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Members of the parish council are delighted to announce that Joanne Kyles has been appointed as the new parish clerk and will take over towards the end of June. Joanne and I will have some time together to hand over any ongoing matters, but please support her as she settles into the role.
Key themes from the June parish council meeting:
· Winter supplies from Wiltshire Council
· Maintenance update
· Tree policy
· New planning application
· End of year finances – internal and external audits
· Village Hall extension project
Winter supplies from Wiltshire Council
Believe it or not, preparations for next winter have already started! A supply of salt has been ordered from Wiltshire Council, together with a number of ‘snow warden’ tabards for use by volunteers across the parish. Additional grit bins have recently been installed at key locations around the village and therefore the set supply of salt for the village will have to be spread across more locations, so please use it sparingly. Each of the grit bins have been checked and those that need to be refilled have been noted.
Cllrs Hartford and Fuller completed a litter pick along Southampton Road. Much of the litter seems to be from McDonalds!
Thanks to members of the Gardening club, the flower tubs along Southampton Road have been replanted and look lovely.
By the end of July, the stone base of the Millennium Sign on Waleran Close, will be cleaned and two of the stones removed, turnaround and replaced to hide the existing corners where some of the stone has broken off. At the same time, the village War Memorial will be cleaned for the parish (at no cost) by the contractor.
Due to the development of houses, the number of trees is declining and members of the parish council would like to encourage residents of the parish to consider planting and protecting trees. A draft tree policy has been put together by a working party and I have included the recommendations below:-
The draft recommendations for action to help compensate for the loss of trees are as follows;-
1. When applications are made to fell trees within the Conservation area and agreement is given, the PC should, whenever possible, request that a suitable replacement tree, or trees, are planted, either on or near the felled tree or on an alternative site to be agreed with the owner.
2. The PC should ask the Planning Authority to include a replanting condition, wherever possible, in all consents which are granted in Alderbury.
3. The PC should take an active interest in ensuring that all trees which are planted on development sites (as a condition of planning consent) are actually planted and that they survive. Where trees are lost the developer has an obligation to replace any losses for a period of 5 years. While this is sometimes picked up by council officers they are not always aware of the local situation and the PC is in a good position to monitor losses and notify Wiltshire Council that enforcement action be taken where necessary.
4. Where significant trees in the Parish are removed or are to be removed without requiring any consent, the PC should take the initiative and have a policy of encouraging owners to plant replacements on or near the site of the removed tree. This policy should be publicised locally so that Parishioners know that this is an issue about which the PC are concerned and are less likely to be surprised if they are approached after a tree is removed.
5. In some cases occupants of new houses may not welcome the trees in their gardens which are a Planning condition and remove them. This is again a situation where the PC could perform a monitoring role and keep Wiltshire Council informed, perhaps even negotiating a more suitable location for unwanted trees by agreement with all parties.
6. The PC should take an active role in finding suitable sites for planting new trees or a community orchard and have an annual tree planting programme. The relatively low cost of this could be met from the Parish precept or CIL funds. Residents could be asked to assist in finding sites. Local volunteers, including the footpath group, have expressed an interest in helping to plant the trees.
7. While finding suitable sites is not easy this is a way that local action can help secure a higher tree population for the future. A local survey could be conducted to identify suitable planting sites. Items could be placed in the Fountain, Alderbury Residents Facebook or other local contact points asking the public to offer up or identify sites which could then be explored to check their suitability. A parish map could then be produced showing suitable sites.
8. Ideally, the appointment of a Tree Warden would ensure that the above ideas are put into action.
If you have any feedback about the points above, please email me with your feedback, so that they can be taken into consideration before the parish council considers adopting a final version of the policy. Trees are not only important to our health and well-being, but for the next generation and their environment.
New planning application
The following planning application was considered at the meeting:
19/04445/FUL – 62 Spiders Island, Alderbury, SP5 3BE– Single storey kitchen extension to rear of dwelling– the parish council responded with ‘no objections’ to this application.
End of year finances – internal and external audits
The internal auditor has completed his review of the end of year figures for the 2018-2019 financial year and these have also been approved by the parish council. The completed Annual Return has been submitted to the external auditor, PKF Littlejohn.
Village Hall extension project
There have been two comments from consultees on the village hall extension planning application – one from Highways regarding the circulation of cars in the car park and Sports England to query how close parked cars will be to the Recreation Ground and whether fencing will be installed. Both of these queries have been addressed. A final decision on the planning application is now expected by mid June.
Fun in the Sun 2019 – sports sessions during the summer holidays 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…..
Freeactivity 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 30thJuly, Tuesday 6thAugust, Tuesday 13thAugust and Tuesday 20thAugust. 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:-
August – no set meeting
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.
Vacancy for a parish councillor
There is currently a vacancy for someone new to join the parish council. Please consider joining to support the parish and have your say. There are many issues to consider currently, including planning and future development, traffic issues including parking and maintenance for example. Come to a meeting or talk to one of the parish councillors to find out more.
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.