Diary Date: Sunday 3rd Feb (2.30pm kick-off) Monxton vs Amport Annual Football Match
For the 4th year running Monxton & Amport Villages will go head to head on Amport Green in what will undoubtedly be another hard-fought football match. Monxton currently leads by 2 games to 1 and are keen to keep the lead, but Amport will no doubt come back fighting!
Both teams are very much open to everyone, with male, female & children players (8yrs+). So if you would like to play, please contact the respective team captains (details below). Failing that, please come and support the match from the sidelines. There will be a drink at The Hawk after the game to award the winning village the (enormous) cup!
Rich Pearce – 07776 064299 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Cavalier – 07802 414437 / email@example.com
PTA Quiz Night – Friday 1st February
The annual PTA Quiz night is taking place on Friday 1st February in the Monxton Village Hall, from 7.30pm to 11pm.
Tickets are £12.50 and include a delicious meal, a mind-puzzling and fun quiz and a great raffle. Plus there’s a pay bar all night.
You can either organise a table of 8 people, or we can help put one together for you.
A brilliant evening and school fundraiser, please book your tickets now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A free family-friendly event that marks the beginning of Advent
Our Christmas Messy Church takes place
in Monxton & Amport Village Hall
between 4pm and 6pm
on Sunday December 2nd
Bring your children and have lots of fun with them
making Christmas crafts
with plenty Christmas sparkle guaranteed!
Food and refreshments included
For further information please contact Charmian on 710221, Jane on 710641 or Valerie on 772030
Operation Scrooge – Campaign Launched To Target Shoplifting in Andover
Officers from Andover’s Neighbourhood Policing Team will be out in force to deter shoplifters in the run-up to Christmas.
Operation Scrooge will see officers liaise with retailers, give advice to shoppers and carry out high-visibility patrols in Andover town centre and its retail parks.
The operation starts on Saturday 24th November, when members of the team will put on a crime prevention stall in the High Street between 10am and 2pm, to remind shoppers of the steps they can take to protect themselves and their property.
The campaign is due to finish on Monday 31st December.
Sergeant Mike Thorne, of Andover’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “As Christmas approaches, more and more people will be out and about in our town’s shops and banks.
Andover is a safe place to live and work but it is not immune to people who wish to take advantage of shoppers and businesses at this time of year.
The aim of our operation is to deter and detect crime and to provide reassurance to the public and businesses.
We will continue to use tactics that have proved successful in previous years to make sure those who commit crime in the town centre are dealt with robustly.”
We would like to take this opportunity to remind people of the steps they can take to protect their property when shopping:
- Never leave a bag unattended in a trolley, even for a couple of seconds;
- Make sure your handbag is closed;
- Try to keep wallets in an inside pocket and out of sight from a potential pickpocket;
- Keep your PIN number confidential;
- If possible try to pay for all items on a debit or credit card, rather than carry large amounts of cash;
- Ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked before leaving your car.
There has been an application from a developer to build four new houses on the land behind Cambridge Cottage, on Andover Road, Monxton.
The proposed new entrance, opposite Little Thatch, would be just below the pinch point on the Andover Road This entrance has very poor sight lines up towards Andover and could be the cause of traffic incidents. HCC Highways will comment on this point in due course.
The site is also outside the settlement boundary and therefore designated as countryside so TVBC has raised an objection on these grounds (click here).
Monxton Parish Council has objected to this development and a copy of the letter of objection is below, if you would like to use this as a template for your own letter.
If residents are minded to comment on this application, either to object to support, you should either register on the TVBC website or write to the Planning Officer, Emma Jones, at TVBC Planning Department at Beechhurst, with a copy to Monxton Parish Council Chairman, Mike Cleugh at Rectory Cottage, Monxton. Email email@example.com
The date to file your comments is before the 23rd November 2018.
Letter of Objection from Monxton Parish Council
Monxton Parish Council objects in the strongest terms to this application, which is totally unwelcome and not in keeping with any aspect of the village design statement in that it completely detracts from the rural nature of the village, which is in a conservation area and which has approximately 50%, grade 2 listed thatched cottages, two of which are adjacent to this executive house suburban development in an ancient village.
Our objections are based on planning policies and are as follows:
- Contrary to TVBC Local Plan – The development would be situated outside the settlement boundary and as such would be development in the countryside which is outside TVBC planning policy – COM2 (Settlement Hierarchy)
- Contrary to Monxton Village Statement – Unacceptably adverse impact on the character of the surrounding area and on the amenities of the properties adjacent to the site by reason of overlooking, loss of privacy and visually overbearing impact. The houses proposed are typical suburban 4/5 bedroom houses totally out of character with the neighbouring grade 2 Thatched listed properties namely Little Thatch and Little Cottage.
- Contrary to Highways policy – totally inadequate sight lines – The site access proposals are not in accordance with acceptable standards and would lead to potential traffic safety problems. The poor sight lines of less than 10 metres for vehicles coming down from Andover would mean cars leaving the site going to turn right would have no time to avoid accidents as this area is the pinch point on that section of the highway and has created several accidents over the years as two cars can only just pass at that point currently.
- Noise and Light pollution – The area is currently an open water meadow and any new buildings would have an adverse impact on surrounding properties caused by increased noise caused by vehicles and light pollution from the new buildings.
- Ecology – The new houses would have an adverse impact and harm to the high ecological value of the site as they would take land used by various riverside mammals and birds and create barriers to free access to the river.
- The Pillhill Brook – any potential effluent or waste from the properties would risk contamination and harm to the Pillhill Brook, a unique chalk stream, which has a high habitat value and is an important wildlife corridor. The current pumping station at Chalkpit Lane is already at maximum capacity and has had huge problems for the last few years in having huge tankers take the wastewater out of the village in the winter months for many weeks causing disruption and noise to villagers. Southern Water should be contacted for their views on the impact of additional houses as a matter of urgency.
- Flooding risk – currently lower parts of Meadow View, which borders the site, has a pond forming in the winter in the lower southern corner which would mean would mean that plots 3 & 4 may suffer flooding of their gardens at the very least.
- Impact to the environment of the piling foundations required: Meadow Lodge which was built in the 1960s is currently built on 30 piles over 11 metres deep. (We note, however, no piling is mentioned for the design of the houses in the application. This could have a major impact on the geology of the meadow and the potential to disrupt underground sub-surface water flows from the higher ground down to the river. In addition, the houses’ foundations could also affect the hydrology of the area causing potential harm to adjacent buildings.)
- The current trees lining the edges of the meadow, we believe, would cause severe shading to the houses and would very quickly be felled to improve the light into the gardens. We urge TVBC to put Tree Protection Orders (TPOs) on all trees bordering the property to ensure that they are not cut down in the future.
- Site Access: we understand that the owner tried unsuccessfully to obtain access to the field from Andover Road and was refused by TVBC, and also at appeal to the then Department of Environment & Transport by the Inspector in 1987 (copies of these refusals sent to Emma Jones at TVBC on the 8/11/18) and in addition we understand that the land in front of the current entrance is owned by Hampshire Highways, which TVBC will investigate.