Footpaths and Bridleways
If you notice a problem with any footpaths around Amport then please report it to our Footpath Representative Gary Benton – Email
Footpaths are cut at least twice a year, but let us know if you think they are overgrown.
There are some lovely walks around the village and parish. This map (below) can be purchased in The Hawk public house.
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
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.
Roadside hedges in Amport
Everyone has noticed that, as a result of the weather this year, the hedges have grown extraordinarily well. Of course, all these 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).
Amport Parish Council 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. Thank you.
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 Parish Council has bought three ‘litter pickers’ for anyone in the Parish to use so that the area near them can be kept litter-free. One is held at the School and two with Suzanne Hoare (771469). Please ring whenever you would like to borrow one, or even make up an expedition and borrow all three.
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.
‘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.
Flooding and 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.