Parish Council Notices
VERNHAMS DEAN PARISH COUNCIL
March 17th 2022
Potholes continue to be an issue and reports are being received of damage being done to vehicles.
The Parish Council understands from Hampshire County Council that the clean up after the February storms has taken priority.
Meanwhile it is important to continue to report potholes which is an easy process that anyone can follow. Just go to the HCC website, click on ‘Transport & Roads’, then ‘Road Maintenance’ and lastly ‘Report a Pothole’. Then follow the instructions which include providing the location on an interactive map and describing the size of the pothole.
It is disappointing to note that dog fouling remains an issue in and around the village.
In 2020 Test Valley Borough Council made a Public Spaces Protection Order in respect of Dog Control. This makes it an offence to allow a dog to defecate on land, to which the public has full or part access, without removing the faeces.
The penalty for this offence is a fixed fine of £100 and prosecution if the fine is unpaid after three months.
There is absolutely no excuse for not clearing up after your dog, especially on the playing fields where dogs are regularly seen running around unsupervised. The Parish Council will appoint representatives to regularly monitor this and will challenge and report anyone seen committing an offence.
And if you do use a ‘poo bag’ either use the bin at the school car park or take it home with you. The hedge at the flower meadow has recently been cut and over thirty full ‘poo bags’ were found to have been thrown into it.
If anyone has any suggestions as to how best to combat this issue, the Parish Council would love to hear from you.
March 10th 2021
Please see following mail about Rights of Way and control of dogs:
I am emailing on behalf of the Access Teams across Hampshire to promote our latest edition of the Rights of Way Access Teams newsletter and an educational video I have recently produced promoting the Countryside Code.
Due to a high demand from users of the RoW network, landowners and Parish Councils, I have produced a ‘Countryside Code Special’ for our Newsletter this month, and alongside this an educational video regarding dogs in the countryside.
I would very much appreciate it if you could promote both on your social media channels and within your communities, as it is paramount that we get everyone working together to ‘Respect, Protect and Enjoy’ our countryside and the RoW network, especially during this time when we are seeing a huge increase in the RoW network being enjoyed by people.
Dog video: https://youtu.be/nixVnq6DejY
Many thanks for your time and I appreciate your help in promoting the Countryside Code message!
Gemma Clinch – Community Engagement Ranger
North Access Team, Countryside Service
Hampshire County Council.
Office: (Ext 25) 01256 347075
Mobile: 07703 451824
December 14th 2020
Subsequent to the Parish Council’s notice of November 23rd and following both public consultation and discussions with Test Valley Borough Council, it has been agreed that the road currently known as ‘Pond House’ will be changed to ‘Pond House Lane’.
This will not only retain the historical reference but will also serve to obviate any current difficulties with deliveries in the area.
November 23rd 2020
NOTICE OF CHANGE OF ROAD NAME
The Parish Council has been asked to support a change of name of a road. The road goes from Vernham Manor past the old dairy to the junction of the Upton – Linkenholt road and is currently known as ‘Pond House’.
The person who has applied for this change has been experiencing difficulties with deliveries, especially those handling medication, and so to obviate these difficulties, and to make it potentially easier for emergency services to attend, it has been suggested that the name of the road is changed to ‘Manor Farm Lane’.
If anyone wishes to comment or object to this, please contact the Parish Council.
October 4th 2020
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
A representative from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has been in touch with the Parish Council to explain how they can help communities become more resilient in the event of a prolonged power cut.
They talked through their Priority Services Register that residents who may need extra support during a power cut can sign up to. Those eligible to join the Priority services are:
- Those dependent on electricity for medical home care e.g. Kidney dialysis machine/ventilator
- Those who have a chronic illness or short-term medical condition e.g. recovering from a major operation
- Those who are disabled
- Those who have special communication needs e.g. blind, partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing
- Those who have children under five years old
- Those who are over 60 years old
To register with the priority service, you can call FREE on 0800 294 3259 from a landline or mobile.
Or 0800 316 5457 from a textphone. Priority Service leaflets have been left with the Parish council and will be distributed within the November edition of Focus
September 9th 2020
An email received from a resident of Littledown is published below:
“I have become increasingly annoyed and frustrated by the amount of dog excrement on the verges outside properties in Littledown. It was when a resident of Vernham Dean, walking her dog through Littledown, mentioned how shocked she was by this, that I felt the need to bring it to the attention of the Parish Council.
Before I am able to mow the verge, I have to spend a considerable time trying to ensure all the dog excrement is removed. On occasions, I have been caught out - this is not only unpleasant but a health risk. On some occasions, when dog owners actually bag the excrement it is left outside our front gate for us to dispose of! If irresponsible dog owners do not want to clear up after their pets then they should actively discourage dogs to foul so close to properties - just a few meters out of Littledown there are tracks and no properties.”
The issue of dog fouling comes up continuously. Whilst most dog owners are responsible and clear up after their pets there remain those who do not and who create nuisance and unpleasantness for users of footpaths and for the owners of roadside verges.
Other than to appeal to dog owners to be responsible the Parish Council has no powers of enforcement. It is therefore suggested that as a last resort the environmental health department at TVBC be contacted at the following address:
A NEW MEMBER OF THE PARISH COUNCIL IS NEEDED
The Parish Council would like to announce that Mary Perry has taken the decision to stand down after 15 years as a Parish Councillor.
As a long-time resident of Vernham Dean, Mary’s contribution as a Parish Councillor has been immense and she is deserving of everybody’s thanks for her commitment to the community.
As a result, a space exists on the Parish Council. If anybody is interested in filling this position they are asked to contact the Clerk
(Karen Nightingale 737632) or Chair (Richard Winch 737723)
22nd August 2020
NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN
ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2014 sections 25, 26 and 27
the accounts and audit regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)
The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment ) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/404)
- Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.
Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2020, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:
Mrs K Nightingale, Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer
Deers Leap, Vernham Dean, SP11 0JY
Commencing on Monday 24th August and ending on Friday 2nd October
3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:
The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.
The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.
- The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015. The appointed auditor is:
PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team) 15 Westferry Circus
London E14 4HD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This announcement is made by Mrs K Nightingale, Responsible Financial Officer
Casual Vacancy for a Parish Councillor July 2020
Notice given under Rule 5 of the of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules 2006
1 There is a vacancy on the Parish Council caused by the resignation of Mary Perry.
2 A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if, not later than 21 August 2020, ten electors for the parish give notice in writing, claiming such an election be held, to the Returning Officer. If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.
If an election is requested, a poll cannot currently take place until 6 May 2021 as a result of the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 and the Coronavirus Act 2020.
3 The address of the Returning Officer is –
Test Valley Borough Council
Notice given this 3rd day of August 2020
Clerk of the Parish Council
Use of Drones June 2020
Many villagers reported a low-flying drone over parts of the village on Saturday June 20th.
There are several owner/operators in the village who are aware of and abide by the regulations in force which cover the use of drones, especially over private property where homeowners are able to take action against drone operators under certain circumstances.
For those who may not be aware of these regulations you are encouraged to check the internet which has many sites covering the use of drones.
Notice about Coronavirus May 2020
The extension to the Government's lockdown and resultant social restrictions means further isolation, concern and uncertainty for many of us.
It is wonderful, though not unsurprising, to see neighbours watching out for each other in these strange times and offering assistance whenever they can. Thanks once more to Lyn Butt for organising and co-ordinating her team of village volunteers who remain ready and able to do what they can. Lyn's contact details have been published and appear again in this issue.
Please do not hesitate to contact her if there is anything you might need help with.
We are so lucky living in such beautiful surroundings with the countryside on our doorstep. Millions of people are not as fortunate and live in areas of the country where going out is difficult and restrictions are enforced. We need to bear these people in mind and abide by the same rules and restrictions as they do, because these rules have been imposed for very good reasons.
Thanks go to Reece and Henny Garner at The George for their initiatives in providing safe and delicious alternatives to our endless home cooking routines. Getting takeaways are a great alternative to eating out!
Stay safe and well.
Vernham Dean Parish Council
18 April 2020