THRUXTON Parish Council does not, routinely, meet in August, so this was an ‘extraordinary’ meeting, principally to consider future policy for housing in the village.

The meeting was chaired by Cllr Charles Milner-Williams, assisted by Cllrs John Davis, Janet Graham and Mike Windsor. Hampshire County Cllr Zilliah Brooks was also present.

The following was discussed:

Green litter bin: It was noted that the bin located at Mullenspond corner had been taken away. This, apparently, had been removed by Test Valley Borough Council but it seemed odd, improper even, to have done this without any reference to the views of the parish council. The chairman has requested that it be brought back, since it is well used and discourages littering at that end of the village.

Housing: The recent village survey had brought many and varied responses to this question. Kate Phillipson, who had chaired the survey said that a number of up to 10 new houses had received popular support. The meeting agreed that South Downs National Parks consultants, who are assisting the council, should be asked for guidance.

Local open green spaces: Following South Downs recommendations the following green spaces will be adopted: The Green, Manorial Earthworks, Snowdrop Field, the Churchyard, recreation ground, allotments, Mullenspond with adjacent fields and land between the coach park and Dauntsey Lane.

Planning: It was agreed to support an application for certain tree work in the vicinity of The Old Rectory.

Clearing of stream bed: Funding of the consultation advice from South Downs was discussed, and it was agreed to ask Bawdens to quote for clearing the stream bed in the area of the Lambourne bridge. A figure of up to £150 would be considered.

Next meeting: Residents are encouraged to come to the next council meeting, in the hall at 7.30pm on 6 September.