PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - Monday 19th August 2019
UPDATE REPORT ON THE LAND AT “THE BOLTONS”
The Clerk gave an up-to-date report on the current position at The Boltons including that rights of way are in place through The Boltons including the current section being blocked off. The Transfer of Properties Order 1980 showed that the Deed of Dedication had formally transferred to Milford-on-Sea Parish Council in 1980 and that both these stipulations were included on the current Land Registry Title Document. The land has been bought from the Crown by Cotton Land Management Ltd., but the Parish Council has an obligation to maintain it.
A member of the public said that it had been a worrying time for residents but was pleased with the progress made. He also suggested that the Parish Council publicise the position on its website to clarify the situation and obtain access to the blocked off area so that it can continue to maintain the land. The member of the public reported that 23 evidence forms had been completed confirming use of the paths for a number of decades and therefore suggested the land could be designated formally as a Local Green Space.
The Chair reported that the Parish Office would keep everyone informed of the situation.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - Monday 15th July 2019
PROPOSED GIFTED LAND TO THE PARISH COUNCIL AT “THE BOLTONS”:
The Clerk reminded members of the historical and current situation at the Boltons and that several years ago the Parish Council were made aware that the land was not in its ownership and following legal advice decided not to formally purchase the land from the Duchy of Lancaster, to whom the land had reverted. Subsequently, the land had been bought by some residents with a view to extending their gardens and placing TPOs on the mature trees. The Clerk also reported that a meeting had been held with Hampshire County Council (HCC) Senior Access Ranger to ascertain the possibility of making the footpaths an official Right of Way.
The Clerk confirmed with the new landowner that it was now their wish to give the all land to the Parish Council, other than that behind properties 7,8,9 & 10.
A member of the public contested that as this land was a public amenity then any change of use would require planning consent. He also contested that the deed of dedication still made “a council” obliged to maintain the land as a public amenity space and that he had contacted NFDC for clarification on these matters.
Cllr Goode suggested the Parish Council await a response from NFDC as these were complex legal issues.
8 members of the public left the meeting.
NB The minutes of the July meeting were approved with the exception of item 9. Proposed gifted land to the Parish Council at the Boltons, which was agreed should read, “the land had been bought by Cotton Land Management Ltd” and not “some residents”.
A beautifully refurbished bench courtesy of Shorefield.
Dr Robert Pollock started Shorefield holiday park in 1958 and he donated this bench for the use of the public. We asked the family who still run Shorefield whether they would care to refurbish it and here it is in all its spendour sitting on the corner of The Boltons amenity land.
Thank you Shorefield for making our green space look nice again.