Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 10th December, 2019 in the Ken Stainer Suite at Durley Memorial Hall.  Cllr Delmege (Chairman) chaired the Meeting.  Also in attendance were Cllr Childs, Cllr Watts, Cllr Rappini, Cllr Brenchley, Cllr Rutherford, the Clerk (Mrs Anne Collins), County/District Councillor Humby, and 1 parishioner along with 2 potential parishioners.  Also present was Kirstie Baines (Headteacher).


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


Cllr Delmege reported that we need to get the permanent speed signs approved by the Road Safety Engineering Group at HCC.  CC Humby offered to get a contact for Cllr Delmege.


Clerk reported that the PUBLIC BROADBAND MEETING for Durley will be held at Durley Memorial Hall on Friday 24th January, 2020 at 6.30 p.m.  This Meeting has taken alot of planning and it is a unique opportunity to put questions to the Hampshire Broadband Team.  It is hoped that many residents will be able to attend and put their concerns/questions to the Team.


Councillors agreed that a Lottery Grant will be applied for in the next financial year to help with the cost of a new peice of play equipment for the older children.  Ideas will be discussed with the children on which peice of equipment to purchase.


The proposed School Crossing is progressing and the Clerk is in the process of liaising with HCC about the final details.  The School defibrillator at present sited inside the School will hopefully be able to be moved to the outside of the building so that it can be used by anyone whether the School is open or closed.  Parish Councillors thanked the School for allowing this access.  Cllr Delmege is looking at suitable cabinets to locate the defibrillator.


The WW2 commemorations in Durley are progressing well.  The proposals are for 8th/9th and 10th May, 2020.


A response will be sent to the developer regarding the proposed planning at Quob Stables.  Councillors agreed “that after recent approaches by developers (or their agents) to Durley Parish Council regarding potential new home developments in our village, Durley Parish Council will carry out a survey of all Durley residents to get their views on what Durley needs in terms of new homes”.  In the present Local Plan Durley has no allocated development, but we do not know at present what the new Local Plan will entail for Durley.


The Clerk attended a Southern Parishes Meeting and reported that Age Concern gave a presentation and issues were discussed regarding Enforcement, Planning Charter, Eastleigh Local Plan and the Local Council Update held in Winchester.


Cllr Watts and the Clerk attended the Local Councils’ Conference in Winchester.  The New Council Plan, Budget proposals, Climate emergency, Planning enforcement and The Parish Charter were all discussed.


Cllr Rutherford was thanked for making the Parish Council crib for the Crib Festival this weekend.


CC Humby gave a County Council report stating that he has been at an Emergency Planning Briefing at HCC.  He is also Governor on the Southern Health Foundation Trust and he informed Councillors of the recent Training Session he had attended.  CC Humby was also informed again about the state of the Wintershill erosion.


The footpaths which are going to have a priority cut by HCC were agreed.  These will be the same as this year as this worked well with the Parish Lengthsman.


Kirstie Baines attended the Meeting and gave a School Report.  She said that there has been an increase in numbers attending the School and she has received many enquiries from Boorley Park.  Since the brook has been cleared out there has been no more flooding.  Cllr Delmege, Cllr Watts and the Clerk attended the School nativity early in the day and congratulated Kirstie on their wonderful performance.


A Report on the Recreation Ground was given by Cllr Watts.  Apart from some maintenance issues which need attention, everything is fine.  Cllr Rutherford said that some moss is gathering on the safety surface in The Sawmills play area.  Shawn Read will be asked to remove this.


Cllr Watts gave a Neighbourhood Watch Report stating that there have been 2 burglaries in Durley over this month and many more in the surrounding areas.  There is also an Argos scam circulating at the moment.


Cllr Rappini will check Durley for pot holes in the New Year.  Clerk updated Councillors on the increase of hgv lorries going through Durley from a local development.  Signs which have been taken down after HCC work has been completed will be reported to HCC so that they can be removed.


The Clerk gave a Financial Report and Councillors agreed the Precept Request for 2020-21.


Cllr Rutherford is looking at replacement Christmas decorations for next year as the present ones are getting old.  A petition was given to Parish Councillors from a resident regarding the offer of a digital keyboard rather than a piano at the Hall.  This is a matter for the Hall Management Committee so this will be passed to them for consideration.  A “No Parking” sign has been purchased and will be put up.


At the end of the Meeting the Chairman wished everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year.



Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council