Annual Parish Assembly
Monday 26 April 2021 – 7.00pm
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the APA will be held via Zoom
Meeting ID: 853 4850 4081 Password: 113234
- Presentation by the Chair of the Parish Council
- Reports from County & District Councillor Rob Mocatta
- Financial Report by the Parish Clerk
- Question & Answer session
- Presentation by East Meon Nature Group
All residents are welcome to attend. You can ask questions on the evening or alternatively email in advance to the Parish Clerk at [email protected]
Vacancy for a Parish Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer
The parish of East Meon is situated 6 miles west of Petersfield within the South Downs National Park.
East Meon Parish Council is seeking to recruit a Parish Clerk/RFO who is enthusiastic and motivated, with excellent communication skills and able to work 10 hours per week from home.
The role includes day-to-day administration of the Parish and overseeing of the Parish finances, as well as completion of the year end accounts and other statutory documentation. The Clerk/RFO will work closely with the 9 Parish Councillors, other Statutory Bodies and members of the public.
Experience in local council administration and accounts management is preferable but not essential as full training will be provided.
Attendance is required at 6 evening Council meetings a year; Planning Committee meetings as required and the Annual Parish Assembly.
Applications will be welcomed from Clerks already in post at another council who may wish to take on a dual role.
Annual Salary: £8,000 depending on qualifications and experience.
Closing date details:
The closing date for applications is 14 May 2021. Interviews will be held w/c 17 May 2021.
For further information and a copy of the Job Description, please contact the Parish Clerk, Suzie Brooker at [email protected]
The job description can also be found as an attachment below.
Please apply by submitting a covering email and CV to [email protected]
Neighbourhood Plan Site
New plans have been proposed for the dwellings on land south of Coombe Road, one of our Neighbourhood Plan sites. To view these plans, and to comment, please go to:
https://planningpublicaccess.southdowns.gov.uk/online-applications/ and search for reference number SDNP/19/06024/FUL
All Sports Court
Due to Government restrictions, the All Sports Court is closed and will reopen on Monday 29th March 2021.
Hampshire County Council Automated Traffic Survey:
From 2nd - 8th October, Hampshire County Council installed equipment at 3 entry points to the village to measure the number and speed of vehicles entering and leaving East Meon over that period. Please click on https://www.eastmeonpc.org.uk/community/east-meon-parish-council-15063/speed-restriction-signs/ for an analysis of the data collected by the equipment. If you've any questions, please contact Cllr Steven Ridgeon ([email protected]). Next steps will be to use this information, and many other inputs, to work with Hampshire County Council on initiatives to reduce vehicle speeds in our village. This will be co-ordinated by Cllr Tom Tyrwhitt-Drake ([email protected]).
Parish Council response to Government White Paper: Planning for the Future.
To view the Parish Council's response please visit https://www.eastmeonpc.org.uk/community/east-meon-parish-council-15063/planning-news/
SDNPA Parking Supplementary Planning Document Consultation
South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is consulting on a draft Parking Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (full title – Guidance on Parking for Residential and Non-Residential Development). They would like to hear views on the document from members of the public. As parking is challenging in East Meon for both residents and visitors, the Parish Council will submit some comments, but we also encourage residents to do so as well.
The purpose of the Parking SPD is to give clear direction to all those involved in the planning application and decision making process regarding the provision of cycle and vehicle parking for new development in the South Downs National Park (SDNP). The Parking SPD applies to both residential and non-residential development and will replace all previous standards provided by the county councils in the SDNP once adopted. The Parking SPD will be a material consideration for relevant planning applications once adopted.
The Parking SPD is available to view on the SDNPA website (https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/planning-policy/supplementary-planning-documents/parking-supplementary-planning-document-spd-consultation/) and can also be viewed at the South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH. All comments must be received by 5pm on Thursday 19 November 2020.
Below you will see the Parish Council's response to the SDNPA draft Parking Supplementary Planning Document - Guidance on Parking for Residential and Non-Residential Development
East Meon Parish Council (EMPC) comments on the SDNPA Guidance on Parking for Residential and Non-Residential Development - Supplementary Planning Document
In many parts of the village of East Meon, the streetscape is dominated by parked cars, which detracts from the attractiveness and amenity of the locality. Many roads have no or limited pavement, so pedestrians must share the road with vehicles and cyclists, hence we have a strong bias towards any new development not contributing to on-street parking. In general, EMPC supports this Parking SPD especially the clarity it provides in parking provision, cycle parking and the how garages are counted in developments. However, based on recent experience, we would like to see it strengthened in the following areas:
Further ensuring developments do not result in vehicles parking on the road
Larger developments in the Parish generally have provided adequate off-street parking, presumably due to the extra attention given during the planning process. It is ‘infill’ or ‘windfall’ developments where parking is not given such a focus, yet these still contribute to the problem of parking in the village. For example, we have recent examples of new dwelling applications which have been approved and where parking is a considerable distance away from the dwelling (involving steps) and where parking spaces are against a hard boundary, which obviously makes it difficult to get in and out of a car and therefore less likely to use the spaces. EMPC would like the SPD to provide clearer direction ensuring that parking spaces are usable (and not just a ‘tick-box exercise’ on a plan), so residents and their visitors are not inclined to park on the street.
Consideration should be given to using a variety of hard landscape materials for parking, not just tarmacadam. When this has been used instead of the material stated in agreed plans, the LPA has declined to follow up. We would like to see recommended material options specifically mentioned in the SPD, as part of good design and to strengthen SDLP policy SD5 in this area.
Provision for charging of electric vehicles
The SPD and the Local Plan policies are too vague in this regard. EMPC would like to see a specific requirement for all new dwellings, which have their own driveway and/or garage, to provide a home fast-charging point for electric vehicles. It surely makes sense to do this when the property is built rather than have to retro-fit.
If any of these comments require clarification, please contact Cllr Steven Ridgeon [email protected]
If you have been told by 111 or your doctor to self isolate and need any help please telephone
East Meon Care Group on 0705 017 7505
The Parish Council has now submitted its response to the planning application for the Neighbourhood Plan south of Coombe Road. You can read it on the SDNPA Planning Portal or under the Planning/Neighbourhood Plan tab on this website.
Welcome to East Meon Parish Council. The historic parish of East Meon is located six miles to the west of Petersfield, Hampshire. It lies in a wide valley, bounded on its southern and eastern sides by the South Downs. The River Meon rises from a source to the south of the village and then flows through the village centre.
East Meon was an important Minster and Hundred in Saxon times. Both before and after the Norman Conquest it was a Manor of the Bishops of Winchester, who built the magnificent parish church of All Saints and the mediaeval manor house, The Court House. The village contains a number of ancient hall houses. It was chosen to be the ‘Domesday Village’ in 1986.
East Meon Parish Council hold 6 meetings a year which take place in the Church Hall at 6.30pm. All Parishioners are welcome to attend and the agenda for each meeting is available on the website and also on the village noticeboard. In addition to the regular meetings, the Annual Parish Assembly will take place in April.
For any information about events and news within our village and local services and businesses, please visit our community and parish magazine website meonmatters.com
For any information about planned roadworks in the Parish, please visit www.roadworks.org
For any information about the Parish Council, please contact the Parish Clerk - [email protected]