Quarley Parish Council Minutes - 18th November 2014

Minutes of the Quarley Parish Council Meeting held on Tuesday 18th November 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
Mr R Whiting
Borough Councillor Mr Ben Few Brown
Richard Waterman - Parish Clerk
David Dean - INRG Solar
Members of the Public - 1
Apologies: Cllr Mr M Venables & Mrs J Venables - NHW

WELCOME. The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

DECLARATION OF INTEREST.
Cllr Mrs J Ferguson declared an interest in the Quarley Church
Cllr Mrs C Rowe declared an interest in Home Farm

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
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, the road to Grateley is a particularly bad state of repair. additional potholes have now appeared and have been reported on the HCC web site. It was hoped that a site meeting will be organized for early in the new year.

STREET LIGHTS - The Clerk reported that Julian Higgins from HCC Street Lighting is investigating the issue of the missing street light in Quarley and why this has not been flagged up by the HCC street lighting to be replaced. Julian Higgins has assured the Clerk that this street light will be replaced and the Parish Council will receive a refund for the electricity and maintenance costs for the time the street light has been out of service.

DAVID DEAN - INRG SOLAR
Mr David Dean spoke about a proposed solar farm on land adjacent to Bush Lane prior to submitting a planning application.

  • The land is poor quality and classed as B3-4
  • The countries power stations can not cope with demand and potential power cuts are predicted for the future as the grid is stretched to capacity. The Government are encouraging solar farms to assist with powering the country.
  • The proposed site is 25 acres and will be landscaped to reduce the visiual impact on the countryside. The site will be secure and covered by CCTV.
  • There will be some disruption during construction but once built the site will generate very little traffic.
  • The Solar Farm will join the National Grid at Thruxton.
  • The site is actually in Amport Parish, however Mr Dean stated that a Community Grant of 10,000 will be paid to both Amport and Quarley Parishes.

The Parish Council discussed the proposals but could not make comment until a Planning Application has been submitted.

  • Concerns that if planning permission is granted then it would set a president for further solar farms in the area. Mr David Dean stated that this would not happen as there is limited access to the National Grid in the Rural Areas. He believed that the recent planning application for a solar farm at Snoddington has been withdrawn as they could not access the National Grid.
  • Mr R Whiting stated that he was not convinced that the solar farm would not be visible from the village and that he would be checking the National planning policy.

Mr David Dean stated that he will come back to a future meeting to up-date the Parish Council on progress and to answer any further questions. The Chairman thanked Mr Dean for coming. 

FINANCE
QUARLEY PARISH COUNCIL PRECEPT DISCUSSION

2014/2015 2015/2016
INCOME
Balance Brought Forward 1/4/2013 771.00 800.00
Plus precept 2,250.00 2,250.00
3,021.00 3,100.00
EXPENDITURE
Wages 500.00 500.00
Administration 183.00 250.00
Audit 95.00 100.00
Street Lighting 99.46 200.00
Hire of Hall 62.50 70.00
Web Site 28.75 40.00
Grass Cutting and Ditch Clearing 300.00 300.00
Village Maintenance - Mirrors 313.20 100.00
Insurance 486.45 500.00
PCC 100.00 100.00
2,168.36
2,160.00
Bank Account Balance
852.64
940.00
3,021.00 3,100.00

The Parish Council agreed that the precept will remain at 2,250 for the following year. 

CHEQUE ISSUED - November - Mr B Pearce     Grass Cutting      40.00 

PLANNING - There were no new planning applications to discuss. 

VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT
Mr R Whiting spoke about the village design statement and the revised Borough Plan. The  Borough Plan recommends that there be no development in Quarley, if this is the case and the borough plan is adopted there may not be a need for a village design statement.

Mr Richard Whiting suggested that the parish Council wait for the outcome of the Borough Plan and review the village design statement in the new year. Mr Whiting reported that he has noticed that there are some inaccurate statements in the Conservation Plan and these will be taken up with TVBC. 

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
NHW Report
Low level crime continues with outbuildings and sheds remaining the favourite targets. There are frequent reports of "suspicious people" and "suspicious vehicles" being seen in rural locations. 

Empty Houses - a recent incident of a house alarm going off has highlighted the problem of folk not being aware of who (if anyone) is looking after a particular property when it is empty/unoccupied. Hampshire Constabulary run a Registered Keyholder Scheme where, for 24/year, details are held on who has access to homes and properties. More details can be obtained from http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-andinformation/crime-pre'ention/keyholder-registration-scheme . I plan to deliver a letter round the village saying that I am very happy to hold a list of who is looking after empty properties, which could include just noting that the property is registered with the police scheme. 

CLLR MR BEN FEW-BROWN
Cllr Mr Ben Few-Brown had nothing to report. 

COUNCILLORS REPORTS
CLLR MRS G TUBBS - Asked Cllr Mr W Marshall if he had had any success with producing replacement posts for the War Memorial? Cllr Mr Marshall stated that he has not yet had the time but was still keen to have a go a making replacement posts. 

MR R WHITING - As an owner of a thatched cottage raised concerns about fireworks, after a recent event in the village he found a stick from a rocket lodged in his thatch. This was discussed and it was felt that as there is a high number of thatched cottages in the village that it would be prudent to produce a round robin letter to all residents regarding asking them to please be careful when letting off fireworks. The Chairman will draft a letter and circulate it around the Parish Councillors before distribution. 

CLLR MR W MARSHALL - Reported that he had noticed that the Nelson Lorry Drivers seem to be driving slower through the village. He suggested that a letter be sent to Nelson asking if they would contribute towards the new mirrors that were purchased earlier in the year.
This was thought a good idea, they can only say No! 

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
There were no issues raised by the Public. 

CLOSE OF THE MEETING
The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting. 

DATES OF THE 2015 MEETINGS
20TH January
21st April
21st July
17th November

 

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