Quarley Parish Council Minutes - December 2009

Minutes of the Quarley Parish Council Meeting held on 8th December 2009 in the Quarley Village Hall at 7.30 pm.

Present : Cllr Mrs J Ferguson - Chairman
Cllr Miss C Cross
Cllr Mr M Venables
Richard Waterman - Parish Clerk
Apologies: Cllr Mr W Marshall - Vice Chairman
Cllr Mrs G Tubbs
County Councillor Mrs P West
Borough Councillor Mr T Southern

WELCOME. Cllr Mrs Ferguson welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Cllr Mrs Ferguson declared an interest in the Quarley P.C.C.

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

WAR MEMORIAL - The Clerk reported that BMG at Ludgershall has managed to source some near identical chain posts for the War Memorial. It is planned to replace the two that are beyond repair and keep the others safe for the future.

Cllr Mr M Venables gave the Clerk some information on the War Memorials Trust. Their aim is to protect and conserve War Memorials heritage, grants are available for refurbishment. The Clerk will investigate and obtain more information on how to go about getting a grant.

PAVEMENTS IN ETWALL - The Clerk reported that he had spoken to Testway Housing and Test Valley Borough Council and that the pavements are the responsibility of Hampshire County Council. The state of the repair work has been reported, Hampshire County Council are not happy with the quality of the work carried out by Amy the contractor and will be looking into this matter, they agree that weeds should not be growing through the newly laid tarmac.

ROAD ISSUES - The Clerk suggested that the Parish Council and Hampshire Highways hold a site meeting early in the New Year. There are several issues needing attention in Quarley. The Parish Council agreed.


  • 09/02414/TREEN - Remove 1 Sycamore - Bridge Cottage, Quarley. The Parish Council had NO OBJECTION to this Planning Application.
  • 09/02061/TREEN - Ash - remove fallen boughs on one side ‘tidy up’ split branches. Pollonia Crown reduce by 5 metres. Holly reduce by 4 metres - Long Mead House The Parish Council had NO OBJECTIONS to this Planning Application.

The Chairman reported that the Planners have turned down her Planning Application for new windows due to the type of glass that will be used.

The Chairman reported that the Asda Distribution Centre at Solstice Park, Amesbury has been given the go-ahead according to the Local Paper.

The Parish Council discussed the proposed Coop Distribution Centre on the Andover Airfield Site. It was felt that although this will be a smaller development and smaller lorries are used it will still have an impact on traffic movements on the A303.

Residents have noticed that the noise from the A303 has increased dramatically and in certain places in the village its very intrusive. The Chairman had written to Cllr Tim Southern on this matter and has received further correspondence on this matter from Sir George Young.

The Chairman reported that a new Planning Application for a Showman’s Site has been submitted. Richard Atkinson-Willes is organising a petition against the Showman’s Site, The Clerk reported that in the past the Borough Councillors have always said that in Planning Terms a petition is only classed as one objection, they have always recommended that individual letters are written. Cllr Mrs Ferguson will pass this on to Richard Atkinson-Willes. The Parish Council object to this Planning Application and will join the fight to get it stopped.

Cllr Mrs Ferguson spoke about the growing request for a communal allotment in Etwall, many of the properties have very small gardens and there is not enough room to grow vegetables. Various sites in the village were discussed and it was agreed that as the Parish Council have no land this will be passed on to Testway Housing and Test Valley Borough Council. The Parish Council fully support the provision of a communal allotment or allotments in the village.

The Clerk will write to Testway Housing and Test Valley Borough Council to ask about the provision of allotments in Quarley.

The Clerk produced a financial statement showing the estimated results for the year ending 31st March 2010 and the Budget for the year 2010/2011. Each item was discussed. The Parish Council agreed that there will be no increase in the Precept. The Quarley Precept for 2010/2011 will remain at £2250.

The Parish Council discussed undertaking a Parish Plan and Village Design Statement. It was agreed that Cllr Mr Venables will put together a draft document taking information from the Parish Survey undertaken by Tony Ferguson a few years ago. The Clerk will send the Parish Councillors copies of the Shipton Bellinger Village Design Statement to look at. This will be discussed further at the next meeting.


CLLR MR M VENABLES - Reported that a stone Greyhound has been stolen from a property in the village.

Cllr Mr Venables spoke about the Volunteer Youth Hostel that was at Hughes Settlement and closed in 1957 and requested that anyone who has information on this Youth Hostel to please contact him.


Mr B Pearce Grass Cutting £40.00
H.C.C. Street Lighting £118.17
Village Hall Hire of Hall £62.50

16th March, 15th June, 21st September, 16th November

The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting.

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