amport village environment
Flooding & Waste Water
Reports should be made every time the drains are seen emitting water onto roads or soil. Please ring the Environment Agency help line 0800 80 70 60 and report leaks of contaminated water onto roads or waterways in the parish. It would seem that the more people who ring in the better chance there is of some action being taken.
‘Fly tipping’ or ‘dumping’ are the common terms used to describe the illegal deposit of waste onto land.
It is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act (1990) to fly tip any material.
The TVBC Environmental Service investigates all reports of fly tipping and will remove fly tipped waste from public land. Fly tipped waste on public land will be removed within 2 to 5 working days, depending on its size, accessibility and waste type. By removing fly tipped waste we will not only be protecting our local environment, but we will be improving the quality of life for many residents and increasing pride in the community.
If you find some fly tipped waste, please be aware that some waste is dangerous – do not touch anything, including opening any black bags or containers.
It is important to remember that fly tippers are committing a crime and they do not want to be caught. Some fly tippers may become violent so do not approach them.
To report a fly tip please contact TVBC Customer Services 0n 01264 368000 or use the online form on the TVBC website and please include as much information as you can.
Footpaths & Bridleways
Footpaths are cut at least twice a year but let us know if you think they are overgrown or if you notice a problem with any footpaths around Amport or Monxton then please report it to the relevant Footpath Representative.
- Position Vacant – Amport
- Shawn Crowley – Monxton
There are some lovely walks around the villages and parish. Maps can be purchased in The Hawk Inn public house.
Fracking is short for “hydraulic fracturing”, which uses high-pressure water and chemicals blasted underground to fracture shale rock and release gas. The Department for Energy and Climate Change has issued drilling licences for possible fracking underneath an area a few miles from Stockbridge, Amport and Monxton.
Based on information available from DECC, the existing licences are located at the following locations:
- North of Winchester, from Kings Worthy stretching west almost to Stockbridge;
- Further north, reaching from Chilbolton west to Amport;
The Environment Agency’s role as environmental regulator for unconventional gas operations in England, should help ensure that any unconventional gas operations are conducted in a way that protects people and the environment.
All hedges provide vital habitat for wild life, but under the Highways Act 1980 (secn 54) owners are also bound to protect the safety of highway users.
Hedges should be trimmed to ensure that growth does not obscure road signs, that visibility is good (especially at junctions), and that they do not hinder passage for road users (particularly cyclists and pedestrians).
The Parish Councils asks that any householder with such a hedge will arrange for an early trim in the year, as otherwise there will be serious encroachment in the autumn. By the end of August the active period of bird nesting will be over, so please organise a trim for then.
I am sure that most of you will have noticed recently how much litter is lying on our roads. This is very depressing when we are so lucky to live in such beautiful surroundings and if something is not done soon, the problem is likely to deteriorate as road users will have no compunction in adding to the blight.
To counter this, Amport and Monxton Parish Councils have bought ‘litter pickers’ for anyone in the Parishes to use so that the area near them can be kept litter-free. One is held at Amport School and two with Suzanne Hoare (01264771469), Monxtons pickers are kept with Mike Cleugh (01264710276). Please ring whenever you would like to borrow one, or even make up an expedition and borrow all of them.
Just volunteer if you are at all concerned. The problem can be solved far faster and more efficiently than could be achieved by T.V.B.C or the courts.
Adjacent to the Green in Amport lies the Fen, an area of land which is owned by Amport Parish Council. The Fen serves as a nature reserve, with butterflies, birds, and many other indigenous species of trees, plants and animals flourishing at different times of the year.
Visitors of all ages are encouraged to visit the Fen and appreciate its valuable resources. Please however keep to the established paths and avoid disturbing the wildlife.
From time to time, the Parish Council organises working parties of members of the village to assist in essential maintenance and clearance in the Fen.
The Pillhill Brook is an attractive chalk stream which runs through the Parish of Amport from the A303 by the White Horse pub, through East Cholderton near Wiremead Lane, and through the valley by the Trout Farm on to Amport village. It then passes by the Fen and along through woodland to the land opposite the Hawk Inn, and on to Monxton and Abbotts Ann before it joins the River Anton. Most of the riverbank is on private land. Wildlife is encouraged. People and animals can obtain access to the brook by the Mill House in Amport.
The flow of the Pillhill Brook in Amport Parish is variable, depending on the level of the water table. It is sometimes dry in places, yet, at other times, there may be a risk of localised flooding.