Minutes of the Minutes of the Shipton Bellinger Parish Council Meeting held on the 4th April 2011 in the Fletcher Room, Village Centre at 7.30pm.

Present : Cllr Miss A Reynolds - Chairman

Cllr Mr D Davies - Vice Chairman

Cllr Mrs R Tetlow

Cllr Mrs S Turner

Cllr Mr S Bluff

Cllr Mr M Bladen

Cllr Mr M Udale

Cllr Mr T Bowden

Richard Waterman - Parish Clerk

David Sperry - Village Centre Chairman

Member of the Public - Mrs Wendy Sperry

Apologies : Cllr Mr G Richardson, County Councillor Mrs P West and Borough Councillors Mr

P Lashbrook and Mrs E Charnley.


Cllr Mr T Bowden declared an interest in the Village Centre

Cllr Mrs R Tetlow declared an interest in Footpath 5, Flooding and the Allotments.

Cllr Miss A Reynolds declared an interest in Footpath 5 and the Allotments.

Cllr Mr M Bladen declared an interest in Bulford Road/Watery Lane and the Village Centre.


Mr David Sperry reported that the Village Centre Management Committee meeting planned for March was postponed. The repairs to the Viewing room are nearing completion and it should be back in use by the end of the week. Hog the Limelight are using the Village Centre to hold a show case day - performers show case their acts to visitors from venues that hold Hog the Limelight events.

Mr Sperry reported that the Village Centre revenue is down due the Cycle events being cancelled - a result of the road works at the 100 Acre Roundabout - until the effects of the changes to the roundabout and the junction of the A303 are known the Cycle Event will not be back to the village.


The Chairman signed the minutes of the previous meeting as a true record. Matters arising from those minutes :-

CRICKET NETS - The Chairman confirmed that the Parish Council are holding 2,400 for the Cricket Nets project. It was thought that the information supplied by Mr D Sperry and reported at the March meeting was for professional equipment and not necessarily what is required in Shipton Bellinger, it was felt that just the practice nets should be purchased to get the facility up and running. The information and quotes were handed to Cllr Mr M Bladen who will take on the project.

FOOTPATHS - The Chairman stated that we have been talking about Footpath 5 for a number of years, it would be nice if we can proceed and finish this project this financial year. The Parish Council agreed. Cllr Mr Bluff will now start looking at funding.


It was noted that the road through Home Farm at Tidworth has been closed. It has transpired that the MOD has sold the road with the farm and the new owners have closed it. The Chairman has contacted Tidworth Town Council who are to discuss it at their next Town Council Meeting.

FARMING METHODS - After reporting the bad smell in the village at the March meeting due to the delivery of Human Waste Fertiliser Cllr Mr P Lashbrook acted the following morning and involved the Environmental Health Department at Test Valley Borough Council.

TVBC investigated the concerns raised and confirmed the Farmer had all the correct licences and permits. Mr C Tait has also written to the Chairman confirming that he has all the correct permits to deal with this type of fertiliser. The Chairman felt that the outcome of this matter was better liaison between the farmer and the village is needed in the future. This was noted and a lesson learnt.

SOUTHERN WATER - EXPLORATORY BORE HOLES - The Chairman has spoken to Mr H Edmonds, of Cholderton Water, and he has confirmed that due the increasing levels of nitrates in the water supply the Environment Department have tasked Southern Water to carry out investigations as to where these nitrates are coming from. A full report will be produced in due course.

GRAVE YARD GRASS CUTTING - The Clerk reported that Kevin Harrington from TVBC has conducted his price comparison exercise and reported that the cost for cutting the Church Yard is favourable. However he has suggested that the contract is reviewed on a yearly basis.


11/00554/FULLN - Solar Farm, comprising the erection of solar arrays, inverter and

Transformer sheds, associated equipment and continued use of

remaining land for agricultural purposes - Parkhouse A303 and A338

Junction, Park House Corner, Salisbury Road, Shipton Bellinger.

The Parish Council had NO OBJECTIONS to this Planning Application.


The Parish Council discussed the Agenda for the May AGM.

1. Welcome and introductions

2. Chairmans Report

3. Financial Report - Parish Clerk

4. Police and Neighbourhood Watch Report

5. Headmaster - Shipton Bellinger Primary School

6. James Moody - TVBC

7. Report from Shipton Good Neighbours

8. Report from the Village Centre.

9. Borough and County Council Report.

10. Members of the Public

11. Close of the Meeting

A short Parish Council meeting will be held at 7pm to carry out administration for the new Parish Council and to elect the Chairman, Vice Chairman and allocate jobs.



CLLR MR M UDALE - Spoke about bogus Censor Operatives carrying out distraction burglaries - thankfully they have not been operating in our area, but the public need to be aware. Cllr Mr Udale also warned of cash machines (ATMs) fitted with dummy fronts, one had been tampered with in Tidworth.

Cllr Mr M Udale represented the Parish Council on the recent Clean Sweep. Emma Wykes, from the Environmental Services at TVBC, has informed the Parish Council that "the day was very successful and I think we all made a big difference. The teams removed 840 kg of waste, about 56 bags of litter in total. The Clean Team also removed graffite and we swept the village". Cllr Mr Udale also reported that he had found two needles in Watery Lane during the operation.

CLLR MR S BLUFF - Reported that Neighbourhood Watch are posting Notices around the village of incidents reported in the area. It is an important part of the scheme to get information out to residents. Additional street co-ordinators are needed, an article will be placed in the Village News Letter.

Cllr Mrs S Turner suggested Cllr Mr Bluff contacted Mrs Pat Hughes as she had a list of Street Co-ordinators, this list was handed to her when she took over Neighbourhood Watch from Mr Turner. Cllr Mr S Bluff said he would speak to Mrs Hughes.

CLLR MR M BLADEN - Reported that when he met with a representative on site to look at additional play equipment it was pointed out that some repairs are needed to the existing equipment and asked if the play equipment was inspected annually and a report produced.

Mr D Sperry confirmed that it is inspected yearly and a report sent to the Village Centre. The work needed is in hand.

CLLR MRS R TETLOW - Reported that the Pot Holes in the village have not been repaired. The Clerk reported that he had spoken to Mr. J Clarke from Highways and he apologised, he did not pass on the list of the pot holes discussed at the site meeting in March to his workforce.

CLLR MR D DAVIES - Reported that water levels have risen over the past few weeks but are still low compared to last year - there is no eminent danger of flooding.

CLLR MISS A REYNOLDS - Reported that she had been informed that there was glass on the Play Courts. Cllr Miss Reynolds reported that the Clerk has suggested that Mr Chris Wilkins is asked to check the Play Courts each week for glass when he empties the bin in the High Street and also suggested that he is asked if he would clean the Bus Shelters once a month. The Parish Council thought this a good idea. The Clerk will speak to Mr Wilkins.

CLLR MRS R TURNER - Reported that a notice of an application for a music licence has been posted at Snoddington Manor. The Chairman reported that the Police have asked if the Parish experienced any traffic problems with a music event held last year at Snoddington Manor? The Chairman had no knowledge of any problems, none have been raised with the Parish Council. The Parish Council could see no reason to object to the issuing of the licence.

CLLR MR T BOWDEN - The Clerk reported that Hampshire Street Lighting can not find out why the street light on the junction of Hedges Close and Parkhouse Road is not working, further investigations are on going.

CLLR MR G RICHARDSON - The Clerk reported on three items Cllr Mr Richardson wished to be raised :-

1. I had concerns expressed to me regarding possible aggravated trespass in the woodland to the left of the disused road at the top of Parkhouse Rd (by the Beech tree). I contact Steve who forwarded my email to the beat officer.

2. Inconsiderate parking is on the increase again around the village, In particular, cars parking on pavements and impeding access for pedestrians. Last Sunday, for instance, in Hedges Close there was a car parked entirely on the pavement forcing pedestrians into the road. Some motorists are also forgetting that it is illegal to a) park less than 10 metres (32 feet) from a junction and b) park across dropped curbs (If not their own driveway). I noticed again that vehicles are parking in front of the gateways - with dropped curbs - belonging to the bungalows designed for older people in Hedges Close. I don't know if this is a police matter or responsibility of TVBC but perhaps we need random checks.

3. There seems to be new people in the village who are not aware that cycling on footpaths is prohibited. Perhaps its time for another reminder in the Shipton News and/or minutes before someone gets injured.


Mrs Sperry stated that she had reported an incident of fly tipping in the Parish to Test Valley Borough Council.


SBVC Hire of Rooms for Meetings 40.00

TVBC Empty Dog /Rubbish Bins 452.09

H.C.C. Street Lighting 1,100.84

Mr D Yates Storage Fee 55.00

Penton Grafton Parish Council Office Space Rent 2010/11 50.00

R.N. Waterman Wages 318.75


The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting


9th May 2011 7pm short Parish Council meeting - AGM 7.30pm - Village Centre Main Hall.