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

Present: Cllr Mr D Davies – Chairman

Cllr Mr P Stinton – Vice Chairman

Cllr Mr S Bluff

Cllr Mrs S Turner

Cllr Mr T Bowden

Richard Waterman – Parish Clerk

County Councillor Mrs Z Brooks

Borough Councillor Mrs P Mutton

Mr D Sperry – Village Centre Chairman

Members of the Public – 5

Apologies: Cllr Mr M Bladen and Borough Councillor Mr P Lashbrook.


The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.


There were no declarations of interest recorded.


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

STREET LIGHT – The issue with the street light on Chris Tait’s house has not yet been resolved and is still on 24 hrs a day.

FENCING AND GATE – The fencing project has been put on hold until it has been confirmed if there will be additional containers placed in the corner of the Playing Field.

PLAY AREA – The Parish Council discussed the Play Area and the way forward:

1. The Paly Area is inspected every week and there are no problems to report with the equipment. Ground works to provide a path from the toddlers play area will be looked into the new year.

2. HSE have now closed the parish Council File and the final bill of £223 has been received.

3. Hags SMP have offered the Parish Council in the form of a goodwill gesture the following:- An extended warranty on the Zip Wire of one year from July 2016, two benches to match the existing one and a springy animal from their range.

4. The Parish Council may have a case for compensation from Hags SMP for the issues that arose regarding the accident and the lack of professional service they received from the company, but any legal action is risky and the Parish Council could end up with a hefty legal bill if they lost.

It was agreed that the Parish Council will accept Hags SMP’s offer and put this unfortunate business to bed, lessons have been learnt and a good system of checks is now in place.




Mr D Sperry reported that the guttering and fascia boards have been replaced on the Field side of the Village Centre. There has been an issue with the new fire doors but this is hand with the supplier. A telephone Line is to be installed within the next few days so that Broadband can be installed. Cardboard Fox a ‘Hogg the Limelight’ event take place on the 30th January 2016. A new weekly Adult Dance class has expressed an interest in using the Village Centre

Mr D Sperry stated that he is standing down in 2016 and a replacement Chairman has yet to be found.


There were no new planning application to discuss.


Cllr Mrs Z Brooks had nothing to report.


Cllr Mrs P Mutton brought to the Parish Council’s attention that on her way to the meeting she had encountered youths riding their bikes along the High Street with no lights. This was noted. Cllr Mrs P Mutton reported that Cllr Mr P Lashbrook has organised a CERT meeting for Wednesday 16th December in the Village Centre for the Penton Bellinger Ward Parishes.


CLLR MR T BOWDEN - Reported that there are two loose manhole covers on the A338 within the Parish. One at Echo Echo and the other the Grateley end. Watery Lane is in a bad state of repair with many potholes, there is also a large pot hole forming in Bulford Road, a repair had been carried out but has not lasted.

These issues will be reported to Highways.

CLLR MR S BLUFF – Reported that there is a CERT meeting on the 16th December in the Village Centre for the Penton Bellinger Ward Parishes. Contact has been made with the SSE Resilience Team who are willing to help with the CERT project.


Cllr S Bluff has met with Veolia at their Tidworth sewage works, new bore holes have been dug to take nitrate readings, work on the lagoons is underway as several issues have been identified. Veolia are happy to organise a site visit for the Parish Council and any Residents who would like to attend. A date is the spring will be organised.

Veolia have stated that they have the capacity to deal with the additional development in Tidworth.


Payment issued in December 2015

Mr B Pearce Grass Cutting £115.00

HSE Costs for Investigation £223.00

SBVC Second half of Grant £2,500.00

HCC 2 Years Street Lighting £4,344.59

T Service Grass Cutting £24.00

R.N. Waterman Wages £400.00


HALC have sent a news letter including a Christmas message.

A complaint has been received about an overgrown hedge blocking the pavement on Parkhouse Road. Cllr Mr P Stinton will speak to the property owner.


Mrs C Estlick reported that the Drains have still not been cleared in Bulford Road, a drain in Kingfishers is also very near to being blocked. The issue of drains in Parkhouse and Bulford road was discussed at length. The issues with these drains have been reported to Highways on many occasions. Cllr Mrs Z Brooks stated that she will speak to the head of Highways

Mrs C Estlick reported that the grit bin at the top of Bulford Road is being used as a dog bin and it was noted that the green wheely bin by the bus stop had disappeared. The Clerk has asked TVBC to remove the Dog mess form the Grit Bin and will ask for a replacement green wheely bin.

Mrs W Sperry reported that the river bed has been strimmed and reported that there are still some cut branches on the river bank. Mrs W Sperry reported that she had removed the telephone directories that had been dumped.

Mrs W Sperry reported that the WI have recently had a demonstration on how to use a defibrillator and suggested that this may be a good idea for the Parish Council AGM.

The Parish Council thought this a good idea. Mrs W Sperry will forward the contact details to the Clerk. The Chairman stated that he also knew someone that would give a demonstration on the Defibrillator.

Mr Sperry asked what state the ground water levels are at the moment? Recent readings indicate that the Ground Water levels are low at present.

The new owners of the Moorings in the High Street introduced themselves and stated that they have received a warm welcome to the village and received a very good welcome pack.


The Chairman wished everyone a Merry Christmas and closed the meeting.


An ‘in camera’ meeting followed this meeting to discuss the 2016/2017 Precept. A full report will be given at the February 2016 meeting.


1st February

7th March

4th April

9th May – AGM

6th June

4th July

5th September

3rd October

7th November

5th December