Tuesday 23 June 2015

Kingsley Parish Council - Thursday 25th

Kingsley Parish Council meet on Thursday, 25th June 2015 in the Kingsley Centre at 8.00 after the AGM.


1. Chairman’s Opening Remarks

2. Apologies for Absence
Chris Rigden, Carole Pearson, Robin Gregory

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 28th May 2015

6. Matters Arising
7. Planning Applications

Applications ongoing:
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

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

Appeal W/15/30005532:  6 dwellings after demolition of buildings
Land east of Karma Main Road Kingsley

Ongoing enforcement EC/51617/003 erection of building and change of use to mixed agricultural and aircraft hangar.

Land east of Sickles Lane
Sleaford unauthorised caravans

8. St Nicholas Cemetery & Cemetery Chapel

9. Transport, Highways and Road Safety

10. Commons, Village Greens and Rights of Way

11. Community Resilience
Future of Kingsley Quarry
To receive a report from Cllr Clayton on her meeting with Lafarge Tarmac

To consider the position of the Parish Council in the proposed Stakeholder Group for the development of plans if a future planning application is to be submitted to extend the quarry

12. Environment and Biodiversity

13. Kingsley Village Forum

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

17. Procedures, Finance and Payments
To receive an update from Cllr McCorkindale on the offers received for the purchase of land for access to the new piggery development

To consider whether the offer is now sufficiently close to the PC valuations of the land (and fees) for the PC to instruct its solicitor to start the conveyance process

To consider whether the buyer’s agent should be told that “the Parish Council now feels that the offer made is sufficiently close to the valuations given by the District Valuer that the Council has instructed its solicitor to move the matter forward”

Payments to be made & Accounts to accept

Date of Next Meeting of Kingsley Parish Council -    Thursday 23rd July 2015 – 7.30 pm at the Kingsley Centre 

Thursday 18 June 2015

Foot and Mouth

Having seen a programme on the television the other evening regarding past rural matters and including an item on lime production and the uses it was put to, I was reminded of Foot and Mouth, and of the time this disease came to the area around Kingsley. Not recalling the dates of this particular event I resorted to the magic of the internet and there appears to have been two major outbreaks. As far as I can establish the outbreak which I recall most vividly would appear to have been that of 1957. Given that I was twelve at the time and travelling to school in Alton on a daily basis, I think this is probably the outbreak which came back to me so clearly. There was, however, another outbreak of the disease in the mid sixties but that seems to have been confined to areas rather more to the north of Hampshire centring upon Cheshire.

So assuming, as I am, the following events took place in the fifties. As is the case today, the Government of the day went into their standard procedure for dealing with Foot and Mouth. All movement of cloven hoofed animals was stopped within a wide radius of the infected farm or farms .This meant sheep, cattle and pigs. But in the area close to the infection all farm movements of almost every farm product ceased. Local markets and abattoirs were closed down causing a major impact upon the rural economy. It was widely believed and, the internet tells me, the outbreak in question was as a result of infected beef products from Argentina. In those days large amounts of beef was imported from that country. Not least Fray Bentos corned beef.

The standard Government policy then, as now, was to slaughter large numbers of farm animals. Not only were the infected animals slaughtered but also healthy stock from farms all around the infection zone. Foot baths appeared at the gates of all farms and anyone entering or leaving the farm premises had to walk through these disinfection sites. I can only imagine the impact that terrible outbreak had upon the local farmers. Of course the Government compensated the farmers for their imposed losses, but as with all things official the wheels of government do not move with any great speed. Since many of the farmers in the Kingsley area were livestock farmers I imagine they had a pretty tough time of it for a fairly prolonged period.

Not with standing all of the above, my most vivid recollections of this disease were the sights which met the eyes when witnessing the disposal of the huge numbers of dead animals. As far as we were concerned one of the local disposal sites was at East Worldham. Upon leaving Kingsley and travelling along the B3004 and along Green Street towards Worldham the site was on the left hand side. As one reaches the bottom of Worldham hill there is a wooded hill on the left which is known as King Johns Hill, between it and the road was a grassy field forming something of a bank. It was into this bank the slaughtered stock found their last resting place. Various diggers and bulldozers gouged out huge white trenches, white because of the chalk. Into these trenches load after load of bloated carcases were dumped from high sided lorries. Each time we passed in the bus this was the spectacle that met our eyes. Truly awful. The whole thing seemed to go on for ages but, I suspect, it was days rather than weeks. Having dumped the carcasses into the trenches they were covered with quick lime which burns when it becomes damp. This, I understand, has the double effect of breaking down the volume of the dead bodies and killing of any infection that might remain active. I don’t know if quick lime is still used for such purposes or, indeed, if it is still produced in sufficient quantities. I seem to recall in the most recent outbreak of Foot and Mouth disposal of carcasses was achieved by incineration.

Monday 15 June 2015

Bridleway 1 closed

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Hampshire County Council, having made an Order under Section 14(1)b of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to prevent danger to the public due to a damaged bridge, has been directed by the Secretary of State for Transport that the order shall continue in force as follows:

ROAD TO BE CLOSED: Kingsley Bridleway 1


PERIOD OF CLOSURE: From 13 June 2015 for a period of six months or until completion of the bridge replacement works, whichever is sooner.

Reasonable facilities will be provided to allow access to adjacent premises while the work is being carried out.

For information visit www.hants.gov.uk/publicnotices or contact the Access Team on 01962 846981 or email row.notices@hants.gov.uk

SARAH MANCHESTER, Countryside Access Team Leader, Castle Avenue, Winchester, SO23 8UL