PARISH COUNCIL REPORT

2014-2015

 

 

The Parish Council has been without a Chairman this year and the report therefore comes from the whole Council.

 

The Parish Council is responsible throughout the year for the allotments, bus shelters, play areas and other amenities in the Parish. It also provides a local response to planning applications and liaises with many of the varied departments at Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council over footpath, countryside, highways and many other issues. The Council is an elected body acting on behalf of the parishioners. This report summarises some of the areas in which the Council has been involved this past year.

 

Parish Plan

Iain Henderson, our past Chairman, and his team of volunteers have worked patiently, over a sustained period, to produce the Parish Plan which is now available on the website and the Parish Council would like to express their thanks for this major achievement. Hardcopies will be available to view at the Parish Assembly and copies will then be provided to the Victoria Hall, Gratton Surgery and local pubs or can be borrowed from the Clerk. Many of the actions resulting from the answers provided by residents are attributable to the Parish Council and a summary has been prepared to show which actions are already being undertaken and which might be considered in the future. You are invited to offer your own suggestions in this area.

 

Community Emergency Action Plan

This major exercise, undertaken by Councillor John Holt, is also now nearing completion and will provide a comprehensive guide to dealing with emergencies in the Parish. Our thanks to John and those who have offered their time as volunteers and contacts in the event of the plan being put into action.

 

Flood Action Group (FLAG)

FLAG was formed following last year’s flooding and is supported by the Parish Council. An update of FLAG’s activities to date is to be provided by Jason Smith the guest speaker.

 

Bullington Cross Wind Farm

An appeal has now been submitted by EDF Energy which will be heard by the Secretary of State in the Autumn. There are no material changes from the original application and the Parish Council has responded that they stand by their earlier objection and comments.

 

Affordable Housing

Action Hampshire have prepared an appraisal of potential sites for affordable housing development in the Parish. If the Planning Department at Winchester City Council think that any of the proposed sites could be viable a public consultation will be undertaken by Action Hampshire and will be advertised in the Parish and on the village website.

 

Oxford Road Crossing

The Council are again investigating the possibility of a crossing, or crossing points, on Oxford Road. Hampshire Highways do not consider that a controlled crossing is viable but a Traffic Management Engineer visited recently and two possible ‘informal’ crossing points have been identified. The Council will continue to explore the options but an improvement in crossing safety may result in the loss of parking spaces.

 

Gratton Trust

Residents have been able to enjoy the improved play area and the new equipment is being well utilised. There has been an increase in the football being played at the weekends. The Council has been working with the Gratton Trust to secure funding for improved parking facilities and it is hoped that work will commence before the summer on a new car park.

 

Old Station Yard

No new planning application has been received to date but it is thought that this will happen shortly.

 

New Bench at the Bogmoor Sump

A request was made to the Council last year for a new bench at the Bogmoor Sump. This was installed in the Spring by Councillor Whitehouse and local resident, Neil Soutar, and is already being used by residents.

 

Parish Council Vacancies

Vacancies remain on the Council. If you would like to make a difference in your community and help shape its future please consider joining us. We meet each month and you would be very welcome to attend and observe a meeting or speak to the Clerk or one of the Councillors to find out more about what is involved. No previous experience is required, just an interest in local issues.

 

The Councillors would like to thank you for supporting them in their work for the community and for attending the Parish Assembly.  Grateful thanks are also due to the Winchester City Councillors, Stephen Godfrey, Barry Lipscomb and Malcom Wright, and the Hampshire County Councillor, Jackie Porter for their support and advice during the year and to Terence Smiyan the village webmaster.

 

 


                                                 

 DRAFT MINUTES of the Annual MEETING of WONSTON PARISH COUNCIL (WPC)

Held at 7.30pm  on Wednesday 20th May 2015 in the Victoria Hall, Sutton Scotney

 

Present:           Cllrs: Lucy Dowson(LD), Chris Whitehouse (CW), Andrew Wheeler (AW)          

Clerk:                    Jocelyn Jenkins (JJ)

 

 

 

Minutes

Action

 

 

1

Apologies for Absence:

Closed

 

 

2

Election of a Chairman – Lucy Dowson was unanimously elected as Chairman and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

Closed

 

 

2.1

The remaining Councillors signed Declarations of Acceptance of Office.

Closed

 

 

2.2

Disclosure of interests forms were completed by all Councillors.

Closed

 

 

3

Allocation of particular responsibilities to be agreed for the following areas:

Closed

 

 

3.1

Planning - LD

 

 

 

3.2

Financial - AW

 

 

 

3.3

Floods and Drains – CW

 

 

 

3.4

Play Areas - AW

 

 

 

3.5

Highways & Lengthsman – Clerk/CW

 

 

 

3.6

Allotments – Clerk (at present)

 

 

 

3.7

Gratton Trust Liaison - Clerk

 

 

 

3.8

Police Liaison - Clerk

 

 

 

4

To confirm Standing Orders (NALC 2013) & Financial Regulations (NALC 2014) - Confirmed

Closed

 

 

5

Dates of Ordinary Meetings –  confirmed as follows:

 

 

 

 

2015: June 8th (Monday), July 8th, September 9th, October 14th, November 11th, December 9th.

Closed

 

 

 

2016: January 13th, February 10th, March 9th, April 13th, May 11th (&AGM).

Closed

 

 

 

2016 Parish Assembly: Date to be confirmed from 27th April, 18th May or 25th May.

Closed

 

 

7

Internal Audit –

The April 2015 Risk Assessment was formally adopted.

The existing systems for control and accountability were confirmed.

Closed

 

 

8

Freedom of Information Act – Publications Scheme

The April 2015 version was confirmed subject to the changes required as a result of this meeting.

Closed

 

 

 

The Chairman closed the meeting at 7.55pm.

 

 

 

Signed: Chairman.......................................................Date .............................................