Due to the Coronavirus pandemic Durley Parish Council are not able to hold face to face Meetings, but have been meeting virtually.  We have been carrying out business as usual where possible, but some issues have to be put on hold for the time being.

Durley Parish Council held their Monthly Parish Council Meetings on Tuesday 14th July, 2020.  Cllr Delmege (Chairman) chaired the Meeting.  Also in attendance were Cllr Childs, Cllr Watts, Cllr Rutherford, Cllr Miller, Cllr Brenchley, Cllr Rappini and the Clerk (Mrs Anne Collins).  Our County and District Councillors were not involved in the Meetings, but have been in regular contact with the Parish Council.

New location sites for the Speed Indicator sign have been viewed along Durley Street, Wintershill and Parsonage Lane.  However, quite a few sites do not give adequate roadside clearance so HCC will need to make the final decision on which sites can be considered.

The Clerk has not been able to arrange a further Public Broadband Meeting with HCC Broadband Team as large gatherings are still not permitted.

Various footpath problems have been reported during the month and these have either been repaired, or referred to HCC Rights of Way Team for action.  If you do own a footpath please could you make sure that it is accessible as many people are out walking our footpaths at the moment.

County Councillor Humby followed up our comments regarding a Planning Application in Eastleigh Borough Council for 5 dwellings at the Beech Corner roundabout when we asked if a footpath/cycleway could be considered alongside the main road to make it safer for anyone who walks/cycles along this dangerous stretch of road.

District Councillor Mclean informed Councillors about arrangements in the Bishops Waltham Town Centre for re-opening, fly tipping in the area, virtual Planning Meetings at Winchester and his Meeting with Flick Drummond and Durley Parish Council to discuss enforcement issues in Durley.

Cllr Delmege and the Clerk had a virtual Meeting with HCC to discuss updating the Durley Parish Plan.  This was informative and the Clerk will get in touch with Steve Lincoln at WCC who had previously helped with the original Parish Plan which was produced in 2015.  It is hoped that once agreed a Questionnaire will be sent round to all residents in Durley to obtain the views from residents, especially regarding any potential development in Durley.

Both Play Areas have now been re-opened and residents who use them are advised to clean their hands before and after use and socially distance as advised by the Government guidelines.

After receiving updates throughout the lockdown the Hall Management Committee are now hoping to re-open the Hall for some of the smaller bookings where social distancing can be adhered to in mid-August.  The Hall will be cleaned before and after each booking and the hirer will need to sign a disclaimer stating that they will follow Government guidelines, and will provide details if required for a Track and Trace if there is a Covid outbreak.

Cllr Watts gave a Neighbourhood Watch Report stating that the Police have issued a warning to parents that a number of Nitrous Oxide canisters have been found in local Recreation Grounds.  These are dangerous and there is a risk of falling unconscious or suffocating from the lack of oxygen.  Telephone scams are also still circulating.

A Highways Report was given by Cllr Rappini and all the highways in Durley appear to be good, but the bridge just outside of Durley along Wangfield Lane has been knocked and damaged, so the road is closed until repairs have been carried out.

The Clerk gave out a Financial Report of the expenditure for July.

Anne Collins

Clerk to Durley Parish Council