Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Meeting on Tuesday 12th March, 2019 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall. Cllr Charles (Chairman), Cllr Watts (Vice Chairperson), Cllr Pitter, Cllr Delmege, Cllr Smith, Cllr Bartlett, Cllr Clegg, the Clerk – Mrs Anne Collins, County/District Councillor Humby and 3 parishioners were present.


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


Cllr Bartlett reported that Solent Design were prepared to donate a table/seat for the Sawmills Green. This offer was greatly appreciated by the Parish Council. It is hoped that other businesses will also be prepared to make a similar donation to enhance the seating area on The Green.


A resident present at the Meeting thanked the Parish Council for all their hard work in getting the re-planting of trees in Church Copse. It is hoped that this issue will now reach a satisfactory conclusion.


Suggestions were read out from Simon Finch, Winchester City Council about trying to resolve the parking problems in The Sawmills. It was agreed that the Clerk would write letters to residents asking for their views on the various suggestions.


Cllr Charles and the Clerk attended a Planning Forum in Winchester. The main topic of discussion was enforcement and the impending Parish Charter.


County Councillor Humby gave a County Council Report. He went into detail about the Budget Setting at HCC and how budgets have been reduced and savings need to be made, which is difficult when a large amount is needed for education and social care. 2 new Dragon Patchers have been purchased and one will be based at the Bishops Waltham Depot.


The District Council Report was also given by Cllr Humby. He said that a Full Council had approved the Budget and the Gypsy and Traveller Paper.


There was no School Report. The Clerk did say that the CIL Funding Application for the School Crossing was not being heard until the April Meeting so she had no further update on this at the moment.


Clerk showed Councillors photographs of the fly-tipping which has occurred recently at Calcot where the rubbish was dumped in the river Hamble. Councillors agreed that this behaviour was totally unacceptable. The Environment Agency were called and many Officers attended the scene before the rubbish was removed. It is hoped that some evidence was gathered and a prosecution will follow.


Clerk said that she had Election Nomination Forms available for the forthcoming Parish Council Elections. She would be taking the completed Forms up to Winchester on Monday 1st April.


Cllr Watts gave a Neighbourhood Watch Report informing Councillors that vehicle theft in the area is on the increase and numberplates and hub caps are also being stolen. Everyone is reminded to keep possessions safe and make sure that your property is checked whilst you are away.


Cllr Pitter reported that some of the lanes and roads in Durley are going to be surfaced dressed, so there will be some road closures whilst work is carried out. Some parking has been occurring on the double yellow lines so the Clerk was asked to write to the business owners in these locations to ask for their help to ensure that visitors do not park on the double yellow lines. Cllr Delmege will attend a HCC Highways Meeting in Winchester on 13th March to represent Durley Parish Council.


Cllr Smith gave a Hall Meeting Report. The main items which were discussed were the final preparations for the new Hall floor, carpentry work required in the Hall and maintenance issues. Councillors were pleased with the bulbs that are now coming up around the Hall and along the verges in Durley, in memory of John (our previous Caretaker). The bulbs were purchased by Durley Entertainments Committee and planted by Durley Parish Council as a tribute to John – who loved his garden and flowers.


Cllr Watts reported that the Recreation Ground is all running smoothly. Dogs still continue to not be kept on leads and foul on the Recreation Ground. This is a problem for many Recreation Grounds although there are signs well displayed at the Ground. The Dog Warden will be contacted to try and catch offenders.


Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council