Parish Council Agenda

MONXTON PARISH COUNCIL

There will be a meeting of Monxton Parish Council at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 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

Annual Assembly 14th May -joint with Amport

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

 

 

 

 

Scams Latest: BT and Your Bank

There seems to have been an increase in the old “This is BT, your broadband is going to be cut off” calls, this time the message is recorded. Ignore the call, I wish I had a pound for every time my broadband was going to be cut off in the last twelve months, and it is still working well. If you are really worried contact BT directly.

The following was issued by Hampshire Constabulary:

TV Licence Fraud

SCAM AND FRAUD ALERT

From Hampshire and IOW Neighbourhood Watch

HINWA (http://www.hinwa-nw.org.uk). April 2019.

TV Licence Billing, Renewal or Refund Fraud

Since September 2018 there have been large numbers of reports of fake emails purporting to be from TV Licensing. Scams involve emails claiming that either a refund is due or there is a problem with billing or with the account. The links in the emails lead to phishing websites designed to steal personal and financial information.

They will use headlines such as ‘correct your licensing information’, ‘billing information updates’ and ‘renew now’ to trick people into clicking on the link within the email.

These emails are sophisticated and convincing. They can catch out anyone – even the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk admitted to being out caught by this scam earlier this year.

How to keep safe from this type of fraud

1. Always be suspicious of unsolicited requests for personal or financial information in case it is a scam.

2. Never automatically click on links in an unexpected email or text.

3. If in doubt, check with the organisation by phone or email using contact details from your records – do not use contact details given by the fraudsters

4. Do not be rushed into action. If in doubt, delete the email. A genuine organisation will always find a different way to contact you.

If you’ve fallen victim – what next?

5. Stop further payments – contact your bank or cancel your credit card. (Monitor your statements regularly for any unusual activity.)

6. Report this has happened – contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at actionfraud.police.uk.

More

For more advice on signs to look for and how to avoid being a victim of this type of fraud go to the Action Fraud website: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/action-fraud-warns-against-fake-tv-licensing-emails-as-over-2500-reports-are-made-in-two-months-alone

 

Become a Parish Councillor

Monxton Parish Council has five councillors and two will not be standing for re-election in May.

Of course, as its an election in May –  there will be five councillor vacancies to fill.  If 5 or fewer candidates stand – they are automatically elected into the post.  If there are more than 5 candidates, then the election will be contested.

If you would like to discuss becoming a councillor please speak to the Chairman Mike Cleugh, any of the current councillors, our the Clerk, Heather Bourner, for more info.  We really do need to ensure that new candidates stand.

What do Parish Councillors do?

Here is a list of some of the things we do:

  • We are consulted on all planning applications and tree applications within the parish, and those close to it.  However, the final decision rests with the Planning Authority, Test Valley Borough Council.
  • We act as a focus for funnelling issues to Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire County Council.  We also lend our support to challenging other organisations such as BT and the Environment Agency to resolve issues.
  • We arrange and pay for maintenance of the footpaths around the parish
  • We contribute funds to the many excellent village organisations to help them with their projects
  • We own Monxton & Amport Village Hall.  The Village Hall is run by a separate sub-committee

How often does the council meet, and what other duties are there?

We meet quarterly for around 1-2 hours. Each councillor contributes to these meetings, does background reading ahead of the meetings and will get involved in other activities from time to time.

Is it for me?

Being a councillor means that you can contribute to your local community, have your say and help steer local initiatives.  Although parish council meetings are held in public, they are not public meetings – discussions are between councillors and public interaction is more limited.

You also build up a picture of which council is responsible for what service.  Sometimes these can seem to be overlapping – for example, Test Valley BC collect bin rubbish, but Hampshire CC operate the recycling centre and deal with the bin lorries.

The current councillors are friendly and we all get along well. We sometimes have different views and vote differently – but we respect the views others have and come away feeling positive that we’re able to do that regardless of whether the vote went ‘our way’.

How do I stand?

You need to be nominated.  It’s only by two people, a proposer and seconder.  Fill in a few forms and provide them to TVBC at their offices in Andover.

The link to follow is this one: for TVBC: http://www.testvalley.gov.uk/aboutyourcouncil/localdemocracy/elections/elections-2-may-2019-candidates-and-agents

and this one for some simple clear guidance: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-and-community-council-elections-in-england-and-wales

Timetable

Publication of Notice of Election: Friday 22 March 2019

Deadline for receipt of nominations: 4pm Wednesday 3 April 2019

Day of Poll: Thursday 2 May 2019

Advice To Dog Owners About Attacks On Livestock and Horses

Keep full control of your dog when out and about in the countryside – or you could face prosecution is the message from the Police County Watch team as it tries to educate dog owners about the risk of attacks on livestock and horses.

The advice to dog owners is:

  • Keep your dog on a lead when in an area with farm livestock or horses
  • If there is no livestock visible, keep the dog in sight at all times, be aware of what it is doing, and be confident it will return to you promptly on command – if you cannot be confident of this, the dog should not be off the lead
  • Ensure your dog does not stray off the path or area where you have right of access

The worrying of livestock by dogs is a criminal offence contrary to the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.

Village Clean Up – Thank You!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped to clean up our beautiful village and parish on Sunday. A glorious day meant a great turn out of residents, armed with cleaning and gardening tools. The village now looks a lot more sparkling with clean signs and gateways, cleared trees, litter picked, grass and verges mowed and strimmed, and a spring clean for the Village Hall.

We all enjoyed sausage butties and cake as our just rewards afterwards as well as catching up with and meeting friends and neighbours.

Let’s all help to keep Monxton beautiful at all times. We’re planning another autumn clean up when we are also planning to plant a lot more daffodil bulbs.