DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

 

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic Durley Parish Council are not able to hold face to face Meetings, but have been meeting virtually.  We have been carrying out business as normal where possible, but some issues have had to be put on hold for the time being.

 

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Parish Council Meetings on Tuesday 14th April and Tuesday 12th May, 2020.  Cllr Delmege (Chairman) chaired the Meeting.  Also in attendance were Cllr Childs, Cllr Watts, Cllr Rutherford, Cllr Miller, Cllr Brenchley, Cllr Rappini and the Clerk (Mrs Anne Collins).  Our County and District Councillors were not involved in the Meetings, but have been sending Updates and e-mails throughout the emergency.

 

The Public Broadband Meeting due to be held in Durley on 15th May had to postponed and a new date has not been agreed yet.  A Site visit was needed to assess where a new peice of play equipment could be sited at the Recreation Ground and Sawmills, but this has had to be postponed for the time being until restrictions are lifted.

 

The main WW2 Commemorations in Durley were postponed from 8th/9th/10th May to a date later in the year – to be confirmed.  Although it was great to see so many flags and bunting out during the actual commemoration date.

 

The Clerk has been notifed that the School Crossing Project will commence on Monday 18th May and it is hoped that this will be completed during this lockdown period.

 

Durley Parish Council has been in contact with all its vulnerable residents who are listed in the Durley Emergency Plan and many residents have offered help to residents who need assistance.  There has been a good community spirit in Durley and we have followed up any requests for help and assistance as they occur.

 

The Coronavirus Bill was passed and this enabled Parish Councils to hold Meetings in a different way, extend the Audit timescales and also cancel Elections for this year.

Any useful information for residents has been posted on the village noticeboards and website as when when received.

 

Both play areas have been closed during this emergency as directed by central Government, but the footpaths remain open, along with the Recreation Ground.  Social distancing measures still apply and we ask that footpath walkers respect the rules of the countryside – especially keeping dogs under control as this is causing some problems on some footpaths.  Goslings and chickens have been killed and animal chased so please keep your dogs on a lead when out walking.

 

Durley Memorial Hall has been closed during April and May and we are not sure when we will re-open.  We are waiting for further guidance on how and when we can open in some way.  The 100 years commemorations of the Hall will not be held on Saturday 5th September as we have postponed the event so that the Church Fete could be re-arranged on this date.  Once restrictions are lifted and social gatherings can resume again, the Hall Committee will arrange another date to hold the commemorations.

 

Residents are asked to be wary of scams either by telephone, letter, e-mails as these are on the increase at the moment.

 

Clerk reported that the Internal Audit has been completed and the External Audit is now ready to send off.  Financial Reports were given for April and May.

 

A Planning Application for 6 houses in Durley Street was discussed and it was agreed that an Objection would be made as under the current Winchester Local Plan Durley has no housing allocation and in the Durley Parish Plan the majority of residents did not wish to see further development in Durley.  Councillors also agreed that this particular site was not considered as in-filling, and at least 3 Planning Applications on smaller sites have been refused in Durley which were more suitable, and were smaller sites.  Councillors agreed that once the future housing allocations were known in the new proposed Winchester District Local Plan, Durley Parish Council would like to be able to consult with their residents to see where residents would like the housing.  The housing in Durley should be led by Durley residents rather than developer led.

 

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleyparishcouncil@gmail.com

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 10th March, 2020 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. Cllr Delmege (Chairman) chaired the Meeting. Also in attendance were Cllr Childs, Cllr Watts, Cllr Rutherford, Cllr Miller, Cllr Brenchley, Cllr Rappini, the Clerk (Mrs Anne Collins), and 1 parishioner.

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

Cllr Delemege showed Councillors statistics relating to the speed of vehicles in and out of The Sawmills which were triggered by the SID sign. Once more statistics have been taken residents in the development will be given a copy. Sites to locate the SID sign in Parsonage Lane and Durley Street are still being investigated.

A Public Broadband Meeting has been arranged for Friday 15th May, 2020 at 6.30 p.m. in Durley Memorial Hall. The Hampshire Broadband Team are coming along to answer questions from residents regarding their broadband. County Councillor Humby is also attending. It is hoped that many residents will attend as this might be our only opportunity to ask the Broadband Team direct about broadband in Durley.

Councillors discussed the ideas for play equipment which were suggested by youngsters and are in the processing of sourcing some of the funding. A Meeting will be arranged with a play specialist to view equipment.

The Debrillator which has been sited inside Durley Primary School will shortly be sited on the outside wall. The Clerk is hopeful that the School Crossing Project will soon be started outside Quob Stables. A definite date has not been given yet.

Cllr Delmege and the Clerk gave a Report on the WW2 commemorations which will be taking place in Durley on the 8th/9th and 10th May. Further details will be distributed to every household in Durley. Clerk has applied to WCC for a small Grant towards the costings for this Event.

A resident present complained to Councillors about the mud on the road in Manor Road. The Clerk has contacted HCC, but there is little they can do. The resident was asked to write to HCC with his complaint and ask for their help in resolving this problem along with a maintenance issue which was raised.

DC Mclean sent through updates on the Coronavirus. Councillors discussed the Durley Emergency Plan and agreed that various Councillors and the Clerk would contact the vulnerable residents who are in the Plan to make sure that they are coping. It was also agreed that a Notice will go onto the website and in the Parish Magazine asking for residents to check on their neighbours as this emergency could go on for a few months.

Cllr Watts gave a Recreation Ground Report and said that football matches have been cancelled due to the Recreation Ground being too wet. The landscape bin is also getting filled with rubbish from a car company which is not acceptable as this bin is put there for litter and dog waste not commercial waste.

Cllr Rutherford said that The Sawmills Green and Play Area is also wet due to the recent weather.

A Neighbourhood Watch Report was given by Cllr Watts. Car number plates are being stolen at the moment in this area. Burglaries are on the increase so residents are asked to keep sheds, garages locked.

Cllr Rappini gave a Highways Report and said that all the pot holes that have been reported have now been repaired. Another hole in Snakemoor Lane will be reported.

The Clerk gave a Financial Report for March.

Cllr Miller gave a Hall Report and summarised the recent Hall Management Meeting held on 6th March. The main issues discussed included the installation of the dishwasher which is being purchased, the upgrading of the electric circuit board, the re-designing of the Hall car park and various maintenance issues. The Management Committee also discussed again the suggestion of putting a piano on the stage, but as this was not acceptable to some residents, it was agreed that a full sized digital piano would be the best option for Hall use, as it would not damage the floor and it does not use up space in the Hall for hirers. The Committee agreed that it was not possible to please all Hall hirers, but consideration was given to all options and it was agreed that a digital piano should be purchased. The Memorial Hall is 100 years old this year and a celebration event will be held on Saturday 5th September and the Committee are asking for photographs of the Hall in use, and also any memories of events in the Hall over the last 100 years. The Committee are also looking for a back-up Cleaner to help the present Caretaker for around 4 – 6 hours per week. Cllr Miller is arranging to meet up with parents to discuss re-starting a Youth Club in Durley.

Anne Collins
Clerk to Durley Parish Council
durleyparishcouncil@gmail.com

 

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 11th February, 2020 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. Cllr Delmege (Chairman) chaired the Meeting. Also in attendance were Cllr Childs, Cllr Watts, Cllr Rutherford, Cllr Miller, Cllr Brenchley, the Clerk (Mrs Anne Collins), County/District Councillor Humby, District Councillor Mclean, and 4 parishioners.

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

Cllr Delmege said that he has now moved the speed indicator sign to The Sawmills to monitor speed in this area after many complaints from residents regarding speeding vehicles in and out of the development. Options will also be looked at to site the SID sign in Parsonage Lane and Durley Street.

Clerk has asked for a date for our Public Broadband Meeting, but at the Meeting no date was given. (However, since the Meeting a date has been agreed for Friday 15th May, 2020 at 6.30 p.m. in Durley Memorial Hall).

A Meeting was held on 3.2.20 with some youngsters to discuss what sort of play equipment they would like in Durley. Ideas were given to Councillors and these will be taken forward so that prices can be sought and then Grants applied for.

A Cabinet to house the defibrillator outside of Durley Primary School will be purchased and sited on the outside wall. This will then enable the School to use the defibrillator but also anyone who is authorised to need one at this location in Durley.
The Clerk has finalised the arrangements for payment of the School crossing and we are now waiting for HCC to carry out the work.

The WW2 Commemorations in Durley are going well and Cllr Delmege and the Clerk reported on a Meeting held on 6.2.20 which outlined the detailed planning for the Social Event on Friday 8th May and the Street Party on 10th May. Flyers will be delivered to each household informing them of the dates and the events.

The two landscape bins have now been sited outside Durley Memorial Hall in the car park, and opposite Durley Primary School. These can be used for litter and dog waste.

At the previous Meeting questions were asked regarding the possible closure of Wangfield Lane and damage to verges and mud on the road in Manor Road. The Clerk has made enquiries and it has been confirmed that there are no plans to close Wangfield Lane and HCC have confirmed that there is little they can do to stop damage to verges and mud on the road in Manor Road.

The Chairman and Clerk reported on the recent Southern Parishes Group Meeting which was held on 3.2.20. The main topics of discussion were the way that the Group was run and administered and speakers for future Meetings.

County Councillor Humby gave a County Council Report informing Councillors that there will be a full Council Meeting to set the Budget for HCC and it is proposed that the Council Tax will increase by 4%. CC Humby spoke about the Budget for the highways network and an additional £2m for Climate change. He also spoke about the recent storm which claimed a life in Hampshire. Various highways problems were reported to CC Humby and the Clerk will confirm these in an e-mail. A resident asked about a bus stop on the roundabout at Boorley Park which causes traffic problems. CC Humby will investigate whether this is a permanent bus stop or a temporary one.

District Councillor Mclean gave a District Councillors’ Report. He said that a recent Planning Meeting had to be cancelled as there were not enough Applications to warrant a Meeting. He also stated that Bishops Waltham Pond is ¾ full so it shows how high the water table is this winter.

A developer attended the Meeting to outline his proposal for a development of 6 houses on land adjacent Sunnyside, Durley Street. Cllr Delmege outlined that Durley has no housing allocation in the current Winchester Local Plan and that our Parish Plan showed that the majority of residents did not want additional development. However, when the updated Winchester Local Plan is adopted we would know what the position is on housing allocations. Durley Parish Council would then consult their residents.

Clerk has reported a dumped caravan in Manor Road and fly tipping in Greenwood Lane. The caravan has now been removed.

The Clerk gave a Financial Report and the Internal Auditor has carried out the ¾ Year Internal Audit which was satisfactory.

Cllr Miller said that everything was running smoothly at the Hall at the moment and it was hoped that a further Hall Meeting can be arranged soon. Clerk reported that everything is in place to install the dishwasher into the former Post Office Room and a County Councillor Grant will go towards the cost of installing a new circuit board and electrics required. There was interest in running a Youth Club again in Durley once a month for youngsters of secondary school age.

Anne Collins
Clerk to Durley Parish Council
durleyparishcouncil@gmail.com

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 14th January, 2020 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. Cllr Delmege (Chairman) chaired the Meeting. Also in attendance were Cllr Childs, Cllr Watts, Cllr Rappini, Cllr Rutherford, Cllr Miller the Clerk (Mrs Anne Collins), District Councillor Mclean, and 11 parishioners. Also present was Kirstie Baines (Headteacher).

Apologies were received from County/District Councillor Humby, Cllr Miller and Cllr Brenchley

After investigating the possibility of getting permanent speed signs approved for each end of the village Cllr Delmege reported that it is not possible and therefore he is going to look into alternative options.

Unfortunately the Public Broadband Meeting needed to be postponed and will be re-arranged for a future date. Clerk will put up Notices once a date has been agreed with HCC Broadband Team.

A Meeting will be arranged with youngsters and Parish Councillors to agree a peice of play equipment that hopefully will be installed in the new financial year if a Grant is approved.

The Chairman and Clerk attended a Meeting with Durley School representatives and HCC to finalise the details for the School Crossing in Durley Brook Road. Councillors agreed that this should go ahead as soon as possible now that CIL Funding has been approved. The Defibrillator which is currently sited inside the School Hall will now be located on the outside of the building to enable anyone who might need it to gain access 24 hours a day. Councillors agreed that DPC would pay for a cabinet and for the electric to be put to the cabinet.

Because developers are writing to Durley Parish Council regarding their plans for potential development it was agreed that any Housing Needs Survey would be led and run by Durley Parish Council and the Durley community, and would not be developer led. At the present time there is no housing allocation for Durley in the Local Plan and until such time as a new Local Plan has been approved we will not accept any additional housing in Durley.

The Chairman and Clerk attended a HCC Vision 2050 Workshop in Winchester on 9.1.20. Skills within Hampshire were looked at and then a speaker gave a presentation of how parish councils could help with climate change. Details are being sent to the Parish Council and it is hoped that Durley will be able to play some small part in trying to change attitudes towards the climate emergency.

The Clerk reported that the two dual purpose litter/dog waste bins to be located in the lay-by opposite Durley Primary School and in the Memorial Hall car park will be sited on 16th January.

Residents attended the Meeting for various reasons and most issues were dealt with under items already on the Agenda. Two residents were concerned about the possible closure of Wangfield Lane, which will mean that all traffic will travel down Netherhill. The Clerk has not received any information about this and as Wangfield Lane is in Curdridge parish she will make enquiries.

Cllr Rappini has reported 21 pot holes in Durley to HCC. One particularly dangerous hole has been filled in and others have been marked. CC Humby has asked for the Stapleford Lane ditch to be maintained so that the water flows well by HCC maintenance team.

The Clerk gave a Financial Report and a Summary of the Accounts to date was presented.

Cllr Miller gave a Hall Management Committee Meeting Report. The main issues discussed included trying to achieve more parking spaces in the car park and putting tarmac on the whole car park, tackling some damp under the stage, obtaining a quote for a new ceiling and lighting, the installation of a dishwasher, and other maintenance issues. Some residents attended the Meeting felt that an acoustic piano should be purchased. A full sized digital piano was hired for the Durley Diamonds Event and Cllr Delmege said that the feed-back he had was that it sounded almost as good as an acoustic piano. Cllr Delmege then explained the reasons why the Hall Management Committee have agreed to not put an acoustic piano onto the Hall floor as we have been advised that it is too heavy and even with casters it will damage the new Hall floor. The decision is to purchase a full sized digital piano which can be hired and then stored away when not required. Alternatively, an acoustic piano could be stored on the stage and pulled out onto the stage when needed. As there are usually only 3 bookings a year requiring a piano the additional space for the majority of Hall hirers is valuable. Councillors agreed to ask the Hall Management Committee if they would reconsider putting an acoustic piano onto the stage. Durley Memorial Hall is now in it’s 100th year and the Hall Management Committee would like to organise a Village Event to celebrate this. It is hoped that something can be arranged for September, 2020.

Anne Collins
Clerk to Durley Parish Council
durleyparishcouncil@gmail.com

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 10th December, 2019 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall.  Cllr Delmege (Chairman) chaired the Meeting.  Also in attendance were Cllr Childs, Cllr Watts, Cllr Rappini, Cllr Brenchley, Cllr Rutherford, the Clerk (Mrs Anne Collins), County/District Councillor Humby, and 1 parishioner along with 2 potential parishioners.  Also present was Kirstie Baines (Headteacher).

 

Apologies were received from Cllr Miller, District Councillor Miller and District Councillor Mclean.

 

Cllr Delmege reported that we need to get the permanent speed signs approved by the Road Safety Engineering Group at HCC.  CC Humby offered to get a contact for Cllr Delmege.

 

Clerk reported that the PUBLIC BROADBAND MEETING for Durley will be held at Durley Memorial Hall on Friday 24th January, 2020 at 6.30 p.m.  This Meeting has taken alot of planning and it is a unique opportunity to put questions to the Hampshire Broadband Team.  It is hoped that many residents will be able to attend and put their concerns/questions to the Team.

 

Councillors agreed that a Lottery Grant will be applied for in the next financial year to help with the cost of a new peice of play equipment for the older children.  Ideas will be discussed with the children on which peice of equipment to purchase.

 

The proposed School Crossing is progressing and the Clerk is in the process of liaising with HCC about the final details.  The School defibrillator at present sited inside the School will hopefully be able to be moved to the outside of the building so that it can be used by anyone whether the School is open or closed.  Parish Councillors thanked the School for allowing this access.  Cllr Delmege is looking at suitable cabinets to locate the defibrillator.

 

The WW2 commemorations in Durley are progressing well.  The proposals are for 8th/9th and 10th May, 2020.

 

A response will be sent to the developer regarding the proposed planning at Quob Stables.  Councillors agreed “that after recent approaches by developers (or their agents) to Durley Parish Council regarding potential new home developments in our village, Durley Parish Council will carry out a survey of all Durley residents to get their views on what Durley needs in terms of new homes”.  In the present Local Plan Durley has no allocated development, but we do not know at present what the new Local Plan will entail for Durley.

 

The Clerk attended a Southern Parishes Meeting and reported that Age Concern gave a presentation and issues were discussed regarding Enforcement, Planning Charter, Eastleigh Local Plan and the Local Council Update held in Winchester.

 

Cllr Watts and the Clerk attended the Local Councils’ Conference in Winchester.  The New Council Plan, Budget proposals, Climate emergency, Planning enforcement and The Parish Charter were all discussed.

 

Cllr Rutherford was thanked for making the Parish Council crib for the Crib Festival this weekend.

 

CC Humby gave a County Council report stating that he has been at an Emergency Planning Briefing at HCC.  He is also Governor on the Southern Health Foundation Trust and he informed Councillors of the recent Training Session he had attended.  CC Humby was also informed again about the state of the Wintershill erosion.

 

The footpaths which are going to have a priority cut by HCC were agreed.  These will be the same as this year as this worked well with the Parish Lengthsman.

 

Kirstie Baines attended the Meeting and gave a School Report.  She said that there has been an increase in numbers attending the School and she has received many enquiries from Boorley Park.  Since the brook has been cleared out there has been no more flooding.  Cllr Delmege, Cllr Watts and the Clerk attended the School nativity early in the day and congratulated Kirstie on their wonderful performance.

 

A Report on the Recreation Ground was given by Cllr Watts.  Apart from some maintenance issues which need attention, everything is fine.  Cllr Rutherford said that some moss is gathering on the safety surface in The Sawmills play area.  Shawn Read will be asked to remove this.

 

Cllr Watts gave a Neighbourhood Watch Report stating that there have been 2 burglaries in Durley over this month and many more in the surrounding areas.  There is also an Argos scam circulating at the moment.

 

Cllr Rappini will check Durley for pot holes in the New Year.  Clerk updated Councillors on the increase of hgv lorries going through Durley from a local development.  Signs which have been taken down after HCC work has been completed will be reported to HCC so that they can be removed.

 

The Clerk gave a Financial Report and Councillors agreed the Precept Request for 2020-21.

 

Cllr Rutherford is looking at replacement Christmas decorations for next year as the present ones are getting old.  A petition was given to Parish Councillors from a resident regarding the offer of a digital keyboard rather than a piano at the Hall.  This is a matter for the Hall Management Committee so this will be passed to them for consideration.  A “No Parking” sign has been purchased and will be put up.

 

At the end of the Meeting the Chairman wished everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year.

 

 

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleyparishcouncil@gmail.com

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 12th November, 2019 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall.  Cllr Delmege (Chairman) chaired the Meeting.  Also in attendance were Cllr Childs, Cllr Watts, Cllr Miller, Cllr Brenchley, Cllr Rutherford, the Clerk (Mrs Anne Collins), County/District Councillor Humby, District Councillor Mclean and 4 parishioners.  Also present was Jon Callcutt and Mark Foyle from New Leaf Developments Ltd.

 

Apologies were received from District Councillor Miller and Cllr Rappini.

 

Quotes were discussed for the speed signs to use on the entrances to Durley.  The best price is from the Company who supplied the SID sign so it was agreed that we would use them to provide signs for the gateways to Durley.  It is hoped that the SID sign can be located at The Sawmills soon as complaints are still being received about speeding vehicles through the development.

 

The Parish Council Newsletter has been printed and Councillors will be distributing these during the second half of November.  Every household should receive a copy through their door.

 

An e-mail was read from the Hampshire Broadband Team asking about problems with broadband speeds in Durley.  Councillors agreed that Durley Parish Council still wanted to hold a Public Meeting so that residents are able to attend and can address their concerns to the HCC Broadband Team.

 

Various suggestions have been given by youngsters on what sort of play equipment they would like to see in Durley.  These suggestions will be looked at in detail and costings will be drawn up.  Fund raising will be needed and a Grant will be sought to cover some of the cost involved.

 

Cllr Childs attended the Draft Transport Strategy Launch and it was reported that the Transport Strategy will go out to public consultation before being presented to the Government.  The Strategy looks at upgrading the railways, public transport, access to the airport etc.  CC Humby explained that the Transport Strategy Launch is trying to lobby the Government and is not a Highways Authority.

 

The Clerk reported that the Community Infrustructure Levy Funding which had been applied for by Durley Parish Council was successful.  This Funding will be used for the Durley School Crossing at Quob Stables.  The Clerk will contact the School to check that any permissions which might be required are applied for and then contact HCC Highways to see when work can commence.

 

Notes were agreed on a recent Meeting with Wessex Planning regarding the potential of future development at Quob Stables.  It was outlined that Durley has no housing development in the present Winchester Local Plan and most residents who completed the Durley Parish Plan did not wish to see development in Durley.

 

Cllr Delmege and the Clerk attended the Southern Parishes Meeting and reported that Ecology, Biodiversity, Enforcement, the Planning Charter, Eastleigh Local Plan and other issues affecting local parishes were discussed.

 

CC Humby gave a County Council report.  He said that savings need to be made across the Council.  The full Council Meeting has been looking at the Budget costs.  There has been an under-investment in the highways network and it is hoped that the Government will agree to a 5-year funding settlement so that there is certainty over the next 5 years.  CC Humby also spoke about waste and recyling, climate change and working with the Environment Agency.

 

DC Mclean gave the District Councillors’ Report.  He said that WCC Cabinet Meetings are now stream-lived.  However, no checks are made on how many views have been made.  After a trial period the evening Planning Meetings are no longer happening.  The Meetings have now reverted back to the day-time and have moved from a Thursday to a Wednesday.  The glass collection service is now operating.  Some residents in Durley have not yet received their black boxes so the Clerk will put up a note onto the Parish Council website and on facebook etc. stating that any residents who have not received a black box should contact either WCC via their website or Durley Parish Council.  We will then ensure that a box is delivered to those properties.

 

Councillors listed to a proposal to develop land adjacent to Hunters Moon on Durley Street by New Leaf Developments Ltd.  Cllr Delmege again said that Durley has no development allocation in the Winchester District Local Plan.  Questions were asked by Councillors to the Agents.

 

A letter was read out from a resident living in The Sawmills congratulating the Groundsman who carries out the maintenance work at The Sawmills.  This letter was appreciated by Councillors and a letter of thanks will go to Shawn Read who carries out the work on behalf of Durley Parish Council.

 

Reports were also given regarding the Recreation Ground and The Sawmills – all of which were satisfactory.

 

Cllr Watts gave a Neighbourhood Watch Report stating that there have been some thefts in the local area and scams are on the increase – especially at this time of year.  There is also an increase of parcels being taken from doorsteps once they are delivered.

 

There was no Highways Report available.

 

The Clerk gave a Financial Report and presented Budget figures so that the Precept could be set for the year 2020-2021.

 

A Hall Management Committee Report was given by Cllr Miller.  The stage extension has now been completed, along with some maintenance work in the toilets, Hall foyer and kitchen.  The Committee are looking at putting more tarmac in areas of the car park to replace the scalpings.  A request was received for a dishwasher and the Committee agreed that they will install one in the former Post Office Room where the sink is currently sited which will be hired out for larger functions.  A request was also received for a piano and the Committee agreed that as most Hall hirers did not use the previous piano and it was often in the way and mis-used they would not purchase a piano, but agreed that a keyboard could be purchased and locked away when not in use.  It was pointed out to Councillors that modern digital keyboards are similar in sound to a piano so it was a good compromise.  A “No Parking” sign will be placed on the wall above the defibrillator to stop any parking obstructions.

 

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleyparishcouncil@gmail.com

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

 

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 8th October, 2019 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall.  Cllr Delmege (Chairman) chaired the Meeting.  Also in attendnace were Cllr Childs, Cllr Watts, Cllr Rappini, Cllr Miller, Cllr Brenchley, Cllr Rutherford, the Clerk (Mrs Anne Collins), District Councillor Mclean and 7 parishioners.

 

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

 

The locations for the Speed Indicator Sign have been agreed with HCC and it is hoped that the sign will soon be in place to montior the speed of vehicles coming in and out of The Sawmills.  Quotes are being sought for 2 further signs which can be used on the entrances to Durley.

 

The Parish Council Newsletter is being prepared to be delivered to residents in mid-end of November.  Articles to include were agreed.

 

Investigations are being made to perhaps be able to install a new peice of play equipment for the older children of the village, if a Grant can be applied for towards the cost.  A Meeting will be arranged with some youngsters to discuss various options.

 

A Report was given on the Winchester District Association of Parish Councils.  The main items for discussion were the Parish Charter, transport in the parishes, and relationships with WCC Officers when dealing with issues relating to the parishes, especially on planning matters.

 

A District Councillors’ Report was given and it was stated that the WCC Planning Meetings are now going to be held in the evenings from 5.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.  Updates were given on recent planning items which included the Station Approach, Winchester Leisure Centre, the Broadway and the centre of Winchester.  WCC have declared a Climate Emergency and details were given of the recent changes to the Waste Bin Collections, which have been poorly managed.  In fact it was reported that some black boxes have still not arrived in Durley for the glass collections.

 

A School Report was given updating Councillors on recent activities at the School.

 

Reports were also given regarding the Recreation Ground and The Sawmills – all of which were satisfactory.

 

A Neighbourhood Watch Report was given and although there have been many thefts in the local villages, there has been none in Durley recently.  Scams are circulating all the time and residents are warned to be vigilent.  Some Beat Surgeries have also been arranged for members of the public to attend if they wish at Meon Valley Police Station.  Details will be put on the website and on the noticeboards.

 

Drainage work is going to be carried out in Stapleford Lane during October and as Wintershill is breaking up again this will be reported to HCC Highways for action to be taken.  Councillors were informed that there has been an increase in HGV lorries going through Durley recently.  This will be monitored.

 

A Financial Report was given and it was noted that the Bank Mandate signatories have now been changed.

 

 

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleyparishcouncil@gmail.com

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

 

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 10th September, 2019 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall.  Cllr Delmege (Chairman) chaired the Meeting.  Also in attendnace were Cllr Childs, Cllr Rappini, Cllr Miller, Cllr Brenchley, Cllr Rutherford and the Clerk (Mrs Anne Collins).

 

Apologies were received from Cllr Watts, County/District Councillor Humby, District Councillor Miller and District Councillor Mclean.

 

Clerk received a response from HCC Highways saying that they would authorise the location of the Speed Indicator sign within The Sawmills provided that suitable locations could be found.  Cllr Delmege has visited the site and marked out two possible locations.  Once agreed by HCC the posts will need to be extended to accommodate the sign.  The speed of vehicles going in and out of The Sawmills will then be monitored.

 

Cllr Childs reported that the bus stop post has now been reinstated along Durley Street and the Bus Company has also put up a new timetable.  Councillors were pleased that this has now been resolved after many months of pursuing.

 

The Clerk and Cllr Watts produced a draft Newsletter to show Councillors what could be achieved.  Councillors were pleased with the result and suggestions were made for the new Newsletter which the Parish Council will be producing within the next few months.  The costings were also agreed.

 

Confirmation was received from WCC that they will put a dual purpose bin opposite Durley Primary School in the layby and another dual purpose bin by the side of the bottle banks at Durley Memorial Hall.  These bins can be used for dog waste and litter.

 

Residents are reminded of the Winchester Green Week will be from 29th September to 6th October.  It is hoped that villagers will pick up litter in their patch over this period.

 

Cllr Brenchley gave an update on the footpaths in Durley.  On complaint has been received about a stile which is difficult to negotiate and another 2 footpaths which were difficult to walk have been cleared.

 

Insurance for Durley Parish Council was agreed for the forthcoming year.

 

Cllr Watts sent a Recreation Ground in her absence saying that repairs are still ongoing on the veranda and in the car park.  The fecne behind the Pavilion will also be reinstated.

 

Cllr Watts also reported that there has been a theft from a vehicle in Parsonage Lane, and other thefts from vehicles and residential properties in the local area.  Residents are asked to be vigilant and report anything suspicious.

 

Cllr Rutherford reported that the new climbing wall has been put on the play equipment at The Sawmills.

 

Cllr Rappini informed Councillors that repair work has been carried out along Chancellors Lane.  Clerk received concerns from residents about tree branches which are hanging alongside Wintershill from trees.  The concern was that they might fall on someone or a vehicle.  Clerk has reported this to HCC Highways for action to be taken.

 

The Clerk gave a Financial Report and said that the External Audit has now been completed and is satisfactory.

 

Clerk reported that the Hall main room has now been repainted and some other maintenance issues were carried out at the same time in the kitchen and toilets.  It is hoped that the front of the stage extension can be done shortly as this was not painted and will be covered in wood to match the new flooring.  A County Councillor Grant was approved to help towards the cost.  A resident has also offered to give a donation to the Hall painting and renovation work – which is very much appreciated.

 

 

 

 

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleyparishcouncil@gmail.com

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 13th August, 2019 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall.  Cllr Childs (Vice Chairman) chaired the Meeting in the absence of the Chairman.  Cllr Watts, Cllr Rappini, Cllr Miller, Cllr Brenchley, the Clerk (Mrs Anne Collins), District Councillor Miller and 5 parishioners also attended the Meeting.

Apologies were received from Cllr Delmege (Chairman), Cllr Rutherford, County Councillor/District Councillor Humby and District Councillor Mclean.

Clerk read out the response from HCC Highways regarding any suggested measures that could be taken in The Sawmills to help the parking and speeding problems.  HCC are unlikely to be able to offer any road narrowings or other physical speed reducing measures as they would only be considered if there was a recurring speed-related injury accident history through the road.  This location would not be a priority on their safety programmes.  Councillors agreed that this was a disappointing response.  Clerk has written to the businesses asking if they would share parking spaces if there are some empty ones not being used.  Councillors agreed that the village speed indicator sign could be placed in a location within The Sawmills to monitor the speed if HCC were able to agree a suitable location.  Clerk will make enquiries with HCC.  It was also suggested that a Residents Association for The Sawmills could be set up to try and resolve the parking and speeding issues.  Two residents present were going to follow this up.

It is hoped that the reinstatement of the bus stop along Durley Street will be completed by the end of August.

The Emergency Plan for Durley has now been completed and the Update Plan will be sent to HCC and WCC in case it is required in an emergency situation.

Two locations in Durley are being looked at by WCC to locate dual purpose bins in which litter and dog fouling can be deposited.  These will be emptied on a weekly basis by WCC Landscape Team.

District Councillor Miller gave a District Council Report and he reported that the Winchester Surgery is now progressing, but the Bishops Waltham Surgery was not being enlarged or relocated at the moment.

Parish Councillors agreed that Durley would support the Winchester Green Week by carrying out a Litter Pick Week in Durley.  The week will start on 29th September and end on 6th October and residents will be asked (if they are able) to pick up litter outside of their properties in their road or lane.  Clerk will advertise the Litter Pick and it is hoped that most residents will participate.  Durley Primary School are going to carry out a Litter Pick.

Cllr Delmege attended the recent Southern Parishes Meeting and the Clerk gave a report.  The main topics included hearing from Peter Wall about the work of the Parish Lengthsman, Grass Cutting Contracts, pot hole repairs, WCC Local Council Update, Eastleigh Local Plan Meeting with WCC and ACSO sharing.

A resident attending the Meeting asked about the safety of the trees in Manor Road after the recent incident when a poplar tree fell across Manor Road taking out the electricity cables.  The Clerk had already spoken to WCC and an Officer has been out and inspected the two trees that are owned by WCC.  One other tree was believed to have been planted at the same time is in a garden, so the owner of the property will be written to.

A donation was agreed to be given to the CAB.

Cllr Watts gave a Recreation Ground Report staing that some work has been carried out on the Pavilion.  Some of the car park needs more scalpings so Clerk will arrange for some to be delivered.

Cllr Watts gave a Neighbourhood Watch Report.  Thefts from vehicles in the area is continuing, although not in Durley.  Scams are always present in various forms and details of these are being put on the Parish Council website for residents to view.

Cllr Rappini reported that some lanes have been surface dressed.

A quote was read out for the painting of the main Hall in the Memorial Hall and Councillors agreed that this needed to be done.  It was agreed that a County Councillor Grant would also be applied for to help with the cost.  Other maintenance work will be carried out at the same time if possible.

Clerk reported that the replacement panel for the climbing frame at The Sawmills will be installed by Playdale during the first week in September.

Clerk gave a financial report and invoices were agreed.

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleyparishcouncil@gmail.com

DURLEY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

Durley Parish Council held their AGM on Tuesday 14th May, 2019 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. Cllr Watts opened the Meeting. She welcomed everyone to the Meeting and asked newly Elected Councillor to introduce themselves. The Election of Chairman took place and Cllr Delmege was duly Elected. As Cllr Delmege was not able to attend the Meeting it was agreed that Cllr Watts should continue to Chair the Meeting in his absence.

 

Cllr Watts, Cllr Brenchley, Cllr Miller, Cllr Rutherford, Cllr Childs, Cllr Rappini, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins and 10 parishioners were present at the Meeting.

 

Apologies were received from Cllr Delmege, County/District Councillor Humby, District Councillor Mclean, District Councillor Miller and Kirstie Baines. All the District Councillors were unable to attend as they had to attend a Meeting in Winchester.

 

Officers Elected were:

 

Chairman – Cllr Delmege

Vice Chairman – Cllr Childs

Hall Committee Chairman – Cllr Miller

Hall Committee Vice Chairman – Cllr Rutherford

The present Hall Committee will remain unchanged if members are willing to continue, and Cllr Rappini offered to come onto the Committee

Highways Officer – Cllr Rappini

Footpaths Officer – Cllr Brenchley

Recreation Ground Chairman – Cllr Watts

Sawmills Representative – Cllr Rutherford (with Cllr Miller helping with play area inspections)

Transport Representative – Cllr Childs

 

As this is a new Term of Office Councillors signed a new Acceptance of Office Form and agreed to abide by the Durley Parish Council Code of Conduct.

 

Congratulations were given to District Councillor Mclean on his recent re-election. As he could not attend the Meeting the Clerk will send a letter of congratulations to him.

 

Councillors agreed that former Councillor Bartlett be asked if she would be willing to continue with negotiations regarding the seating at The Sawmills. Clerk will ask Vivien Bartlett.

 

3 businesses have agreed to meet with Parish Councillors to discuss the parking issues at The Sawmills. Clerk will circulate dates and negotiate a date which is acceptable to most.

 

The bus stop sign has been removed along Durley Street for repairs after being reported by former Cllr Pitter. This will be chased up. Councillors were pleased that the pavement outside of Millway has been reinstated.

 

Councillors received notification of the Village of the Year Competition 2019. It would need village organisations and residents to participate to be able to enter. Clerk will write to organisations to see what interest there was.

 

The 75th Anniversary of VE Day is to be held on 8th -10th May, 2020. Councillors would like to have a village event similar to that which was held for the WW1 commemorations last year. Help would be needed from various organisations. An advertisement will be put on the noticeboards and website to see what interest there is in the village.

 

Broadband speeds in parts of Durley continues to be a problem. Cllr Brenchley suggested that perhaps we could ask residents for their speeds via the village website. Andy Burton will be contacted about this.

 

The Emergency Plan for Durley will be updated to include the new Parish Councillors. At the same time residents will be sent a letter and a Form so that they can update their information. Details will be needed for any vulnerable residents who might need help and we need an up to date list of those residents who would be willing to help in any capacity, or offer of equipment etc. Clerk will prepare a letter and Form and Councillors will distribute around the village.

 

The Local Councils’ Conference will be held on 18th June. Cllr Watts and Cllr Childs offered to attend along with the Clerk. If Cllr Delmege would like to attend then Cllr Watts will step down.

 

There was no School Report. The Clerk has no result yet about the CIL Funding Application for the School crossing.

 

Cllr Watts gave a Neighbourhood Watch Report. She said that unfortunately a horse had been shot at in Durley Street and dog theft is a problem at the moment. Scams and general thefts in the area are also of concern. Any useful information will be put onto the Parish Council website.

 

The Clerk reported that the new village entry signs have now arrived and Andy Burton is hoping to put these up as soon as possible in place of the old signs.

 

A Financial Report was given by the Clerk and Bank Mandate Forms were given out for Councillors to complete and sign so that the Bank signatories can be updated.

 

The Hall will be closed from Monday 20th May so that the new floor can be put down. Former and present Councillors are helping to clear the Hall and oversee the work. A tree in the car park has been trimmed.

 

Cllr Watts reported that we are still waiting for the metal plate for the veranda of the Pavilion. It was suggested that more dog bins be available around the village. Costings will be looked at and a decision will be made at the next Meeting. The “pick up after your dog” sign which has been at the Recreation Ground will be moved to The Sawmills.

 

Some residents attending the Meeting were there to hear a Planning Application. After they informed Councillors of their concerns Councillors agreed that these concerns should be included in the comments from Durley Parish Council.

 

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council

durleyparishcouncil@gmail.com