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BPC Meeting Report - January 2022

Firstly, BPC would like to wish a Happy New year to Parishioners. 2022 is the year of the Queens Platinum jubilee and BPC are making plans to commemorate this event. If you have some ideas about activities you would like to see as part of these celebrations, please get in touch via our website.

Councillors were pleased to receive finalised plans for the new play area that will be developed following the completion of the new shop building. These will be published online following their review by our playground inspector. BPC is also in the process of commissioning 2 additional swings near the kick wall, and hope to have this completed by February. BPC will actively be seeking funding towards the new play area in the coming months!

BPC agreed to support a proposal by Clanfield Parish Council that will be put before the New Forest Association of Local Councils to allow for powers to create targeted speed limits of under 30 MPH. It was emphasised that any future change in speed limits would need to be both enforceable, effective at reducing speed and backed up by data showing the extent of any current speed issues.

BPC discussed proposals from Pilley Community Stores for additional signage along Pilley Street to direct customers to the new shop. The need for additional signage was agreed, but it was felt that 5 signs was excessive, with 3 being suggested. One at the Hall entrance, and one approximately 150m away in each direction along Pilley Street. BPC also suggested that temporary signage could be placed on the bus shelter outside of the hall to direct customers to the shop.

BPC heard that the bus shelter in Norely Wood will require further repair following initial correction to the roofing. This will be checked and quotes gathered for a complete repair.

The date for the next Parish Council meeting is February 14tth. This will be an in-person meeting as it is no longer possible for Councillors or the Public to participate remotely due to Government legislation. Members of the public are welcome to attend but will be required to follow COVID restrictions or recommended advice when doing so. The date of this meeting and how it is held may be subject to change due to COVID.

BPC Meeting Report - December 2021

The Council heard from representatives of Boldre Speedwatch, East Boldre Speed Watch, East Boldre Parish Council and the Police. The speedwatch group was requesting support in purchasing updated equipment to be shared between Boldre and East Boldre. It was explained that the new equipment would be lighter, and be easier to operate. As it would be shared between two groups, it would allow more patrols to be made. It was asked if further sites could be added to the list that the speedwatch groups can use. This will be followed up with the Police. BPC agreed to fund a proportion of the financing required for the new equipment.

BPC agreed the budget for 2022/23. Due to increases in material and labour costs and with inflation running at over 5%, it was necessary to increase the precept by 3%. This was seen as a reasonable balance between recognising increased costs to the council. BPC will continue to seek value for money in maintaining the parish, whilst supporting grants to local organisations. It is also expected that BPC will deliver the new play area in this financial year, which will consume a significant amount of our reserves.

Following recommendations from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), BPC agreed to delegate temporary decision making powers on a limited range of topics to the Clerk. These are to be used in the event that BPC is unable to meet and make decisions due to COVID restrictions. These powers will expire on 10th April 2022.

The date for the next Parish Council meeting is January 10tth. This will be an in-person meeting as it is no longer possible for Councillors or the Public to participate remotely due to Government legislation. Members of the public are welcome to attend but will be required to follow COVID restrictions or recommended advice when doing so. The date of this meeting and how it is held may be subject to change due to COVID.

Pilley Community Stores Limited (PCSL) - AGM Notice

Pilley Community Stores Limited (PCSL) will be holding their  AGM on Thursday 2nd December 2021 at 6.30pm at Boldre Memorial Hall.

Please note the AGM can only be attended by PCSL share holders - this is not a public meeting. Where organisations hold shared, only one representative should attend per organisation.

BPC Meeting Report - November 2021

BPC Councillors were hard at work on the recreation ground this month, removing the play equipment so that the building of the new hall can begin. Councillors Small, Kempe and Slattery spent two days removing equipment and digging up matting. BPC would like to thank them for their efforts. One set of red swings has been preserved, and they will be installed on a temporary basis near the kick wall and fitted with cradle seats for younger children.

BPC was very pleased to see parishioners bringing their scrap metal to top up our skip. The skip was almost full when collected, and we hope to generate some funds from this towards the new play area. Our thanks to Councillor Mortimer for his work in arranging the skip and to Councillor Small for monitoring the public sessions.

BPC heard the felt roof of the Norley Wood bus shelter was damaged and agreed to fix it.

BPC heard further feedback regarding dog fouling on the recreation ground. Parishioners are reminded that dogs are not permitted on the recreation ground. The recreation ground is in regular use by the public and Lymington Sprites football team. Dog mess is known to transmit disease and generally makes the recreation ground unhygienic for users. BPC agreed to purchase additional signage to warn users that dogs are not permitted on the recreation ground.

BPC would like to remind residents that now is the right time of year to cut hedges back, especially those adjacent to the highway. It is also a good time to check ditches are clear of debris to allow water to drain and avoid damage to the highways surface.

The date for the next Parish Council meeting is December 13th. This will be an in-person meeting as it is no longer possible for Councillors or the Public to participate remotely due to Government legislation. Members of the public are welcome to attend but will be required to follow COVID restrictions or recommended advice when doing so.

BPC Meeting Report - October 2021

BPC were please to hear that the construction of the new hall to house Pilley Community Stores is due to commence in early November. This will mean that the play area next to the hall will be closed on November 1st and removed during that week by the Parish Council. It is planned that we will move one set of swings from the existing play park to nearer to the kick wall as a temporary installation. These swings will have cradle seats suitable for toddlers. Unfortunately, the other play equipment is not sufficiently robust to be moved and reinstated. Though we know the play area will be missed, we look forward to having a brand new installation in 2022.

BPC approved funding for the Parish lengthsman to tidy the area around the South Baddesley war memorial. This has become somewhat overgrown, and the lengthsman will look to cut back the vegetation around the memorial as well as making repairs to the fencing. It is hoped that this work will be completed in advance of Remembrance day.

BPC have had a request from East Boldre Parish Council to join with them and  purchase a Speed Camera to be shared between speed watch groups in both Parishes. BPC received this request positively but requested further information on whether this will provide additional flexibility on where the Police advise that speed cameras can be used across the wider Parish. Councillors were also interested to understand if the new device would allow local speedwatch groups to perform more monitoring sessions than the existing equipment permits. BPC will be looking to work with the Boldre community speedwatch group to get more information on the proposal.

The date for the next Parish Council meeting is November 8th. This will be an in-person meeting as it is no longer possible for Councillors or the Public to participate remotely due to Government legislation. Members of the public are welcome to attend but will be required to follow COVID restrictions or recommended advice when doing so.