The agenda for the meeting of the Planning Committee on 4th May has been published – Planning Committee Agendas
The meeting will take place at The Pavilion, Hunter Park at 7.30pm
Many of you will have seen the very visible work that has taken place at Hunter Park to improve sections of footpaths around the site. This work forms part of the Hunter Park masterplan which identified a series of enhancements for the park.
Following the successful trial last summer, at the end of this March 2023 a temporary public toilet will be provided and be in place until the end of the summer.
As part of the Hunter Park masterplan the Parish Council is currently working on developing plans to replace the existing cricket training nets at Hunter Park which have reached the end of their useful life.
To install a new facility which meets the design guidance of the English Cricket Board and offers a safe facility to operate, the proposal is to orientate the new nets on a north/south alignment which avoids the setting sun affecting the users of the facility. This cannot be done within the footprint of the existing training facility and so the Council agreed to investigate a design for the new training nets to be located into an area which is inbetween the existing tennis courts and the cricket outfield. The exact location has yet to be determined.
These proposals are still in their very early stages and no detailed designs yet exist. There are four key steps that are required in order for the Recreation Committee to be fully informed and make a final decision in respect of the cricket net project.These are;
• Confirmation of funding for the project.
• An assessment of whether planning permission is required or whether the works fall under permitted development for Local Authorities.
• Views of the users of the park, including clubs, on the detailed proposals.
• An assessment of the duties (Equality, Health & Safety, Crime & Disorder) of the Parish Council in respect of the design, installation and operation of such facilities.
In terms of timescales, this rather depends on outcomes of the planning and financial matters, however it is not anticipated the committee will be in a position to make a final decision until the mid to late summer of this year at the earliest.
Views from the community are welcomed and form an important part of this process which will help the Recreation Committee make their decision on the project later this year.
Cllr. Chris Mitchell presented his report at the Annual Parish Assembly which was held on the 23rd March 2023.
It just under a year since I was elected by the Council to the role of Chairman, taking over the reins from Waine Lawton who served the role for more than a decade. I’m very pleased to say that he remains a Parish Councillor and is Chair of the planning committee. He has been a mentor of mine off and on for some 45 years, since he tried his hardest to teach me maths at Twyford Prep School. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Waine for all your past and continued hard work for our village.
It is sometimes forgotten, or taken for granted, that the Parish Councillors are volunteers, supported by our paid officers, and our role is as administrators for the village and lobbyists for the interests of the village, but we are also residents. I can assure you that we all, without exception, want the best for the village. It is sometimes a struggle to balance all key stake holders’ interests, but we will listen, to all opinions, and do what we think collectively is best.
Some of key highlights of the work that the Parish Council we have made this year:
Berry Meadow, Meads and the Lock area
This area continues, as ever, to be an extremely busy part of our village,
It is ably managed by the Farm Committee who work hard maintaining it, including applying for and receiving DEFRA funding to provide income towards its management costs.
We will continue to work with the Police, HCC and WCC to manage the lock area and work to reduce antisocial behaviour and protect this unique habitat for us all to enjoy.
On Sunday 2nd April at 2:30pm we hope to have a ‘Drowning’
The rather dramatic name for diverting water from the navigation to demonstrate the ancient art of flooding the meadows.
Berry Bridge update
I have recently been in contact with and received an update from the landowner and her consultants.
They are hoping that a planning application for a new single bridge to replace the sleeper and right of way bridge will be submitted by the end of March/beginning of April.
Hampshire County Council has indicated that it is commissioning its own structural survey for the right of way, pedestrian bridge, but no date is yet set for the survey.
The land owner has instructed her consultants to progress the matter quickly, not least because the Parish Council has made the landowner aware of the village residents upset of the unsightly sleeper bridge and it would be good for all to get the matter resolved. So their intention is to progress with the application ASAP along side dealing with HCC
Unfortunately, the Parish Council has no formal role or power in this matter, built we will be consulted on the planning application. I see our role is working with all the interested parties to facilitate a solution ASAP and that is what we have been doing. We are not happy with the wooden boards and have made it clear that the maintenance of the boards and seeking alternative options should have been a critical part of the consultants advice
Whilst it great that the land owner and her consultants are focused on the end goal we encourage them to take more account of the current situation.
Angela Forder-Stent is in charge of our Flood / ground water defence team.
We started getting close in February, to a point that we have reached before, when we are only a few days of rain away from ground water rising and affecting Hazeley Road. We were prepared with a new stock of sand bags.
We have been closely monitoring the levels, at one stage getting a reading twice a day. I’m grateful to David Sullivan for this data,
I would like to thank all of the Councillors, the Clerk and Assistant Clerk for your support and hard work during the last year.
It would not be right to finish this year’s review without a specific thank you to Chris Corcoran who was elected to the parish Council in July 1984, he will therefore be entering his 40th year as a Councillor when the new Council year starts in May. Congratulations Chris and thank you for all your contributions and hard work during the last 4 decades.
Cllr. Chris Mitchell
Chairman, Twyford Parish Council.
The 47th Annual Parish Assembly will take place on 23rd March 2023 at 8pm
It will be held at the Parish Hall in Twyford and all residents of Twyford are invited.
This is a meeting for the Parish Electors and is an opportunity to consider matters and issues in the community.