Durley Parish Council held its Monthly Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 11th October, 2016 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. 5 Parish Councillors, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins and 5 parishioners were present. There was also two representatives from Regal Homes to show Councillors proposals for a development in Durley Street.

Apologies were received from Cllr Smith and Cllr Delmege. County Councillor/District Councillor Humby, District Councillor Miller and District Councillor Mclean also sent their apologies as they were attending a Meeting in Winchester.

Cllr Pitter and the Clerk had met with a drainage company and Councillors discussed and agreed the quotation given. It is hoped that work will start on putting in land drains in the Play Area at The Sawmills before the winter. The Play Area will be closed whilst the work is carried out – hopefully this will take a week.

CC Humby was not at the Meeting to give an update of the flooding situation at Beech Corner. Residents attending are getting very frustrated at not being informed of what work is being done and when. Although they are grateful that the ditch has been dug out – it does not lead anywhere and the pipe under the main road has not been put in yet. Winter is quickly approaching and residents in this area of Durley are getting very anxious about where the water will go. Clerk will try and arrange a Meeting with HCC Highways, CC Humby, Councillors and residents to try and work together to resolve this issue.

Fly-tipping signs will be put up around Durley in various hot spots to try and deter anyone from tipping in Durley.

Concern is still being expressed about the amount of lorries travelling through Durley. Clerk has received a response from the Torbay Farm developer stating that their lorries do not travel down Sciviers Lane from the Durley end. If the problem continues then we will need to see where the lorries are going.

Residents attending the Meeting were there to discuss the flooding at Beech Corner and the re-planting of trees in Church Copse. Residents were not happy that no response has been received from an enquiry to CC Humby about the reinstatement of the trees felled in Church Copse, which was requested by the Forestery Commission. Residents were also concerned about the vehicles parking at the end of Stapleford Lane outside of Beech Corner Garage. It makes it very dangerous coming out of Stapleford Lane and Church Lane. Clerk said that double lines were requested many years ago and were going through the legal system. Many requests have been made over the last 10 years, but still no lines have been installed. Residents and Councillors agreed that there will be a serious accident at this staggered junction as there are no sight-lines when vehicles are parked outside of the Garage. Cllr Charles assured residents that the Parish Council will do all it can to try and get these doubles lines to stop parking outside of the Garage.

The Consultation Paper on 2017/18 Local Government Finance Settlement was discussed and a response was agreed.

The Financial Regulations were updated as agreed, to comply with recent legilsation.

The re-painting of the Hall foyer, kitchen and toilet areas has been completed. Clerk said that some new Christmas decorations were required. These will be purchased. Cllr Charles will get in touch with the Tiler who will be giving a quote for the tiles in the foyer and kitchen.

Cllr Farr reported on a Planning Coach Trip Tour organised by Winchester City Council. She visited many planning sites including the Old Fire Station in Winchester and developments in Colden Common and Wickham.

Anne Collins
Clerk to Durley Parish Council