THE MINUTES OF THE MONTHLY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY 12th MARCH, 2019 IN THE KEN STAINER SUITE AT DURLEY MEMORIAL HALL, DURLEY AT 7.30 p.m.
7 Parish Councillors, the Clerk (Mrs Anne Collins), County/District Councillor Humby and 3 parishioners were present.
- APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: Apologies were received from District Councillor Mclean, District
Councillor Miller, Kirstie Baines and Nick Apps.
- ANY DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST UNDER THE CODE OF CONDUCT. There were no
Declarations of Interest made.
- THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 12th FEBRUARY, 2019 WERE CONFIRMED AND
SIGNED AS A CORRECT RECORD.
- MATTERS ARISING:
(a) Table/Seat for The Sawmills Green and report on approach to businesses – Cllr Bartlett reported that a table and bench set will be donated by Solent Design. Councillors appreciated this offer from Martin Reynolds and once the bench/table is installed we will put something in the Parish Magazine. It is hoped that other businesses will make a donation. Durley Parish Council will also purchase a bench/seat for the green.
(b) Report on Church Copse. There has been some planting on the site, however prosecution will still be available if compliance is not adhered to. Durley Parish Council was thanked for all their support and hard work in getting this issue to a satisfactory conclusion by residents attending the Meeting.
(c) Parking in the Sawmills – suggestions from Simon Finch, WCC. Clerk read out the e-mail response from Simon and it was agreed that a letter to residents living in The Sawmills outlining the options that we have available might be the best way forward. It was also suggested that a letter be written to the PCC asking if they would consider making some additional parking spaces where there is currently rubble just outside of the kitchen.
(d) Report on Planning Forum at Winchester on 5.3.19 – Cllr Charles/Clerk attended the Forum and they informed Councillors that Planning Enforcement issues, especially illegal traveller sites was a problem in many parishes. WCC Officers said that Enforcement Officers were difficult to recruit and retain. The Parish Charter was also discussed.
(e) Update on erosion of verges in Durley. After the Parish Council response to a Planning Application the applicant had responded stating that he would speak to his tractor drivers about the speed of their tractors, but also said that there are other drivers who drive at speed. The applicant also reassured Parish Councillors that the manure coming onto the site would cease once the cattle have all moved to the Farm in Durley.
(f) Complaint against HCC regarding hedge in Parsonage Lane. Clerk referred the complaint after last month’s Meeting to HCC Highways and the response was read out to Councillors. Councillors agreed that information will be given to CC Humby and he will speak to HCC about the best way forward to resolve this issue. Clerk will inform the complainant that as there is no access at this point it would set a precedent for the future if we allow an access to be made.
(g) HCC Highways Meeting (13.3.19). Cllr Delmege offered to attend as Cllr Pitter was not able to go along.
(h) WCC Local Plan Meeting (13.3.19). Cllr Charles and the Clerk are attending.
(i) Cllr Watts said that the bus stop sign is still down along Durley Street. Cllr Smith has reported this and will chase up.
(j) Cllr Delmege said that the Curdridge mini bus is available for sale. Cllr Charles will speak to the Curdridge Chairman and find out more information as it might be useful for some of the smaller parishes to get together if they wish to use a mini bus for their residents.
- COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT: CC Humby went into detail about the Budget Setting 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 in the Bishops Waltham Depot. The HCC Workshop is on 13th March in Winchester. Cllr Smith asked about the pavement repairs in Parsonage Lane to Whitegates. Cllr Smith will send on the photographs and information she has sent to WCC to the Clerk so that it can be forwarded onto CC Humby to follow up.
- DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ REPORTS: DC Humby reported that a Full Council had approved the Budget and the Gypsy and Traveller Paper has gone through.
- PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ITEMS BY INVITATION OF THE CHAIRMAN.
A resident asked about the office development in Church Lane, along with the new tarmac driveway.
Clerk will refer this to the Enforcement Officer, although there is planning permission for an office development on the site which was passed some years ago.
(a) Winchester Strategic Assessment Plan – sent via e-mail. This was noted.
(b) Fly-tipping in River Hamble – Calcot Lane. Clerk said that she had received photographs from a
resident showing the fly-tipping which had been thrown in the river. The Environment Agency was informed and investigation officers attended. The fly-tipping has now been removed. Councillors agreed that this is disgraceful behaviour and hope that a prosecution will follow.
(c) Response regarding salt bin alongside Wintershill. Clerk reported that HCC Highways will
relocate the salt bin onto more level ground.
(d) Election Nomination forms are available from the Clerk. The Election has been advertised on
the noticeboards and in the Parish Magazine. Clerk will be taking the Durley and Upham Nominations up to Winchester on 1st April so needs the Forms returned to her by 31st March.
- SCHOOL REPORT: There was no School Report. Clerk said that there was no update on the CIL Funding for the School crossing as the Meeting is in April.
- NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH REPORT: Cllr Watts informed Councillors that vehicle and motorbike theft is on the rise, along with numberplates and hub cap being stolen. Keeping your possessions safe and making sure that your property is checked whilst you are away is advised.
- HIGHWAYS REPORT: Cllr Pitter reported that some of the roads and lanes in Durley are going to be surfaced dressed. Village Entry signs update – Clerk said that she had not received any update. The pot hole outside of White Owl Cottage, Parsonage Lane has still not been repaired. Cllr Pitter will report this again. Parking on the double yellow lines outside of The Robin Hood and Beech Corner Garage has been good, but a few cars are starting to park there again. Clerk was asked to write to The Robin Hood and the Garage to inform them that we will enforce and report any regular offenders.
- FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS: Councillors agreed invoices presented by the Clerk and signed cheques as agreed.
- HALL: Hall Meeting Report held on 6.3.19 – Cllr Smith reported that a new foyer mat will be purchased and laid when the floor is laid, quotes will be sought for the carpentry work required and the crowning of the tree in the Hall car park. Hall floor – update on funding. Clerk said that she has received no other funding, Bovis Homes have responded with no contribution, and it is hoped that we will hear soon from BW Rotary Club. Information and cost of Tesla system – Cllr Pitter said that after looking at the figures it appears that this will not be viable at the moment. The system will only work on 1 phase and the Hall is on a 3 phase system. Appointment of permanent Hall Caretaker – Clerk reported that Donna Shorney has now been appointed on a permanent basis and added to the SGW Payroll for monthly payment. The bulbs planted around the village and in the Hall car park in memory of John have flowered and Jose has purchased a plaque that will be placed in the Hall garden on 21st March.
- RECREATION GROUND: Cllr Watts reported that everything was running smoothly. There was no update on repairs to veranda outside of Pavilion. Cllr Smith asked if signs could be put up at The Sawmills stating that dogs should be on a lead on the Village Green. Clerk will order 2 signs.
19/00117/FUL. Mr and Mrs Ross. Use of land for the siting of three detached holiday let barns. Hunters Moon, Durley Street, Durley. Additional information received. Clerk said that Mr Ross has informed her that they are lowering the roof height of the barns to 45% pitch, and the Environment Agency has made suggestions about the siting to help with the drainage. Mr Ross also confirmed that the stream does not dry up in the summer months at this particular part of the stream, however it does sometimes dry up lower down the stream. Councillors were pleased that notice was taken of the Parish Council comments.
19/00116/HOU. Mr Hammal. Demolition of existing single storey extension, construction of two storey extension. Channels Farm, Gregory Lane, Durley. GRANTED.
19/00273/LIS. Ms Lindsay Cox of Estera Trust (Jersey) Ltd. Internal alterations including reinstatement of removed structural elements; reinstatement of removed fixtures and fittings in two first floor bathrooms; improvements to fire protection and means of escape through installation of a new ground floor partition wall and door. Stapleford Farm House, Stapleford Lane, Durley. Councillors had no objection to this application.
19/00221/HOU. Mr Edwards. Retention and conversion of the existing C3 dwellinghouse to use as a garage and residential annex, associated with the dwelling approved under planning permission 15/01869/FUL. Councillors agreed that an objection would be made as this dwelling was previously not suitable to be developed and now that a much larger replacement dwelling has been built it was considered that the Condition imposed to take down the original dwelling and close the original access should be complied with. Councillors agreed that if this application was approved it could have the potential for an additional dwelling in the countryside for which there is no justification.
19/00363/FUL. Mr Gosney. The erection of a general purpose agricultural storage barn. Broom Farm, Kytes Lane, Durley. Councillors had no objection to this application.
Councillors were reminded that our next Parish Council Meeting will be on Tuesday 9th April and will commence at the earlier time of 6.30 p.m. then followed by the Annual Parish Assembly at 7.30 p.m.
- THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS THE CHAIRMAN DECLARED THE MEETING CLOSED AT