|DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL|
ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017
Sam Charles (Chairman & Hall Committee)
34 Provene Gardens, Waltham Chase SO32 2LE
Anita Watts (Vice Chairman, Recreation Ground Chairman)
Rosedene, Durley Street, Durley SO32 2AA
Kerry Pitter (Highways Officer, Hall Committee & Transport Representative)
Green Pastures, Sciviers Lane, Durley
Lynnor, Durley Brook Road, Durley SO32 2AR
Marie Smith (Hall Chairperson)
39 The Sawmills, Durley SO32 2EH
Steve Delmege (Footpaths Officer)
Waterside, Durley Brook Road, Durley SO32 2AR
Vivien Bartlett (Hall Vice Chairperson)
Wayside, The Drove, Manor Road, Durley
Hangar Nurseries, Thompsons Lane, Owslebury SO21 1JH
13 Garfield Close, Bishops Waltham SO32 1AQ
23 Morley Drive, Bishops Waltham SO32 1RX
Hangar Nurseries, Thompsons Lane, Owslebury SO21 1JH
Chairman’s Report by
Councillor Sam Charles
As presented at the Annual Parish Assembly on Tuesday 4th April, 2017
The Chairman – Cllr Sam Charles started his Report by thanking fellow Councillors, County Councillor Rob Humby, District Councillors Rob Humby, Steve Miller , David Mclean and the Clerk – Anne Collins for all their hard work over the past year on behalf of Durley. Durley Parish Council has been very active this year in trying to implement some of the issues raised within the Durley Parish Plan. With the help of Andy Burton we now have a Village website up and running which is used by all the Durley community, including the Parish Council, School, Church and other orgainsations. The turning area at The Durley Sawmills is now completed and ownership has been taken over by Durley Parish Council. It is hoped that during the next few months the HCC part of the road will be adopted and signs and line markings will be put onto the road.
Many Planning Applications have been discussed by Parish Councillors over the year and some have caused objections from residents. The Boorley Green development is going ahead and homes are being built. This development has changed the landscape in this area just outside of Durley and residents are concerned about the increase in traffic through the village.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AND POLICING IN DURLEY
Our Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for Durley – Linda Summers has now left the village and was thanked by Councillors for all her hard work over the many years she has held this position. At the present time there are not many Meetings and no further offers of help have been forthcoming. Cllr Watts is now the main Co-ordinator for Durley and attends the PACT Meetings as and when they occur with Cllr Farr.
DURLEY PARISH PLAN
The Parish Plan Steering Group chaired by Sam Charles has been working towards fulfilling some of the issues which were highlighted by residents in the Questionnaire. The website is now up and running. The lay-by outside of Durley Primary School to be used as a drop-off point for children to walk through a gate and into the School has been completed. Double yellow lines have been requested for Beech Corner and at the end of Manor Road to stop parking on the junctions. These particular areas have become very dangerous and there has been accidents in which drivers are getting injured. The Good Neighbours Group is working well and helping any resident who needs assistance. The Group are working on village entry signs for the village and trying to find ways of reducing the speed of traffic going through the village. Flooding was also a big concern in the village – especially at Beech Corner where properties regularly flood when we have a heavy rainfall. CC Humby has worked with HCC Highways and DPC to try and resolve this issue. Ditches have been dug and a pipe installed under the road to try and take the additional water.
During the year Durley Parish Council has employed the services of a Parish Lengthsman (Peter) who is usually in Durley on a Wednesday afternoon. Peter can be seen around the village digging out ditches, culverts and drains to try and help stop flooding. He also picks up litter and cleans signs as well as providing general maintenance around the village to improve the appearance of Durley. During the year Durley and Upham have joined the HCC Parish Lengthsman Scheme and Durley are employing Shawn to carry out maintenance on our footpaths in Durley and other areas that need attention.
Hall Chairman’s Report
As presented by Cllr Marie Smith (Hall Committee Chairman)
Cllr Smith reported that the Hall is running well and continues to be the central point in the village for village events and family celebrations. Regular hirers are using the Hall during the week for keep fit classes, yoga, tea dancing, lunch club, table tennis and short mat tennis, line dancing, tap dancing, martial arts, karate, salsa dancing and whist.
This year the Hall foyer and kitchen areas have been re-painted and the floors re-tiled. This enhances the entrance to the Hall and makes it much easier to keep clean.
As the present textile bin is so well used it was agreed to have a further bin, which is to be used to raise funds for Breast Cancer and some money will go to the Hall. New small tables and a trolley to hold them in have been purchased so that hirers can move the tables around the Hall easily. This also saves on storage space. The older tables have been donated to Durley Church for use at the Church Fete. However, if additional tables are needed for a village event then they can be borrowed.
Cllr Smith thanked all those on the Hall Management Committee for their help throughout the year. Donna Shorney is now helping John with the Hall cleaning which works well.
As presented by Cllr Kerry Pitter (Highways Officer)
Cllr Pitter gave a Highways Report. He said that many pot holes have been reported to HCC via the website and photographs have been taken. These have been repaired fairly quickly. The hole in Heathen Street keeps appearing and is dangerous, but as the cause is running sand underneath the road, this is going to be a major repair. DPC are pleased that the work at Beech Corner to ease the flooding has been carried out as this has caused major distress for residents in this area of the village. Double line markings are still being pursued at Beech Corner and at the end of Manor Road, which needs to be done before there is a major accident. Many requests have been put into WCC for the lines to be put down.
If there are any pot holes, or highways problems which need attention they can be reported to Hampshire Highways direct on email@example.com, or by telephoning Cllr Pitter on 01489 860787. Alternatively the Clerk can always be contacted.
Durley Parish Council can be contacted via the Clerk, website address: www.durleyvillage.com
Mrs. Anne Collins,
Clerk to Durley Parish Council,
“Homefield”, Kytes Lane,
Hampshire. SO32 2AE
Telephone: 01489 860236 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
for the year ending 31ST MARCH, 2017
As presented by the Clerk (RFO), Mrs Anne Collins
Finance b/f from 2015/16 57,794.55
V.A.T. refund 1,700.86
Recreation Ground rental 385.00
Bank interest 25.34
Hall hire 14,091.66
Electricity wayleave 67.09
Solar panel payments 1,801.94
HCC Parish Lengthsman Scheme 2,200.00
Recreation Ground and Sawmills 2,547.27
General Administration 19,650.50
Memorial Hall 17,413.62
Public lighting 44.22
This balance is represented by:
Current Account 24,526.51
Tracker Account 712.99
Hall Account 1,734.50
Lloyds Account 25,187.44
HCC Parish Lengthsman 10.00
TOTAL TO C/F 52,171.44