Environment

Monxton village is a Conservation Area set in rolling chalk land with the Pillhill Brook, a chalk stream, running through the parish. We are fortunate to live in a beautiful area and we all need to help ensure it stays that way for many generations to come.

We have twice-yearly village clean up in spring and autumn, which involves litter-picking, sign cleaning, ivy cutting, and clearing up communal areas. Volunteers are then ‘rewarded’ for their efforts with bacon butties and drinks in the village hall.

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Footpaths & Bridleways

If you notice a problem with any footpaths around Amport then please report it to our Footpath Representative, Shaun Crowley

Footpaths are cut monthly from April to September, but let us know if you think they are overgrown or need attention anywhere.

There are some lovely walks around the village and parish. The Amport & Monxton footpath map can be purchased in The Hawk Inn in Amport or click here for more information.


Pillhill Brook

The Pillhill Brook is an attractive chalk stream which runs through the Parish of Amport from the A303 by the White Horse pub, through East Cholderton near Wiremead Lane, and through the valley by the Trout Farm on to Amport village. It then passes by the Fen and along through woodland to the land opposite the Hawk Inn, and on to Monxton and Abbotts Ann before it joins the River Anton. Most of the riverbank is on private land. Wildlife is encouraged. People and animals can obtain access to the brook by the Mill House in Amport.

The flow of the Pillhill Brook in Amport Parish is variable, depending on the level of the water table. It is sometimes dry in places, yet, at other times, there may be a risk of localised flooding.


Fly Tipping

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Roadside hedges in Monxton

Everyone has noticed that, as a result of the weather this year, the hedges have grown extraordinarily well. Of course, all these hedges provide vital habitat for wild life, but under the Highways Act 1980 (secn 54) owners are also bound to protect the safety of highway users.

Hedges should be trimmed to ensure that growth does not obscure road signs, that visibility is good (especially at junctions), and that they do not hinder passage for road users (particularly cyclists and pedestrians).

Monxton Parish Council asks that any householder with such a hedge should arrange for an early trim in the year, as otherwise there will be serious encroachment in the autumn. By the end of August the active period of bird nesting will be over, so please organise a trim for then. Thank you.


Roadside Litter

I am sure that most of you will have noticed recently how much litter is lying on our roads. This is very depressing when we are so lucky to live in such beautiful surroundings.

To counter this, Monxton Parish Council has a couple of ‘litter pickers’ for anyone in the Parish to use so that the area near them can be kept litter-free. Please call Mike Cleugh (710276) whenever you would like to borrow one. We kindly ask that if you’re out for a walk, then please take the time to pick up even one bit of litter, as it all helps – although a number of residents take a bin bag out a litter pick a walk every so often. Just volunteer if you are at all concerned.


Flooding and Waste Water

Reports should be made every time the drains are seen emitting water onto roads or soil. Please ring the Environment Agency help line 0800 80 70 60 and report leaks of contaminated water onto roads or waterways in the parish. It would seem that the more people who ring in the better the chances of some action being taken.


Fracking

Fracking is short for “hydraulic fracturing”, which uses high-pressure water and chemicals blasted underground to fracture shale rock and release gas.  The Department for Energy and Climate Change has issued drilling licences for possible fracking underneath an area a few miles from Stockbridge, Amport and Monxton.

Based on information available from DECC, the existing licences are located at the following locations:

  • North of Winchester, from Kings Worthy stretching west almost to Stockbridge;
  • Further north, reaching from Chilbolton west to Amport;

The Environment Agency’s role as environmental regulator for unconventional gas operations in England, should help ensure that any unconventional gas operations are conducted in a way that protects people and the environment.


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