Monday, 21 November 2016

Kingsley Parish Council Thursday 24th 7:30pm

Kingsley Parish Council meets on Thursday, 24th November 2016 in the Kingsley Centre at 7.30pm

AGENDA

1. Chairman’s Opening Remarks
2. Apologies for Absence
3. Declarations of Personal/Prejudicial Interest
4. Election by Co-option
To consider the co-option of Roger Fletcher as parish councillor

5. Declaration of Acceptance of Office from New Co-opted Councillor
6. Public Question Time
Public Questions
Consideration of agenda items which will be open to public participation
Presentation form Bob Stammers – Funding for Community First Responders

7. Approval of Minutes of the Meetings held on 22nd September 2016
8. Matters Arising
9. Planning Applications
Applications ongoing:
TAG Farnborough Airport Air Space Change Proposal
20050/025 Dennard Ltd, 4 Park Ironworks, Main Road, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 9LY Retention of extraction flues for a paint spray booth within the unit
27706/005 Oxney Cottage Kingsley Common, Main Road, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 9LR Single storey side and rear extension, alteration to existing & new fenestration and existing front/side timber cladding to replace with render finish to match existing house
SDNP/16/03821/FUL Land to The South West of Sickles Lane Kingsley Alton Hampshire
Temporary siting of a mobile home and agricultural storage barn
26242/053 Dean Farm Golf Course, Main Road, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 9NG
Conversion of former machinery shed to holiday cottage

New application:
EC/26242/054 Dean Farm Golf Course, Forge Road, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 9NG
Alleged change of use - material change of use from clubhouse to residential; first registered with Council Tax 1 Dec 2015
54919/001 Land at Kingsley Golf Club, Forge Road, Sleaford, Bordon
Erection of 7 houses and 6 flats with associated car parking and external works
30633/030 Frith End Sand Quarry, Grooms Farm Lane, Frith End, Bordon GU35 0QR
Variation of condition 1 of planning permission 30633/019 to allow the continued importation, handling and re-sale of aggregates until 31 December 2022
30633/031 Frith End Sand Quarry, Grooms Farm Lane, Frith End, Bordon GU35 0QR
Variation of condition 2, 5 and 24 of planning permission F30633/012/CMA to revise the approved timing, working and restoration of sand extraction operations
27396/048 Old Park Farm, Forge Road, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 9LU
B8 storage building after demolition of existing grain store/dryer
22246/004 Sickles House, Forge Road, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 9NA
Listed building - demolition and rebuild of sun room and garden elevation, part demolition of roof of 20th century addition and rebuild to provide additional accommodation with re-cladding, remodelling of porch, new detached car port, enlargement to car parking area and internal remodelling
22246/005 Sickles House, Forge Road, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 9NA
Demolition and rebuild of sun room and garden elevation, part demolition of roof of 20th century addition and rebuild to provide additional accommodation with re-cladding, remodelling of porch, new detached car port and enlargement to car parking area

10. St Nicholas Cemetery & Cemetery Chapel
To receive an update from Cllr Rigden

11. Transport, Highways and Road Safety
To receive an update from Cllr Lowe

12. Commons, Village Greens and Rights of Way
13. Community Resilience
14. Environment and Biodiversity
15. Kingsley Village Forum
16. Housing, Business & Commerce
17. Review of Capital Projects
18. Communications
The correspondence received this month was listed & circulated to all Cllrs prior to the meeting.

19. Broadband
To receive an update from Cllr Coury & Cllr Clayton

20. District Councillor
21. Procedures, Finance and Payments
To discuss digitisation of Parish Council legal documents
To agree & accept the budget for year 2017/18
Review of Audit Commission Issues workbook
To consider actions necessary to implement recommendations from the 2015/16 External and Internal Audits
Clerk contract of employment to be signed
To consider the payment of the invoice for £930 for services from the Kingsley Centre

Payments to be made & Accounts to accept
October 2016 Payments authorised by Cllr Rigden & Cllr Lowe
Payment Date
Payee
Payment Mode
Description
Amount
20/10/2016
SSE
DD
Electricity bill at St Nicholas Chapel period 25/06/16 to 29/09/16
21.05
25/10/2016
ICO
DD
Data protection registration renewal
35.00
28/10/2016
South East Water
BACS
Water bill at Allotments site period 14/03/16 to 13/09/16
147.54
28/10/2016
HMRC
BACS
PAYE October 2016
3.80
28/10/2016
Karine Nana Yonko
BACS
Clerk's October 2016 expenses invoice 0007-2016/17
80.50
28/10/2016
Karine Nana Yonko
BACS
Clerk's October 2016 salary
332.20
November 2016 Payments to be authorised
Payment Date
Payee
Payment Mode
Description
Amount
29/11/2016
Richard Thorpe
BACS
Inv E24577 for annual fire extinguishers at St Nicholas
48.24
29/11/2016
P.J Grace
BACS
Inv for annual ground maintenance at Upper Green & St Nicholas
3840.00
29/11/2016
Kingsley Organisation
BACS
Inv 13335 for 2016/17 annual fee towards hire of rooms for parish meeting & facilities including storage & mail box
930.00
29/11/16
Euroffice
BACS
Inv 3046538 stationary
44.98
29/11/2016
HMRC
BACS
PAYE November 2016
3.60
29/11/2016
Karine Nana Yonko
BACS
Clerk's November 2016 expenses invoice 0008-2016/17
80.50
29/11/2016
Karine Nana Yonko
BACS
Clerk's November 2016 salary
332.40


Date of Next Meeting of Kingsley Parish Council –
Thursday 22nd January 2017 – 7.30 pm at the Kingsley Centre

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Lurchers

The last week has not been a good one, I had to have my youngest lurcher put down. The hardest thing any dog owner has to do. Over the years I have had many lurchers, quite simply, I love them. Known as a dog favoured by gipsies for poaching, the lurcher is a superb hunting dog. It has speed and intelligence, it is gentle and, unlike some of the highly bred breeds, it benefits from mongrel vigour. 

A long time ago when I was on a Prison Service dog handling course the instructor told us, "an incredible amount of communication passes up and down the lead between dog and handler". At the time I wasn’t sure exactly what he meant but I know now. Having spent many a dark and windy evening lamping for rabbits with lurchers it is impossible not to understand what that instructor was saying. Lamping involves working in the dark with a powerful lamp, shining it upon feeding rabbits and sending the dog to catch them. The darkness ensures that the rabbits have moved away from the safety of the hedgerows and are feeding well into the expanses of the fields. Modern lamps are powerful, some claim to be as powerful as the landing lights of a jumbo jet. In any event they are strong and with a narrow beam. The idea being the lamp illuminates the rabbit in a tight beam, which upon release,the lurcher runs down to catch the fleeing bunny. Anyone who has done a bit of lamping will know the thrill,when in the dark, the dog tenses and the lead goes tight. If nothing else, such an experience demonstrates just how inadequate our own senses are compared with those of a dog. Many a time I have shined the light in the direction the dog was indicating only to see nothing. But always, without fail, there was a rabbit crouched in the grass out of sight of the human eye and most definitely well beyond our range of smell and hearing. Another lesson I learned many years ago, in such situations, the dog is always right. The type of lead I use for lamping is little more than a six or eight inch loop. This slips over the wrist allowing the hand access to a small lever which is a quick release mechanism in order to let the dog go as soon as it has "locked on" to its quarry. Such a lead also allows every move the dog makes to be felt by its owner, hence, information being passed, in the dark, up the lead. 

So, there you have it, a short example of why I have kept lurchers and continue to do so. The definition of a lurcher is generally accepted as being a working dog crossed with a running dog. In the larger strains the combinations used are usually greyhound, for speed, collie for brain and, often something like a deerhound for coat. In the smaller type lurcher whippets are used. The lurcher I have just lost was a combination of greyhound, deerhound and bearded collie.

But to start at the beginning, just over four years ago Toby, my oldest lurcher, went off his legs and could no longer walk. He was eighteen, a very good age for any dog, he had been a delight, a devoted and able partner in both the home and the field. It is a reality of dog owning that, sooner or later, the owner will be faced with the awful decision of having the dog put to sleep. Make no mistake about it, even with an old dog which has had a long and healthy life, that decision is ghastly. So, having lost Toby I decided to get another lurcher. It didn’t take long to locate a litter of puppies just outside of Romsey in Hampshire. The puppies were just a week old, and such was the demand for them that the owner said if I wanted one I would have to go and choose it and pay a deposit. Normally this process would take place when the puppies are older, have their eyes open and, are at the very least, running about. So it was that I found myself at a very posh farmhouse viewing a large litter of tiny lurcher pups. I wanted a dog puppy and made my choice accordingly, the one I chose had two white tips to his toes on his back feet. I handed over fifty quid and departed thinking I must be mad, having broken pretty much every rule in the puppy buying handbook. Over the next few weeks I returned several times to observe the pups progress, I was particularly keen to have a broken coated dog and, as with a number of other desirables, I had to take a chance on my choice turning out to be as I hoped. Finally the day of collection came and she who must be obeyed and I set off to get Bertie. Mrs. Y. had decided upon the name and, since she had been so decent about me getting ….. "another dog" I willingly agreed. 

Sometimes things turn out well and so it was with Bertie, he was broken coated and he was absolutely everything I could have wished for in a dog. As sweet a temperament as you could imagine, clever, crafty and every bit a lurcher. He would thieve for England. He readily took to training and was a very quick learner, in fact, it soon became clear to me that this dog more than supported the breeders claims of fine blood and lurcher breeding. I took him beating and he astonished me by taking off and bringing back, to hand,a wounded pheasant, unharmed by the dog, and all on his first trip out. This was not a one off either, throughout his short life he continued to retrieve wounded birds and willingly surrender them to me. It was just in him, I certainly had not taught him to do these things. Bertie was a dream come true, I loved him to bits. 

In July I noticed he was not himself, he spent a lot of time curled up under a bush in the garden. This was not usual, for the most part he spent his time shadowing me, alert and ready for anything. I took him to the vet and then began an agonising period of vetinary visits with no real answers. Steroids were prescribed, ear, nose and throat examinations took place as did Xrays, blood tests and skin scrapes. Several theories were discussed and one by one abandoned. In short the vet’s had no diagnosis. For a while the steroids helped and Bertie had odd days of normality but the overall trend was down hill. The final day he couldn’t come beating with me and he stayed at home, upon my return he was in an awful state. In a few short hours his balance had gone and he was unable to walk properly. The vet came out and, I suppose, confirmed what I already knew. There was no hope. The theory being a brain tumour. Bertie went with the vet God bless him. Bertie was just four years old. 

A week on Wednesday I travel to Yorkshire to collect my new lurcher puppy, well actually, two as my grandson is also having one. Of similar breeding the new puppy will also be Bertie and, I have no doubt, will make an old man very happy and fill a terrible gap. 

Thursday, 27 October 2016

999 emergency, are you up for it?

Your partner, child or neighbour has just suffered a stroke or a heart attack, minutes matter and you call 999 and ask for an ambulance. Hopefully this won’t happen to you but if it does you’ll likely count the seconds until someone arrives to fix the problem.

Medical emergency response in the King's Blog area is run by South Central Ambulance Service who employ a large number of trained responders: doctors, paramedics, nurses, emergency care assistants, ambulance technicians and others. They also make use of trained volunteers, either members of the public or from other emergency services.

In the spring I was vetted and trained by SCAS as a Community First Responder. I’ve been called out many times since then and was re-qualified at the end of September. CFRs are regularly trained and retrained to deal with a variety of medical emergencies, life & death situations in homes, offices, workplaces (not road accidents). In my case, I’ve dealt with stroke, breathing difficulties, a fall from a roof, drug poisoning, heart attack and several other life threatening incidents.

I’m a volunteer, I’m not paid by SCAS and my responding duties fit with my normal work and leisure patterns. I have a SCAS supplied first aid kit including oxygen and a defibrillator. My commitment is to spend at least 20 hours per month on call. What that means is that, whenever it suits me, I log on to the SCAS response network as being available and I then get on with my normal routine, mostly working at home. If my response phone rings I’ll be asked to attend an incident somewhere within about 10 minutes’ drive from my house. It’s up to me whether or not I attend but, if I do, I drive safely and legally – no blue lights or traffic exemptions – to the incident and do whatever I can.

“Whatever I can” - I’m not always the first to arrive, sometimes an ambulance crew gets there faster in which case I’ll assist them. If I’m the first responder, “whatever I can” includes walking through their door: the relief on the faces of the patient and relatives is often tangible. I assess the patient’s needs and treat in accordance with my training. I’m not a paramedic or ECA but I can do much more than I thought I could do when I started. On my first live call after qualifying I was first on scene for an elderly gentleman suffering breathing difficulties. My training kicked in as soon as I arrived but it felt to me as though I was operating in slow motion, I was having to put a lot of effort into assuring myself that I knew what to do. Fortunately a very nice lady paramedic arrived shortly after me who took charge and calmly told me what to do. When I returned home I sat and thought through the entire call and satisfied myself that the training worked, the kit worked, the backup from SCAS worked and all would be well. In my most recent call I was first on scene at a roof fall. I checked the patient for alertness, bleeding and other vital signs, arranged for the scene to be cleared ready for the ambulance, made the patient comfortable and secure then assisted the ambulance crew with preparing the patient for the journey to hospital.

I am currently the only CFR active in the area. I have attended calls in Kingsley, Bordon, Liphook, Alton, Binsted and Wrecclesham. More CFRs are always needed. A friend, on being told that I was an ambulance volunteer, asked “is that because there aren’t enough ambulances?” How many ambulances would be “enough”? Can there ever be enough?

What do I get out of it? My training & experience so far has provided me with confidence that, however bad things look, there’s always a positive way to deal with the situation. I can and do make a real difference to people when life has just gone horribly wrong for them and, frankly, I get a buzz out of that. Apart from that first live call, responding hasn’t been a stressful experience for me. In a way it’s actually quite relaxing. From the moment the phone goes until I’m released at scene by the senior clinician present I let my training take the strain. There is no pressure on me, as it was put to me during initial training, “it’s not about saving lives, it’s about doing the best you can”. It’s not my fault that someone fell from a roof or suffered a stroke, I’m just trying to help the situation, I’m doing the best I can.

Does this sound like something you might be able to do? Yes you, are you reasonably fit, have access to a car, able to be on call for 20 hours a month? Have a look at www.scas.nhs.uk/cfr, call 0800 587 0207 or speak to me.

Funding! The CFR schemes are funded entirely by public donations. It costs around £3,000 to setup each CFR and several hundred pounds each year to keep that individual trained, qualified and supplied with consumables. Perhaps you’d be willing to contribute? If so, Have a look at www.scas.nhs.uk/cfr, call 0800 587 0207 or speak to me.

999 emergency, are you up for it?


Bob Stammers