Wednesday 27 May 2015

What Is The Human Rights Act And Why Does It Matter?

The Human Rights Act is a law that protects all of us from having our human rights taken away by the state. It means that public authorities have a legal obligation to uphold our human rights. A public authority is, for example, a hospital, school or the government. And everyone is protected. So, if you’re disabled, in hospital, accused of a crime, seeking refuge, homeless, gay, straight, religious, secular, snooped on, in the Army, a neglected child or a victim of trafficking, then you will have rights under this law to be treated properly and with dignity.

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Tuesday 26 May 2015

Kingsley Parish Council - May

You are requested to attend a meeting of Kingsley Parish Council on Thursday, 28th May 2015 in the Kingsley Centre at 8.00 after the AGM.
Karine Yonko, Clerk

25th May 2015

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 23rd April 2015
6. Matters Arising
7. Planning Applications
Applications ongoing:
55587/001 Land at and adjoining Bordon Garrison, Bordon
Proposal: Hybrid Application - (1) Outline (with some matters reserved) for the demolition of MoD buildings and redevelopment of Bordon Garrison and adjoining Land for: Up to 2400 dwellings, Town centre 23000 sq meters (Gross) commercial floor space to incorporate a range of uses including shops/offices, cafes/restaurants, care/nursing home, transport interchange, food store up to 5000 sq metres, swimming pool/gym of up to 3000 sq metres gross, secondary and Primary schools with sports pitches and parking areas.
27557/005 Detached dwelling
Greenbanks, Sandy Lane, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 9NH
56034 Grooms Cottage, Oakhanger Road, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 9NJ Listed building consent - removal of window and replace with door
56031 Listed building consent - removal of window and replace with door 3 Bakers Barn,
Oakhanger Road, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 9NJ
53404/002 The Wood Yard, Main Road, Kingsley, Bordon
Open fronted wood store
New applications:
56084 1 Malthouse Barn, Main Road, Kingsley, Bordon, GU35 9LW
Single storey extension to rear
53722 Stannards, Grooms Farm Lane, Frith End, Bordon, GU35 0QR
Summer house to rear
24601/044 Vodafone, Country Market Osborne Farms, Main Road, Kingsley, GU35 9LW
Removal of the tapered top section, tower height to be increased from 15m to 18m, replacement of 3 antennas with 6 antennas, and installation of a 300mm dish antenna plus ancillary works

8. St Nicholas Cemetery & Cemetery Chapel
To receive an update from Cllr Pearson
Acceptance of St Nicholas Chapel & Cemetery reviewed burials charges

9. Transport, Highways and Road Safety
To receive an update from Cllr Rigden

10. Commons, Village Greens and Rights of Way
To receive an update from Cllr Rigden
Upper Green:
To consider the repair of the cradle swings at a cost of £685 following the annual play equipment inspection

11. Community Resilience
12. Environment and Biodiversity
To agree a date to invite Alton Neighbourhood Policing Team

13. Kingsley Village Forum
To receive an update from Cllr Pearson

14. Housing, Business & Commerce
To receive an update from Cllr McCorkindale

15. Communications
The correspondence received this month was listed by the clerk and circulated to all councillors prior to the meeting.

16. District Councillor
To consider any requirements for funding from the district councillors discretionary budget

17. Procedures, Finance and Payments
Payments to be made & Accounts to accept
To acknowledge the comments from internal auditor and take necessary action if any needed.
Acceptance of the renewal insurance policy annual fee.

Date of Next Meeting of Kingsley Parish Council -
Thursday 25th June 2015 – 7.30 pm at the Kingsley Centre

Kingsley Parish Council - AGM

You are requested to attend the Annual General Meeting of Kingsley Parish Council on Thursday 28th May 2015 at 7.30pm in the Kingsley Centre.
Karine Yonko, Clerk

25th May 2015


1. Apologies for Absence
2. Election of Chairman
3. Declaration of Acceptance of Office as Chairman
4. Election of Vice-Chairman
5. Declaration of Acceptance of Office as Vice-Chairman
6. Approval of Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 26th June 2014
7. Registers of interests
8. Election of Representatives for:
· Planning:
· Allotments:
· St Nicholas Chapel:
· St Nicholas Cemetery advisory Committee:
· Upper Green & Playground:
· Lower Green:
· Commons & Rights of Way:
· Transport, Highways & Road Safety:
· Environment and Biodiversity:
· Housing, Business and Commerce:
· Minerals and Waste:
· Village Forum:
· Community Resilience:
9. Approval of Standing orders, financial regulations and risk assessments
10. Approval of Final Accounts for the Financial Year 2014/2015
11. Date of Next Meeting – April 2016
This Annual General Meeting will be followed by the monthly meeting of the Parish Council.

Saturday 9 May 2015

Chris, Carole, Linda, Karin, David and Richard win!

RIGDEN, Christopher James: 181
PEARSON, Carole Rosalind 170
MCCORKINDALE, Linda Barbara 167
CLAYTON, Karin: 155
LOWE, David 123
COURY, Richard 88

Friday 8 May 2015

David wins!

ASHCROFT, David, Con: 682

CARTWRIGHT, Terry, Ind: 384

RAVENSCROFT, Lynne, Lib Dem: 369

Damian wins!

Damian Hinds - Conservative - 60.7%
Peter Baillie - UKIP - 12.0%
Richard Robinson - Liberal Democrat - 11.1%
Alex Wilks - Labour - 10.1%
Peter Bisset - Green Party - 6.1%

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Television comes to Kingsley

As strange as it might seem to the modern generation, we have not always had television. As a child living in Kingsley the television was a new gadget to many families and many did not have one until well into the 1960s. The radio was the thing that people listened to, programs such as Mrs. Dales Diary, Children’s Hour and, of course, The Archers being some of the popular ones. I suppose it was around the mid to late fifties that the television set started to become a feature in country people’s homes. Small, thick boxes which were connected to large H shaped aerials. In those days it was the norm to rent a television rather than to buy one. To buy a set would have cost a huge amount of money and, I suppose, most Kingsley working people could not afford that sort of outlay. As a result of all of this the average high street began changing as the television rental trade began to take over shops to display the sets on offer. Sets were rented by the month and one of the chief benefits of this system was the fact that a malfunctioning set would be replaced or repaired by the supplier at no cost to the customer. Sets then had tubes, valves and, no doubt, all sorts of other components which, being newly developed were not as reliable as they are today.

Living in Woodfield at the time, the first people within the estate to have a T.V were the Woods in number twelve and the Batty’s in number fourteen. This, of course, was plain for all to see due to the large rooftop aerial which was strapped to the chimney stack.

After a while, it became the norm for friends of the Batty children to go and watch the early evening children’s programs. As Lewis Batty was my best mate, I was one of the small group that benefitted from this invitation. It is a long time ago now, but I think the children’s programs began at something like four thirty or five o’clock and lasted for about an hour until the evening news was broadcast. In any event, our daily visit was much anticipated and Mr. and Mrs. Batty were seen as great people for putting up with us.

The overall television experience was, in itself, totally different from that of the modern coverage. There were, for example, breaks which were known as intermissions. These occurred every so often between programs and seemed to have varying lengths. During such an intermission the viewer was treated to a short film. The one that sticks in my mind is that of a potter and his potter’s wheel. This appeared with alarming regularity and gave the viewer the opportunity to see, in a few minutes, how a lump of clay could be reformed into some sort of pot. Fascinating stuff and all in glorious black and white. Colour was not to arrive upon the television screen for several years.

The other notable difference with the them T.V Coverage was that it stopped at, I think, ten o’clock in the evening. Whatever the time it stopped, it did not provide all night coverage as it does today. In the early days television was the B.B.C. and commercial stations, (I.T.V ), did not appear until much later.

Presenters were then also much different all possessing, as they did, the posh upper class accents which typified the broadcasting industry of the day. No regional accents in those days. I recently saw some old clips from the period and, frankly, the presenters accents seemed to be almost comical. So different from today.
As time moved on the attempts to provide colour began and various experimental screenings were broadcast and the Test Screen, which had previously been made up of lots of black and white blocks, started to include coloured blocks. As far as I recall, the test screen had been a device to aid with the tuning and focus of the T.V. set. At one point, I remember coloured sheets of plastic like material being attached to the front of the T.V screen in order to provide a relief from black and white. These were pretty awful and I don’t think they sold very well. Colour did eventually arrive and, of course, much improved the viewing experience.
Gradually people began buying their sets and the, once popular T.V rental shops, began to die out. Who knows what the future holds, in terms of new technology, but it is probably true to assume that people of my age have lived through the most, and huge,change ever carried out over a comparatively short period of time. Television can now be watched upon all sorts of gadgets, I am told, even smart watches will provide viewing.

Tuesday 5 May 2015

Made your mind up?

With just one more, yes another one, day to go before polling day I have made up my mind who to vote for in the three, yes three: MP, EHDC, KPC, elections to be held on Thursday.

I'm not going to tell you who I'll be voting for, I'm quite sure that you're not interested, but I will tell you how I came to my decision with respect to the parliamentary constituency.

I have taken into account what I have discussed directly with each of the candidates, the amount and quality of the campaigning I have observed in each of the candidates including physical presence, local news media and online social media. I have also taken into account the national party policies and the credibility (in my opinion) of various national speakers.

This represents a movement from my initial position of "just choose the best candidate" but I think the move is justified because the individual candidate will inevitably be reshaped if elected by the need for compliance with the party as a whole. It's not like we have independent candidates!

This has been in some ways a more interesting election than some we've had in the past. I'm not a fan of proportional representation because it just gives too much power to politicians but I rather like the idea that the parties will actually need to achieve some sort of consensus when nobody manages a majority.

If you haven't made your mind up yet, take some coins into the polling booth and toss for it.