DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

 

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Meeting on Tuesday 12th March, 2019 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. Cllr Charles (Chairman), Cllr Watts (Vice Chairperson), Cllr Pitter, Cllr Delmege, Cllr Smith, Cllr Bartlett, Cllr Clegg, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins, County/District Councillor Humby and 3 parishioners were present.

 

Apologies were received from District Councillor Mclean, District Councillor Miller, Kirstie Baines and Nick Apps.

 

Cllr Bartlett reported that Solent Design were prepared to donate a table/seat for the Sawmills Green. This offer was greatly appreciated by the Parish Council. It is hoped that other businesses will also be prepared to make a similar donation to enhance the seating area on The Green.

 

A resident present at the Meeting thanked the Parish Council for all their hard work in getting the re-planting of trees in Church Copse. It is hoped that this issue will now reach a satisfactory conclusion.

 

Suggestions were read out from Simon Finch, Winchester City Council about trying to resolve the parking problems in The Sawmills. It was agreed that the Clerk would write letters to residents asking for their views on the various suggestions.

 

Cllr Charles and the Clerk attended a Planning Forum in Winchester. The main topic of discussion was enforcement and the impending Parish Charter.

 

County Councillor Humby gave a County Council Report. He went into detail about the Budget Setting at HCC and how budgets have been reduced and savings need to be made, which is difficult when a large amount is needed for education and social care. 2 new Dragon Patchers have been purchased and one will be based at the Bishops Waltham Depot.

 

The District Council Report was also given by Cllr Humby. He said that a Full Council had approved the Budget and the Gypsy and Traveller Paper.

 

There was no School Report. The Clerk did say that the CIL Funding Application for the School Crossing was not being heard until the April Meeting so she had no further update on this at the moment.

 

Clerk showed Councillors photographs of the fly-tipping which has occurred recently at Calcot where the rubbish was dumped in the river Hamble. Councillors agreed that this behaviour was totally unacceptable. The Environment Agency were called and many Officers attended the scene before the rubbish was removed. It is hoped that some evidence was gathered and a prosecution will follow.

 

Clerk said that she had Election Nomination Forms available for the forthcoming Parish Council Elections. She would be taking the completed Forms up to Winchester on Monday 1st April.

 

Cllr Watts gave a Neighbourhood Watch Report informing Councillors that vehicle theft in the area is on the increase and numberplates and hub caps are also being stolen. Everyone is reminded to keep possessions safe and make sure that your property is checked whilst you are away.

 

Cllr Pitter reported that some of the lanes and roads in Durley are going to be surfaced dressed, so there will be some road closures whilst work is carried out. Some parking has been occurring on the double yellow lines so the Clerk was asked to write to the business owners in these locations to ask for their help to ensure that visitors do not park on the double yellow lines. Cllr Delmege will attend a HCC Highways Meeting in Winchester on 13th March to represent Durley Parish Council.

 

Cllr Smith gave a Hall Meeting Report. The main items which were discussed were the final preparations for the new Hall floor, carpentry work required in the Hall and maintenance issues. Councillors were pleased with the bulbs that are now coming up around the Hall and along the verges in Durley, in memory of John (our previous Caretaker). The bulbs were purchased by Durley Entertainments Committee and planted by Durley Parish Council as a tribute to John – who loved his garden and flowers.

 

Cllr Watts reported that the Recreation Ground is all running smoothly. Dogs still continue to not be kept on leads and foul on the Recreation Ground. This is a problem for many Recreation Grounds although there are signs well displayed at the Ground. The Dog Warden will be contacted to try and catch offenders.

 

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleyparishcouncil@gmail.com

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Meeting on Tuesday 12th February, 2019 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. Cllr Charles (Chairman), Cllr Watts (Vice Chairperson), Cllr Pitter, Cllr Delmege, Cllr Smith, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins and 7 parishioners were present. Apologies were received from County/District Councillor Humby, District Councillor Mclean, District Councillor Miller, Cllr Bartlett and Cllr Clegg. Cllr Pitter reported that now broadband speeds are faster in the village if residents sign up to the faster broadband packages we should wait and see if residents are still unhappy with the speeds that they are now receiving before trying to compile a questionnaire. Councillors agreed that it would be beneficial to wait and review the speeds in a few months time. District Councillor Miller was not able to attend the Meeting as all the Winchester City Councillors had to attend a Meeting in Winchester, but he has informed Simon Finch at Winchester City Council of the problems that Durley residents are having with parking in The Sawmills. Simon has asked that the Clerk send him information so that he can look at the problem and see what might be able to be done to resolve or help the situation. Cllr Charles and the Clerk attended the District Sports Awards in Winchester to support our nomination. Colin Watts was placed 2nd in the Service to Sport Award for the 50 years of dedicated service he has given to Durley Football Club. This was a tremendous achievement and really put Durley on the map. Colin sent a letter of thanks to Parish Councillors for nominating him for the Award. There were no County or District Council Reports as they could not be present due to another Meeting. 3 residents at the Meeting informed Parish Councillors about the state of the ditch in Manor Road, due to vehicles driving on the verges. Councillors agreed that they would ask Hampshire Highways if they can install bollards to stop vehicles going on the verge. Speed of vehicles and tractors was also brought to the Council’s attention. Clerk read out information regarding the Great British Springclean for 2019. The Springclean will take place between 22nd March and 23rd April. It is hoped that residents will participate and clean up “their patch” near their properties. Details will be put on the Parish Council website, village noticeboards and in the Parish Magazine. A School Report was given by Nick Apps who said that the PCSO has visited the School to talk about responsible parking. Dog fouling and litter is a problem along the fenceline outside of the School and the bus lay-bys have been flooded. The Clerk reported that the CIL Funding Officer has advised that our Application for Funding for the School Crossing has been accepted and will be discussed at the April Meeting. A decision will then be sent to the Council after April. Cllr Watts gave a Neighbourhood Watch Report informing Councillors that registration plates have been stolen in Durley, another vehicle was damaged and the Church door was also damaged. There have been other break-ins in surrounding villages. Cllr Pitter reported the some pot holes have been filled in and he had taken photographs of the state of Manor Road and Kytes Lane to send to HCC Highways. Andy Burton has informed Councillors that the Village Entry signs need further adjustments before they can be ordered. Cllr Charles and the Clerk met with the Hall floor contractor to discuss the timing of laying the new Hall floor. It is scheduled to carry out the work from Monday 20th May to Monday 3rd June provided everything is in place. All Hall hirers who will be affected will be informed once the date is confirmed. The inverter for the solar panels has now been replaced. Cllr Watts showed Councillors a plan of the veranda repairs to the Pavilion. Cllr Charles will now order the materials required. Maintenance for The Sawmills was discussed and Shawn Read will continue with the present arrangement at the same price. Anne Collins Clerk to Durley Parish Council durleyparishcouncil@gmail.com

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

 

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Meeting on Tuesday 8th January, 2019 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. Cllr Charles (Chairman), Cllr Watts (Vice Chairperson), Cllr Pitter, Cllr Delmege, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins, District Councillor Miller and 2 parishioners were present.

 

Apologies were received from County/District Councillor Humby, District Councillor Mclean, Cllr Smith, Cllr Bartlett and Cllr Clegg. Kirstie Baines and Nick Apps also sent their apologies.

 

Cllr Pitter and the Clerk will arrange a Meeting to discuss the questions to go on the Survey Monkey Broadband Questionnaire. It is important to get these questions correct as Durley residents are on two different exchanges and some have better broadband access/speed than others. When the Survey is available it will be published so that residents are aware that it is ready to be completed.

 

Parking in the residential areas of the Sawmills is still causing problems for residents who live there. Durley Parish Council are liaising with Distrit Councillor Miller to see if WCC can put in any parking restrictions.

 

District Councillor Miller gave the WCC Report. He said that the Sports Centre building which will serve this area will commence in mid-March. Outline Planning Permission is being sought for the Station Approach regeneration in Winchester and funding has been secured for WCC to build more Council homes in Knowle. Funds have also been approved for the extension of the car parking facilities at the Jubilee Hall in Bishops Waltham.

 

Two residents attending reported some tyres which had been dumped in Durley Road recently. The Clerk will report this. The lay-by opposite the Church is a target for antisocial behaviour so the Police will be asked if they will monitor the situation when they visit Durley Recreation Ground car park during the evenings.

 

The WCC Draft Licensing Policy for Consultation and the WCC Draft Statement of Principles for Consultation were discussed and no additional comments were made.

 

Cllr Watts gave a Neighbourhood Watch Report informing Councillors scams pretending to be from the Inland Revenue and British Telecom are the most prolific ones at the moment.

 

There was no School Report, but the Clerk is still pursuing the Community Infrustructure Levy (CIL) to hopefully fund the School crossing and flashing lights.

 

Cllr Pitter reported the some pot holes have been filled in and more have been reported. Clerk reported that Calcot Lane will be closed on 10th January for bridge repairs. After a request from the Parish Council the kerb has been dropped outside of Beech Corner Garage so that anyone can get off the pavement easily. Once approval has been given by HCC the new Village Entry signs will be ordered.

 

Clerk has received half the cost of the new Hall floor from Lottery Funding, and secured some funding from an anonomous doner, Durley Entertainments Committee and a County Councillor Grant. Although there is a shortfall Councillors agreed that the floor should be ordered and replaced as soon as Hall bookings will allow. All regular hirers will need to be cancelled when the floor is replaced, but they will be notified once a date is agreed with the Contractor. If there is anyone else who would like to make a donation towards the Hall floor then please get in touch with the Clerk.

 

Cllr Watts reported that the repairs to the Pavilion veranda will be carried out as soon as help is available. The fencing alongside the swings in the play area at The Sawmills has been completed.

 

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleyparishcouncil@gmail.com (Please note the new Parish Council e-mail address)

 

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

 

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Meeting on Tuesday 11th December, 2018 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. 6 Parish Councillors, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins, County/District Councillor Humby, District Councillor Mclean and 3 parishioners were present.

 

Apologies were received from Cllr Smith and District Councillor Miller. Kirstie Baines and Nick Apps also sent their apologies.

 

Clerk said that she had received many enquiries from other parishes who have seen our Speed Indicator sign as they are interested in purchasing one for their parish. Cllr Delmege is continuing to collect data from the sign.

 

The grit bin outside of Durley Church has now been filled. Thanks were given to CC Humby for following this issue up for us.

 

Cllr Pitter reported that he and Andy Burton are compiling questions to put on a Survey Monkey Questionnaire so that this can be put onto the website. It is hoped that residents will complete the Survey so that we can receive opinions from residents on the current broadband situation in the village. It is hoped that the Survey will be available shortly.

 

A letter was written to the business units at Mill Court to ask if their employees could park more considerately as it is causing distress and problems for residents if they park in the residential parking spaces for the day. Clerk has received one response to date.

 

Cllr Delmege has purchased and decorated the Parish Council christmas tree to display in Durley Church over the weekend of 15th/16th December.

 

Cllr Charles and the Clerk attended the Parish Council Briefing in Winchester. Waste recycling – including a roadside glass collection commencing in mid-2019, grass maintenance contracts, precepts and planning were all topics of discussion.

 

The Winchester District Association of Parish Councils AGM was held in Whiteley and was attended by the Chairman and Clerk. Cllr Mike Evans was re-elected as Chairman. Speeding vehicles, enforcement and funding were also discussed.

 

CC/DC Humby reported that he had attended a Cabinet Meeting to discuss issues regarding Emergency Planning if there was a no deal Brexit. This was important in this area as we have Portsmouth and Southampton ports very close, and any traffic problems caused by lorries could affect the road network in this area. CC Humby also spoke about the Tourist Information Centre in Winchester and the fact that they have sold £50,000 of christmas cards this year. CC Humby also hosted a Meeting at HCC which looked at ways of making the A272 and A32 safer and less noisy. The naming of the HCC gritters has taken place.

 

DC Mclean informed Councillors about the work that Winacc are hoping to do by reducing the carbon footprint and reducing plastics etc. He also spoke about the proposals for the roadside glass collection which will commence next year.

 

Councillors viewed the WCC Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessments which were available on the WCC website. Clerk said that some residents were concerned at the amount of land owners who have put their land into the Assessment. CC Humby and DC Mclean explained how the process works and the Clerk said that she had sought clarification from WCC. She was assured that the sites identified in the SHELAA Assessment is purely a list of sites submitted to WCC for consideration through the local plan process. A site listed in the SHELAA has no formal status, it simply indicates that the land owner is willing to have the site considered further. At present we are at the very start of the Local Plan 2036 process and more technical research will be required to see how much additional land will be necessary for development. There are many more sites put forward than are likely to be needed. Councillors agreed that once it is known if there is a housing requirement in Durley we would need to assess the situation further.

 

Cllr Watts gave a Neighbourhood Watch Report informing Councillors that criminals are targetting parcels which have been left outside of properties over the Christmas period. Scams are also on the increase.

 

There was no School Report, but the Clerk said that she is hoping to apply for CIL Funding to help with the cost of the School Crossing in the New Year. Cllr Clegg presented Councillors with the posters which children had designed at School. Councillors were very impressed with the speed awareness signs and chose a winner. The winning poster will be laminated and displayed in the village.

 

Clerk reported that Bishops Waltham Parish Council were not successful in getting an HGV ban along Hoe Road.

 

Councillors were pleased that the Clerk has been successful in getting a Grant from the Lottery Fund towards the new Hall floor replacement. A County Councillor Grant will also be applied for to help with the cost. The bulbs donated in memory of John Sillence have now been planted in the Hall car park, on the entrances to the village and also some other locations around the village. As one of the solar panels is not working Councillors agreed that they would look at updating the panels. Cllr Pitter will look into various options.

 

The expenditure for 2019-20 was agreed and the Precept was set accordingly. The cheques were signed as agreed.

 

Cllr Watts reported that the repairs to the Pavilion veranda will be carried out after the Christmas period. The fencing alongside the swings in the play area at The Sawmills will be replaced shortly.

 

At the end of the Meeting the Chairman wished all the Councillors, Clerk and residents a Happy Christmas.

 

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleypc@homecall.co.uk

 

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

 

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Meeting on Tuesday 13th November, 2018 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. 5 Parish Councillors, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins, County/District Councillor Humby, District Councillor Mclean and 6 parishioners were present. Kirstie Baines was also in attendance.

 

Apologies were received from Cllr Smith, Cllr Pitter and District Councillor Miller.

 

Cllr Delmege reported that the speed indicator sign has been well received by residents and he gave statistics out at the Meeting showing peaks in the speed of traffic and the volume of traffic. The sign will be moved to various locations over the weeks. Kirstie said that the School children were trying to trigger the speed by running along the pavement.

 

Cllr Bartlett reported on the response from the business units regarding the seating on the Sawmills Green. There has been a positive response and it was agreed that plaques could be placed on seats donated by a business.

 

Cllr Pitter is putting together a flyer which will be circulated around the village and Andy Burton is putting an item on the village website to highlight the broadband situation in Durley.

 

Cllr Watts, Cllr Delmege and the Clerk have attended many Meetings over the past months to prepare for the WW1 Exibition on 11th November. Parish Council Minute books and other interesting items of a past generation were on display at the Hall, along with displays by Durley School children and other family items from residents in Durley. Many organisations within Durley pulled together to help with the commemoration day which ended with a village beacon being lit.

 

Cllr Delmege confirmed that the CAB will be visiting Durley Lunch Club on Thursday 29th November to inform residents about recent scams etc.

 

CC/DC Humby reported on the Decision Day at HCC. He said that Recycling Centres were going to make a £5 charge to non-residents, and householders will be able to register 3 vehicles to take to the Centres in future. Some street lighting will be switched off during 1.00 a.m. and 4.00 a.m. to save energy. School Crossing Patrols who do not fit the criteria will not be funded by HCC, although training and equipment will still be funded by HCC.

 

DC Mclean reported that a visit was made to Durley by the Director of Place from WCC. The Director’s name is Chas Bradfield. Cllr Charles asked why the Parish Council were not informed of the visit as he felt that the Parish should have been invited to attend.

 

A resident present asked about the grit bin outside of Durley Church which needs to be filled. She has reported this on several occasions, but it has still not been filled. CC Humby offered to follow this up.

 

Complaints are still being received from residents who live in The Sawmills about the parking by business workers. Clerk was asked to write to the business units and ask that they park more considerately especially in the residential area.

 

The Clerk read out a letter from residents who expressed their thanks for the work that the Parish Council had done on their behalf recently.

 

Cllr Charles and the Clerk reported on the recent Southern Parishes Meeting in Denmead. The main items which were discussed included the new logo, the Parish Charter, enforcement issues and speeding vehicles.

 

Kirstie Baines gave a School report which included the proposed crossing and flashing lights, the topics the children have been covering, a competition which was won enabling a banner to be presented to the School to hang outside.

 

Cllr Watts gave a Neighbourhood Watch Report stating that scams, thefts from vehicles and vehicle number plates being stolen appear to be the main crimes at the moment in the area.

 

Councillors are still pursuing a width and weight restriction through Durley and a ban on HGV vehicles through the village. Clerk will ask Bishops Waltham PC about a recent HGV ban in their parish that was mentioned by DC Mclean. It is hoped that there will be some news on the village entry signs soon.

 

The Clerk has applied for Lottery Funding towards the new Hall floor. The fencing at the back of the Hall needs replacing. The Clerk will ask for quotes.

 

The new replacement seat at Durley Recreation Ground has been installed. Cllr Watts reported on damage that was caused to the Recreation Ground during a firework display which was held without the permission of the Parish Council. This was an unauthorised event and Councillors were disappointed that rubbish was left on the Ground, bottles and cages which obviously held fireworks were also left. It was agreed that this sort of behaviour is unacceptable and residents should be made aware of this irresponsible behaviour and the damage that was caused to our Recreation Ground. Councillors thanked Durley Football Club members who had to walk over the Ground the following morning and pick up the rubbish before the Referee would allow the planned football match to take place. CC Humby suggested that the Clerk contact the Environmental Protection Officer at WCC for advice. If any residents have any information regarding the culprits then please get in touch with the Council – this will obviously be in confidence.

 

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleypc@homecall.co.uk

 

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

 

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Meeting on Tuesday 9th October, 2018 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. 6 Parish Councillors, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins, and 3 parishioners were present.

 

Apologies were received from Cllr Bartlett and County/District Councillor Humby.

 

Cllr Delmege reported that the speed indicator sign which has been sited in Durley Brook Road is working well and a sample of statistics gained were given at the Meeting. Positive feedback was received from residents and Parish Councillors.

 

Cllr Watts and the Clerk attended the WW1 Commemoration Meeting and reported that planning for the events in Durley are going well. It is hoped that many residents will attend the commemoration services at the Church and opposite the School, the Exhibition at Durley Memorial Hall (which was built in memory of those who fell during WW1), and the lighting of the beacon in the evening.

 

Cllr Pitter reported on the Broadband in Durley and said that an article has gone onto the website asking for residents to respond so that we know what community interest there is when deciding on a Community Funding bid. Residents are urged to respond, otherwise Parish Councillors have no idea of how satisfied you are with your current broadband speeds in Durley.

 

The Clerk reported that HCC have confirmed that the grit bin sited along Wintershill will be reinstated and re-levelled.

 

Cllr Charles and the Clerk attended a Planning Event along with other Parish Councils – issues discussed were Enforcement, the Review of the Planning Department at WCC and the future Local Plan.

 

The new seat to be sited at Durley Recreation Ground has arrived. It will be placed where the old wooden seat was sited.

 

There were no County or District Councillor Reports.

 

A letter was received from Royal Mail warning residents of scam mail. This will be put on the noticeboard. Cllr Smith suggested that perhaps the CAB would visit Durley Lunch Club and inform elderly residents of scam mail, e-mails, telephone calls etc. Cllr Delmege will ask CAB and get in touch with Edna Merritt.

 

Clerk has been looking at various Grants for the school crossing and flashing lights. The Blue Lamp Trust is used for charities and is not suitable, and the Lottery Grant is not available as the land which the project is sited on is not owned by the Parish Council, but HCC. Further Grant options will be investigated by Durley Parish Council and Durley Primary School.

 

Cllr Pitter gave a Highways Report stating that white road markings have been placed on various roads in Durley so that repair work can be carried out. Some fly tipping was reported. Clerk reminded Councillors that anyone is able to report fly tipping via the Winchester City Council website. Evidence will then be gathered and a “W” placed on the fly tip. It will then be collected by WCC after investigation. Prosecution will follow if possible.

 

A Neighbourhood Watch Report was given by Cllr Watts, along with the Notes of a recent PACT Meeting held in Bishops Waltham.

 

Clerk gave a financial report and said that the External Audit had been returned and was satisfactory. The first half of the 2018-19 Internal Audit has been completed and is also satisfactory.

 

Bulbs have been planted in the memorial garden and in areas around the Hall car park in memory of John Sillence, who was our Hall Caretaker for 14 years. The bulbs were donated from the Village Quiz evening by Durley Entertainments Committee.

 

Cllr Watts reported that the Recreation Ground is good at the moment and the step on the veranda will be repaired shortly. Cllr Charles offered to meet with Colin Watts to discuss the best materials to repair it with.

 

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleypc@homecall.co.uk

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

 

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Meeting on Tuesday 11th September, 2018 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. 6 Parish Councillors, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins, County/District Councillor Humby, District Councillor Mclean and 6 parishioners were present. A Planning Consultant and Kirstie Baines were also in attendance.

 

Apologies were received from Cllr Charles and District Councillor Miller.

 

Cllr Delmege reported that some of the posts have been made higher to attached the Speed Indicator sign. It is hoped that the other locations will be available soon to put up the sign. Ian Medd and Andy Burton are working on the village entry signs.

 

Cllr Bartlett showed Councillors the design of picnic benches which have been installed in Bishops Waltham recently which would be easy to maintain. A further report will be given at the next Meeting on the progress of gaining funding.

 

Clerk reported that the Forestry Commission are still waiting for a response from Defra regarding the replanting of the trees in Church Copse, Greenwood Lane. This will be chased up again. The fly tipping has been removed by Winchester City Council.

 

After investigation by HCC and Southern Water it has been confirmed that the sinking of the road in Heathen Street is not a water leak from a Southern Water pipe. Therefore funding will need to be secured from HCC to carry out major repair works under the highway. Until the funding is in place HCC Highways will continue to carry out maintenance as and when the road sinks. Councillors were not happy that this problem has been ongoing for some years as we were informed then that running sand under the road was the probable cause of the problem. CC Humby will see what he can do to achieve a satisfactory outcome.

 

Cllr Delmege has walked some of the Durley footpaths and letters will be written to those land owners who need to be informed of issues which require their attention. It would be helpful if land owners could check their footpaths and make sure that they are accessible and that stiles are in good condition.

 

Cllr Watts and the Clerk attended the WW1 commemoration Meeting and reported that planning for the events in Durley are going well.

 

Cllr Pitter reported on the Broadband in Durley and he said that although fibre broadband is now reaching some of the cabinets it is not going into the properties. He is looking into a Community Funded Scheme, but will need to know what interest there is. An article is going to put on the website so that we can see what interest there is.

 

Clerk read out a response from George Hollingbery MP regarding planning on our parish boundary. He states that he fully understands the frustration of Durley residents and Durley Parish Council regarding the large amount of planning proposed on our parish boundary. He has written objections to EBC.

 

CC Humby gave a County Council Report stating that he has attended many Meetings, and apologised for not being able to attend the Durley Meetings as frequently as he would like. CC Humby heard complaints from the Parish Council and residents regarding the recent road closure in Durley Brook Road. He said that there was a lack of communication and he would see what could be done in future to inform Parish Councils and residents. He also now sits on the Board of Governors for the NHS Trust.

 

A District Councillor’s Report was given by Cllr Mclean. He went through the Meetings that he had attended, which included Overview and Scrutiny, Health Service, Planning – including site Meetings. He also informed Councillors about the recent Boom Town Event and how impressive the security arrangements were.

 

An order for a new seat at Durley Recreation Ground has been placed and it is hoped that it will arrive on 1st October.

 

A quote was read out, and discussed for the school crossing and flashing lights in Durley Brook Road. It is hoped that a Grant can be applied for from CC Humby and the School and Parish Council will apply for Grants to cover the remainder of the cost involved.

 

A School Report was given by Kirstie Baines, who reported that the School had received their recent Offstead Inspection Report which was rated Good. However, the School has been put forward for a Section 5 Inspection which might change the rate from Good to Outstanding. Councillors praised the School for their success and hope that they achieved an Outstanding rating in the future. Kirstie said that there has been no flooding throughout the summer – mainly due to the dry weather, but also because the brook has been cleared out, which should also help.

 

A Neighbourhood Watch Report was given by Cllr Watts. She informed Councillors that warnings are still being given out about scam e-mails, cold calling, suspicious calls etc. The next PACT Meeting will be on 27.9.18 – which Cllr Watts will attend. It was pointed out that the Police number is out of date in the Parish Magazine so this will need to be changed to 101.

 

A Highways Report was given by Cllr Pitter. Pot holes have been reported and new ones will be reported. A concern about a tree in Snakemoor Lane has been inspected by HCC and deemed to be safe. Kistie asked if the weeds along Durley Brook Road could be removed. CC Humby said that weeds are only cleared once a year now, but the Clerk was asked to report it and he will see what can be done.

 

Clerk reported that Donna Shorney has now taken over the role of Hall Caretaker. The under-stage area has now been cleared at the Hall.

 

Cllr Watts reported that the Recreation Ground has had some weed and feed applied.

 

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleypc@homecall.co.uk

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

Durley Parish Council held its Monthly Meeting on Tuesday 14th August, 2018 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. 5 Parish Councillors, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins, District Councillor Miller and 4 parishioners were present.

Apologies were received from Cllr Bartlett, Cllr Clegg, County/District Councillor Humby and District Councillor Mclean.

At the start of the Meeting Cllr Charles announced the sad death of our Memorial Hall Caretaker – John Sillence. John has been looking after the Hall for the last 14 years. A minute’s silence was held in John’s memory.

Cllr Delmege reported that he is waiting for HCC to come and higher the posts to site the Speed Indicator sign. The work was scheduled in for June/July. As the work has now been passed onto a Contractor Councillors asked that the Clerk contact CC Humby to try and pursue the matter so that the sign can be sited. The Clerk will also contact Ian Medd regarding the design for the village entry signs.

The replanting of the trees in Church Copse has not taken place and the Clerk has asked the Forestry Commission for details of when the inspection is to take place before legal action can be taken. No response has been received so Clerk was asked to write again and copy in other Officers. This issue has been going on for a long time and enforcement action should be taken to make sure that re-planting takes place.

Cllr Delmege attended the Meon Valley Home Start AGM and said that the Meon Valley section is now merging into the Hampshire Home Start. The AGM was well attended and many employees and volunteers were thanked for their hard work at Meon Valley Home Start.

Cllr Delmege has carried out some footpath inspections and Councillors agreed that landowners who have a footpath going through their land should keep it clear of brambles and vegetation. The vegetation is growing fast at the moment and needs to be kept down. Some stiles are in need of replacement as they are difficult to negotiate over so the landowners will be asked if they will replace or refurbish appropriate stiles to make them more accessible.

Cllr Watts reported on the WW1 commemorations. The Exhibition at Durley Memorial Hall is taking shape and a decision has yet to be made on the siting of the village beacon. Services of commemoration will be held at Durley Church and in the memorial garden opposite Durley Primary School. A note has gone into the Parish Magazine so that residents are aware of the weekend.

A District Councillor’s Report was given by Cllr Miller. He gave some information about the Eastleigh Borough Council Local Plan and the response from Winchester City Council, an update on the Sports Centre in Winchester and answered questions from residents and Parish Councillors.

Cllr Pitter updated Parish Councillors on the fibre broadband to properties in Durley. He is waiting for further information from BT and Openreach as the problem appears to be getting the fibre via overhead cables to properties. He hopes to have a further update for the next Meeting.

A Neighbourhood Watch Report was given by Cllr Watts who said that the main issues have been cold calling and break-ins, but not in Durley. There is an Older Driver Awareness Course being held locally. All information will be put on the Parish Council website for residents to view.

A Highways Report was given by Cllr Pitter. Some road defects have been repaired in Sciviers Lane, but he will go round the village and report other problems. The double yellow lines have been worked well after checking throughout the month. Tipper trucks going through the village have increased and the Clerk will write to one Company that appears to be travelling through the village very often. The trees will be cut back which over-hang the “unsuitable for hgv” signs at Wintershill.

Cllr Charles has now received 3 quotes for the Hall floor. Clerk will look into various Grants that we might be able to apply for to help towards the cost involved. The under-stage and on-stage areas will be cleared out shortly.

Clerk said that there was another Planning Application for 375 houses on our boundary on land north and east of Winchester Street, Botley. Parish Councillors agreed that a letter should be written to George Hollingbery MP stating that Durley residents are getting very frustrated with planning applications on the Eastleigh Borough Council boundary of our parish which are suffocating our small village.

Clerk reported that both Appeals against the Enforcement Notices on land adjacent to Berkeley Farm, Durley Street have been allowed by the Inspector.

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleypc@homecall.co.uk

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

 

Durley Parish Council held its Monthly Meeting on Tuesday 10th July, 2018 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. 7 Parish Councillors, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins, District Councillor Miller and 1 parishioner were present.

Apologies were received from County/District Councillor Humby and District Councillor Mclean.

Cllr Delmege reported that he is waiting for HCC to come and higher the posts to site the Speed Indicator sign. He carried out a test on the equipment and gave Parish Councillors a demonstration of the results which he had gathered. It is anticipated that the signs will be up and running shortly.

Cllr Miller asked if the double yellow lines were working as he could arrange for enforcement to take place if illegal parking was still taking place. Councillors agreed that the double yellow lines are working effectively at the moment. If there are any problems then they will be reported to DC Miller. DC Miller also updated Councillors on large planning applications within the Winchester District.

Cllr Bartlett is going to visit the business units to discuss a contribution towards seating on The Green at The Sawmills. Hopefully this will be carried out within the next week or two.

Cllr Charles and the Clerk attended a Southern Parishes Meeting in Bishops Waltham. After giving a brief report of the Meeting Councillors were asked if they would like addtional hours for a Parish Lengthsman and/or ACSO as Bishops Waltham PC were reviewing their staffing for these roles and could appoint a further person if the need was there from other parishes.

Heathen Street has been repaired again, but Councillors are not happy that major work has not been carried out to resolve this long-standing problem of running sand under the road. A survey is being carried out by HCC and it is hoped that once the results are known some form of permanent repairs will be undertaken so that the road does not keep sinking.

Clerk reported that an Inspection has not yet been carried out by the Forestry Commission at Church Copse, Greenwood Lane. The Parish Council has been informed that this will be done shortly.

Councillors discussed the Consultation carried out by HCC on proposals to change street lighting, supporting transport services and concessionary travel scheme. It is hoped that residents will respond to this Consultation, especially those who use the bus services through the village. Councillors agreed that savings do need to be made and that a minimal charge for the bus services is acceptable.

Cllr Delmege will attend the Home-Start Meon Valley AGM on Wednesday 18th July in Wickham on behalf of the Parish Council.

Cllr Watts gave a Neighbourhood Watch Report. Thefts from vehicles and bike thefts were frequent at the moment and residents were given information on how to protect their property when they go away. This information will be placed on the website for residents to view.

A School Report was given by Nick Apps and he updated Councillors on the Offsted Inspection, the School track, the brook clearance to ease flooding, and the flashing lights.

Pot holes have been reported around the village by Cllr Pitter. About half have been repaired and it is hoped that more will be repaired.

The Clerk gave a Financial Report and Councillors agreed a donation towards the churchyard maintenance for the year 2018-19.

A Hall Report was given by Cllr Smith. The Meeting was held on 4th July and items discussed included, the replacement Hall flooring, clear-out of understage area, kitchen curtains, caretaking and other minor repairs.

Cllr Watts said that the painting of the Pavilion has now been completed. The 3 ash trees have been pollarded and the baby swing needs to be replaced as it is obvious that adults have been using it.

The Chairman closed the Meeting at 9.25 p.m.

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleypc@homecall.co.uk

Durley Parish Council held its Monthly Meeting on Tuesday 12th June, 2018 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. 7 Parish Councillors, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins, District Councillor Mclean and 6 parishioners were present. The Agent for Imperial Homes also attended to present his plans to Parish Councillors. Kirstie Baines (Headteacher) was also in attendance.

Apologies were received from County/District Councillor Humby and District Councillor Miller.

Councillors approved the Updated Model Standing Orders to reflect the new GDPR Regulations, The Privacy Policy, The Retention of Documents and Records Policy and the Data Protection Policy.

Cllr Delmege reported that the Speed Indicator sign has arrived and payment was agreed for the posts to install the sign. Locations have been agreed with HCC and Insurance has been sorted out by the Clerk. It is hoped that the sign will be installed shortly.

Clerk said that she has received many phone calls to the Parish Council from residents, and drivers who go through Durley saying how pleased they are that the double yellow lines are now in place and how much safter it is at Beech Corner and coming out of Manor Road. Councillors are encouraging residents to report any regular vehicle owners who choose to ignore the double yellow lines. It is important that we enforce the parking so that these areas stay safe. Councillors are pleased that after many years of campaigning our hard work has paid off.

Cllr Watts, Cllr Delmege and the Clerk attended a Meeting along with School representatives, the PCC and a representative from Durley History Society. On Sunday 11th November we hope to commemorate those who lose their lives in the First World War by holding our usual Service of Rememberance at Durley Church and in the Memorial Garden (opposite the School) and then we will hold an Exhibition at Durley Memorial Hall (which was built in memory of those who fought). At the Exhibition residents will be invited to visit and look at work completed by Durley School children, old Parish Council records, Durley History Society information and enjoy a cup of tea and peice of cake. At 7.00 p.m. a village beacon will be lit at a location yet to be decided. It is hoped that this will be a village event which residents will be able to commemorate those residents from Durley who we lost in the First World War.

Cllr Bartlett has been visiting businesses in The Sawmills to see if they would contribute towards some seating and tables on the Village Green. It is hoped that this will not only provide a village facility for all to enjoy, but also give the business unit workers somewhere to eat their lunch during the summer months if they wish.

Cllr Watts and the Clerk attended the Southern Parishes Meeting where the main issues for discussion were Community Speedwatch, Parish Charter and additional hours for a Parish Lengthsman.

District Councillor Mclean gave a District Councillors Report. He stated that he is back on the Planning Committee, and also on the Standards Committee, Overview and Scrutiny and the Licencing Committee at Winchester City Council. DC Mclean updated Councillors on the progress of the Sports Centre in Winchester and also said that he was pleased that the double yellow lines have finally been installed in Durley.

During the public participation session Councillors were asked if there was any update on the enforcement of the re-planting of the trees in Church Copse. As no further information has been received the Clerk will investigate what action is being taken now that the timescale for re-planting has expired. A potential resident was also present who asked about any future plans in Durley for additional planning. Councillors responded saying that in the present Plan there is no development for Durley on a large scale, but plans do change all the time so they would not be able to say what the future holds.

The Planning Appeal for the Unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller Site on land adjacent to Berkeley Farm is being held on 13th June and Cllr Charles, Cllr Pitter and the Clerk will be attending.

A request was received from the ADD Group (Action against Destructive Development) asking if Durley residents would like to make donations towards the fighting fund. This will be used to fight the Eastleigh plans on our boundary. It was agreed that the Clerk will put information on the website so that residents can make a donation if they wish.

An e-mail was read out from WCC regarding the lack of grass cutting this year. It stated that the current programme is based on 9 cuts per year and due to the weather conditions grass in some areas is getting higher than expected before it is cut. It was agreed that the Clerk would ask if Millway could be cut as it is very long, and also the verges, as some entrances are dangerous because drivers cannot see through the long grass.

Kirstie Baines attended the Meeting and gave a School Report. The main items which were included were the Walk to School Week, The Bear Hunt – which 80 families are taking part, discussions with the Strategic Development Officer regarding school numbers, new schools in the area, and the School Budget. Councillors offered their support where they can and are happy to write letters, e-mails etc. if it is helpful.

Cllr Watts gave a Neighbourhood Watch Report stating that there has been some thefts in the Bishops Waltham area but non in Durley. Residents were reminded that they should keep sheds locked and bikes should be locked up in the hot weather. Windows and doors should also be locked as some thefts are during the day time when the owner is in the garden. It is also advised to give your neighbour a key when you go away so that they can check on your home.

Cllr Pitter is taking a tour around the village checking all the potholes and then reporting them to HCC for appropriate action. The road subsidence in Heathen Street is still a big concern as the major work has still not been carried out yet. The Clerk will chase this up as the road is sinking again.

The Clerk gave a Financial Report and the invoice for the village entry signs was agreed.

Cllr Charles is meeting with a specialist to discuss the Hall floor replacement and to obtain a further quote. Clerk said that the Hall Caretaker is still unwell and Donna Shorney is doing a good job of covering for him. Councillors send their best wishes.

Cllr Watts said that the painting in the Pavilion is almost completed and the multi-surface equipment is being re-painted at the moment. Dog walkers were seen on the Recreation Ground without keeping their dog on a lead. Everyone is reminded that dog owners must be responsible for keeping their dogs on a lead and picking up after them.

Robin Reay from Luken Beck attended the Meeting and showed Councillors plans which have been drawn up for 2 dwellings on land in front of Quob Stables, Durley Brook Road. Councillors made no comments, but will make any comments when a formal Planning Application is received.

The Chairman closed the Meeting at 9.55 p.m.

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleypc@homecall.co.uk