The Parish Council has a casual vacancy for a Councillor, to be filled by co-option.
If you would like to help your community be a better place to live, work and relax and are able to devote a little regular time for this non-paid position, send the Parish Office a brief resume along with a covering letter explaining what you could bring to the role.
The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 3rd December and interviews will be held on the morning of Thursday 6th December.
For full details contact the Parish Office.
In accordance with Section 89 (3) of the Local Government Act 1972, where the vacancy occurs within six months before the day on which the councillor whose office is vacant would regularly retired, an election shall not be held under Section 89 (1) of the above Act, and the vacancy will be filled at the next ordinary election of councillors on Thursday, 2nd May 2019.
The Council may choose to co-opt a member to fill the vacancy for the period until that election.
The Parish Council has been notified by the District Council that the owners of the White Horse Pub in Keyhaven Road intend to sell it.
The pub is registered as an Asset of Community Value, which means that if any Community Interest Group would like to bid for it, they have until 17th December to do so.
If you want to like to submit an expression of interest in the pub, contact the Parish Office on 01590 644410 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Forest District Council is planning to undertake maintenance works to the lower (stepped) sea wall, adjacent to Hurst Road East car park, Milford-on-Sea.
These are essential works in order to repair damaged areas of the concrete sea wall caused by repeated shingle abrasion since it was constructed in the 1960s. The work is to ensure the sea wall remains intact and continues to perform its function. Without maintenance it is likely that over time the sea wall will be subject to significant future damage. This is the first phase of maintenance works to the wall; subsequent phases of work will need to follow on which are likely to be carried out in 2019/20.
In order to undertake these works, part of the eastern side of the car park will be closed to the public, to allow the contractor to operate a secure compound for the duration of the works (please see map below). Temporary pedestrian and vehicular diversions will be in place to manage access within the car park and around the works.
The scope of the work is to undertake concrete repairs to the sea wall. To facilitate the work there is likely to be increased noise generated by power tools, as well as from plant operating in the working area. There are also likely to be periodic deliveries of equipment and materials. Access to the lower foreshore will be restricted in the works area (yellow hatch) during working hours.
The work is planned to start on Monday 01/10/18, with completion approximately 4 to 5 weeks later (subject to suitable weather and tide). As the work is tidally restricted, working times will need to allow for this; however, it is anticipated that the majority of work will be undertaken between 7am & 6pm, Monday to Friday (apologies for any inconvenience caused).
The developer of MOS1 site – land North of School Road – has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate in a bid to overturn the decision of New Forest District Council to refuse their application to build 42 homes there.
To view the grounds of appeal please refer to the “Appeal Form” document attached to the case on the District Council’s website:
The Planning Inspectorate have an online appeals service which you can use to comment on this appeal at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk, these must be made by 19/10/2018.
If you prefer to write in, please write quoting the appeal reference to the Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN to arrive no later than 19/10/2018.
The Parish Council has requested that the hearing be held locally – we will keep you informed of progress on this.
Milford-on- Sea Parish Council strongly opposes the release of Green Belt for the development of 110 homes on Strategic site 7. Building on the Green Belt should be considered only in exceptional circumstances and always in response to local need. NFDC planning officers are reported as stating that Green Belt development is inappropriate, Milford’s local need is not for more private sector homes but for family affordable accommodation which would likely form a small part of this proposed development if this land was removed from the Green Belt.
The Parish Council has grave concerns that should this land be released, developers would not comply with the stated requirements for affordable homes to be built. There is strong evidence to support this as recent press coverage on the release of Green Belt has highlighted. This is proved by Milford’s recent experience at the school lane site (MoS1), where a recent planning application took little or no regard for the conditions already set down by central government as well as the inspectorate and unbelievably was supported by NFDC Planning officers.
How can residents and the Parish Council have any faith in the new Local Plan bearing in mind these events?
The existing area is on a road leading to the school, which is walked by residents of all ages. The proposed development would therefore adversely impact on a great many residents and should not be removed from the current Green Belt village boundary.
The Local plan is not sound for the following reasons:
- The overall assessment of need is exaggerated. Two very different assessments have been presented by NFDC both contain conjecture as to demand.
- The assessment of need in Milford-on-Sea is also exaggerated. There is no economic or social housing need that must be accommodated by building on the Green Belt as there are significant vacant sites within the village envelope that stand ready for development. There is an additional Green Belt exception site in the existing Plan for 30 units of varying types which has not been developed.
- If these existing sites were developed the real need for affordable housing in the village would benefit local residents and not those migrating into the village who often seek to buy second homes, would be met.
- Other sources of additional housing include the steady intensification of land use within the village and the recent conversion of a holiday park to permanent accommodation.
Milford-on-Sea’s infrastructure is already under considerable strain, including:
- The Road System: this suffers from a T junction bottleneck leaving the village and added congestion at the school adjacent to the proposed site would render Manor Road, The Lymington Road and other surrounding roads crowded and dangerous at all times not just during school terms. The proposed development would also add additional pollution to the area where the Junior School is situated. Because the proposed site is some distance from the village centre this would add to the flow of traffic into an already busy the village centre with increasingly little parking available.
- Public services: the school is already over-subscribed and the medical services are also at full stretch serving a particularly high proportion of older residents.
- Effect on wildlife population: the proposed site hosts diverse and thriving wild life including Roaming Deer, Badgers, Foxes, Buzzards, Nesting Birds, Voles and Owls and thus the proposed development would have an extreme detrimental effect on the village’s wild life population.
- The sewage system: this frequently causes sewerage to flow into people’s homes; despite considerable expenditure by the water authorities the current system is not fit for purpose. Any addition to the current system would be short sighted and possibly dangerous to property and life.
The Consultation Process
NFDC have arranged two consultation processes – both include the holiday months of July and August. The suggested format for responses is, for the responders, in an unfriendly format that is cumbersome, repetitive and time-consuming.
This has inevitably has a chilling effect on the willingness and patience of responders.