Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Meeting on Tuesday 9th October, 2018 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. 6 Parish Councillors, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins, and 3 parishioners were present.


Apologies were received from Cllr Bartlett and County/District Councillor Humby.


Cllr Delmege reported that the speed indicator sign which has been sited in Durley Brook Road is working well and a sample of statistics gained were given at the Meeting. Positive feedback was received from residents and Parish Councillors.


Cllr Watts and the Clerk attended the WW1 Commemoration Meeting and reported that planning for the events in Durley are going well. It is hoped that many residents will attend the commemoration services at the Church and opposite the School, the Exhibition at Durley Memorial Hall (which was built in memory of those who fell during WW1), and the lighting of the beacon in the evening.


Cllr Pitter reported on the Broadband in Durley and said that an article has gone onto the website asking for residents to respond so that we know what community interest there is when deciding on a Community Funding bid. Residents are urged to respond, otherwise Parish Councillors have no idea of how satisfied you are with your current broadband speeds in Durley.


The Clerk reported that HCC have confirmed that the grit bin sited along Wintershill will be reinstated and re-levelled.


Cllr Charles and the Clerk attended a Planning Event along with other Parish Councils – issues discussed were Enforcement, the Review of the Planning Department at WCC and the future Local Plan.


The new seat to be sited at Durley Recreation Ground has arrived. It will be placed where the old wooden seat was sited.


There were no County or District Councillor Reports.


A letter was received from Royal Mail warning residents of scam mail. This will be put on the noticeboard. Cllr Smith suggested that perhaps the CAB would visit Durley Lunch Club and inform elderly residents of scam mail, e-mails, telephone calls etc. Cllr Delmege will ask CAB and get in touch with Edna Merritt.


Clerk has been looking at various Grants for the school crossing and flashing lights. The Blue Lamp Trust is used for charities and is not suitable, and the Lottery Grant is not available as the land which the project is sited on is not owned by the Parish Council, but HCC. Further Grant options will be investigated by Durley Parish Council and Durley Primary School.


Cllr Pitter gave a Highways Report stating that white road markings have been placed on various roads in Durley so that repair work can be carried out. Some fly tipping was reported. Clerk reminded Councillors that anyone is able to report fly tipping via the Winchester City Council website. Evidence will then be gathered and a “W” placed on the fly tip. It will then be collected by WCC after investigation. Prosecution will follow if possible.


A Neighbourhood Watch Report was given by Cllr Watts, along with the Notes of a recent PACT Meeting held in Bishops Waltham.


Clerk gave a financial report and said that the External Audit had been returned and was satisfactory. The first half of the 2018-19 Internal Audit has been completed and is also satisfactory.


Bulbs have been planted in the memorial garden and in areas around the Hall car park in memory of John Sillence, who was our Hall Caretaker for 14 years. The bulbs were donated from the Village Quiz evening by Durley Entertainments Committee.


Cllr Watts reported that the Recreation Ground is good at the moment and the step on the veranda will be repaired shortly. Cllr Charles offered to meet with Colin Watts to discuss the best materials to repair it with.


Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council