerns that any work is carried out sympathetically with minimum disturbance to the wildlife. The Parish Council were pleased to hear about the wildlife and noted Cllr P Parfrey’s concerns.

Concerns were also raised about a large unsafe tree that could damage the bridge if it were to come down, The Chairman will speak to the property owner about this tree.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING: The Chairman signed the minutes of the previous meeting as a true record. Proposed by Cllr P Parfrey and seconded by Cllr P Weston.

17/00043/OUTN – Outline – Erection of up to 61,369sqm of class B1C (light Industrial), B2 (General Industrial), B8 (Storage and Distribution) business park buildings, access, servicing, parking and landscaping; access not reserved – Plot 5 Andover Business Park, Pioneer Road, Andover.
The Parish Council will look at the plans in detail before making comment.

17/00030/TREEN – Fell to ground level – Leaning Cypress. Weeping willow – Reduce height to major fork and balance crown – Brookside, Monxton. NO OBJECTION.

ENVIRONMENT: Nothing to report.

Cllr P Parfrey reported that the extension to the 30mph speed limits and the Village Gateways still ongoing.

Planning permission has been given for the removal of part 11 of schedule 6 regarding HCV Traffic Demand Management systems – Andover Business Park.

Cllr P Parfrey reported on the 6-day road closure on Green Lane from the 21st January 2017. Cllr P Parfrey has raised concerns with Highways about possible flooding because of any re-surfacing and the various blocked drains. Highways have taken note and will pay attention to these areas when carrying out the work.

VILLAGE GREEN: The Chairman reported that quotes to cut the village green are to be sort before the start of the next cutting season.

SUNNYBANK: Cllr P Weston

Cllr P Weston reported that everything is quiet at Sunnybank and had nothing to report.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Report from Mr David James
Rural Crime – Non-dwelling burglaries, thefts of cycles and thefts from parked cars are cause for concern.
Scams – Various scams are still doing the rounds.
Rogue Traders and Cold Callers – The ‘Nottingham Knockers’ were reported in the area over the Christmas period. Useful information and advice can be found on the Hampshire Police website:

FINANCE: Parish Clerk
Precept Discussion
Estimated Results 2016/2017                          Budget 2017/2018
Opening Balance BF              = £4,232.74                       = £1,400.00
Precept                                = £5,700.00                       = £5,700.00
VAT Refund                          = £   963.00

=£10,895.74                     = £7,100.00

Wages                                    = £2,400.00                    = £1,200.00
Insurance                                =   £384.78                    =    £400.00
Village Maintenance                 = £1,920.00                    = £2,150.00
Administration                         =   £256.00                    =     £250.00
Queen’s Birthday Celebrations   =   £500.00
Reserves                                 = £4,000.00                    =  £2,500.00

= £9,460.78                    = £6,500.00

Budget Surplus                      =    £1,434.96                     = £  600.00

= £10,895.74                    =£7,100.00

Reserves £4,000.00                                               Reserves £6,500.00

The Parish Council agreed that there was no need to increase the precept as the Councils reserves were at a good level. The Lengthsman Scheme starting in April 2017 will also reduce the amount of money spent on Village Maintenance.

The Monxton Precept for the financial year 2017/2018 was set at £5,700.

BLACK SWAN UP-DATE: The Chairman reported that a surveyor has been engaged to value the Black Swan and give advice on projected revenue of the business.

2017/2018 MEETINGS: The Parish Council are to reduce their meetings from 6 to 4 meetings a year. The Clerk suggested the following dates for the meetings and will check date availability for the village hall.

  • 17th May 2017 – AGM
  • 20th September 2017
  • 17th January 2018
  • 15th March 2018

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


Monxton Parish Council Meeting – Wednesday 18 January 2017


Everyone is welcome to attend


  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
    Neighbourhood Watch
    Financial Report – 2017/2018 Precept
  1. Black Swan/Village Green up-date.
  2. HCC and TVBC reports (if provided)
  3. Correspondence
  4. Close of the meeting

Dates for 2017/18 meetings to be set