Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Temporary Road Closures

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Hampshire County Council is making an order to allow highway maintenance works to be executed.

ROADS TO BE CLOSED: those parts of the following roads:
1.    Wellsworth Lane, Rowlands Castle between its junction with Bowes Hill and its termination.
2.    Wellswood Gardens, Rowlands Castle between its junction with Wellsworth Lane and its termination.
3.    Meadowlands, Rowlands Castle between its junction with Wellsworth Lane and its termination.
4.    Chapel Gardens, Lindford between its junction with Chase Road and its termination (including spur roads).
5.    Grayshott Laurels, Lindford between its junction with Lynwood Close and its junction with Headley Road.
6.    Hamilton Close, Bordon between its junction with Mill Chase Road and its termination.
7.    Glen Road, Grayshott between its junction with Avenue Road and its termination.
8.    Avenue Road, Grayshott between its junction with Glen Road and its junction with Headley Road.
9.    Wheatley Lane, Kingsley between its junction with Sickles Lane and its junction with The Street.
10.    Sickles Lane, Kingsley between its junction with Wheatley Lane and its junction with Gold Hill.
11.    Stubbs Farm Lane, Kingsley between its junction with Isington Lane and its termination.
12.    Colemore Lane, Colemore between its junction with Monkey Lane and its junction with Petersfield Road.
13.    Shell Lane, Colemore between its junction with A32 and its junction with Colemore Lane.
14.    Becksteddle Farm Road, Colemore between its junction with Petersfield Road and its termination.
15.    Newmans Lane, Froxfield between its junction with Upper Bramdean Lane and Broadway.
16.    Broadhanger Lane, Froxfield between its junction with Broadway and its junction with King Lane.
17.    Drayton Lane, East Meon between its junction with West Meon Rd and its junction with Bereleigh House Ln.
18.    Old Down Lane, East Meon between its junction with Riplington Ln and its junction with Bereleigh House Ln.
19.    Pulens Lane, Petersfield between its junction with London Road and its junction with Heath Road East.
20.    Heath Road East, Petersfield between its junction with Pulens Lane and its junction with Sussex Road.
21.    Brook Lane, Selborne between its junction with Nore Hill Common Road and its junction with Empshott Road.
22.    Standford Lane, Headley between its junction with A325 Farnham Road and its junction with Hollywater Road.
23.    Sandy Lane, Liphook between its junction with A3 and its junction with Linchmere Road.
24.    Longmoor Road, Liphook between its junction with B3004 Headley Road and its termination.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES:
1-7, 11, 14 & 24 – None Available.
8.    Glen Road, Headley Road.
9.    The Straits, Isington Road, Church Street,The Street.
10.    Main Road, Isington Road, The Straits.
12.    Monkey Lane, Colemore Lane.
13.    Colemore Lane, Petersfield Road, A32 Gosport Road.
15.    Highcross Lane, King Lane, Broadway.
16.    King Lane, Broadway.
17.    West Meon Road, Bereleigh House Lane.
18.    Bereleigh House Road, Riplington Lane.
19.    Heath Road, B2070 Dragon Street, College Street, B2070 Rameshill, London Road.
20.    Moggs Mead, Dragon Street, College Street, Rameshill, London Road.
21.    Mill Lane, Noar Hill, Common Road.
22.    Hollywater Road, Liphook Road, A325 Petersfield Road/High Street.
23.    Woolmer Hill Road, Critchmere Hill, Hindhead Road, Shotter Mill Road, B2131.

DURATION OF ORDER: From 27th October 2014 for a period of 18  months or until completion of the works whichever is sooner.  (Notwithstanding, it is expected that each closure will be required for no longer than 3 days between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm.)  Reasonable facilities will be provided to allow access to adjacent premises while the work is being carried out.
Further information at: www.hants.gov.uk/publicnotices. Telephone inquires to: Hampshire County Council, Roads and Transport 0845 603 5633

STUART JARVIS Director, Economy, Transport & Environment The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UD

Monday, 20 October 2014

More birds

Just a few days ago whilst shooting in mid Dorset I saw a sight which I have not seen for many years and which was, during my childhood, was a common sight in Kingsley. I am referring to a large flock of Lapwings. Lapwings, also known as Peewits or Green Plovers were a common sight all around the village. The fields right across from the old church of St. Nicolas all the way through to where the Farnham / Bordon road enters Buckthorn Oak were the range of large flocks of these birds. They were also to be seen in the meadows bordering the river from the Kingsley mill down through to Sleaford. The meadows along the river at various points, and in autumn and winter months, would sometimes flood and this provided idea habitat for Lapwings as they are wading birds. In the fields around the Sports Club and its grounds it was a common sight to see large numbers of Lapwings following tractors whilst various cultivations were taking place. In the spring the birds would make their nests in the same fields and father would occasionally bring home eggs he had found whilst driving tractor on the Old Park Farm fields. The eggs are a deepish olive green colour with heavy irregular black blotches upon them. I don’t recall having eaten one myself but I am told they are delicious, plovers eggs were always claimed to be something of a delicacy. Apart from the sight of the large flocks of the birds, their presence could be noted by the constant peewit call from which one of their names derives. The bird is notable for the way in which it protects its young. Nesting as they do in a shallow scoop on the ground, usually on stony ground, which affords a little camouflage, the chicks are hatched and they too have a colouring designed to provide a degree of concealment. If a sitting hen bird is disturbed or frightened when the chicks have hatched she puts on an elaborate pretence. In an attempt to lure the threat away she jumps into the air flapping her wings in a way to suggest that she is injured and unable to fly. This exhibition she keeps up whilst gradually luring the threat away from the site of the nest and or chicks. When she considers the threat is over she simply takes off and flies away leaving a bewildered onlooker. I suspect that those large flocks of Lapwings are very much a thing of the past as far as Kingsley is concerned as I don’t recall them being there when I was in my late teens.

However, having begun pondering the Lapwing I began considering other birds that were once a common sight, and sound, around the village and which are probably not there now in anything like the numbers they once were, if at all.

The next one I thought of was the Skylark. From Spring throughout the summer the sound of the Skylark filled the air in much of the area I have described where the Lapwings could be found. This area, as far as the larks were concerned, did not include the wetter parts of the water meadows through the river valley. Ground nesting birds, the Skylark preferred areas where arable crops were grown and on ground the was essentially dry. The haunting, warbling, somewhat fluttery song of the Skylark is, in my view, one of the great summer sounds of the countryside … or was. As is indicated in the title of Vaughan William’s Lark Ascending classical composition, the Skylark sings loudly as it rises in almost vertical flight. It climbs to great heights as it sings before fluttering back to earth to begin its routine all over again. The song is so distinct that once heard and linked to the little bird it is unlikely that one could ever forget it. There must have been dozens of pairs of Skylarks throughout the region I refer to when I was a boy. I do still occasionally hear the larks where I live now but in greatly reduced numbers and usually on corn fields upon down land. I imagine modern agricultural practices and machinery have contributed to the decline of the larks. Incidentally, it is also claimed that the Skylark will resort to a similar display of injury when its nest is threatened much as the Lapwing does.

The next bird which stimulated my memory was the Grey Partridge. When I lived at Woodfield the Grey Partridges could be heard in the fields behind the houses and across the fields on both sides of the railway line. Their sort of creaky, scratchy sound, a call rather than a song, was particularly evident during summer evenings. The Grey Partridge is the indigenous species of partridge and was fairly common in and around the fields of Kingsley in those days. Although a game bird by definition I don’t recall and special shooting parties pursuing the birds over most of the area concerned. Old Park Farm held occasional shoots as did a number of other farms in the area but, as far as I am aware, there were no formal shoots on a regular basis. The birds lived a natural life and were certainly not keepered.

As far as Kingsley was concerned Pheasant were around in smallish numbers. A few were reared and released in the woods between Kingsley and Binsted which ensured the birds could often be seen and no doubt provided an addition to the informal shoots that took place. Larger more formal shoots existed at Wyke on land owned then by the Bonham–Carters and at Oakhanger in the woods beyond the cricket pitch towards Selborne. The keeper up there was one Jock Hartly. As a child I well remember Mr. Hartly’s reputation … you didn’t mess with Jock! It was on the Bonham–Carter shoot that, as a young boy, I first went beating. How I got involved, I am not clear, but I think it was as a result of being in the scouts at East Worldham and meeting another lad who was a beater. However, it was the beginning of a life-long passion and one that I still pursue today. Indeed I have the great joy of taking two of my grandsons with me and I have no doubt my other grandchildren will follow suit as they become old enough.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Kingsley Parish Council 23.10.14

Kingsley Parish Council will meet on Thursday, 23rd October 2014 in the Kingsley Centre at 7.30pm.

AGENDA

1. Chairman’s Opening Remarks
2. Apologies for Absence
3. Declarations of Personal/Prejudicial Interest
4. Public Question Time: Public Questions
Consideration of agenda items which will be open to public participation

5. Approval of Minutes of the Meeting held on 25th September 2014
6. Matters Arising
7. Planning Applications
Applications ongoing:
30633/024 Grooms Farm, Frith End Road, Frith End, Bordon, GU35 0QR
Ancillary building for events associated with existing hotel, together with landscaping, parking works (including waste water treatment plant) and retention of frith end quarry haul road for access to the site and hotel

SHCC/2014/0138 Sandy Bridge Farm, Main Road, Kingsley, GU35 9NQ Variation of condition 1 of planning permission F24847/015/CMA to extend the time period for tipping of inert waste and to revise the final restoration contours

21066/029 Bakers Farm Nursery, Main Road, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 9NJ
Change of use for storage and distribution B8

21066/030 Bakers Farm Nursery, Main Road, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 9NJ
Siting of temporary buildings (corrected proposal)

28421/004 Crossing Gate Cottage, Sickles Lane, Kingsley, Bordon, Alton, GU35 9PB
Single storey side extension forming double garage and bedroom with wet room within roof space

Appeal:
APP/M1710/A/14/2214126 Appeal by: Mr Dragjoshi
Land south and east of Service Station, Farnham Road, Bordon

APP/M1710/A/14/2222602 Appeal by: LMC of Farnham Ltd
LMC Sleaford Garage, Farnham Road, Bordon, GU35 0QP

8. St Nicholas Cemetery & Cemetery Chapel
To receive an update from Cllr Pearson
To consider the invoice from Richard Ashby for the specifications and tender documents for works to be carried out in St Nicholas

9. Transport, Highways and Road Safety
The lengthsman scheme:
To receive an update from Cllr Rigden

10. Commons, Village Greens and Rights of Way
Upper Green: To receive an update from Cllr Rigden
Lower Green: To receive an update from Cllr McCorkindale

To consider the quotation of £195 for cutting the area of Lower Green covered by golden rod
To consider the quotation of £245 for cutting the area between the track and the stream on the eastern side of Lower Green.

11. Community Resilience
12. Environment and Biodiversity
13. Kingsley Village Forum   

Kingsley Annual Parish Meeting:
To receive an update from Cllr Rigden and to consider the actions the Parish Council should take as result of this meeting

14. Housing, Business & Commerce
Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing:
To receive an update from Cllr McCorkindale

15. Communications
16. District Councillor
17. Procedures, Finance and Payments
Payments to be made & Accounts to accept
Approval of annual return year ending March 2014
To consider the annual donation of £500 to the Kingsley Centre (Last year the donation was £475 plus £100 for the new notice board)
To consider the biennial increase in the annual rent from £325 to £350 paid for the lease of the allotment site
Enhancing the recruitment of parish councillors

    Date of Next Meeting of Kingsley Parish Council -
       Thursday 27th November 2014 - 7.30 pm at the Kingsley Centre