AMPORT PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday 18th January 2009 at 7.45 pm in Amport School Hall.
Lt Col Stephens, (Vice Chairman ), Mrs Sarah Hammer, Mrs Jean Arnell, Mr Ian
Long, Mr Bill Gore, Mr Ashley Smith and Mrs Suzanne Hoare (Clerk)
Apologies Mr I. Morrison, (Chairman), Mr Nicholas Hoare, Mrs Tanya Garman, Mrs
Diana Preston and Mr Tim Southern - TVBC Councillor.
The village correspondent, Cllr Pat West HCC and 1 member of the public were
2. Minutes of the Previous Meeting.
The minutes were agreed and signed after, having been proposed by Sarah Hammer
and seconded by Jean Arnell
3. Matters Arising from the last meeting and Declarations of
Charles Stephens welcomed everyone to the first meeting of 2009, especially Bill
Gore who was returning after illness.
There were no declarations of interest for tonight’s meeting.
4. Quarley Boundary Changes
In the absence of Ian Morrison and Diana Preston this item was only discussed in
general terms and will be an agenda item at the February meeting.
The Parish map was considered and a potential new boundary at Lains Farm
identified. Parish Councillors were concerned that enough consultation had taken
place with the residents involved. Further discussions will be arranged with the
clerk and Chairman of Quarley Parish Council IM/Clerk
The Green and Amport Fen
Ashley Smith has arranged a meeting with his
scientific officer from the Hawk Conservancy and Members of the Green/Fen
sub-committee on January 28th to discuss the way forward. Ashley
Smith will then report back to the next meeting of the Parish
Footpaths and Highways
A kissing gate has been erected along Footpath 7 by Mr
Wyles; the Parish Council has sought advice from Hampshire County Council on
this issue and HCC felt it was lawful to erect the gate but would investigate
further should the Parish Council wish them to do so. The Parish Council has
taken up their offer of a site visit to consider the gate, as parents with push
chairs would be prevented from using this footpath if the gate remains.
Following comments at the meeting Charles Stephens with Bill Gore met on January
22nd Mr Hawkins-Byas, the landowner of the footpath, which runs
adjacent to the Trout Lake and discussed the uneven surface of the path. He has
agreed to improve the camber of the path once the weather improves.
The Footpath which runs behind the Amport Inn is narrow due to over hanging
hedges where it emerges onto Sarson Lane. The clerk
has written to the land owner north of the Footpath and request that it is cut
Cllr Pat West updated the Parish Council about the probable costs of joining the
PFI lighting scheme, the Council currently has 3 lights maintained by HCC and
the projected costs are around £60 per column. This would represent an increase
on the current costs. A committal on whether to join the scheme is required by
the end of February, therefore discussions on this topic will continue at the
next meeting on February 23rd .
Pat West reported that no legal 106 agreements were
signed as yet and HCC were trying to forbid any site construction until the new
road improvements were finished.
Newbury has given permission for a megashed at Greenham Common and Pyestock is
expected to report next week.
There is some hope that the proposed scheme at the Andover Airfield may
currently be unviable.
Charles Stephens thanked Pat West for her continued support in this matter.
Weyhill Play Area
Playground Services have sent a plan with costings for
a new play area at Weyhill. The total cost for the proposed scheme is £52,000.
Sarah Hammer felt that even before considering any expenditure at Weyhill a
Legal Agreement should be in place securing the use of the land by the Parish
Council. It would need to include a time scale for use. Pat West advised the
Parish Council to look at proposals in Apppleshaw where a more rural play area
was being considered at a cost of around £30,000.
A meeting will take place between Sarah Hammer and Ian Morrison to decide the
conditions to be sought in the legal agreement. Sarah Hammer felt that no
further action should be taken until such assurances on the future use of the
Play Area were in place.
6. Planning Applications
|08/02652/FULLN Erection of first floor extension, chimney
and erection of detached double garage with work from home room. Malt House,
Wiremead Lane East Cholderton No Objection|
|08/03010/CLEN Certificate of lawfulness for existing use
–Use as garden centre with ancillary storage, parking and single dwelling
house. Weyhill Nurseries Amesbury rd. Weyhill No Comment|
|09/00036/TPON Beech Tree – crown thinning a reduction of
25% Brook Cottage The Green Amport No Objection subject to the
aboriculturist and professional work being observed by TVBC|
|09/00072/TPON Beech – thin by 25% Mussett Cottage The
Green Amport No Objection subject to the aboriculturist and professional
work being observed by TVBC|
|009/00029/FULLN Erection of double garage and log store
Nether Cottage. No Objection|
|09/00071/FULLN Erection of replacement garden centre and
post office, ancillary café, storage and landscaping Weyhill Nurseries,
Amesbury Rd, Weyhill.No Objection with the following provisions 1.
Consider the intrusive lighting 2. Consider impact on local roads 3.Give
consideration to comments by neighbours of the development|
|09/00060/OUTN Outline – Erection of detached dwelling and
garage- Land Adjacent to Yew Lodge, Amesbury Rd Weyhill.
No Objection but with reservations on the loss of light and privacy to
neighbours, reinforcing their concerns on overdevelopment, loss of light and
7. Planning Results
|Erection of building to house swimming pool and changing
facilities, Middlecot House, Middlecot, Quarley PERMISSION|
|08/02597/LBWN Removal of stud partitioning at first floor
and reinstatement to increase room sizes. Provision of new kitchen in
existing family room (amended description) - Broadwater, Wiremead Lane,
|08/02786/FULLN Erection of single storey extension to side
to provide television room - Meadow View, Wiremead Lane, East Cholderton
The following cheques were not signed as only 1 signaturee was
The above cheques were approved by those councillors present
and will be signed by Ian Morrison and Charles Stephens, when they are
The Audit Commission have returned the accounts for 2007/8 without comment and
these are available as always for the public to view by appointment with the
8. AOB and Correspondence
Ashley Smith asked if the Footpath contract would be put out
to tender for the forthcoming year. The contracts are available for tender and
competitive prices are always sought along with quality work. The cutting of the
Footpaths will need to be arranged soon with some paths needing more than 2 cuts
per year – depending on growing conditions.
Ian Long reported the return of the moles on the Green, pest control will again
be sought, before the start of the Grass cutting on the Green.
Pat West replied to Diana Preston’s query on reducing Speed Limits near
Pitswarren Cholderton rd, Pat West stated that she felt any change was very
The Meeting closed at 9.40 pm.
The date of the next meeting is February 23rd
7.45pm at Weyhill Fairground Hall.