AMPORT PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday 20th April at 7.40 pm in
Mr I. Morrison (Chairman), Lt Col Stephens (Vice
Chairman), Mrs Jean Arnell, Mr Bill Gore, Mrs Sarah Hammer, Mr Nicholas Hoare,
Mr Ian Long, Mrs Diana Preston, Mr Ashley Smith, Mr Tim Southern - TVBC
Councillor and Mrs Suzanne Hoare (Clerk)
Apologies Mrs Tanya Garman
The village correspondent, plus 3 members of the public were present.
2. Minutes of the Previous Meeting.
The minutes were agreed and signed after, having been
proposed by Diana Preston and seconded by Nicholas Hoare
3. Matters Arising from the last meeting and Declarations of
30 letters were sent to residents in the western ‘pan
handle’ of the Parish asking for their comments regarding the possible
redrawing of the Parish Boundary between Amport and Quarley, so far 13 replies
have been received - 10 in favour of a move and 3 wishing to remain within
Amport Parish. 17 Households have yet to reply and this will be mentioned in the
Andover Advertiser notes on the Council Meeting. The closing date for replies is
the 1st June. Parish Councillors did not feel that a reminder letter
to residents was necessary at this stage.
There were no declarations of interest for tonight’s meeting.
The Green and Amport Fen
Ashley Smith reported on clearance work in the Fen and
informed the Parish Council that 8 nesting boxes have been put up. Children have
again dammed the Brook but this has been cleared.
Ian Morrison asked if a plan for the Fen was emerging from the work carried out
so far. Ashley Smith said that proposals were in the early stages and would come
before the Parish Council in the near future. Further work was not urgent as the
breeding season has started and future work could not restart until the autumn.
A member of the public asked Ashley Smith if he was aware that Sparsholt Collage
might use the Fen for a project for its Students and therefore provide people to
work on the area, Ashley Smith acknowledged this.
There was a question concerning insurance on the Green for the forthcoming fete.
It was felt that the Council’s own public liability insurance would not
provide any cover for the fete.
Footpaths and Highways
Bill Gore reported that the Footpaths were due to be
cut during the 1st week of June.
Bill Gore had spoken to Peter Watson at HCC regarding the flooding at Georgia.
HCC is responsible for this path as it is a BOAT; however Bill Gore was not
hopeful of HCC funding the repairs as land drain work would be needed. It was
not felt that anything further could be done at the present time.
The website update was delivered by David Preston as he was present tonight. The
website receives on average 450 visits each month. David Preston made an appeal
for anyone who wished to help as his assistant to come forward. This information
will hopefully appear in the Andover Advertiser as well.
A letter has been received from David Wilkinson commenting on the bad repair and
upkeep of the ditches in East Cholderton, Tim Southern
was asked to contact Paul Walsh at Hampshire Highways to with regard to
the following points -
- Drainage at Waterloo Bridge, the promised relief drain to
end flooding has yet to be provided.
- The ditch through East Cholderton is tatty; perhaps
Hampshire Highways could clear this.
- Whilst in the past the state of Wiremead Lane was felt to
keep speeds down, the disrepair of the passing places is becoming a problem
and perhaps Hampshire Highways could provide some hard core to ease
conditions and improve safety for cars and especially cyclists.
Tim Southern was thanked for his continued assistance with the
problem of foul effluent in east Cholderton; tankers are still pumping out on a
24hr cycle to the continued distress of the residents. Southern Water say they
cannot justify the expense needed to provide a permanent answer to this problem
and unfortunately this has become an ongoing problem. Tim Southern commented
that he intends to write to Offwat.
The section 106 agreements pertaining to this
application were signed at the meeting on the 31st March.
5. Planning Applications
6. Planning Results
|The following cheques were
signed before the meeting as these were all items which are included in
the accounts for the year ended 31 March 2009. They were signed by Ian
Morrison and Charles Stephens
|Andover Pest Control
|Weyhill Fairground Hall
|S A Hoare
||Annual salary adjustment
|The following cheques were
presented at tonight’s meeting and signed by Ian Morrison and Charles
||Fees for forthcoming year
|S A Hoare
||Website costs for year
These were approved by those councillors present.
The Account were presented, having been scrutinised at the
Annual Parish Meeting prior to this meeting – there were no questions. –These
will be signed at the May Meeting.
Diana Preston reported Pot Holes in Skew Lane at the Monxton Rd end – these
will be reported to HCC via their website clerk.
Ian Morrison recommended the special evening held at the Hawk Conservancy for
disadvantaged children, this year it will be held on July 2nd and 8
helpers around 10years old are needed.
The Meeting closed at 8.50 pm.
The date of the next meeting is May 18th – Annual General Meeting at 7.45pm