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Minutes of the Meeting of Hursley Parish Council held in the Parish Hall on Monday 10th November 2003, at 8.00 p.m.

 

 

Present:

Mrs R Heath in the Chair

 

Mrs F Squire

 

Mrs L Esplin-Jones

 

Mr A. Beusmans

 

Mr J Fields

 

Mr P Pollitt

 

Mr J Stickland

 

Mr P Watters

 

Mr M. Waldron (From 9.15 p.m.)

 

 

In attendance:

Mr J. L. Brooks, Clerk to the Council, Cllr Mrs A Bailey, Cllr Mrs C Bailey, and Cllr Mr M McMillan.

 

 

92/03

QUESTIONS FROM PARISHIONERS

 

Mr A Syms asked if there was any information concerning enforcement of the speed limit, and Mrs R Brooks asked if it was intended to proceed with the bus shelter light.  The Clerk explained that both matters would be dealt with as matters arising.

 

93/03

APOLOGIES

 

Mr Waldron, who would be late.  PC C Barham.

 

 

94/03

MINUTES

 

The minutes of the meeting held on 8th September 2003, which had been circulated, were agreed and signed by the Vice-Chairman.

95/03

MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF 8th SEPTEMBER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arising from Minute 82/03 – The Clerk reported that the police had carried out two speed enforcement exercises in the village.  On 26th September during a one hour period 21 motorists were warned, and a further 12 were issued with fixed penalty tickets.  He had asked to be informed of the time at which the check took place. No details were available for the second occasion.

 

Arising from Minute 66/03 12) – The Clerk reported that the electrician had not been able to install a bus shelter light before the closing date for the WDAPC grant.  After discussion it was AGREED to continue with the project, at an anticipated cost of c£250, the Clerk being authorised to agree details with the electrician.

 

Arising from Minute 85/03 – The Clerk reported that the trees in the recreation ground had been trimmed satisfactorily.

Arising from Minute 89/03 – The Clerk reported that Winchester City Council had accepted that to act in accordance with solicitor’s advice would give the Management Committee sufficient independence for grant purposes, and the solicitor had therefore written to the Charity Commission.  A reply was awaited.

 

96/03

REPORT OF COUNTY COUNCILLOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs A Bailey reported:-

 

That an appeal relating to the use of Port Lane as a walking route from Oliver’s Battery to John Keble School had been allowed.  Some children would now therefore be entitled to free travel.

 

That she considered that SEDA might provide some financial assistance towards Broadband – she would investigate.

 

That Mr Ray of Silkstead had written to Mr Oaten and the Hampshire County Council regarding the junction between Silkstead Lane and Poles Lane as a result of which the lining scheme was to be reconsidered.  She would report progress to the next meeting.

 

That Her Majesty The Queen was to visit Winchester to unveil a sculpture in the Great Hall and to open the new Visitor Centre at the Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum.

 

That it might be possible to obtain a grant from Hampshire County Council in relation to the bus shelter light under the Community Safety Initiative.

 

97/03

REPORT OF DISTRICT COUNCILLOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Charlotte Bailey reported as follows.

 

Winchester District Local Plan - The committee had met twice in the previous week. One of the main items was on changes suggested after the two seminars on PPG3. These included additions to the Design and Development chapter which will ask for development briefs which will be adopted as supplementary guidance and seek to protect the quality and character of an area. It also emphasised the importance of local character as defined in Village Design Statements and Neighbourhood Design Statements.

 

Improvements to the Planning Committee – She was one of a committee of five which made recommendations to Cabinet which were accepted. It was recommended not to introduce Area Committees but instead to try to appoint a membership of the Planning Committee which reflects the geography of the District. This would mean replacing one Winchester Town Member with one from the Northern parishes.  There are quite a few changes asked for in the running of the Planning Committee but of particular interest is for the speaking arrangements to include 3 minutes for the Parish Council as well as objectors having 3 minutes. Also if the committee refuses an application which officers have recommended for approval then the reasons will be agreed there and then so it will no longer return to the next meeting.

 

M3 Noise - A petition of over 1,000 signatures was presented to both the Transport and Education Ministries by a small group including representatives from Otterbourne and Compton and Shawford Parish Councils, the City Council, the County Council and the Governors of Shepherds Down School. Mark Oaten met a delegation at Westminster and also asked two related questions in Parliament. The emphasis was on joined up thinking between departments to help ameliorate the problems caused by noise. The OFSTED report from the school was used which had outstanding results apart from an action plan note for the school to do something about the noise, particularly outside!

 

Town Forum on Parking – There was to be a public meeting in King Alfred Hall, Guildhall at 7.00 p.m. on November 17th to discuss Parking in Winchester. This affects all who visit the City and the meeting will provide opportunities for people to make comments and suggestions.

 

New Director of Development Services. - Robin Cooper is the new Director and comes from Canterbury so understands the pressures on both an historic town and on surrounding villages. He had been invited to spend the afternoon of Tuesday 25th November on a guided tour of Compton, Shawford, Otterbourne and Hursley so that he can see for himself the character and features of the area. He would welcome a member of the Parish Council to come round with him as he sees it as a good opportunity to get to know people and understand some of the difficulties we face. He will be in Hursley from 3.30 - 4.30.

 

Tourism - Winchester is officially the Best Tourism Information Centre in the South East. They go forward to the national finals.

 

Southampton Airport - At the meeting of the Airport Consultative Committee on October 16th she had challenged the assertion that the planes are still travelling on the agreed flight path as more people have been complaining. A new monitoring system for the spring next year was explained and this means particular planes which fly at the wrong height can be identified. This may improve matters. She also obtained agreement that complaints should be logged itemising each plane complained of, as a single letter can include many different events. A new leaflet has been produced which includes a map of the agreed flight paths. She had been to a conference at the airport last Friday and it was agreed that changes to minimise nuisance will be looked at.

 

Mr McMillan reported that as a result of recent pressure, the District Council Audit costs may be reduced.  He welcomed the fact that policies relating to PPG3 were now to take into account other environmental matters rather than just density, he congratulated the police on their handling of the recent rave at Farley Mount and stated that he was still working towards improved drainage at Silkstead Lane/Poles Lane.

 

98/03

REPORT OF POLICE CONSTABLE

 

The Clerk distributed copies of PC Barham’s report of recent crimes within the parish.

 

99/03

CORRESPONDENCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1)      Winchester City Council

Request for Precept required for 2004/2005 – noted that the budget was to be considered later.

 

2)      Winchester & District Savers

Request for contribution towards start up costs – Deferred in Mr Waldron’s absence.

 

3)      WaterVoice Southern

a)      Customer Survey – dealt with later.

 

4)      Sparsholt Parish Council

a)      Copy letter to Chief Executive, Hampshire County Council seeking a traffic management order for the recently confirmed BOAT. – It was agreed that the Clerk should write in support of Sparsholt’s request.

 

100/03

REPORT OF PLANNING MATTERS

 

The schedule of applications and decisions was noted and it was decided to comment as follows:- 

 

Mr C Easter –

Conservatory to rear.

Yew Tree Service Station.                                    No Comment.

 

Mrs Squire declared an interest in the following item and left the room during discussion thereof.

Mrs F Squire –

Erection of Gazebo in garden.

Home Farm House.                                              No Comment

 

Miss A Vickers -

Construction of single garage and alterations to outbuilding.

84 Hursley                                                            No Comment

 

101/03

REPORT OF THE RECREATION GROUND AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Fields reported that the tree work had been completed and that mowing etc was being carried out satisfactorily.  Insufficient control of dogs was still something of a problem.  Mr Rodbourne had repaired the northern goalposts.

 

Mr Beusmans reported that Barker and Geary Ltd had agreed to replace a defective fence member on the Church Lane frontage.

 

It was agreed that a further urgent committee meeting be held to discuss the war memorial plans.

 

 

102/03

REPORT OF THE ALLOTMENTS AND CEMETERY COMMITTEE

 

 

 

 

Mr Fields reported that both the allotments and cemetery were well maintained.  There had been a burial of ashes in an existing grave.  It was noted that the hedges were in need of trimming.

 

103/03

REPORTS OF COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Esplin-Jones reported that a meeting had been held with Montessori who had reiterated a request that consideration be given to surfacing part of the area used for play. This would be considered by the committee. 

Mr Pollitt reported that the straw spilled on Castle Hill had been cleared. 

Mr Watters relayed continued complaints from residents, particularly those in and around Farley Chamberlayne, that SERCO refuse collection vehicles were travelling at dangerously excessive speeds around the narrow lanes. The Clerk was instructed to write to SERCO to register the Council’s concern.

 

104/03

CLERK’S REPORT RE. ANNUAL AUDIT 2002/2003

 

The Clerk reported that the Audit Commission had issued the necessary certificate and had made no comments.

 

105/03

Mr Waldron joined the meeting and took the chair.

 

106/03

FINANCIAL STATEMENT

The Council received a copy of the financial statement.  Authority was given for the payments listed.

 

107/03

ADOPTION OF FLOOD PLAN

 

The Chairman referred to the Plan which had been produced by the Flood Action Group and circulated.  (see copy attached to these minutes)  The Council congratulated all involved and it was RESOLVED that the plan be adopted.

 

A draft letter to WaterVoice Southern was considered and it was agreed that the letter be sent.

 

108/03

BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS

 

Mr Stickland reported that in view of the interest shown by villagers he had made further investigations.  BT was unlikely to enable the local exchange because of the low number of users but he had had discussions with a firm that provided wireless facilities to marinas who had expressed interest in serving the village.  They would be visiting shortly to carry out a survey.  Considerable discussion took place and Mr Ashbee, a parishioner who was expert in such matters, was invited to answer councillor’s questions.  The council looked forward to hearing as to progress.

109/03

PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATION OF BUDGET FOR 2004/2005

 

 

 

 

The Clerk had produced a draft budget which had been circulated and stated that he anticipated recommending a precept of the order of £12,000.  It was agreed that councillors should carefully consider spending requirements for the ensuing year and liaise with the Clerk so that the precept could be finalised at the next meeting.

 

110/03

NEXT MEETING

 

The next meeting of the Council will be held on 12th January 2004.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.40 p.m.

 

 

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