Parish Council Agenda

MONXTON PARISH COUNCIL

There will be a meeting of Monxton Parish Council at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 23rd April 2019, at Monxton Village Hall.

Heather Bourner

Clerk to Monxton Parish Council

Apologies for Absence

Public Participation

Declarations of Interest

Minutes & matters arising

Specific Reports 

           ENVIRONMENT AND FOOTPATHS – Cllr J Balding

           MONXTON AND AMPORT WEB SITES – Cllr S Dowding

          TRAFFIC – Cllr P Weston 

          SUNNYBANK – Cllr P Weston

  Dog bin contract

 Lengthsman Contract

Invites to Parish Assembly

Pensions regulator- Parish Council responsibilities

 Finance         

County and Borough Councillors Report

Planning

  • To note the following TVBC decision: None 
  • To receive the Planning Advisory Committees recommendations on the following applications

               19/000837/LBWN single storey extension & replacement garage Little Cottage

                 19/00533/FULLN- single storey extension and external swimming pool- Paisley House 

Attendance at Events

Correspondence

Any other Business

Date of Next Meeting

AGM 14th May 7.30pm Monxton Village Hall

Next Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm on Tuesday 9th July 2019

 

 

 

 

Quiz Night – 19 October 2019

QUIZ NIGHT 

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Where?    MONXTON & AMPORT HALL

When?    19 October – 7.00 pm

Who?    Quizmasters – Nigel and Ann Fox

How?    Teams of Six

Food and Drink?    Ploughman’s Supper and Bar

Quizmasters?    Nigel and Ann Fox

In aid of?    Amport Church

Price?    £10 per person

Tickets?    Helen Stephens –  01264 772635 / Caroline Unwin – 01264 772375 / Helen Walker    – 01264 772132

Payment?    Cash, cheque or BACS

Join the Parish Council

URGENT!

Monxton Parish Council needs at least one new councillor, and ideally three new councillors, in order to continue. Sadly Pete Weston has had to resign due to work commitments, and with only two parish councillors remaining it is no longer a quorate, and cannot legally function.

So please volunteer for this interesting and worthwhile role in your community. No experience necessary.

Please contact either Mike Cleugh, Parish Council Chair or Heather Bourner, Parish Clerk.

If You See An Injured Deer By The Road…

IF YOU SEE AN INJURED DEER ON THE ROADSIDE

  • Pull over at the next safe place.
  • Call the Police. They will deal with road safety issues and have access to a specialist who will know the best course of action for the animal if it is alive.

IF YOU HIT A DEER WHILE DRIVING, YOUR PRIORITIES, IN
THIS ORDER, ARE:

  • Keep yourself and anyone with you as safe as you can.
  • Park your car in the safest place with hazard lights on.
  • Consider using it to also warn other road users.
  • Call an ambulance if human injuries warrant it.
  • Call the Police.

Usually it is best:

  • Not to approach live deer. Doing so may cause them to run across traffic causing another accident.
  • Not to move or handle live deer, you may be injured if they struggle.
  • Not to try to keep the deer warm. Covering its head/eyes may keep it calmer if there is a long wait but see “approach live deer” above.

www.deeraware.com

Black Swan Planning Application

If you have already objected to the Black Swan planning application 19/01229/FULLN then please also advise TVBC that you also object to the related planning application 19/01230/LBWN by simply emailing Emma Jones the case office at TVBC (ejones@testvalley.gov.uk) to that effect.

In addition, if you have not already commented either to support or object, please do so as soon as possible, while the application is still under consideration and before the TVBC planning committee meeting expected at the end of August.

This includes ALL the Monxton and Amport villagers and not just the immediate High Street, if you wish to have the Black Swan back as a pub and the village green kept in the current state and not reduced in size with trees cut down by the developer.

Landmark Cybercrime Survey

Neighbourhood Watch has today launched a landmark new survey to understand the impact of cybercrime on communities across England and Wales.

Traditionally Neighbourhood Watch has been focused on keeping people safe in the places they live but with the advent of new technology, it’s clear people can be at their most vulnerable when they occupy online spaces.

Action Fraud, the national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre run by the City of London Police, revealed that last year cybercrime victims lost £28m to online criminals. It reports more than 12,000 cases of cybercrime every six months.

With the threat from online criminals only ever increasing, it is essential we understand the impact this type of crime has on members as well as their understanding and perception of cybercrime.

The survey, designed in conjunction with cybersecurity company Avast, takes just 10 minutes to complete and one lucky responder will be in with a chance to win £50 worth of Marks and Spencer vouchers.

The survey can be completed via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/nw_cybercrime

This news story on our website can be shared with friends, family and neighbours or on your social media profiles: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/landmark-cybercrime-survey-launched/

Parish Council Minutes July 19

Minutes of the Monxton Parish Council meeting held on Tuesday 09th July 2019 in Monxton Village Hall at 7.30pm. 

Present: Cllr M Cleugh – Chairman, Cllr J Balding- Vice Chairman & Cllr P Weston

Heather Bourner – Parish Clerk,Test Valley Borough Councillors Mrs Maureen Flood and Mr David Coole, Hampshire County Councillor Mrs Z Brooks & 5 Members of the Public

Apologies: None

WELCOME: The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

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

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: None

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING.

The Chairman signed the minutes of the previous meeting of 14th May 2019 as a true record.

PLANNING.

The following decisions by TVBC were noted: – None

Resolved: that the planning advisory committee’s approval on the following applications were endorsed:19/01230/LBWN & 19/01229/FULLN

Application for change of use Old Black Swan to dwelling and application to build a new pub and two new houses on old Black Swan Car Park- objection.

Monxton Parish Council objection to this application has been logged at TVBC. Cllr Cleugh confirmed the main reasons being, a large impact on loss of village green, loss of 4 mature trees and a bus shelter, problems envisaged for parking for new houses, over development of car park site, relocation of the electricity substation as the developer does not own this and has not contacted SSE regarding the application, and impact on sewage system. Cllr Cleugh encouraged parishioners to submit objections direct to Test Valley Borough Council if they objected to these applications. A member of public asked who owned the land on which the bus shelter stands. Cllr Cleugh said a plan from 1948 showed this to belong to Strongs Brewery but Cllr Weston said on a recent land search the land shows as unregistered.

Cllr Cleugh said he had attended an Abbots Ann Parish Council meeting recently to discuss the Alpine Penchards planning application. Abbots Ann Parish Council originally objected to the application however, following a change in members the new Parish Council have asked to visit the site. It is likely the application will be resubmitted because new sewage arrangements are required. The possibility of building some affordable housing has now been discussed and would be possible on the site if an application were approved. Cllr Cleugh felt that Abbots Ann PC will be more open minded than in the past.

FINANCE

 

  • The Clerk provided details of the National Joint Council for Local Government increases in pay points and the increase in HMRC home as office allowance, both of which were reflected in her pay. This had been highlighted and agreed at the annual meeting.
  • The Clerk reported that the internal audit was complete, and no errors had been reported. The necessary exemption form had been sent to the Audit Commission and notices required displayed on the notice board.
  • The move to electronic payments was discussed. The Clerk had established that for this to happen she would need to be a signatory on the account and when payments were set up another signatory would have to log in and approve payments. Cllr Cleugh said so few cheques were written he did not believe it worthwhile. The Clerk suggested standing orders be set up for the two regular payments, her salary and the income tax attached. All agreed this was sensible. Clerk to obtain and complete forms. 

To note balance in Lloyds bank as at 16/06/19 £29033.77

Resolved: that the following payments be approved and cheques signed

Payments to be made

Clerks salary May, June & July -£320.13

Clerks expenses                         £41.91

Clerk lengthsman payment         £160.00

HMRC                                         £120.01

Thruxton PC lengthsman           £1000.00

David Eaglesham                      £105.00

Carl Cafferty                               £220.00

Retrospective

BHIB insurance                         £278.93

Carl Cafferty                               £315.00

Carl Cafferty                               £270.00

TVBC election exps                   £28.80

The Clerk confirmed that if ICO were paid by DD in future this would cost £35 per year rather than £40 if paid by cheque. The necessary direct debit form was signed.

VILLAGE HALL UP-DATE

The team working on this project were still waiting for quotes for the work required so were not able to give a meaningful report at this meeting. Report to be given at next meeting in October. 

ENVIRONMENT AND FOOTPATHS

Cllr Balding highlighted the issue with the Parish Council paying for a bin to be emptied that was the responsibility of the housing association upon whose land it was installed. Cllr Weston agreed to establish who the Clerk should contact to rectify the situation.

Cllr Weston reported Sunny bank footpath 8 ‘The Gallops’ had been filled by the farmer with chalk which has made the footpath much more user friendly for walkers.

Cllr Weston also reported some hedges generally encroaching on footpaths, he will monitor and speak to residents if necessary. He asked if the lengthsman could clear grass growing in footpaths Cllr Balding will speak to the lengthsman.

TRAFFIC

Cllr Weston reported on the speedwatch initiative and gave statistics from when the machine was located outside Sunny bank. This was recognised as problem area, so the machine has been based there for 2 months. During this period 68200 vehicle movements were recorded 23475 of which were within the speed limit. It was generally felt that the machine did encourage drivers to slow down and that the solar panel powering this is a very good investment. The machine has now been moved to the road that comes down the hill from Grately, so far, most traffic has been recorded as driving below 30mph although one was recorded at 65MPH!! Cllr Weston said there is a perception when noisy vehicles pass, they are travelling at faster speeds which is not always the case. Further sites to install the sign will be considered although there must be a road sign or telegraph pole for the sign to be attached to and the location needs to be one where speeding traffic is an issue.

A comment was made that people should be driving to the conditions, 30mph is not a target! The village suffers from traffic displacement because of the problems at 100 acre roundabout in Andover, bridge alterations between Andover and Monxton and the closure of a gap on the A303. Cllr Cleugh said the police speed camera van had made a recent visit to the village but there was only one area they could park in safety. He recommended villagers record details of vans and lorries if seen speeding as these details could be passed on to the relevant authorities. 

Finally, Cllr Weston said he had received a complaint about parking at the bottom of Broad Road. No offences were being committed but locals were encouraged not to park there.

Borough & County Councillor Reports.

HCC Brooks reported that HCC must save a further 80 million pounds by 2021 and are asking the public for their views and ideas as to how to achieve this. There is a public consultation open, details of which are on the Monxton website. One issue is that children’s services are not fully funded by central government and there is a large impact on budgets for the costs associated with asylum seekers and looked after children.She also reported that HCC are trying to improve environmentally and have started fitting curb stones made from recycled plastic, they are also expanding car electricity charging points and confirmed almost all vehicles they own are now electric.

TVBC Mrs Maureen Flood confirmed she had attended a presentation on the master plan for the regeneration of Andover Town centre. There will be a public consultation in due course which will be open to all residents of both the town and the surrounding villages. She also said all car park machines will be changed later this year so cards can be used to pay.

TVBC David Coole highlighted Unity, a Test Valley umbrella organisation who organise minibus transport that can be cheaper than using a taxi (details on village notice board) He confirmed to all present that Andover Festival of motoring will be held on 22nd September.

Correspondence 

The Clerk gave details she had received regarding compensation payments received by residents in respect of power cuts in 2017. Households had received payments of £15 each.

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 29th October 2019, 7.30pm at Monxton Village Hall.

 

Test Valley Rural Policing

Leaving aside the likes of CID and Intelligence, there are two levels of “Local Policing”.
The Response Teams are based at Hedge End and Andover. These are the officers who respond to 999 calls and the more urgent matters reported via 101. In the limited time between calls, they patrol areas based on intelligence and crime patterns.

Alongside that there are the Neighbourhood Teams, which is where we come in. Andover and Romsey towns are policed by their own neighbourhood teams. The Rural area, in-between and surrounding the two towns, is covered by us, the Test Valley Rural Team. We investigate local crime matters, work with partner agencies to solve problems and patrol hot spot areas.

Test Valley District covers an area of over 200 square miles and our patch covers all of the rural beats, from Vernham Dean in the North to Wellow in the South and from the Wiltshire border across to the border of Winchester. Police Sergeant Lyons looks after the team which is comprised of three Police Constables and three Police Community Support Officers. That’s a relatively limited resource for such a big area. If there was ever a time when a PC or a PCSO had responsibility for only one village, sadly those times have gone. Below are the team members and the areas for which we are responsible.

We work very hard to focus our attention on the right places and on ‘High Risk’ and ‘High Harm’ people and places. To do that we rely completely on the public reporting what is happening. We often hear people state that “crime is so bad these days”, but there are no crime figures to support that. That is either just a perception that crime is bad, or, more likely, an under-reporting of crime.

We know that sometimes calling us on 101 doesn’t always go through as quickly as we would like, this is often due to high demand. Please be patient – we need the information that you are ringing to tell us. You can now report to us online on our website www.hampshire.police.uk. You can report crime, road traffic accidents, anti-social behaviour, missing people, civil disputes, lost/found property, lost/stolen vehicles to us online. We can’t encourage you enough: please tell us what is happening. But please; don’t expect us to take reports via e-mail. You need us to be out and about, not sat in an office creating reports. If you try to report something directly to one of the team via e-mail we will politely decline.

When you make a report you may be told it will be filed as there are no lines of enquiry. Don’t worry: we still see what’s been reported from our daily searches, so we do capture the information.

Please consider signing up to Hampshire Alerts. We use this system to send out information and alerts. We send out location-specific alerts to ensure that people receive information that is likely to be useful for them. When you sign up you can tell the system the types of alert that you want to receive or do not want to receive. We are also using Twitter. Follow us on @TestVlyRuralPol. We are aware that many people prefer Facebook as a means of networking—we will be coming to Facebook soon.

The team resources are slowly coming back up to the numbers that they should be, so we will be able to get out into the communities that we have across our district.