Minutes of the Shipton Bellinger Parish Council Meeting held on Monday 7th October 2013 in the Fletcher Room, Village Centre at 7.30pm.
Present : Cllr Miss A Reynolds - Chairman
Cllr Mr D Davies - Vice Chairman
Cllr Mr S Bluff
Cllr Mr T Bowden
Cllr Mrs S Turner
Richard Waterman - Parish Clerk
Borough Councillor Mrs E Charnley
Mr D Sperry - Village Centre Chairman
Member of the Public - 1
Apologies : Cllr Mr M Udale, Cllr Mr M Bladen, Cllr Mr P Stinton, Borough Councillor Mr P
Lashbrook and County Councillor Mrs P West.
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS -There were no Declarations of Interest recorded.
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETINGS.
The Chairman signed the minutes of the previous meeting as a true record. Matters arising from those minutes :-
BRIDGE FOOTPATH 14 - The Clerk had no further news to report.
FLOODING - Cllr Mr S Bluff reported that the at the meeting with the Environment Agency held in July residents signed up for the Property Level Protection scheme. There should be no cost to householders as grants are available. Cllr Mr S Bluff stated that he is chasing up the Environment Agency as there has been no further movement since the meeting in July.
Cllr Mr S Bluff stated that he has also been chasing up the clearing of the river bed, it has been confirmed that this is on the work schedule and should be done after the first hard frost.
HIGHWAYS - The Chairman reported that she has been in contact with Mandy Ware at HCC on several issues and gave the following up date :-
Mandy Ware has checked the measurements for the speed limit and is now preparing the schedule for advertisement. She will soon be able to provide a timescale for the advertisement which will invite public comments on the proposals. Whilst the advertisement that will be placed on site and in the press will invite objections it is also helpful to receive comments of support as well.
Mandy Ware has also started to look at options for the gateway features and will provide more detail on this as soon as she can. If the Parish Council have any views or ideas on village gateways she will be happy to receive them. At the northern end there are limitations as there is no verge space alongside the northbound carriageway. There is more space alongside the southbound carriageway but we would need to ensure that the signs on both sides are similar. Certainly HCC can refurbish the surface treatment and even extend this, apply a roundel carriageway marking and use bollards to enhance the gateway on the southbound verge. To the south of the village there is a good width of verge so we could look at a gateway feature in this location. Again she would look to enhance the surface treatment at the gateway and apply a carriageway 30mph roundel marking.
With regard to the pedestrians that cross at the Bulford Road junction, as part of the speed limit scheme HCC can look at providing pedestrians crossing warning signs along with the yellow backed cross roads signs. This would mean a larger yellow backed sign with the cross roads warning sign at the top, a caution warning (!) sign below, and then a ‘pedestrians crossing’ supplementary plate below. It has been noted that horse riders also cross here but she thinks that adding a further ridden horse warning sign could be too much information for a driver to respond to and hope that the two clear messages on a yellow backing will help alert drivers to both the junction and the possibility of pedestrians or horse riders crossing.
The Chairman reported that since the last meeting there has been another accident at the A338/Bulford Road junction, no one was hurt but one of the cars was written off. Mandy Ware has been informed.
The Chairman reported that work on the soak away in Hedges Close has started including the installation of two new gullies.
The road markings have now been completed on the newly surfaced road.
The Chairman reported that she had visited Hertz about the unloading of vehicles on the A338 and the disruption it causes for residents. Hertz have stated that this number of vehicles being delivered was due to replenishing stock after a busy summer and will only happen infrequently.
BUS SERVICE - The Chairman reported that she has been in correspondence with Peter Shelly from HCC re the Activ8 service to Shipton Bellinger. The following was received from Peter Shelly :-
It might be useful if I set out the role of the County Council with respect to local bus services.
Most bus services in Hampshire are provided commercially, such as the Activ8. These services are not funded by or under the control of the County Council. The Activ8 timetable means that it is not straightforward to extend to Shipton Bellinger without clashing with other journeys and requiring an extra resource. Stagecoach has said that it is not in a position do this so this would be a new cost to the local authority for which there is no budget at present.
The Council has a duty under the 1985 Transport Act to identify bus services which are socially necessary but would not otherwise be provided. A criterion used for the Bus Subsidy Review in 2011 was that there should be a link to one local centre or a feeder to the wider transport network. The 67 meets that criterion.
In looking at Shipton Bellinger, we would take into account that the 67 is available providing two or three journeys a day, six days a week. The fact that the County Council does not directly fund a bus service to Shipton Bellinger is not unusual as that is true for many places and most journeys in Hampshire. The County Council does fund concessionary travel which contributes fares income to services such as 67 and information provision including Traveline from which I downloaded the 67 timetable. Although Tidworth is in Wiltshire we would still see it as helping to fulfil a number of local needs while a 15 minute frequency bus service between there and Andover should allow a choice of journeys which connect with the 67.
From my records, I see that Hampshire County Council used to fund a direct bus between Shipton Bellinger and Andover but this had ceased by 2006 and even as far back as 1998, the morning peak journey ran on school days only. These decisions would have been made based on budget availability and subsidy cost per passenger journey.
The budget for bus subsidy was reduced in 2011 following a £55million reduction in Government funding to Hampshire. This reduction has not been reinstated, which makes funding additional services difficult, nonetheless, I will ensure that the Parish Council’s aspirations are considered in future reviews of subsidised local bus services in the area.
VEOLIA TIDWORTH SEWAGE WORKS - Rob Knight has sent the following up-date :-
We are currently carrying out major works to our most southerly lagoon; the one that caused all of the problems last year! The lagoon has been drained. Our contractor is now preparing the site for the works. The bottom of the lagoon will be scraped/dredged and the material recovered will be used to reinforce the banks. Plastic sheeting/netting is going to be buried in the bank to prevent rabbits from burrowing and, hopefully, any future leaks!
We had planned to carry out this work right at the beginning of the year, but as you will recall the area was completely flooded for many months so it was impossible. The groundwater was at surface level, making it impossible to drain any water from the lagoons; at one point the bottom lagoon and the Winter Bourne were running as one!
Not sure if I advised before, but we have had great success with the wooden duck rafts that we had installed on the lagoons back in the spring. Despite our own original scepticism the ducks and coots nested on the rafts and the swans roost on them. As part of the works we also are creating an island in the lagoon which will hopefully become a bit of a refuge for the nesting birds.
TREES - Cllr Mr D Davies reported that he has started walking the village noting the large trees. It is hoped that a letter used in one of the Clerks other parishes can be altered to inform residents in Shipton Bellinger.
Mr D Sperry reported that the new ceiling and heating is installed and the contractor has done a good job. Mr D Sperry hoped to hold an open evening later in the year for the village to see the renovations, he hoped to get the various clubs involved to show what goes on in the Village Centre. The Parish Council have pledged to provide 12 ½% of the cost.
Negotiations with the Rams Football Club are ongoing. The first “Hog the Limelight” production is to take place on the 12th October 2013 - ‘Scallywags’
13/02055/FULLN - Erection of a single storey garage - Winters Tale, High Street.
The Parish Council had NO OBJECTIONS to this planning application.
13/01987/FULLN - First floor extension with dormer window - The School House, 1
Parkhouse Road, Shipton Bellinger.
The Parish Council had NO OBJECTIONS to this planning application.
The proposed Play Area project was discussed and the following points raised :-
The Chairman has been busy sourcing funding and has been in touch with MOD Housing Solutions who installed the new Play Park in Tidworth. MOD Housing Solutions were not able to help with funding but have provided contacts that are being explored. One of the avenues being explored is applying to the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme. Funding from the National Lottery will also be looked into.
An area has been cleared to move the existing container and possible to add a further two in time. Additional levelling work is required and the Village Centre have asked the Parish Council for a donation to the £600 cost. The Parish Council pledged their support but the amount will be confirmed at the November meeting.
At a recent site meeting it was agreed that the new equipment will include a Climbing Frame, 2 swings, 1 basket swing and a Zip Wire. Three companies have been identified and will be asked to quote for a scheme to include safety flooring. Cllr Mr T Bowden and Cllr Mr M Bladen recently attended a Play Area exhibition in Windsor.
Quotes have been obtained to fence in the BMX track. The Parish Council agreed to go with the quote from Chris Tait Fencing Ltd. The Clerk will complete the paperwork and send it to TVBC to use the 106 Open Space money.
The Chairman is still exploring a financial donation from the Solar Farm and Hertz.
BOROUGH COUNCILLOR MRS E CHARNLEY’S REPORT
A copy of Cllr Mrs E Charnley’s report was given to the Councillors and is attached to the master copy of these minutes.
PARISH COUNCILLORS REPORTS
CLLR MR S BLUFF - Reported that Neighbourhood Watch is going well and regular updates are distributed around the village. Cllr Mr S Bluff stated that PCSO Dave Trowbridge has been doing a sterling job since PC R Kitson left and he has not yet met the new PC Don Stubbington.
CLLR MRS S TURNER - Reported that there is a meeting on the 8th October 2013 at 10am of the Cholderton Water Consumer Group. Neither Cllr Mrs S Turner or Cllr Mr D Davies can attend, however Cllr Mr P Lashbrook will be attending to represent the interests of Shipton Bellinger.
CLLR MISS A REYNOLDS - Reported that she has corresponded with Keith Thompson regarding the overgrown trees on the A338 north of the High Street junction. Highways have agreed to cut them back to improve sight lines.
Notification of the proposed A303 bridge deck replacement has been received. The work will commence on the 28th October and could last for 15 weeks. Notices will be placed on the Notice Boards, a letter drop to residents concerned and the usual road signs will be displayed.
CLLR MR T BOWDEN - Reported that the hole in ‘Sams Car Park’ has still not been repaired. The Clerk will report this to Astor again. Cllr Mr T Bowden asked if there was any news on the Schools donation to the tree work carried out on footpaths 5 & 6? The Chairman will enquire at the next Governors Meeting.
Mr B Pearce Grass Cutting £145.00
T Services BMX Grass Cutting August and September £48.00
SBVC Hire of Room £10 and ½ Grant £1570.71 £1,580.71
T Services BMX Grass Cutting October £24.00
R.N. Waterman Wages – October £400.00
Aviva Insurance – October £97.02
INCOME Second half of Precept £9854.50
Balance after above payments have been made £15,899.57
Cricket Nets Balance held £468.06
Allotment Deposit £500
Emergency Fund £500
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
Mr D Stubbs reported that there are two trees on Footpath 6 that are overhanging the footpath and the school playing field. Cllr Mr D Davies will take a look to see what action if any needs to be taken.
Mr D Stubbs asked if the School would be included in the letter the Parish Council are to send to residents about trees as they have some large trees in their grounds? Cllr Mr D Davies thought that they would.
CLOSE OF THE MEETING
The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting.
DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING
4th November 2013 in the Fletcher Room, Village Centre at 7.30pm