AMPORT PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on
Monday 21st March 2011 at 7.45 pm at Amport School
Mr Ian Morrison (Chairman), Lt Col Charles Stephens (Vice Chairman), Mr Ian
Long, Mr Bill Gore, Mr Nicholas Hoare, Mr Allan Maddern, and Mrs Suzanne Hoare
Apologies; Mr Ashley Smith, Mr Neil Warren, Mrs Sarah Hammer, Mrs Tanya Garman
and Mr Tim Southern TVBC Councillor.
The village correspondent was present and 2 members of the public were present.
2. Minutes of the Previous Meetings.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved by Allan Maddern and seconded
by Charles Stephens.
3. Matters Arising from the last meeting and Declarations of
There were no declarations of interest.
The subject of the annual subscription and membership of HALC was again
discussed. Allan Maddern offered to attend the AGM and put forward any concerns
Amport Parish Council may have. The cost for the forthcoming year would be £282
and councillors did not not feel sufficient advantage was gained to warrant the
A vote was taken with 3-2 voting in favour of leaving the HALC. The Parish
Council will write and cancel its membership.
A letter was sent concerning dog fouling on the Green.
Mr Welch was contacted with regard to gaining the contract for grass cutting on
The Track and the Ditch
Ian Morrison introduced the topic then handed over to Brain Nolan for the latest
information. The discussion paper had been circulated to all Councillors prior
to the last meeting where the hybrid option was approved. Keith Thompson from
Hampshire Highways has acted in an advisory capacity without acceptance of any
liability but has advised that kerbing the track would add significantly to the
Paul Jackson (Head of Planning ) from TVBC has contacted the Parish Council to
inform them that no section 106 funding would be approved therefore the whole
cost will have to be met by the parties involved.
A letter will now be sent to the 3 householders and the school
informing them of the full cost and asking for payment in advance. If
payment is not received from all parties concerned this project will not
The payment of VAT was discussed, the clerk will check
but it is expected that all only the Parish Council will be able to claim back
this portion of the payment.
Mid May is the deadline for accepting the quote and it is hoped that matters
will be resolved by this time.
Concern was expressed as to whether the school would be able to fund their
share; Ian Morrison and
Ian Long will contact the School and PTA to ascertain the latest
The Green and Amport Fen
Ian Long reported that he had completed some safety checks on play equipment on
In Neil Warren’s absence no further comments were forthcoming on the Green.
Footpaths and Highways/Communication
The dangerous tree in East Cholderton continues to cause concern and the parish
Council will write to the landowner to advise them of their responsibilities
regarding tress on footpaths Clerk
Red Post Bridge is set to be closed for 11 weeks for repairs.
Residents North of the A303
In Sarah Hammer’s absence the matter was held over to the next meeting.
Mike Cleugh representing Monxton PC presented a short item on proposed
celebrations to mark the Royal Wedding on April 29th. The event will
not incur an entrance charge and activities for children and adults will be
provided by the Council. The local pub is putting on a BBQ and it is hoped that
Monxton village street will be closed to cars. The Amport and Monxton Village
Hall will be used for the event. Monxton PC asked if Amport PC would match its
contribution of £250 to support this event, which without funding would not
A vote was taken and all councillors present approved a cheque for £250 to be
given to Monxton PC.
Parish Council Elections
The clerk announced the timetable for the forthcoming local elections and
distributed forms to those councillors who wished to continue. The time slot for
delivering nomination papers to Beech Hurst was from
March 28th until noon on April 4th.
5. Planning Applications
|11/00333/FULLN Extensions and alterations to include side
extension incorporating 3 bay garage, plant, utility and swimming pool at
ground floor with gym and office above. 2nd floor extension and new roof
with raised roof height to provide revised internal configuration to include
additional bedroom accommodation, front facing dormers and first and second
floor side facing windows, London Lodge, Hay Down Lane Fox
Amport Objection 1. Height of
building in contradiction to the VDS 2. Proposed 2 storey extension blocks
view from adjacent footpath 3. General overdevelopment of a house which was
originally a lodge for Amport House.|
|11/00511/CLEN certificate of lawfulness for existing use
– existing track access from Georgia lane to a paddock area to the east of
the dwelling Georgia Down House No Objection|
6. Planning Results
|11/00313/TREEN Fell 1 Silver Birch -Bec Cottage, Monxton
Road, Amport Withdrawn|
The following cheques were signed at tonight’s meeting by Charles Stephens and
Ian Morrison and approved by all Councillors present
| S A Hoare
|| March salary
|| Administrative expenses
|| lighting at Fairways
| Grant to
Royal Wedding celebrations
| Southern Water
| Southern Electric
| Mr Bushnell
| Grant to
| Amport School
|| hire of classroom
A 3 month budget update was presented and the accounts
for the year ended 31st March 2011 will be available at the April
8. AOB and Correspondence
The Diamond Jubilee celebrations were discussed and Allan Maddern presented a
draft insert for the Parish Magazine.
Salting in Furzedown Lane - Cllr Pat West will be asked if there is any money
left at HCC for further salt bins as at least 1 is needed in Furzedown Lane. Clerk
The village pub is due to reopen on April 20th, renamed as the Hawk.
Councillors were reminded that the next meeting is a combined Annual
Parish and Ordinary meeting starting at 7pm.
The Meeting closed at 9.15 pm.
The next meeting will be held at Amport School 7.00pm on
Monday 18th April 2011.