Durley Parish Council held its Monthly Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 13th December, 2016 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. 6 Parish Councillors, County/District Councillor Rob Humby, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins, and 3 parishioners were present.

Apologies were received from District Councillor Miller, District Councillor Mclean and Kirstie Baines.

The Clerk informed Councillors that the drainage in the Sawmills Play Area should be completed by the end of the year, although a starting date has still yet to be confirmed.

More ditches have been dug out at the Beech Corner end of the village and the pipe under the road will still happen. Councillors hope that this will be carried out soon so that it will ease the water problems at this end of the village during the winter months.

Cllr Charles and the Clerk attended the Southern Parishes Meeting in Bishops Waltham. The main issues discussed included Recycling Centres, Fly tipping, Dog Waste, the proposed Botley By-pass and the Eastleigh Borough Council development plans.

Parking outside of Beech Corner Garage on the junction is still causing a problem for drivers coming out of Stapleford Lane and Church Lane as they do not have good sightlines. DC Miller is trying to see if local funding can be made available to get the doubles yellow lines put down.

Clerk has received notification from WCC that no request has been made for an Election so Councillors are now able to make a Co-option at the January Parish Council Meeting. Notices have been put up on the village noticeboards and website inviting applications from residents who would be interested in helping the village and joining us on the Parish Council. Applications close on 23rd December, 2016.

Cllr Charles and the Clerk attended a Meeting with other local Parish Council Chairmen and Clerks to discuss the impact on the Eastleigh Borough Council planning options for large development in the local area. Councillors are very concerned about the impact it will have on the smaller villages like Durley as the traffic will increase dramatically when these homes are built.

CC Humby gave his Report which included the work that he is doing at the moment on the HCC Economic Development Board which looks at investments and making the economy work for HCC. Cllr Delmege asked Cllr Humby is more rental properties are being built to rent out as this would generate income. Cllr Humby said that they are investing in properties to rent out, and also services are being looked at as a possible way of making money to spend elsewhere on other services. CC Humby spoke about the huge social care budget.

The Parish Precept for 2017-18 was agreed and Councillors took into account that the Grant received from Government will be halved next year.

The Winchester District Association of Parish Councils AGM was attended by Cllr Charles and the Clerk on 6th December. The Election of Officers was the main item for the evening along with discussion about future Meetings.

BT have a Programme to remove low useage telephone kiosks. The kiosk outside of The Robin Hood in Durley Street is in the Programme to be removed. Councillors agreed that as it has not been used over the past year they would not be able to justify its retention.

Cllr Farr attended a Durley Primary School Meeting and gave a Report which included items on a feasibility study of the holding of water in the memorial garden, the wall at the entrance to the School will be re-built, the upgrading of the playground, the sides of the stream will be reinforced, the speed of the traffic now that the lay-by has been built and Grants which need to be applied for.

Cllr Watts and Cllr Farr attended a recent Police PACT Meeting and said that issues discussed were mainly speeding vehicles, fly-tipping and the frequency of future Meetings. The Meetings will be twice a year rather than 4 times a year. Clerk has written a letter of thanks to to Linda Summers who has been the main Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for many years. Information will now be sent to Cllr Watts.

The quote for the new tiles in the Hall foyer and kitchen was agreed and it is hoped that work will start in January, 2017. There will be some disruption with Hall bookings during this time, but it is hoped that most bookings will be able to go ahead as normal.


Anne Collins
Clerk to Durley Parish Council