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.
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.
Clerk to Durley Parish Council