Durley Parish Council held its Monthly Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 14th March, 2017 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. 6 Parish Councillors, County/District Councillor Humby, and the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins were present. 2 PCSO’s also attended the first part of the Meeting.

Apologies were received from Cllr Farr, District Councillor Miller and District Councillor Mclean.

Councillors were pleased that the pipe under Durley Brook Road has now been installed. The ditches have also been dug out deep to try and take the water when we have a heavy rainfall. The patching work in Snakemoor Lane was carried out whilst the road was closed. The flooding situation will be kept monitored, but it is hoped that this work will ease the problem. CC Humby was thanked for all his work in getting this work carried out.

The re-planting at Church Copse, Greenwood Lane is still being investigated by CC Humby and George Hollingbery MP as no response has been received as to when the re-planting will take place. It is the responsibility of the Forestry Commission so they will be contacted again for a response.

Vehicles parking outside of the Garage at Beech Corner are still causing safety issues and Councillors are receiving reports of near accidents and hope that double yellow lines will be placed at this junction soon before there is a serious accident.

Councillors discussed the Draft Constitution for the Southern Parishes Group and the Chairman and Clerk will take comments to the next Meeting.

CC Humby gave a County Council Report and he informed Councillors that he has been involved with the School Travel Plan and has met with the Headteacher and School Governors to discuss ways of making the road safer e.g. speed of vehicles, a crossing etc. He has asked that the School inform the Parish Council of their plans as support will be needed from the Parish Council. CC Humby also explained about the work he is carrying out with the National Infrustructure Commissioner who deals with major roads in the country. 3 roads in Hampshire are dangerous and will hopefully have improvements made within the next 4 – 5 years. Fly tipping has gone down in Hampshire. He is also asking for the results of the recent Traffic Survey which was carried out in Hampshire.

Although DC Mclean was not able to attend the Meeting he sent a verbal Report to the Clerk. He said that he has visited Durley and taken the new Chief Executive of WCC around the village. WCC are working with Vanguard on planning issues and his Mayoral duties are continuing to develop.

The gang mowing for the Recreation Ground for 2017 was agreed along with the continued maintenance of The Sawmills.

Clerk read out e-mails which have been received about the inconsiderate parking at The Sawmills. This is a real problem as it often means that residents cannot get out of their driveways or park near to their properties. Now that the road has been adopted by HCC the Clerk has asked HCC to send plans of where they are proposing to put lines on the road and any signs. It is hoped that once these measures are in place the situation can be kept monitored.

Cllr Watts said that there was not much to report on Neighbourhood Watch, apart from reports of vehicle number plates being tampered with, or stolen, and various scams that are going around.

Cllr Pitter gave a Highways Report and said that he is going to have a tour round the village and report any pot holes that he sees. There is one particular hole that keeps appearing along Durley Street. Each time it is repaired it washes out again. Mincingfield Lane has had ditches reinstated and it is hoped that marker posts will be placed alongside the ditch to stop vehicles from pushing them back in again. Parts of Sciviers Lane are in need of repair, but this will be carried out when the building work is completed at Torbay Farm.

The Clerk reported that a County Councillor Grant was successful to purchase a trolley and some tables for the Hall. Cllr Humby was thanked for his support. WCC also gave a Grant from the Small Grants Scheme for some tables. This was also appreciated. These tables will be easier for hirers to put up and down and the trolley will be used for storage and to take the tables around the Hall.

Councillors were reminded that the Annual Parish Assembly will be held on Tuesday 4th April at 8.00 p.m. in the main Hall.

Anne Collins
Clerk to Durley Parish Council