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The Parish Council
met last night and considered a request to transfer land to the east of the former Barclays Bank building to Eastleigh Borough Council to enable their community library project. The Council are keen to see what proposals are being considered and welcome the confirmation of the timescales contained in the poster which is to be fixed to the current building shortly.

Hamble Community Facility Poster

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Foreshore Dinghy Park Permit

The application window for those wishing to have a Dinghy Park Permit is now open.

Please download and print the following documents and complete and return to the Parish Office.

The documents are found here:

Council News February 2017

The Parish Council is pleased to report that it has appointed Mrs Amanda Jobling as its new Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. She officially takes up her post at the beginning of this month after a few weeks working alongside Brendan Gibbs prior to his departure.

The Council was fortunate to have a number of high quality applicants for the post and we wish her well in her new role that will be both challenging and exciting.

As mentioned in the last Council News the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has refused the appeal by Hallam Land Management for a development next to Hamble Station. Hallam had the right to challenge the Secretary of State's decision in the High Court within six weeks and this is what has happened. The appeal in the High Court will focus points of law rather than the planning decision itself.

As normal at this time of year the Council has been preparing its budget for the next financial year, including reviewing the costs and prices it charges for the services it provides. The Parish Council has again decided not to increase its precept for 2017/18.

The Parish Council has agreed to make a £40,000 contribution towards the Borough Council's refurbishment of the Coronation Parade area and we look forward to this project being completed before early summer.

At a meeting before Christmas Sgt O’Hanlon and EBC Local Area Manager Matt Blythe attended and spoke about HYPE and their concerns about the continued provision of local youth services. Hamble School has withdrawn its support for HYPE and consequently they will be unable to use their premises from the end of March. Local Parish Councils have been approached about using some of their venues and have been asked to continue giving funding.

The Parish Council has therefore agreed to give £10,000 for another year to support HYPE in 2016/17 and to offer the use of the Roy Underdown Pavilion with its associated sporting facilities. Plans are now being drawn up for HYPE to rotate around the local parishes to provide the youth services. As part of these new arrangements the Parish Council is seeking conditions to protect local residents from any disturbance relating to HYPE's use of its facilities.

Sgt O’Hanlon also informed the Council that Penny Young has been appointed as Hamble's local Police Constable to replace Mark Arnold.

Hamble Lifeboat attended the first Council meeting of the year to report that work on the public facilities at the new Lifeboat Station had started to bring them up to the required standard. Hopefully when you read this the public toilets will be open for use.
Despite there being no cricket teams wishing to use the Council’s facilities at the College Playing Fields in 2017 it has been decided that the Council would preserve and maintain the square of the pitch this year and look at making a final decision about the provision of cricket facilities this time next year.

Due to increasing unauthorised use of the foreshore eurobins by local people these bins have been removed and alternative arrangements for the management of trade waste collected by the Parish Council have been put in place.

Finally, the Parish Council would like to record its grateful thanks to Jackie Bevis as she has now decided to conclude her role as the editor of the Hamble Village Magazine. We are very grateful for all the work she has done over the last five years to significantly raise the profile of the magazine.
We also pass on our very best wishes to Brendan Gibbs as he ends his time here as Clerk to the Parish Council. We wish him and his family all the best for the future.

Brendan Gibbs,
Clerk to the Parish Council.

 Farewell Brendan

As everyone knows I will be departing Hamble for pastures at the end of January 2017.

Hamble Lane did for me in the end I suppose.

I dread to think how many hours I have spent slowly crawling up and down the B3397 in order to get here to work or to go home.
Firstly, I must say thank you to all the members of the Parish Council both past and present for all their support and encouragement whilst I served as their humble and obedient servant.
I would then like to say a very big thank you to everyone in the Village for making me so welcome throughout my time here.
I would particularly like to thank the following people who in one way or another kept an eye on me over the last six years through personal visits, correspondence and the occasional longer chat.

Terry & Heather S, Trevor GP, Glenn & Maureen M, Caroline S, Rebecca WV, Michael D, Julie A, Colin O, Melvyn P, Ernie A, Father Graham, Ray & Heather B, Valerie A, Lyn W, Jo W, Roy B, Colin & Joan G, Bobby C, Fred D, Heather B, Jimmy D, Janice & Mike P, Nick and Chris W, Roger & Valerie P, Christine S, Nick B, Fred B, Chris P, Paul & Kathy B, Bernard L, Helen G, Ian H, David & Donna S, David W, Kate & David D, David R, Peter & Valerie C, Ben & Lorna C, Paddy Mc, Brian S, Brian & Jane W, Michael P, Gemma P, Mike D, Trevor & Phillippa P, Ken M, Barry JL, David LM, Chris M, Mark I, Richard CW, Peter & Lesley-Jane N, Paul V, Alastair & Peter G, Steve & Sue E, Janet M, Roger & Alex H, Nick R, Ruth A, Charles & Jenny S, Steph M, Mike & Andy L, Georgie V, Emma W, Mark D, Susie T, Suzy & Chris H, Stephanie B, Winnie S, Ray S, Mick & Penny C, Colin W, Tim R, Rosemary D, June B, John & Cilla M, Paul T, Kathleen & Derek H, Simon & Georgie H, Nick & Rosie O’D, Ross E, Alan M, Nigel B, Stewart & Chia B, Andy C, Annette & John D, Annette B, Greg D, Jason S, Keith H and last but not least Ian U, Diane C & Bill & Jean P.

I hope you know who you all are and that we share fond memories of friends no longer with us.

A vote of thanks must go to all my colleagues at, The St Andrew’s Priory Church, The TS Mercury Old Boys, Brass Force, The Royal Air Force Association, The Air Transport Auxiliary Association, The Royal Naval Association, The Netley British Legion, The River Hamble Harbour Board, The Harbour Master’s Office, Hampshire Highways, Eastleigh Borough Council including the Leader, the Cabinet & the BHH Local Area Committee, Hampshire County Council including the Leader, the Cabinet and all Portfolio holders, HYPE, Hampshire Constabulary, The Hamble-Warsash Ferry, The Hamble River Taxi, The Royal Southern Yacht Club, The Royal Air Force Yacht Club, The Hamble River Sailing Club, The Beach Hut Café, BP (Oil) UK Ltd, Coopervision, GE Aviation, MDL Ltd, The Mercury Area Residents Association, The Hamble Conservation Volunteers, The Hamble Players, The River Hamble Mooring Holders Association, D & D Distributors, Southampton Design & Print, The Hamble Village Market, The Hamble History Society, The Hamble Allotments Association, The River Hamble Rowing Club, The Hamble Sea Scouts, The Hamble Club Football Club, The Hamble Squash Club, The Hamble School, The Hamble Primary School, The Hamble Village Playschool, The Blackthorn Health Centre, The St Andrew’s Pipe Band and The Hamble Village Memorial Hall and all of those organisation’s many employees, customers, members, patrons and supporters.

Finally, I would like to say thank you to Richard Clarke, Chris Ayres, Steve Uden, Aron Clay, Jackie Bevis, Lorraine Smith, Jeanette Symes, Justyn Willsmore, Diccon Bright, Matt Blythe, Dee Case, Cherry Tanner, Stephen Bradbury, Mark Arnold, Penny Young, Mark O’Hanlon, Phil Davenport, Jackie Panakis, Judy Hickman, Iain Gass and Cllr Keith House for their unending support whilst we all worked together within our different organisations for the benefit of the community of Hamble-le-Rice.

I’d like to think that I did my very best for you all.

Brendan Gibbs.

Allotment Rent Increase
Would all allotment holders at the Hamble Lane Allotment Gardens please note a decision to increase their allotment rents has been made by the Parish Council.

The announcement may be viewed here.