Report for Marchwood Parish Council 13 October 2014
Cycle & Footway Route, linking Marchwood to Eling
Good progress to report on this project, partly as a result of good fortune. Government money that would have been spent on a rural bike hire scheme, (which is not now going ahead), is now available for other projects, but must be spent within a tight timescale. Officers at the New Forest National Park have asked members to look at a variety of schemes in different parts of the New Forest and just outside the park area, if they deliver easier access and promote family cycling.
The project to construct an off road footway and cycle route between Marchwood and Eling has been shortlisted with a provisional allocation of funding in the sum of £184,000. This might well be enough to provide a good quality tarmac route but I’m also pursuing some commercial sponsorship in case this is needed or to give the option of enhancing it with things like signposting, planting etc.
I was invited to attend a meeting with the quarry people, HCC officers and the landowner. It went well. There are still a few issues to be resolved, including approval from the Department of Transport and NPA that the funding can be used but, subject to these, I’m hopeful that we can get construction underway in the spring and it ready for use by September 2015.
It does not appear now as though we will need to utilise the services of Sustrans as the project will likely be undertaken by HCC’s project delivery team and I’m also confident that the issue of maintenance will be take care of.
There has been a change around in staff at HCC Highways. Colin Hibberd, the local highways engineer will no longer be looking after Marchwood, replaced by Rob Millar. I have thanked Colin for all his hard workover the years. Rob I know well because he covers Totton (and continues to do so).
Colin has arranged to cut back vegetation, hedges, that have been growing out into pavements alongside the school routes in Main Road.
The public consultation over bus services that HCC has undertaken has ended and thank you to all who contributed. Everyone is expecting further cuts to be announced in bus subsidy. The question is whether this will impact on Marchwood given the history we have of campaigning, the efforts of our Bus Services Liaison Group, our reliance on services and comments made backing this up at the consultation. A decision will be made and announced shortly by Councillor Sean Woodward. We can then decide what to do, whether to call a meeting of the bus liaison group, or challenge the decision.
A few weeks ago we had several people descend upon Totton and surrounding areas undertakinga doorstep scam, selling fake art, pretending that they suffered a disability and that the money would be used for charitable reasons. I learned this was happening through my Facebook Page (which now has over 2000 followers). The police were notified. I’m pleased to say that as a result of the flurry of Facebook activity that ensued when these people visited the village, the police were quickly able to locate and apprehend the offenders.
Eling Wharf / Rushington Roundabout
I am attending an informal meeting on Wednesday looking at revised plans to develop the wharf area at Eling. I assume that we will still be getting interest from Sainsbury’s Supermarket to locate there, but I will report further on my Web page and Facebook.
As expected, Gentian Developments have appealed against the decision of NFDC to reject a plan for provision of fast food oulets at the current Ridgeway Car Sales site at Rushington roundabout. An inspector will now settle the issue.
My annual grants budget of £8,000 is spent for this financial year. There has been an unprecedented demand for funding from both communities I represent. I’m pleased to have been able to support some worwhile causes, particularly those that help bring the community together. I am pleased the Party in the Park was such a success and only sorry I missed it (due to a holiday).
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It’s been a busy time for me on the run up to Christmas and the New Year, so I will provide just a short report, detailing my involvement in village related activities and am happy to try and answer any questions.
I have just returned from a Planning Meeting at New Forest District Council in which I proposed refusal of an application to build 80 new dwellings on the green field, north of Loperwood Lane.