Quarley Parish Council Minutes - 21st April 2015
Minutes of the Quarley Parish Council Meeting held on Tuesday 21st April 2015 at Quarley Village Hall at 7.30 pm.
WELCOME. The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.
DECLARATION OF INTEREST.
MINUTES OF THE
SOLAR FARM - Mr Richard
Whiting briefly discussed the proposed solar farm and reported that the Parish
Council’s will not receive the promised £10,000 until the solar farm is
plugged into the national grid.
VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT
- Mr Richard Writing reported that TVBC have received representation from
developers asking why there is no development in the rural areas included in the
Borough Plan. As a result TVBC have addressed the issue and there is to be a
further consultation period on the Local Borough Plan.
HIGHWAYS - It was noted
that Highways have still not repaired all the pot holes in the parish. Cllr Mr w
Marshall reported that Highways have done a temporary repair to the verges in
Skew Road, however this will not take long if the volume of HGV’s going to Fox
Woods continues at current levels.
The Village Design Plan
has reached a point where we are waiting for TVBC to have their Local Plan
accepted by the Government. The
Chairman and Mr. R. Whiting went to TVBC for the first day when the Government
Inspector sat to hear the objections and comments from the Public. The main objectors were the Development Companies and also
some of the Parish Councils. Mr. R.
Whiting returned on the previous day. To
date the Parish council have not been informed as to whether the TVBC Plan has
been accepted by the Government.
The lamp post by the Bus
Stop has finally been replaced. Mr. R. Waterman, our Clerk has informed us that we will have
a rebate relating to the cost of the electricity that we are charged for our
street lights. The bus stop sign
still requires to be placed on the new lamp post.
However there have been
two events that have occurred in 2015 and required action from the Parish
Solar Farm Application
APPLICATION, Bush Lane
The Council listened to
this Presentation and asked questions. However
it was considered that in view of the other Solar Farm in the 5 miles from the
development to the west of the Co-operative Distribution Centre and the other
two Solar Farms either side of the road to Tidworth, that TVBC would give
permission, not withstanding the opinions of Quarley.
However by the time the
Parish Council Meeting was held on the 20th January 2015, the Parish
Council had received so many objections and concerns regarding this Application
that The Chairman Mrs. J. Ferguson decided to circulate to the Quarley residents
the fact that the Parish Council would again consider this Application.
Mr. David Dean, who was aware of this, requested to come again to the
Meeting to give a further Presentation.
After the Presentation
the general public remained to view their views.
This was that they wished the Parish Council to object to this
Application. This was duly done.
To date we have had no
response from TVBC as to whether this Application is to be allowed.
TRAVELLING THROUGH QUARLEY TO FOX FARM ESTATE
The small rural roads
leading through Quarley and onto Fox were unable to cope with these HGVs and the
roads especially the edges have suffered considerably.
Houses on the route have felt vibrations from the weight of these
has been taken to the woodland on the Fox Farm Estate.
The Estate was given permission for the woodland tracks to be ‘reinstated’
This decision has been fought by Monxton Parish Council, the residents of
Georgia Lane and also by us, Quarley Parish Council, as the spoil has
also been spread on the forest floor and is considered to be excessive.
Cllr J Ferguson and Cllr
W Marshall attended meeting held at the home of Mrs. N. Benjamin, in Georgia
Lane. We were informed of the many
meetings they, The residents of Georgia Lane and Monxton had had on this
subject. Initially the lorries had
only travelled to the Georgia Lane site through Monxton.
Nelson Heavy Plant then
applied to the Environment Agency for a ‘License
A Village Meeting was called to inform the residents of Quarley of the
A Presentation was given
by Mrs N. Benjamin showing the effect of this dumping on the woodlands in
Georgia Lane. The residents were
requested to send their comments to the Environment Agency.
The Chairman of Monxton,
Mr. M. Cleugh arranged a meeting with Mr. P. Jackson, Head of Planning in TVBC.
Cllr J Ferguson and Cllr W Marshall were also in attendance.
The Meeting was to ensure that Mr. P. Jackson was aware of the strong
feelings of the two villages regarding the heavy lorries, with the damage they
were causing and also what was happening to the woodlands, parts of which
comprised Ancient Woodland and also Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation.
Since this time TVBC has
confirmed that they consider this work to be ‘Permitted
The Chairman, Cllr J Ferguson has contacted Mrs N Benjamin to see if
there has been any development regarding the Environment Agency or the Forestry
Commission. There has been no contact as yet.
8 Apr 15 I attended a meeting of local NHW co-ordinators organised by the
police. The meeting started with an overview of the Constabulary’s Operational
Change Programme, which went “live” on 1 Apr 15, and it’s effect on local
policing. There have been some changes to beat boundaries – they are now
coterminous with electoral ward boundaries. Quarley now lies in the Andover
South Beat area and our PCSO is PCSO 15559 Cathy Bonter - Andover South (TA03)
Broughton & Stockbridge, Over Wallop & Amport (email@example.com).
She can also be contacted by phone by ringing 101 and asking for her by name
and/or collar number. PCSOs are the primary focus for community engagement and
will attend local meetings if those meetings are (a) notified to Andover Police
with sufficient warning, and (b) if the meeting coincides with when the PCSO is
on duty. A letter from the District Commander (Chief Inspector Kory Thorne)
which gives more detail has already been forwarded to the Chair and Clerk of the
meeting then heard an informative talk from Julie Gallagher from Hampshire
Trading Standards – she gave an overview of what Trading Standards does (more
details can be found at http://www3.hants.gov.uk/tradingstandards.htm)
and talked specifically about Cold Calling, scams (in all their many varieties).
Local residents can ask to have a “No Cold Calling” zone if at least 66%
agree. The signs cost about £25 – more detail can be found on the website.
meeting ended with a talk by Bob Coombes – the Chair of Hampshire & Isle
of Wight NHW – who talked about work that they are doing to extend their
coverage into “hard to reach” communities, eg BME communities, social
housing etc, and also their collaboration with Royal Mail (Mail Watch) where
local postal workers are briefed about suspicious vehicles/people that have been
sighted in the area of their round. This is currently being run as a trial in
Winchester area but is due to be rolled out county-wide.
– another reminder for folk to sign up to Hampshire Alert as the means of
getting information from the police and other organisations – www.hampshirealert.co.uk
– I have sent an email out to my NHW list to that effect – offering to help
anyone who might need some assistance.
Chairman reported that she has contacted Mr Jack Cullan for a firm price to
refurbish the War Memorial.
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