Since the last edition of the Squeaker we held a zoom Parish Council Meeting on Monday 11 January.
Three planning proposals in Ramsdean (to which there was no objection) were considered at the meeting:
Flint Farmhouse – Two storey side extension and rear extension following demolition of existing conservatory and rear porch. Renovation of existing barn building to create office and studio . Installation of heat pump, logstore and photovoltaic panels in roof. Detached garage.
Thatched Barn – Creation of a menage.
Orchard Barn – Detached garage following demolition of two existing outbuildings.
We also considered a pre planning application for the creation of a livery yard behind Old Pitts Farm in Langrish.
We remain in discussion with Hampshire Highways on the state of Ramsdean Green. Their budgets remain tight and Covid restrictions remain a convenient excuse for not meeting with us. We are still awaiting their recommendations for improvements including preventing parking on the Green and vehicle damage to the verges in Ramsdean Lane. Tidying up Ramsdean Green is our number #1 objective for 2021. Our current thoughts are that the best way forward is to run a kerb all the way round to discourage vehicles from driving across the grass.
Footpaths and Rights of Way
We noted that Fiveways (BOAT 23 and 24 in Langrish) has been closed until 16 June (or whenever the route is in condition to be used again.) BOAT 17 is also closed until 11 May for remedial work to its surface.
Our local District, County Councillor and South Downs National Park Authority member Rob Mocatta is sponsoring an initiative to persuade the SDNP to issue Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) to stop motorised vehicles using BOATs. As part of this process, Langrish and East Meon Parish Councils have been invited to address the SDNPA meeting on 24 March on the problems caused by 4x4s and motorcycles on our local BOATs. If anyone has any photos of the damage they cause (which you haven’t already sent me) then could you please email them to me as soon as possible.
Finally spring is coming, the mud is drying out and the countryside is bursting back to life. The whole of this area is crisscrossed with footpaths, bridleways and permissive access routes and provides a rich variety of walks. But please make sure to respect the landowner’s rights to restrict access to some of their tracks. These tracks are private and cross private land and generally the landowners have good reason to prohibit access. This is especially true on Sir Williams Hill where there are many tracks crossing the permitted access routes. Tracks that can be used will have a signpost at either end indicating that they are a footpath or bridleway.
As I’m sure you all know there are a collection of fantastic walks around this area on the Langrish and Ramsdean Facebook Group page. Enjoy the walks and improving weather.
John and Rosemary Hopewell Memorial Tree
We have planted a Morus Nigra Mulberry tree on Langrish Green as a memorial to John and Rosemary Hopewell. The Friends of Langrish generously made a donation to cover the cost of the plaque.
We have also had the existing trees pruned and the whole site tided up.
It should look a picture in the Spring when the daffodils come out as well.
The date of the next meeting of the Parish Council is on Monday 8th March 2021 on Zoom.