Durley Parish Council held its Monthly Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 12th April, 2016 at Durley Memorial Hall, Durley. 5 Parish Councillors, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins and 3 parishioners were present.

Apologies were received from Cllr Farr, Cllr Burton, County/District Councillor Humby and District Councillor Ruffell.

The drainage in the Sawmills is still ongoing and a Meeting has been arranged with HCC Highways, Cllr Humby and Durley Parish Council to discuss the best solution to the problem. Flooding at Beech Corner is still a huge problem when it rains and it is hoped that further digging of the ditch will help ease the situation. Councillors will keep this area monitored but still feel that a pipe under the road would resolve the issue for the future.

The new School lay-by is being installed over the half term week, commencing 31st May. It will take about 2 weeks to install and it is hoped that this will ease the parking problems near to the School as well as helping with traffic congestion during drop-off and pick-up times at the School. CC Humby and Peter Eade at HCC were thanked for all their efforts in getting this project underway. Work has been going on for many years to try and find a solution to the traffic problems caused at School times.

The Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations in Durley are well underway, with all organisations joining with the Parish Council to sell tickets and help with the Event. The “Birthday Party” will be at The Sawmills from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. on Sunday 15th May. There will be an Entertainer for the children as well as games. A Grant was successful from WCC towards the cost of the Event, which will cover part of the cost involved. A Birthday tea will be provided for the children and tea/cakes for the adults. Any donations of cakes or draw prizes would be most welcome. Please contact Anne Collins – 01489 860236 if you would be willing to make a cake or donate a draw prize to this community Event.

The Clerk has received a response from HCC Highways regarding the offer from a resident to dig out ditches in his area of Durley. The response states that residents should only dig out their own ditches, as many legal issues would be involved if anyone was to dig out a ditch not in their ownership. Clerk was asked to write to the resident who made this kind offer and thank him, but due to legal legislation the Parish Council were not able to support his offer.

Cllr Charles and the Clerk attended a Southern Parishes Meeting on 4th April where the main issues discussed were the Ward Boundary changes, Devolution, NALC and HALC, Planning issues, Policing and the Recycling Consultation.

The 3 members of the public present were at the Meeting to object to a Planning Application and Councillors listened to their objection.

There being no further business the Chairman declared the Meeting closed and then followed on to the Annual Parish Assembly at 8.00 p.m.

Anne Collins
Clerk to Durley Parish Council