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ALDERBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Caring for Alderbury and Whaddon
May has already been busy and at the time of writing this we are only half way through the month! Three meetings have been held in the first two weeks, the Annual meeting of the Parish Council, when the Chairman and Vice-Chairman are elected for the coming year, the Annual Meeting for the parish of Alderbury and Whaddon with guest speakers and an additional extraordinary meeting to consider a couple of items that had arisen with deadlines to meet before the June meeting. I will summarise the key themes from these meetings for you below:-
Key themes from the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council meeting:
- • Election of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman for 2019-2020
- • Maintenance update
- • New planning applications
- • Parish waste bins
- • Village Hall extension project
Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman for 2019-2020
Cllr Elaine Hartford has been re-elected as Chairman for the next year and Cllr Fuller is now Vice-Chairman. Cllr Hartford expressed her thanks to Cllr Mernagh for his support as the previous vice-chairman.
Cllr Hartford reported that the finger post at the Whaddon end of the permissive path had been propped up and needs attention. Following the meeting I spoke to Grimstead Parish Council and this has already been rectified for us.
Cllr Hartford will follow up the new backing boards for the three outstanding road name plates.
Litter was also discussed and members wanted to express their thanks to a young parishioner who has recently been from Shute End to McDonalds collecting litter.
New planning applications
The following planning applications were considered at the meeting:
19/03480/OUT – Land to the east of Wagtails, Southampton Road, Alderbury, SP5 3AF – outline planning permission with some reserved matters for up to 36 new dwellings – the parish council objected to this application for a number of reasons.
19/03625/FUL – Peri Lydo, Firs Road, Alderbury, SP5 3BD – single storey extension to front of property – the parish council had ‘no objections’ to this application.
19/02051/FUL – Land adjacent Kiln Close, Whaddon, Alderbury, SP5 3HE – New dwelling with integral garage and access resub of 18/10244 – the parish council objected to this application for a number of reasons (see online at WC planning, search using the number)
19/04027/TCA – Bramley Cottage, Old Vicarage Lane, Alderbury, SP5 3DP – 1.5 metre crown reduction and crown lift to 3 metres from ground level to Yew (T2). Remove climber from Crown – the parish council resolved to ‘note’ the application and leave the decision to the tree officer as the expert.
Parish waste bins
Wiltshire Council is currently running a scheme for parishes to match fund the cost of replacing any broken or worn out litter bins within the parish that they currently empty. The parish council has agreed to fund the cost of installing a new litter bin near the Matrons College Farm development, in addition to any of the other bins which need to be replaced and asked Cllr Hartford to review the eight Wiltshire Council bins along Southampton Road to decide how many of these should be changed. It has previously been agreed to replace the three bins in the Recreation Ground and the aim is to carry this out as part of this project with Wiltshire Council.
Village Hall extension project
A decision on the planning application is due at the end of May. It was agreed that Cllr Mel Lawrence will also join the working party and that there is an opportunity for one or more other parishioners to also get involved. Once the outcome of the planning application is known, the parish council will then decide on the next steps for the project.
Annual Parish Meeting for Alderbury & Whaddon – 2019 The Annual Parish Meeting for Alderbury and Whaddon was held on Wednesday 8th May at the village hall. Frances Halstead from the Woodland Trust gave an outline about the work of the Trust and the importance of trees for our environment, health and well-being. She told the audience that the UK is the least wooded area in Europe and that in fact only 13% of the UK is covered by wood. The emphasis should be on planting more trees and inspiring the next generation so that they will look after them. Find out more from the website – www.woodlandtrust.org.uk.
The second presentation was given by Nick Tomalin from the RSPB who is involved in the new site at Hamptworth. He gave us some background to the site and an idea of some of the plans that they have which include developing a new visitor centre as well as a residential centre for small youth and student groups, in the two buildings that they have acquired with the site. They would like to renovate these buildings in the next year or so and are securing funding to help. There will be opportunities for those who are interested in getting involved as a volunteer and ways in which you may be able to help, as well as other events such as guided walks around the site. If you would like to find out more email – firstname.lastname@example.org, website – http://bit.ly/FranchisesLodge and you will be added to the mailing list for updates.
Cllr John Fuller gave an update on the village hall/social club extension project, to include an overview of the proposed layout, the background behind the plans, the intention to provide a number of additional car park spaces and ideas to modernise the external facades of the buildings.
Reports were also given by Cllr Elaine Hartford regarding the achievements of last year and plans for the next, together with Unitary Cllr Richard Britton.
A number of village clubs and organisations had a display table to promote their activities and share information including the village hall committee, the village footpath group, the history society and the Bowls club.
Extraordinary Parish Council meeting (held after the Annual Parish Meeting)
This meeting was arranged for members to discuss items that had arisen that had a deadline for a response prior to the next monthly meeting in June. The following two items were on the agenda:-
- • Planning appeal – Land adjacent to Wagtails, Southampton Road, Alderbury, SP5 3AF – an appeal has now been lodged regarding the plot of land directly behind Wagtails. At present an application for three new additional houses in the plot has been approved, however a subsequent application to fit another two further houses into the plot (for 5 in total) was refused. The applicant has now lodged an appeal following the refusal of application 18/07786. The parish council will respond to the appeal to confirm that it objects to the additional two houses.
- • Recreation Ground booking requests – the parish council approved two requests from the village Scouting group to run organised activities on the Recreation Ground on two Friday evenings in May.
Fun in the Sun 2019 If you have primary school age children and are looking for ways to entertain them during the summer holidays, please put the following dates in your diary…..
Free activity sessions for children aged 5-11 years old will be held again this year at the Recreation Ground in Alderbury during the summer holidays. The sessions are run by qualified coaches for primary school aged children and will include a range of sports. The four sessions will take place from 12.30 – 2.00pm on Tuesday 30th July, Tuesday 6th August, Tuesday 13th August and Tuesday 20th August. The sessions will still take place even if the weather is against us, as they will be held in the village hall.
Future Parish Council meeting dates for 2019 (7.30pm, St. Marys Hall, Whaddon unless an alternative venue is shown next to the meeting)
Dates for the next few months are as follows:-
Monday 3rd June
Tuesday 2nd July
August – no set meeting
Thursday 5th September
Village allotments available at the Southampton Road site A full size plot and a half size plot are vacant with immediate effect. Please let me know if you are interested and would like further details.
I would like to finish this month by thanking you for your support over the past six years as this will be my last article as clerk for the parish council, as I will be leaving in June. The parish council is currently recruiting a new clerk, who will be in touch next month to introduce themselves.
Parish Clerk, Alderbury Parish Council.
Email me at: email@example.com or ring 01725 513651
News from Wiltshire Council…
The following decisions on planning applications have been made by the Wiltshire Council planning officers during the past month:-
19/02265/TPO – 15 Collingwood Close, Whaddon, SP5 3FE – Silver Birch T249 – Fell, Silver Birch T250 – 25% reduction, Silver Birch T251 – 25% reduction - approve with conditions.
19/02377/FUL – Pinehurst, Firs Road, Alderbury, SP5 3BD – Proposed extensions, roof conversion and alterations including increased dropped kerb - approve with conditions.
19/01342/FUL – Deer Leap, Old Road, Alderbury, SP5 3AR – Horse Chestnut tree – 25% reduction – no objection.
19/01800/CLP – Crossfields, Rectory Road, Alderbury, SP5 3AD – Alterations to the roof slope and replace the existing thatch roof with plain tiles – approve with conditions.
Alison McGowan, Parish Clerk
About our Village
Alderbury & Whaddon benefit from schools, a Village hall and social club, two rural pubs, a police station, a church, a post office and a village store. There is a working village forge, which continues to this day, although others nearby have gone.
Alderbury & Whaddon are two small adjacent villages lying on a hill in beautiful unspoilt countryside three miles to the south-east of Salisbury, in the southern tip of Wiltshire. With a population of about 2,000, this quiet rural backwater belies a thriving and long-standing community with a strong sense of identity. There are a number of footpaths around our villages, please click here to download a map of the local designated footpaths.