Quarley Parish Council Minutes - 16th September 2014

Minutes of the Quarley Parish Council Meeting held on Tuesday 16th September 2014 at Quarley Village Hall at 7.30 pm.

Present : Cllr Mrs J Ferguson - Chairman
Cllr Mr W Marshall - Vice Chairman
Cllr Miss C Rowe
Cllr Mrs G Tubbs
Cllr Mr M Venables
Borough Councillor Mr Ben Few Brown
Richard Waterman - Parish Clerk
Members of the Public - 2
Apologies: Mrs J Venables - NHW
Mr R Whiting
County Councillor Mrs P West

WELCOME. The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Cllr Mrs J Ferguson declared an interest in the Quarley Church

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

HIGHWAYS - All the roads in Quarley need attention, Highways have not repaired any of the outstanding pot holes, additional potholes have now appeared. The Clerk reported that there is a change of personnel in the Highways Department. The Officers that have attended site meetings with the Parish Council have now all moved on to other areas in HCC. The new Officers have not yet made contact with the Parish Council, when they do another site meeting will be organized.

STREET LIGHTS - the Clerk confirmed that HCC Street Lighting will be replacing the three Quarley street lights with new more efficient lights that also do not emit light pollution. No time scale has been given but should be before the end of 2014. 

Payments issued since the June Meeting
R.N. Waterman        Wages 3 x £41.67 by Standing Order         £125.01
Mr B Pearce             Village Maintenance                               £120.00
Broker Network Ltd  Parish Council Insurance                          £486.45

Income - second half of the precept £1125
Balance in bank after the above movements = £1,431.46 

AUDIT - The Clerk reported that District Audit have signed off the accounts for the year 2013/2014. No Issues were raised. 


  • 14/02103/TREEN - Tree works - Threepeny Cottage, Quarley. The Parish Council had NO OBJECTIONS to this planning application.
  • 14/01527/CMAN - Application by Nelson Plant Hire Ltd: Variation of condition 3 (operating Hours) of planning permission 11/02569/CMAN at Nelson Recycling, Homestead Farm, Weyhill Road, Penton Corner, Andover, SP11 0QX.

The Chairman reported that letters of objection to this planning application have been sent to Test Valley Borough Council. The Parish Council had hoped to attend the Planning Meeting on the 17th September 2014 and had booked a 3 minute slot to speak. Unfortunately due to work commitments Quarley will not be represented at the meeting. 

The Parish Council discussed at length the issue of the Nelson Lorries coming though the village. An increase in the operating hours is unacceptable - deliveries on Sundays and Bank Holidays will have effect on the quality of life for residents. The lorries are breaking up the village roads. 

It is understood that it would be difficult to stop the lorry movements as the Georgia Farm site was granted planning permission, and the road is public highway open to all vehicles. A sensible approach is needed to spread the vehicle movement around the various villages. 

Cllr Mr Ben Few-Brown reported that the original Planning Conditions for Georgia Farm have been broken and that TVBC are now taking enforcement action. 

The Chairman reported that the VDS Team are still waiting for a reply from Mr Bibby at TVBC. 

The Chairman reported that she had attended the Test Valley Association of Parish and Town Councils meeting on the 11th September. A presentation was given by Steve Lees, the Head of Planning Policy and Transportation at TVBC. Quarley has been designated as a Village with no development in the revised Local Borough Plan. 

The Clerk reported that he has contacted the War Memorial Commission to see if there is any news on grant to refurbish the War Memorial. Due to the WW1 celebration this year there has been a delay in the grant process. The Clerk will keep the Parish Council informed of any progress. 

The Chairman reported that Mr Jack Cullen has said he will refurbish the War Memorial at cost and will not charge for his labour. The Parish Council thought this a very generous offer. 

The Chairman read out the following report from Mrs J Venables. 

  • Low level crime continues across rural areas. Break-ins to sheds and outbuildings remain favourite targets, and the theft of quad bikes continues.
  • More locally there have been examples of bogus callers and bogus gardeners/tree surgeons demanding large sums of money for poor quality work.
  • Community Speedwatch – The Police & Crime Commissioner has allocated £135K to supporting Community Speedwatch schemes – a maximum of £1K per scheme to be used as “match funding”
  • I forwarded information about this in June suggesting that a collaborative scheme might be more beneficial than an application from a single village.
  • Hampshire Alert – the police are moving their communications to local communities and individuals to one platform – www.hampshirealert.co.uk All other e-newsletters and forms of electronic communication, eg the weekly Country Watch newsletter, will cease from April 2015 (if not sooner). Hampshire Alert allows registered users to choose what they want to hear about and how they want to be informed, eg by email, text, pre-recorded phone message. It also allows 2-way communication. Everyone is encouraged to register now on the Alert system so that they can transition seamlessly to that system when other current systems are switched off. 

Cllr Mr Ben Few-Brown had nothing to report.

CLLR MRS G TUBBS - Reported that the Etwall children are being blamed for taking notices down off the notice board in the Bus Shelter. Cllr Mrs Tubbs wished it to be noted that it is not the children but an Adult who is doing this.

The Chairman suggested that if villagers had any notices to be displayed that they give them to her and she will put them in the Parish Council locked notice board. 

CLLR MR W MARSHALL - Spoke about new Potholes and a Village Defibrillator. The Clerk reported that a Defibrillator and Box costs £1,450. 

It was brought to the Parish Council’s attention that several of the posts around the war memorial are loose. This was noted. 

The Parish Council were asked if they were the body to approach as there is interest in running the Village Hall as a Social Club again. The Chairman stated that the Village hall Trustees would need to be approached. 

The Chairman reported that she had received a letter from Fox Farm Estate expressing concerns about possible Traffic Calming in Quarley. This was noted, the Chairman has acknowledged receipt as there was nothing else to report. 

The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting. 

18th November 2014 in the Quarley Village Hall at 7.30pm

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