Durley Parish Council held its AGM of Durley Parish Council on Tuesday 9th May, 2017 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. 5 Parish Councillors and the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins were present, along with County/District Councillor Humby, District Councillor Mclean and 2 parishioners. 2 developers were also at the Meeting to present a potential development to Councillors.

Apologies were received from Cllr Farr and Cllr Delmege.

The first item on the Agenda was the Election of Officers, the following Officers were Elected:

Chairman: Cllr Charles
Vice Chairman: Cllr Watts
Chairman of the Hall Management Committee: Cllr Smith
Vice Chairman of the Hall Management Committee: Cllr Bartlett
Highways Officer: Cllr Pitter
Footpaths Officer: Cllr Delmege
Recreation Ground Chairman: Cllr Watts
Transport Representative: Cllr Pitter

Cllr Charles (Chairman) gave his congratulations to County Councillor Humby on being re-elected as our County Councillor for a further 4 year term of Office.

WCC have responded saying that they will be putting the double yellow lines in Durley when the Wickham ones are completed, which hopefully will be soon. The parking at the end of Manor Road has been a problem and photographs have been sent to WCC so that they can see the problem. Vehicles parking right on the end make it difficult and unsafe for other drivers coming into and out of Manor Road. CC Humby confirmed that the new HGV signs with the red line through the middle will be put up within the next 2 – 3 months.

Cllr Charles and the Clerk attended a Planning Briefing at Winchester and although it was interesting the general feeling from parishes was the often the Planning Officers do not listen to the views of the parishes. The Enforcement Officer from WCC then spoke to Parish Councils about the work that he carries out.

Cllr Watts and the Clerk gave a Report on the BW to Botley Bridleway Meeting.

It is hoped that the drainage work in the play area at The Sawmills will be carried out during the week commencing 15th May. Now that the weather is better it should not damage the grass too much. Councillors are anxious to complete the work so that the play area can be used during the summer holidays.

CC Humby gave a County Council Report saying that he does not yet know what position he is going to hold as the full Council Meeting is due to be held on 25th May and this is when the Cabinet is appointed.

The District Council Report was given by DC Mclean. He said that Friarsgate in Winchester will be re-opened and the Winchester Bus Station has been purchased by WCC. Also, an Architect has been appointed for the Leisure Centre. DC Mclean is no longer on the Planning Committee at WCC. As from Wednesday 17th May DC Mclean will be appointed Mayor so he will not be available for some Meetings.

Complaints have been received about dog fouling and doggy bags being left at the roadside. Also, noise from barkings dogs is a complaint which the Parish Council has received. If anyone does know who leaves these doggy bags around the village then please let the Parish Council or the Dog Warden at WCC know as we are then hopefully able to prosecute. Dog fouling at the Recreation Ground is also on the increase. Car drivers sit in their vehicles and let their dogs off the lead and run. Please pick up after your dog and then put the bag in the bin provided. Again, if anyone sees a dog owner acting irresponsible then please let us or the Dog Warden know.

Cllr Watts reported that some gates have been stolen from properties in Stapleford Lane and Greenwood Lane.

Cllr Pitter gave a Highways Report and said that he has nearly completed taking photographs of all roads which need attention in Durley. He will then send the information off to HCC Highways. Clerk will report that the road is sinking again in Heathen Street.

The Annual Governance Statement for 2016-17 and the Accounting Statements for 2016-17 were signed by the Chairman and Clerk ready to send off to the External Auditor.

Anne Collins
Clerk to Durley Parish Council