Minutes of a Meeting held in the Phoenix Hall On Thursday, 14th March, 2019 at 9.15 p.m.

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Parish Councillors Present:Cllr. T. BarkerChairman
Cllr. D. BurkeVice-Chairman
Cllr. Mrs. L. Barker
Cllr. F. Collison
Cllr. B. Covil
Cllr. R. Hayward
Cllr. D. Jaffray
Cllr. A. Linscer
Cllr. Mrs. M. Mitchell
In Attendance:Mrs. Mary TowleClerk of the Council


There were no members of the public present


Cllr. Blair-Pilling reported that:

The biggest item on the Council’s agenda in the past few weeks has been the budget.  We continue to balance the budget and meet the increasing volume of demand and increasing costs of delivery, while entering the first year with our Government grant reduced to zero by efficiency savings of £25M and raising Council tax by 2.99%..   It is notable that the independent scrutiny started earlier and was historically the most open exercise ever. As a result, not a single £1 was challenged at Council. As additional good news has also received additional and targeted funding for specific service areas from central government and has put aside it's own local funding to invest in these and other critical services.

The Council will be investing £21m in the highways resurfacing programme across the county in 2019/20. In addition, it has the £8m Pothole Fund which is being used to deliver improvements to local highways maintenance, including the repair of potholes, minor patching, white lining, weed removal, sign replacement and numerous other activities to improve the general appearance of our highways and pavements.

It is also investing £12m over the next 2 years to replace the old sodium streetlights with LED lights which will help save over £1m a year in electricity costs and also reduce our CO2 emissions by 1,770 tCO2 p.a. The LED lighting has a dimming capability and lights will be dimmed after 11pm.

We have good news in other service areas.  This is particularly important in children's services.  98% of our children are being allocated a place at their first choice of secondary school.  The Council is also continuing to invest in the health of our children and is one of very few Councils in the Country to provide free swimming for the under 16s during the school holidays.  Not only that but we still have the same number of swimming pools that we had in 2009 (when Wiltshire Council was created) for our residents and our children to swim in.  Add to all of this that several of these swimming pools are newly built or totally refurbished – notably that opened recently in Pewsey.

The next Tidworth Area Board will hold a workshop to investigate the interest by the Area in promoting ‘Paths for All’ project.   This will be on 15th May at Collingbourne Ducis at 7.00p.m.   Everyone is welcome.



Apologies were received from: Cllr. Charles Coslett



There were no Declarations of Interest



It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 7th February, 2019 be accepted as a true record.



1 . Authorization of Cheques

The following cheques were approved for the months of February/March 2019:

Payroll £944.12

Mrs. M. Towle – Use of home as office/fencing £30.00

Mrs. M. Towle – stationery £81.40

Hurdcott Landscapes £199.60

Phoenix Hall £20.00

Hurdcott Landscapes £199.60

Phoenix Hall £10.00

Savills – rent for allotments £180.00

Savills – rent for bus shelters £30.00

2 . Bank reconciliation

Balance in accounts: £18,177.98



  1. Planning

19/02506/TCA TREES IN A CONSERVATION AREA  Fell prunus at 107, High Street, Netheravon

Parish Council Comments: No objections



It was agreed to:

  • Run it from 11 – 1pm
  • There would be an Easter Egg Hunt
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Fancy Dress
  • Bring a picnic
  • All available councillors to help on the day



Netheravon in Bloom

It was agreed:

  • To ask residents to plant up the baskets and tubs as part of a competition
  • To have best front garden
  • To have best hanging basket
  • Judging to be end of July


The danger of parking around the school entrance.   Cllr. Hayward quoted part of the Highway Code to illustrate the bad parking around the junctions

Wains Way

Cllr. Hayward reported that light number 2 is still not working and that the pothole has not been filled

Village Clock

The Clerk was tasked to find someone who will replace the worn out movements.

Hole in pavement near entrance to Vicarage Gardens

Clerk was tasked to ring the help line to complain


The Clerk reported that she has found out that part of the Cemetery is unconsecrated.   

Flood Wardens meeting

Cllr. Covil and the Clerk attended a meeting in the Guildhall.   It was confirmed at that meeting that the ditch along Lower Road is owned by the MOD, the railings by Netheravon House Estate, and the wall over the culvert owned by the MOD.   Wiltshire Council is in discussions to get this done.

War Memorial

It was agreed that the Clerk will not apply for a grant for the refurbishment of the War Memorial.   She will get quotes from stonemasons. The Parish Council has budgeted for this refurbishment in this year’s precept.



Thursday, 11th April, 2019 at 7.00 pm in the Phoenix Hall.