Durley Parish Council held its A.G.M. on Tuesday 10th May, 2016 at Durley Memorial Hall, Durley. 7 Parish Councillors, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins, District Councillor Mclean and 2 parishioners were present.

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

The Chairman – Cllr Charles welcomed District Councillor Mclean to the Meeting and gave his congratulations to all three District Councillors who were recently elected.

As this is the A.G.M. of Durley Parish Council the following Councillors were elected:

Cllr Sam Charles – Chairman
Cllr Anita Watts – Vice Chairman
Cllr Marie Smith – Hall Management Committee Chairman
Cllr Kerry Pitter – Hall Management Committee Vice Chairman
Cllr Sue Farr – Highways Officer
Cllr Steve Delmege – Footpaths Officer
Cllr Anita Watts – Recreation Ground Chairman
Cllr Kerry Pitter – Transport Representative
Cllr Andy Burton will continue to improve and update the village website

A Meeting was held with HCC Highways and CC Humby to discuss the drainage at The Sawmills. Cllr Charles, Cllr Smith and the Clerk attended and informed Councillors of the way in which we can resolve the problem by using HCC drains once we have drained the area with land drains. Cllr Pitter offered to draw up a revised Specification. Councillors asked that the grass be cut on the Green as it is getting long, and it is needed for the 90th Birthday Celebrations on Sunday 15th May. Clerk will contact Dave Rappini to ask when it is going to be cut.

The work on the new School lay-by is still planned to take place over the half term week and will take 2 – 3 weeks. HCC are going to inform residents who live near to the School about the work.

The Queen’s Birthday celebrations are going well and the Clerk said that tickets are selling well – it is just hoped that the weather is also good.

Cllr Burton showed Councillors a sign which has been designed to direct vehicles down Parsonage Lane towards the Ladybirds Pre-school. Councillors were happy for the sign to be installed in the corner of the Hall car park.

Cllr Burton gave Councillors a pre-view of the new Durley village website which will be launched soon. This website will take material from the old website and put it in a newer format. It is hoped that all village organisations will contribute to their part of the website and we will have an up-to-date website for the future, which was an Action that was highlighted in the Durley Parish Plan. Cllr Burton was thanked for all his hard work. Once Councillors have seen the final updates there will be a launch date to go live.

Cllr Charles and the Clerk attended a Southern Parishes Meeting on 9th May and the new Chief Inspector was present along with Sgt Stuart Gilmore. Questions were asked about policing matters, and in particular the problem of fly-tipping.

DC Mclean gave a District Councillors’ Report, but as this was a new term of office he kept the issues fairly general. He talked about the Bishops Waltham Recycling Centre, the state of the roads, fly-tipping and visits by the Mayor for next year. As Durley is now included in with the Bishops Waltham Ward rather than Owslebury, Upham and Curdridge concern was expressed that we would still require the District Councillors to attend our Parish Council Meetings even though they are on the same night as Bishops Waltham. It is hoped that the District Councillors will be able to attend one Meeting first and then go to the other parish second. CC Humby has been doing this during his term of office as a County Councillor to both parishes.

Fly-tipping has again been occuring in Durley and the Clerk has reported all incidents as they happen. Councillors agreed that when cameras are available from WCC we would like to use them to catch offenders who fly-tip in Durley.

Clerk informed Councillors that Darren Lewis – our HCC Highways Officer is leaving soon and will be replaced with a temporary Officer.

Clerk said that there is a PACT Meeting with the Police on 30th June at Bishops Waltham from 7.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Any parishioners are welcome to attend. Cllr Watts and Cllr Farr will attend to represent the Parish Council. Clerk reported that our PCSO Richard Nolan has now left the Police. We are not having our own PCSO at the moment, but cover will be provided by the other PCSO’s in the area.

Cllr Farr reported that a drainage pot hole has been reported to HCC. Cllr Delmege informed Councillors of a Speeding Traffic Report he had produced. He felt that the only way to reduce the traffic speed along the main road through Durley was to enforce the speed. At least 6 volunteers would be needed to set up a Community Speedwatch Group and if Durley would like one then we do need volunteers. If anyone is willing to be a volunteer then they will be trained. If you are interested in volunteering then please get in touch with the Clerk – Anne Collins via durleypc@homecall.co.uk. The Clerk has received details of some new stickers to go onto the wheely bins to highlight the speed along a stretch of road. Councillors felt that this did have a big impact on vehicles travelling through when they saw the bins out on a Friday and as this was some years ago it might be a good idea to get some new ones. Clerk said that if 4 stickers were required for each house (one on each side of both bins) that would be a cost of £4 per household. Previously householders purchased the stickers if they wished to have them. If the Parish Council pays for them this could cost quite a bit of money. However, they were effective. Councillors will agree at the next Meeting how the stickers would be funded. Have any residents got any views?

The Chairman and Clerk signed the Annual Governance Statement for 2015-16 for the Annual Audit Return and the Accounting Statements for 2015-16. These will now be sent off to the External Auditor.

Anne Collins
Clerk to Durley Parish Council