December 1999 PC Meeting Report



Cllr Mr N Campbell-White was in the Chair and was pleased to welcome seventeen members of the public to the meeting.

Southdown School

County Councillor Mrs A Bailey reported that approval has now been given by the Secretary of State for the re-organization of Eastleigh/Winchester Special Education needs, along the lines proposed by the Local Education Authority. The forecast capital cost for Southdown School’s extension is £1,830,000.

Police report

In a Police report it was suggested that from the emergency services perspective it would be helpful if Hunts/Bridge Lane – as with all roads in the Parish – were formally named and signed.

Millennium committee

The constituted committee for Parish Millennium celebrations is still without a Chairman. A grant application has been made towards a Time Capsule to be located under the proposed maze at the Parish Hall. Other proposals to mark the millennium were a Village Video Diary and a Memorial Millennium Garden.

Playing Fields

Members on the Playing Fields Management Committee have been looking at the following areas:

  • Estimates for top soil to cover the roots of three poplar trees on the playing field.
  • Funding for the purchase of a new slide to enhance the play equipment.
  • A request from the Cricket Club for funds to restore the cricket square.

Street Lighting – Compton Street

The installation of a street light at the junction of Compton Street and Otterbourne Road proceeds, albeit slowly. To complete this project the contractor is required to reduce the height of the lamp standard by 2 metres and Southern Electricity still have to install the necessary wiring.

Bus shelter for Southdown

Councillors on the Highways and Byways Sub-Committee confirmed, following inspection, their unanimous decision that the bus shelter on offer from the city council was considered acceptable for the southbound stop at Southdown. The Parish has received confirmation that it is eligible under Winchester City Council’s scheme for a free second-hand bus shelter, but no date has been given for allocation.

New Pavilion questions

Discussion/explanation/public questions and answers centred around the rejection letter from Sport England in respect of the Parish Council’s lottery bid. It was agreed that points which must be addressed as a matter of urgency were:

  1. Consult with architect to assess why our application was rejected;
  2. Contact Jennie Owen, Southern Regional Lottery Co-ordinating Manager for advice;
  3. Obtain a new application pack and assess changes in rules, etc.
  4. New Sports Pavilion Sub-Committee to prepare report following meeting with architect and Lottery Co-ordinating Manager on steps forward to achieve our objective;
  5. Consult with local schools/community about involvement in the project;
  6. Decide whether the same committee and architect were the best way forward.

Because this report missed the deadline for the January 2000 Parish Magazine, for those who like to keep track of Council proceedings, the full minutes of the December Parish Council meeting were posted on the Council’s website at

Mary S Davis
Acting Clerk