Minutes of the Shipton Bellinger Parish Council meeting held on Monday 7th September 2015 in the Fletcher Room, Village Centre at 7.30pm.

Present: Cllr Mr D Davies – Chairman

Cllr Mr P Stinton – Vice Chairman

Cllr Mrs S Turner

Cllr Mr S Bluff

Cllr Mr M Bladen

Cllr Mr T Bowden

County Councillor Mrs Z Brooks

Borough Councillors Mr P Lashbrook and Mrs P Mutton

Mr D Sperry – Village Centre Chairman

Trudy – Environment Agency

Members of the Public - 7


The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.


There were no Declarations of Interest recorded.


There were two minor corrections made and the Chairman signed the minutes of the previous meeting as a true record. Matters arising from those minutes:-

CHURCH FONT – No news to report.

STREET LIGHTS – HCC Street Lighting have informed the Parish Clerk that the street lights are controlled by a mobile telephone connection via a SIM card. The Street Light on the side of Chris Tait’s is not getting the signal due to the overhanging trees and poor reception. The SIM Card has been replaced but it has not fixed the problem. Further measures are to be taken, the cost of the energy while the street light is constantly on will be met by HCC.

DEFIBRILLATORS – The Chairman has written to several of the village organisations to ask for donations and has received several promises of funding. It is hoped to place the defibrillators at the Boot Inn and the Village Shop, this has yet to be confirmed.

Cllr Z Brooks stated that she would be happy to give a grant from her County Councillors Devolved Budget. Cllr Mrs P Mutton also pledged a grant from the Borough Councillors Community Budget. The Chairman thanked them both for their support. The Clerk reported that the two defibrillators and boxes will cost £2,763.50.

And he will ask the company to send a sales order conformation.

FENCING – The Clerk will contact Chris Tait for the fencing quote.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – Cllr Mr S Bluff reported that he is in the process of replacing the Neighbourhood Watch signs.

RUBBISH – It was noted that two large bags of rubbish were collected from the tennis courts.

PLAY AREA – The Clerk was pleased to report that there have been no incidents over the summer and the equipment is as it should be. The spring on the gate to the toddlers play area had failed and it is hoped that Chris Tait may be able to repair or replace it.

BROADBAND – The Chairman reported on the Broadband workshop organised by Kit Malthouse MP. BT hope to provide an improved Broadband service to 95% of Hampshire by 2017.


Mr D Sperry reported that the new fire doors have been ordered. There has been a small amount of vandalism over the summer holidays, an adult has been recorded on the CCTV standing on the chain from the car park to the field, resulting in the wooden post snapping – the adult did not come forward.

The first ‘Hog the Limelight’ event – Morgan and West is on the 10th October 2015. The next Village Centre Management Meeting is to be held on the 21st September.

Extending the CCTV coverage was discussed, the Parish Council agreed to fund the cost at just under £500.


15/02063/FULLN – Erection of 3 no dwellings, creation of new access and associated works – Manor Park Cottages, Salisbury Road, Shipton Bellinger.

The Parish Council had no objections in principle to the three dwellings but wished to study the plans further before making comment.

CLLR MRS Z BROOKS – Had nothing to report.

CLLR MRS P MUTTON – Reported that she has been dealing with a Shipton Bellinger parishioners housing problem.

CLLR MR P LASHBROOK – Wished to thank Shipton Bellinger Parish Council for their efforts during the flooding, it helped tremendously with the putting together of the Flood Resilience plan.


CLLR MR T BOWDEN – Reported that Highways have marked out for new kerbstones on the corner of Bulford/Parkhouse Road and suggested that a dropped kerb is asked for in this position. It was thought that this would be a dangerous position and that there is a dropped kerb further up Parkhouse Road in a much safer position to cross.

CLLR MR S BLUFF – Reported that the Community Resilience Plan and best practice will be looked at over the winter.

Cllr Mr S Bluff and Trudy reported that on the 30th September there is to be a practice flood alert. A mock flood alert will be issued and residents who have had the PLP will be asked to install their equipment to make sure that they are competent with the procedure. The installation company and the EA will also be on hand to offer advice. The Fletcher Room will be used a base for the day.

Residents who suffer with flooding will be encouraged to produce their own personal flood plan as each property has different needs. Cllr Mr P Lashbrook hoped that the Flood Resilience Plan will be rolled out to all 9 Parishes that suffer from Flooding.

CLLR MRS S TURNER – Wished to record how wonderful the Village Centre Flowers looked this year. There has been a case of Fly Tipping at Echo Echo and she felt that a safe pedestrian crossing point is needed on the A338.

CLLR MR P STINTON – Reported that the road surface at the Tidworth Cross Roads is in a bad state despite the Parish Council being told that the area was to be re-surfaced some time ago. Cllr Mr P Stinton suggested that Tidworth Town Council are contacted again on this issue.

One of the Bollards at the School Crossing points is missing, this has been reported to Highways.

Cllr Mr P Stinton reported that the recent Husky Dog event held on the edge of the village was very good and they hope to organise an additional event over the winter.


The Clerk reported that District Audit have signed off the parish Council Accounts for the year 2014/2015 and have not raised any issues.

Cheques to be issued in August and September 2015

BDO LLP Audit £516.00

Brian Pearce Grass Cutting £ 230.00

SBVC Hire of the Fletcher Room £ 10.00

TVBC Election Expenses £ 24.10

HSE Costs £806.00

R.N. Waterman Office Allowance £ 50.00

Mr C Wilkins Grass Cutting/Rubbish/Petrol £469.04

Standing Order

R.N. Waterman Wages - July £400.00

Aviva Insurance – August /Sept £212.32





Mrs C Estlick asked when the River Bed clearance is to take place. Cllr Mr S Bluff reported that it is scheduled to be done after the first hard frost, no date has been given.

Mrs C Estlick reported that the drains and pipes in Bulford Road have still not been cleared and the gullies belonging to the MOD on the A338 have not been cleared. Cllr Mrs Z Brooks stated that she will chase up HCC Highways.

It was suggested that the Parish Council look at getting the Watery Lane speed limit reduced to 30mph. This was noted.

Mr Derek Stubs raised issues about the overgrown hedge belonging to the Old School House on Footpath 5, an overgrown hedge in Hedges Close – this will be reported to Aster Communities.


The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting.


5TH October 2015

The Parish Council held an ‘in-camera’ meeting to discuss the way forward with the Play Area Company.