Minutes of the Shipton Bellinger Parish Council Meeting held on Monday 7th April 2014 in the Fletcher Room, Village Centre at 7.30pm.

Present : Cllr Miss A Reynolds - Chairman

Cllr Mr D Davies - Vice Chairman

Cllr Mrs S Turner

Cllr Mr S Bluff

Cllr Mr M Bladen

Cllr Mr T Bowden

Cllr Mr P Stinton

Richard Waterman - Parish Clerk

Member of the Public - Rev Sandra Williams and Mr D Stubbs

Apologies : Mr D Sperry - Village Centre Chairman, County Councillor Mrs P West and

Borough Councillors Mr P Lashbrook and Mrs E Charnley.

WELCOME - The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.


Cllr Mr T Bowden declared an interest in the Village Shop premises.


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

POST OFFICE - The Chairman reported that she had been in correspondence with Sir George Young over the issue of the Post Office, furnished him and the meeting with all the facts as told to her by the shop proprietors. The Post office have offered a package to open the Post office for 20 hours a week, but the figures do not add up and shop proprietors are not keen to proceed currently on that basis. Sir George Young is pursuing with the Post Office and will keep the Chairman informed of any news.

The Chairman also reported that she has been in touch with HCC after reading an article in the Andover Advertiser about their support of rural communities by helping to keep village shops open and trading.

Cllr Mr T Bowden reported that he has had a two hour meeting with the Area Post Office Manager and the shop proprietors to discuss the way forward. The Post Office at this stage will not increase their offer.

The Clerk suggested that the Parish Council looked into running the Post Office as a Community Post Office. The Clerk stated that he would be prepared to train to be the Post Master and could fit two mornings a week into his work schedule, this may not as many hours as the Post Office planed but it would keep the facility open in the village.

The Parish Council discussed this and thought it may be worth looking into if the current deal on the table could not been tailored to suit all parties concerned.

SPEED LIMITS - The Chairman was pleased to report that the changes to the speed limits on the A338 will be in place by the 31st May 2014 - including the new “Village Gateways” and village signs .

PLAY AREA - The Chairman gave an up-date on grant applications. An application has been submitted to TVBC for £25,000 from their Community Asset Fund and the application to the MOD for £26,000 will be submitted within the next week. Other funds include the 106 money, £500 from the fete and the £2,000 from the Old Youth Club. A grant from the Allotment Society will be applied for.

Cllr Mr M Bladen reported that the “Fund Doctors” that he mentioned as a source of funding has ceased to operate.

SCHOOL HEDGE - The hedge has not yet been cut back to allow the school warning siogn to be visible. The Chairman will chase Highways.

HIGHWAYS - There has been no further news from Mr Ray Alborough on the plans for a proposed right hand lane on the A338 to turn into Watery Lane.

STREET LIGHTS - Work on replacing the remaining Street Lights has started, most of the work has been completed with only a few units needed to complete the job.

OVERGROWN TREE - Cllr Mr D Davies reported that he has spoken to the householder in Kingfishers regarding the fallen tree from his property. The householder is not keen to accept responsibility.

WORLD WAR ONE COMMEMORATIONS - The Clerk reported that TVBC are organising various events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Cllr Mrs S turner suggested planting poppies around the War Memorial. Rev Sandra Williams stated that the Church has not yet made any firm plans to mark the event.

FLOODING - Cllr Mr S Bluff gave an up-date :-

The ground water levels have gone down to acceptable levels

HCC are organising a collection of unwanted sand bags.

A meeting with all the various agencies involved will be organised later in the year to

discuss issues that came up and to formulate a plan for the future.

The EA have now surveyed all the properties at risk identified under the Property Level Protection Scheme. Cllr Mr S Bluff was pleased that this is now moving forward.

The Chairman thanked Rev Sandra Williams for the offer of the Church Meeting Rooms if the need arose.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - Cllr Mr S Bluff reported that he had attended a Rural Crime Seminar at Sparshalt. The seminar was very informative, the Police Commissioner was present. The Police are working hard to combat crime in the Rural Area and have realised that the majority of Hampshire is rural. Cllr Mr S Bluff reported that he had raised the issue of the 101 telephone number and the fact that when dialled from Shipton Bellinger we are put through to the Wiltshire Constabulary. This has been looked into and unfortunately nothing can be done as it is down to the telephone exchange being located in Wiltshire.


Cllr Mr M Bladen reported that a full Fire Risk Assessment has been done for the Village Centre, Mr D Sperry has reported that it has been recommended that a fire alarm is fitted.

Cllr Mr M Bladen reported that the Management Committee were pleased with the turn out by users for the Open Evening. Work on levelling the ground to move the container on the Playing Field has begun. Money left over from the ceiling project is being used to provide a heat curtain for the stage to prevent heat loss from the main hall. The carpet tiles on the stage are to be replaced and costs into providing a drop down screen are being looked into.

It was reported that visiting football teams are bringing dogs onto the Playing Field, it was also noted that people visiting the Fish and Chip Van are also bringing their dogs into the Village Centre car park when walking down to pick up Fish and Chips. Cllr Mr M Bladen noted this and will pass it on to the Village Centre.


14/00436/FULLN - Demolition of existing outbuilding and erection of garage/car port and

games room with study area and storage over - Parsonage Farm House,

High Street, Shipton Bellinger.

The Parish Council had NO OBJECTIONS to this planning application.

14/00623/FULLN - Erection of porch, bay window, side extension to provide extended

kitchen and lounge, and erection of sun lounge at rear - Chestnuts,

Hedges Close, Shipton Bellinger.

The Parish Council had NO OBJECTIONS to this planning application.

14/00683/FULLN - Two storey side extension to provide car port with bedroom and en-

suite over and single storey rear extension to provide extended kitchen

and dining room - 11 Hedges Close, Shipton Bellinger.

The Parish Council had NO OBJECTIONS to this planning application.


The agenda for the AGM on the 12th May 2014 and the short meeting beforehand was discussed and agreed. The Chairman gave her apologies for the AGM meeting.


Cllr Mrs E Charnley had reported that she has been in contact with Sir George Young regarding the Post office in Shipton Bellinger.

Cllr Mr P Lashbrook sent the following report :-

Sorry, I won’t be with you tonight. Please may I request that my heartfelt thanks be forwarded to the Shipton Bellinger Parish Councillors and Clerk and all those who rallied to support the village during the adverse weather. Shipton Bellinger continues to be held as an example of model local resilience in the face of adversity.

In addition, I would like to say thank you to all of the residents who were so cooperative and willing to suffer inconvenience for the better of the whole village. These good citizens showed true spirit and consideration. They deserve all due recognition and our collective thanks. Well done Shipton.

The Flood Warden, Cllr Steve Bluff and I will shortly be conducting a roundup of the recent events.



CLLR MR M BLADEN - Reported that the tennis net is still in place but as agreed last year needed replacing. The Clerk will order the new nets agreed last year - tennis, cricket practice net and two basketball nets.

Cllr Mr M Bladen suggested that a local estate agent could be approached to sponsor printing of the Village Footpath Maps next time a batch is required. The maps could have a sponsored by and the company name on the back. The Parish Council would consider this when the time arises.

CLLR MR D DAVIES - Reported that the WI Duck Race is being held on the 12th May 2014 – 2.00pm start.

CLLR MISS A REYNOLDS - Reported that she had reported the pot holes and bad condition of the road surface of the A338 in Tidworth to Tidworth Town Council and Wiltshire Highways.

CLLR MRS S TURNER - Stated that she personally felt that it would be much better to upgrade the condition of footpath 1 to Tidworth, as previously discussed, rather than pursue a new footpath along the A338.

The Chairman reported that the upgrade of this footpath had been agreed with all parties concerned, the large mound of chalk from the Echo Echo project was to be used to improve the surface and funding had been agreed. However there has been no further news on the project. Investigations will be undertaken to find out what the state of play is.


Cllr Mrs S Turner reported that the car transporters delivering vehicles to Hertz is causing major problems for residents living near the site. Deliveries are taking place at all times of the day and night, the most recent one being early on a Sunday morning. The noise and disruption to traffic is becoming a problem.

CLLR MR T BOWDEN - Reported that the railings on the A338 at the High Street junction are looking dreadful and could do with a paint, they make the village look untidy. The Parish Council agreed and this will be passed onto Highways.

It was noted that the signs for the recent bridge repairs on the A338 have now been removed from the A303.

Cllr Mr T Bowden spoke about the problems that the Village Centre are having with the car park sinking in places. It is thought that this may be caused by old drains collapsing in the area of the Village Centre and Sams car park.


EXPENDITURE - Cheques to be issued April 2014

Mr C Wilkins Litter Collecting £156.48

TVBC Dog Bin Emptying £496.08

HCC Street lighting £54.00

T Services hedge Cutting BMX Track £84.00

Standing Order

R.N. Waterman Wages – April £400.00

Aviva Insurance – February £97.02

INCOME - VAT Refund £647.70

Balance after above payments have been made £5,991.69


Mr D Stubbs reported that Footpath 5 is very muddy between the School and Hedges Close. This was noted, work to scrape back the mud from the footpath will be looked into.

The state of the garages in Hedges Close was raised. It was noted that these belong to Aster Housing, there were plans to re-develop the site some years ago. The Parish Clerk will contact Aster Housing for an up-date.


The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting.


AGM 12th May 2014 at 7.30pm in the main Hall the Village Centre.

Short Parish Council Meeting - 7.30pm

AGM - 7.30pm