The Council discussed several concerns resulting from the recent diversion caused by emergency roadworks on the A337. There was significant damage done throughout Sandy Down and Royden Lane due to vehicles mounting verges to avoid on-coming traffic. The Council agreed to write to NFDC to request that they repair a damaged ditch in Royden Lane. Hampshire County Councillor Michael White provided feedback on behalf of Hampshire County Council. It was agreed that the damaged caused was not acceptable. HCC will be requesting Southern Gas Networks to repair the damage done throughout the diversion route.
The Council highlighted to Cllr White that communication about major road closures is poor and has become worse since NFDC relinquished a co-ordination role. Cllr White agreed and agreed to provide feedback on this and other longstanding highways issues to Hampshire Highways. It was also suggested that Highways should review their diversion routing and consider introducing one way flows on narrow lanes to prevent congestion.
The Council was pleased to approve a payment to restore the footbridge that used to be next to the cattle grid between Portmore and Norley Wood. This will allow the footpath that runs from the forest gate up towards Portmore to be used to cross the stream without having to walk along the busy B3054.
The Council approved a grant to St. Johns at Boldre towards the upkeep of the graveyard there. With COVID this year, income to the church has been significantly impacted.
There have been vacancies on the Council for some time. Recently, there have been a number of interested applicants. The Council was pleased to co-opt Debbie Ware into one of the vacant positions and look forward to welcoming her to our next meeting.
The date for the next Parish Council meeting is January 11th. This will be an online meeting and details will be made available for the public to join.