Minutes of the Shipton Bellinger Parish Council Meeting held on Monday 1st February 2010 in the Fletcher Room, Village Centre at 7.30pm.
Present : Cllr Miss A Reynolds - Chairman
Cllr Mrs G Naish - Vice Chairman
Cllr Mr D Davies
Cllr Mr M Udale
Cllr Mr S Bluff
Cllr Mr T Bowden
Borough Councillor Mrs E Charnley
County Councillor Mrs P West
Richard Waterman - Parish Clerk
Members of the Public - Mrs R Flowers, Mr M Thompson and Mr P West
Apologies : Cllr Mrs R Tetlow, Cllr Mrs S Turner, Cllr Mr M Bladen, Cllr Mr G Richardson, and
Borough Councillor Mr P Lashbrook.
The Chairman wished everyone a belated Happy New Year and welcomed them to the first Parish Council Meeting of 2010.
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS.
Cllr Mrs Naish declared an interest in Flooding and Footpath No5
Cllr Mr Davies declared an interest in the Village Centre as the PC Representative on the VC
Cllr Miss Reynolds declared an interest in Footpath No5
Cllr Mr Bowden declared an interest in the Village Centre.
Cllr Mr Davies reported that Mr Gordon Measurers has resigned as Chairman due to poor health and that David Sperry has taken over as Chairman for the time being. AsDavid Sperry works full time he will not be able to take on all the roles that Gordon performed, therefore the role of the Chairman is to be discussed at the next Management Committee Meeting. The Village Centre is looking for someone to take on the responsibility for the window boxes, a job that Gordon took under his wing.
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING.
The Chairman signed the minutes of the previous meeting as a true record. Matters arising from those minutes :-
ASTRO TURF - No new news to report.
CHRISTMAS TREES - The Chairman thanked everyone who helped take down the Christmas decorations from the Christmas Trees. It has been suggested that when the sycamoretree is taken down on the Village Green later this year that a Christmas Tree is planted to replace it, this can the be decorated each year. The Parish Council thought this a good idea.
FOOTPATHS - The Clerk reported that Rights of Way may have to temporarily close Footpath 14 until the bridge can be replaced, he hoped to have more information by the next meeting.
Cllr Mr S Bluff reported that he now has the three quotes for Footpath 5 and will produce a report for the next meeting.
POT HOLES - The recent bad weather has damaged the roads and quite a few potholes haveappeared in the village. The pot hole by the Old School House in Parkhouse Road got deeper, wider and longer than ever before and has now received a major repair by Highways. Cllr Mrs P West stated that she had instructed Mr Clarke to get on and do a proper repair on this problem pot hole as it kept reappearing after being repaired.
The Clerk reported that John Clarke from Highways has been in the village and noted all the pot holes that need repairing. The Chief Executive of Hampshire County Council has instructed Highways to survey the county’s roads for pot holes as the snow and ice has caused a lot of damage, Hampshire County Council plan to ask Government for additional money to carry out the repairs.
It was noted that there are three major pot holes that need attention in the Village :- One outside No2 the High Street, outside the old School Room in the High Street and one in ‘Sams’ car park by the recycling bins. The Clerk has reported the one in ‘Sams’ car park to Testway Housing.
ALLOTMENTS - The Clerk reported that the lease between the Parish Council and the Shipton Allotments Society has now been signed.
PRECEPT - The Clerk reported that the Precept figure has been submitted to Test Valley Borough Council. The Parish Council will postpone discussing a possible grant to Castledown radio until the next meeting when Cllr Mrs Turner returns.
09/02653/FULLN - Erection of conservatory at rear - Glebe Cottage, High Street.
The Parish Council had NO OBJECTION to this Planning Application.
09/02553/FULLN - Erection of extension top existing garage - 80 Gardeners Green.
The Parish Council had NO OBJECTIONS to this Planning Application.
The Chairman reported that there was an article in the Andover Advertiser regarding a
change of permission for vehicles operating from Scott’s Barn. This was noted.
HALC and NALC - Cllr Mrs G Naish
Cllr Mrs Naish reported that as discussed at the last meeting Hampshire Association of Local Councils (HALC) are thinking of withdrawing from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC). This has prompted a response from NALC and letters have been sent out to all the Hampshire Town and Parish Councils (a copy was given to the Parish Councillors). At the next Test Valley Association of Parish Council’s Meeting on the 4th March 2010 both organisations will state their case.
The Chairman and Clerk will attend the meeting and report back to the Parish Council.
VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT
The Parish Councillors had all looked at the Village Design Statement (VDS)from 2003 and apart from a few minor changes to update figures, were happy with its content. The original team had done a good job and it was felt that it now needs to move forward to bring it up to date.
Cllr Mr Bluff thought it may be a good idea to add a section on the village infrastructure - a list of village organisations, contact telephone numbers etc could also be added. The MOD produce a good information leaflet for Army personnel moving into the area and this could be adapted. The Parish Council thought this a good idea. Cllr Mrs E Charnley stated that it was a good idea to adopt the VDS as it can help with planning issues.
COUNTY COUNCILLOR MRS P WEST’S REPORT
Cllr Mrs P West gave the Parish Councillors a report on how Hampshire County Council coped during the recent bad weather and measures that could be implemented to improve the service. The issue of grit bins was discussed and the Parish Council have been asked for their views so that Cllr Mrs West can report back to the Cabinet in July. The Clerk was asked to put this on the agenda for the March meeting.
Cllr Mrs West also stated that H.C.C. is looking at the liability concerns for grit bins as this is an issue with many Parish Council’s insurers.
Cllr Mrs West reported that from her devolved budget she has given a grant of £1000 to
the Shipton Allotments Society and £2000 to the Pre School.
CLLR MRS E CHARNLEY’S REPORT
Cllr Mrs Charnley reported that she had been to TVBC to view their new Call Centre and was very impressed, ¾ of the system is now in operation.
Cllr Mrs Charnley reported that the Co-op planning application at Andover Airfield has been approved. She alsoreported that the recent planning application for a Showman’s Site at Thruxton Down has been refused again by the Planners. The Parish Council thought this good news.
CLLR MISS A REYNOLDS - Reported that she had contacted PC Bill Williams to see if there was any news on the issue of speeding in the village. PC Williams provided the following information :- ‘Demand for our data recorders is very high and we have around 130 sites waiting for one. There are 6 data recorders which are shared by western and northern traffic areas. Recent weather and software problems has slowed us down over that last two months which hasn’t helped either. However last week TVBC gave me some data for Parkhouse Rd which showed the overall average speed was 27.1mph & the 85%th speed was 31.5mph. those speeds do not meet RPU planned enforcement criteria. I will be touch when we’ve done the High St.’
The Clerk reported that the order for the posts for the Flashing Speed Signs has been confirmed by Mayor Patel at TVBC. An additional post will be put on the grass verge by May and Sons the Auctioneers.
CLLR MR S BLUFF - Reported that while out walking with his children and dog he encountered motor cyclists on one of the paths, they showed no regard to the fact that there was children and a dog present and used them as a chicane. This incident was reported to the Police.
CLLR MR D DAVIES - Reported that current water levels in the River Bourne are below the critical level but have risen 2cm during the last 24 hour period. Cllr Mr Davies reported that some of the debris has been cleared from under the Snoddington Lane Bridge.
CLLR MR T BOWDEN - Asked if there was any progress with getting the A338 ditches cleared? The Clerk reported that Hampshire is aware that they need doing and he thought that the recent bad weather has delayed things. The gullies in the High Street have been cleared and the gullies in Bulford Road are on the work schedule to be done.
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
Mr Mark Thompson reported that the Allotments have now been ploughed and it is hoped to start marking out the paths etc the following weekend. Access to the Allotments for pedestrians will be from Footpath 5 and Mr Curry has provided vehicular access from Beech Walkon a limited basis. Mr Thompson spoke about the type of fencing that will be put around the site and answered questions on landscaping.
A grant for 75% of the cost of the fencing has been awarded by Plain Action, the grant is paid after the work has been completed which leaves the S.A.S. with a shortfall until the grant is paid. Mr Thompson asked if the Parish Council would be able to assist?
The Parish Council discussed this and agreed that a grant of £1000 has been put into the precept for 2010/2011 and they could see no reason why this could not be paid to the S.A.S. early. Mr Thompson thanked the Parish Council and will liaise with the Clerk at the appropriate time.
Mr Thompson reported that the S.A.S. have their own web site and it is hoped that this can be linked to the Village Web Site. Mr Thompson asked if the Parish Council would like to have a representative who he could liaise with to pass on information about the S.A.S. aswith the good weather coming he hoped to be working on his Allotment and would not be able to attend the Parish Council meetings. Cllr Mr Bluff offered to be the point of contact.
CHEQUES ISSUED IN FEBRUARY 2010
R.N. Waterman Wages £312.50
Over Wallop Parish Council Share of Flashing Speed Signs £1312.50
Mr B Pearce Gully Clearing £160.00
SBVC Hire of Meeting Rooms £70.00
CLOSE OF THE MEETING
The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting.
DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING
1ST March 2010 in the Fletcher Room, Village Centre at 7.30pm