Minutes of the Shipton Bellinger Parish Council Meeting held on Monday 3rd December 2012 in the Fletcher Room, Village Centre at 7.30pm.

Present : Cllr Miss A Reynolds - Chairman

Cllr Mrs R Tetlow

Cllr Mrs S Turner

Cllr Mrs P Saunders

Cllr Mr T Bowden

Cllr Mr M Bladen

Cllr Mr M Udale

Cllr Mr S Bluff

Richard Waterman - Parish Clerk

County Councillor Mrs P West

Member of the Public - Mrs C Estlick

Apologies : Cllr Mrs A Shields, Cllr Mr G Richardson, Mr D Sperry - Village Centre Chairman.

County Councillor and Borough Councillor Mr P Lashbrook.


The Chairman reported that Cllr Mrs R Tetlow had tendered her resignation after serving over 15 Years on the Parish Council. Cllr Mrs R Tetlow has been campaigning for the safe way to school and the upgrading of footpath 5, now this is nearing completion she can resign with a clear conscience.

The Parish Council thanked Cllr Mrs R Tetlow for all that she has done during her time on the Parish Council.

County Councillor Mrs P West also wished to thank Cllr Mrs R Tetlow for her dedication and work and that she had enjoyed their close working relationship over the years.


There were no Declarations of Interest recorded.


Cllr Mr S Bluff reported that the Village Centre have sorted out the issues they had with the Shipton Rams and have negotiated a new deal with the Club. The problems with the goals have also been sorted. The Village Centre has had to purchase a new cooker and the new chairs have arrived, the old chairs are for sale at £1 each. The Bellinger Players have sadly folded and all their props etc which has freed up storage space.


Cllr Mrs R Tetlow was added to the present list of the November Minutes. The Chairman then signed the minutes of the previous meeting as a true record. Matters arising from those minutes :-

FOOTPATH 5 - The work on Footpath 5 is well under way and looking good. The Chairman reported that all the paperwork from SITA has been received and we must start looking at how we are going to publicise the finished project to comply with the grant conditions.

The Chairman reported that she has been in contact with the owner of the overgrown conifer trees behind Manor Close on Footpath 5 and forwarded on a quote of £80 to cut them back. The Chairman had not received a reply as of the date of this meeting.

FOOTPATHS - The Chairman reported that Peter Watson has been out to look at Footpath 10 and the numerous stiles but has not yet contacted the landowner. The stile on Footpath 8 has been reported broken. The finger post on Footpath 3 on Bulford Road is missing, this will be reported to Hampshire Paths. The over grown foliage on Footpath 7 was discussed and it was agreed to get Chris Wilkins to cut back the foliage.

The trees needing work on Footpath 6 were discussed and it was agreed to get a quote from Richard Jannetta to cut down the bigger trees, that were beyond the capabilities of Chris Wilkins.

PARKING AT WILTON TERRACE - The Chairman reported that this saga goes on and she can not see why an official sign can not be erected. Hampshire Highways and Test Valley have said they can not do anything - not a good enough answer!

PLAY COURTS - Mr T Burden has repaired the sunken corner of the Play Courts. Mr Burden finished the job and with in an hour someone had walked in the wet tarmac and stuck a stick in it.

FOOTBALL CAR PARKING - The Chairman reported that she had e-mailed Chalky White about the inconsiderate parking on match days. Chalky White has said he will police the parking in future.

GUN INCIDENT - The Chairman reported that the matter reported at the last meeting by Cllr Mr G Richardson has been investigated. The Police have been informed and have stated that they can only act if they receive the complaint first hand and not via a third party.

REMOVAL LORRIES IN MUSCOTT CLOSE - The Chairman reported that she met with Richard Carmen from the Tidworth Garrison on site to look at the problem. Removal firms will be asked to make sure they are not blocking the road and he also said he would look at improving the parking in Muscott Close, possibly making additional parking places off road.

HIGHWAYS - There are still pot holes that need repairing. The one in Bulford Road has got very large and deep and has been reported again the day of the meeting. It was noted that the repairs carried out on the corner of Bulford/Parkhouse Road are beginning to break up, this has been reported to Paul Walsh.


There were no new Planning Applications to discuss.


Cheques to be issued 3rd December 2012

SBVC Hire of room £ 40.00

Flowright Repair of Play Courts £214.00

Fleet Line Markers New Battery and Paint (PC Share £35) £305.86

R.N. Waterman Expenses £ 78.40

Miss A Reynolds Chairman’s Expenses £ 50.00

Flowright Materials for Footpath 5 £5,000.00

Standing Order

R.N. Waterman Wages – October £325.25

Aviva Insurance – December £97.02

Balance after above payments have been made £9,004.58


Cricket Nets Balance held £468.06

Allotment Deposit £500


Cllr Mrs P West reported that she has been pursuing the extension of the Speed Limit on the A338 and was pleased to report that the extension of the 40MPH past Bulford Road will now go forward. Ray Alborough has been asked to do this as soon as possible. The Parish Council thought this excellent news.

She was pleased to hear that the up-grading of Footpath 5 was well underway and also reported that Cllr Mr P Lashbrook is working hard to get the issue with the flooding and sandbags in Gardeners Green sorted out.

Cllr Mrs P West stated that repairs to the roads have been delayed slightly as the Highways Team have had their hands full due to the flooding in Northern Way in Andover. The TSB building was built on old watercress beds and this has caused major problems with road surface water not being able to drain away.


CLLR MRS P SAUNDERS - Reported that she had gone down the large pothole in Bulford Road and that its repair is a matter of urgency.

CLLR MR M UDALE - Reported that the pot holes at the beginning of Footpath 6 have got deep and large and require attention. This will be looked into but is not a highways matter as it is not an adopted road.

CLLR MR M BLADEN - Reported that Mr C Wilkins has done a good job of cutting at the top of Bulford Road, the area is looking good already. This was echoed by Mrs C Estlick.

CLLR MR S BLUFF - Reported that he has taken over the role of Village Flood Warden and that he intends to produce a Flood Plan. Cllr Mr M Udale stated that there is a Flood Plan for Shipton Bellinger in the flood pack, however this may need up-dating. Cllr Mr S Bluff spoke about the sandbags and wondered if the Parish Council needed to add to their stock ready for filling if the need arose. TVBC will supply sandbags, but having a stock of sacks in the village ready to fill with sand is good management.

Cllr Mr S Bluff reported that Neighbourhood Watch is going well and that he emails out information on a regular basis. Pest control for the Allotments is being looked into.

Cllr Mr S Bluff raised the subject of grit bins, the Parish Council discussed this, Hampshire have filled the grit bins and an additional one is needed on the corner of Bulford/Parkhouse Road.

A replacement for the grit bin in Bulford Road that disappeared was discussed. The Clerk was asked to put in a request to Highways to replace it and enquire about an additional one.

CLLR MRS S TURNER - Gave her apologies for the February meeting.

CLLR MISS A REYNOLDS - Reported that one of the willow trees on the Parish Council owned land next to Red Villas needs attention and that she has asked Richard Jannetta to take a look and suggest what needs to be done.

Cllr Miss A Reynolds reported that she has received a complaint about further fly tipping behind Goodwins Close and has reported this to the MOD.

Cllr Miss A Reynolds reported that there was no further news to report on the Declaration of Interest Forms, she has corresponded with Sir George Young and following some information received has e-mailed the Dept of Communities and Local Communities and is awaiting an answer. Hopefully there will be an answer before the next meeting in February 2013.

Cllr Miss A Reynolds reported that she has received correspondence from Veolia informing the Parish Council that the repairs carried out on the lagoon have been successful and all is working well. Further repair work to the lagoon is to be undertaken.


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1st April

13th May - AGM

3rd June

1st July

2nd September

7th October

4th November

2nd December


The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the Parish Council meeting. An ‘In Camera’ meeting to discuss the precept followed. A full report on the precept will be given at the February meeting.