Upham Parish Council held their Monthly Parish Council Meeting on Monday 22nd June, 2020 via a Teams Meeting due to coronavirus which meant that a Public Meeting was not possible but it was in the best interests of residents to continue to hold a Meeting.
Cllr Halsall (Chair), Cllr Ashe, Cllr Snowdon, Cllr LeMay, Cllr Dalley, Cllr Croucher, District Councillor Ruffell, District Councillor Lumby and Mrs Anne Collins (Clerk) were involved in the Meeting.
Cllr Snowdon gave a Highways Report update. A breakdown of the Speed Indicator Sign statistics was given, and it was noted that the top speed recorded was 113 mph along the Winchester Road! DC Lumby agreed to speak to CC Humby about moving plans forward in Upham for the highway improvements and landscaping, now that lockdown restrictions are gradually being lifted. A Meeting will be arranged with our MP Flick Drummond, CC Humby, HCC Officers and UPC representatives to discuss the way forwards.
Cllr Ashe reported that many residents have registered for the faster broadband and have now had it installed. The outlying areas appear to be doing their own thing, and finding the best provider for their needs. This item will now come off the Agenda.
Eastleigh Borough Local Plan
There is no further update on the Eastleigh Borough Local Plan, but there is a Cabinet Meeting this week when the Inspector’s advice will be discussed.
The trees which need to be felled near Upham Pond have not been taken down yet, as the Contractor has hurt his arm, but it is hoped that this work will be carried out before the replanting is to take place in October/November.
The village website updating is continuing. The Working Group held a Zoom Meeting to discuss the home page and Parish Council page. Other organisations are updating their individual pages. More photographs are needed for the website – if any resident has any photographs they are willing to share then please get in touch with UPC.
Upham Emergency Plan
The Upham Emergency Plan has worked well during this current emergency. The only issue to arise during this month has been that tape has been removed from the play equipment which is frustrating and irresponsible. The play area has been closed during this emergency through direct instructions from central government and to protect the health of our residents. It has been time-consuming to keep putting up notices and taping up equipment when it has been taken down.
Upham Village Design Statement
The updating of the Upham Village Design Statement still needs volunteers to help, so if you are interested in helping then please get in touch with UPC.
Local Council Update Meeting
Cllr Halsall, Cllr Snowdon, Cllr Croucher and the Clerk attended a Local Council Update Meeting. The main issues discussed were financial implications of the Covid-19 emergency and emerging financial pressures, the restore and recovery programme, the Local Plan update and then response to questions regarding the Parish Charter and the Climate Emergency.
Neighbourhood Watch Report
Cllr Croucher gave a Neighbourhood Watch Report. The latest scam circulating is regarding the Test and Trace Scheme. A warning has been put up on commshub and in the Upham Update to inform residents.
District Councillor Lumby and District Councillor Ruffell sent a Report. The Report included updates on the Refuse Collections, Waste Recycling Centres, Grants available, and a new Mayor has been appointed – Cllr Patrick Cunningham. DC Ruffell spoke about the Planning Meetings which have been held.
It is hoped that the new piece of play equipment will be installed during the summer at the Recreation Ground, provided that play area restrictions are lifted.
A Financial Report was given by the Clerk for June.
The next Parish Council Meeting will be on Monday 27th July, 2020 and this will be held virtually if we cannot hold a face to face Meeting.
Clerk: Mrs Anne Collins
Telephone: 01489 860236
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Website address: http://www.uphamvillage.org.uk