Durley Parish Council held its Monthly Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 13th January, 2015 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall, Durley at 7.30 p.m. 6 Parish Councillors, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins, and 10 parishioners were present. Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Drake, County/District Councillor Humby, PCSO McCulloch along with Kirstie Baines and Tony Hughes (School representatives).
Costings were discussed for a flashing speed limit sign in Durley, as it would cost around £3,000 for the sign and installation and moving of the sign if required, Councillors agreed that we should wait until the new financial year and also see if another Parish was willing to share the sign to half the cost involved.
The Community Defibrillator has been installed outside of the former Post Office Room at Durley Memorial Hall. A Training Event has been arranged for Thursday 19th February starting at 7.00 p.m. for about an hour and a half at Durley Memorial Hall. All residents are invited to attend. The Training will be given by a member of the Ambulance Service and it is hoped that it will give anyone who needs to use the equipment the confidence to use it in an emergency situation.
At the Meeting the Clerk read out an e-mail from Cllr Drake stating that he had reviewed his offer of running a Village Raffle for a Defibrillator at the School and was now not able to promote it. No other Councillors were able to organise the Raffle so it was agreed at a donation would be made if the School can raise the remainder of the funds.
Cllr Pitter reported that he had attended a recent Transport Meeting in Winchester and he produced a full Report of the Meeting. The bus service through Durley over the weekend will be cut back, but during the weekdays it will remain unchanged. This is because not many residents use the weekend service and it is not viable.
The fencing has been replaced outside of Durley Primary School by HCC.
Cllr Charles reported that Botley Parish Council are not going to Appeal against the decision at the Judicial Review as after receiving advice it appears that there is little point.
Cllr Charles attended the Budget Meeting at WCC and said that many issues were discussed, including more textile bins to raise funds for WCC.
Cllr Watts asked for more information on the Drop-in Centre/Young Persons Clinic in Hedge End. Cllr Charles acquired a leaflet explaining the service available to teenagers in this area. He was also informed that Durley youngsters do use this service.
District Councillor Ruffell gave a District Council Report and he said that Planning Training will be given to Parish Councils which Councillors felt would be useful. He also spoke about the recent Planning Application for 950 new homes and other buildings at Chalcroft Farm, Burnetts Lane, Horton Heath. DC Ruffell also said that the Boundary Commission decision will be received during mid-February.
In the Public Participation part of the Meeting parishioners were asking about the Appeal at Church Copse, Greenwood Lane against HCC Enforcement Notice. A resident also asked when the road is likely to be adopted by HCC through the Sawmills. Clerk responded stating that it is still going through the legal process at the moment.
The Chairman received a letter from a resident at The Sawmills regarding the bin near to the village green which he objected to. Another resident also complained to WCC. Councillors agreed that they would monitor the situation, but in the interests of the majority of parishioners in Durley this location was the best siting for the bin for the use that we hope it will have. There are two smaller litter bins (one in the play area and one by the side of the seat on the green), and these have been emptied regularly by a Councillor and the rubbish has been put into her own private bin. This is not now acceptable as there is too much rubbish and doggy bags, so a dual purpose landscape bin was required in this area. This new bin will be emptied by WCC landscape team each Friday.
Clerk read out a letter from Councillor Drake giving his resignation as he was no longer able to continue as a Parish Councillor due to other commitments. Councillors would like to thank Cllr Drake for all his work on the Council and accepted his resignation. As there is an Election in May 2015 Cllr Drake’s position will not be filled as it is within 6 months of an Election.
A School Report was sent to Councillors by Kirstie Baines. Kirstie said that the parking problems have improved since cones have been put out on the roadside outside the School, the flood barriers should be in place by early February, and the School catchment areas have been agreed with HCC.
The Hall foyer renovations are still being discussed and Cllr Charles will get an alternative quote so that the kitchen area could be included in the floor re-tiling if required.
Cllr Watts reported on the Recreation Ground and informed Councillors that broken bottles and glass were thrown in the goal mouths and on the multi-surface court. Dog fouling is still a big problem.
Cllr Watts and Cllr Farr are attending the next PACT Meeting and the main issues which cause residents problems is inconsiderate parking. The Police will be asked to monitor certain areas in the village which are causing a safety issue for other car drivers.
Cllr Farr gave a Highways Report saying that some areas of Durley have had flooding this month due to the heavy rainfall. It is hoped that a ditch will be dug out in Parsonage Lane to try and relieve some of the flooding outside of Rodlands, Durley Street. There was also flooding along Durley Street from the Robin Hood.
There being no further business the Chairman declared the Meeting closed.