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The Parish Council
is seeking to Co-Opt two suitably qualified people to fill the current vacancies on the Parish Council.

Details on how to apply may be found here.

The External Auditor
has now completed the annual audit of the Parish Council’s activities.
Further information may be found here.

Eastleigh Borough Council
are arranging some activities at the Itchen Valley Country Park during the October Half-Term.

These run from October 25th through to October 31st.

These event are for school children of ages 5-12 to enjoy.

For further information please click here.

COUNCIL NEWS October 2016
Due to the resignations of Elizabeth Lear (reported in the September Council News) and Suzy Hamel there are now two casual vacancies on the Parish Council. The process to fill these vacancies has begun with a notice being issued regarding the calling of a by-election by 10 electors or more.

If no election is called the Parish Council may fill the vacancies by co-option and a further notice will be issued at that time inviting nominations.

Suzy Hamel served on the Parish Council for four years, two of which she was its Chair, For the same period Suzy also served as one of Hamble's two Borough Councillors. A letter has been sent thanking Suzy for her work for the community.

The Council has held its Annual Allotment Holders' Meeting where they have the opportunity to feedback information to the Council including the fact that the new fencing continues to be a success. Other matters were discussed including composting availability, the water taps and inconsiderate weed killer use.

At the last Council meeting parishioners attended to express their concerns regarding recent thefts and burglaries in the village. PCSO Phil Davenport explained what action the police were taking to combat this activity. There was also a discussion on how communication between the Police and the community could be improved. Parishioners are asked to report all incidents to the Police 101 service.

Even if it seems an insignificant crime and it takes a bit of time to do the PCSO said reporting all crimes helps the Police to build up a full picture of current matters.

Progress on developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Hamble has been reported to the Council and a Parish Council representative has met with consultants and advice on the process has been received. The Borough Council has to be informed and agree the process with a letter being sent to parishioners by the Parish Council Chairman. This will be followed by a public meeting which is anticipated to take place early in the New Year.

The Neighbourhood Plan will be community led initiative with support from the Parish Council.

The Parish Council has chosen a preferred supplier for its ground staff's secure storage at the College Playing Fields. The main purpose of the new building is to centralise the Council's storage requirements in order to remove some end of life buildings and to make time efficiency savings. It has also agreed a contractor to repair the Mount Pleasant Pavilion roof.

It has been recorded in the Council minutes that a Councillor has undertaken the annual embarkation and disembarkation at the landing places on the river in the parish except at one location where this not possible at this time. The Council has also set up a working party to look at improving the management of the Dinghy Park.

The Hamble Estuary Partnership has sent a copy of the Harbour Authority's commissioned report on sediment management and salt marsh retention to the Council. It makes interesting reading on how the river's salt marshes have declined over the years.

The report recommends the possible implementation of a number of small schemes, three of which are in Hamble, as an initial stage to address the issues. If you wish to read the report it is available on the front page of the River Hamble Harbour Authority's website.

Brendan Gibbs MILCM

Clerk to Hamble-le-Rice Parish Council