Council

Parish Council Notes – Dec 2017

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Report for December 2017

During December 2017, there had been one meeting of the Parish Council and one meeting of the Planning & Strategy Committee.  All Councillors serve on at least one Committee, but some Councillors serve on two Committees.  Minutes of these meetings are available on the Parish Council web site.

The Planning and Strategy Committee met on Tuesday 12 December 2017 and residents are reminded that the Parish Council is a statutory consultee and the Planning & Strategy Committee can only make comments on planning applications in accordance with current planning policy.  Cherwell District Council (CDC) is the planning authority and it determines whether planning applications are approved or refused, not the Parish Council.

As well as commenting on a number of planning applications, the Committee considered Cherwell District Council’s Design Guide and consultation on developer contributions, a temporary footpath closure on Salt Way ,the discharge of the planning condition relating to the car park management for Miller Homes, Tadmarton Road, the Council’s response to the planning appeals for an application on the Ridgeway and at No 6 Little Green, updates on  the proposed footpath on Barford Road, birds mouth fencing on Tadmarton Road and it was noted that Old Bridge Road should be tarmacked after Christmas.

A planning application had been also submitted to Cherwell District Council for outline planning permission for 150 houses on land north-west of Quarry Close, Bloxham (next to the Miller Homes site on Tadmarton Road).  If residents wished to view the plans or make any comments on the application via the CDC web site, the reference is 17/02502/OUT and the web site address is https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/info/115/planning/443/see-or-comment-on-a-planning-application
The next meeting of the Planning and Strategy Committee was being held on Tuesday 9 January 2018 at Bloxham Primary School.
During December 2017, Councillors and the Clerk continued their work on projects around the village, which included:

Environment:

  • confirming maintenance works to start at the amenity land in Walsingham Close;
  • dealing with issues relating to the Parish trees and hedges and their maintenance;
  • finalising arrangements for playground inspection training on 20 January 2018;
  • taking part in St Mary’s Church Christmas Tree Festival;
  • erecting the village Christmas tree and lights;
  • gritting areas of the village before the heavy snowfall over the weekend of 9 and 10 December 2017; and
  •   volunteers carried out work parties at The Slade Nature Reserve.

The Parish Council wished to thank the winter volunteers who helped to grit the footpaths around the village in mid-December.  If any residents wished to join the gritting team, they should contact the Clerk to the Parish Council.  The more volunteers there are, the more footpaths around the village can be gritted.

It was unfortunate that when the winter volunteers filled the manual gritters with the grit from the grit bins, they first had to remove the dog waste and litter which had been placed in there.  The Parish Council kindly requests that residents dispose of dog waste in the dog waste bins or take it home and that they place litter in the litter bins. Volunteers who are helping to make the footpaths safe for residents to walk on during bad weather, should not have their health put at risk by removing dog waste or other rubbish from the grit bins.

Legal and Finance matters:

  • continued engagement with Cherwell District Council and the Parish Council’s Solicitors, Aplins, regarding the content of Legal Agreements concerned with the release of Section 106 funds;
  • continued dialogue with Cherwell District Council with regard to releasing Section 106 funds for projects at Jubilee Hall, Ellen Hinde Hall, the Ex-Serviceman’s Hall and for the two play equipment projects; and
  • engaging with the Parish Council’s Solicitors, Aplins, regarding the registration of land in the Parish.

Planning matters (in addition to the work of the Planning and Strategy Committee):

  • continued contact with Cherwell District Council/Miller Homes with regard to the proposal to transfer to the Parish Council, amenity land on Barford Road from Miller Homes. A meeting would be arranged during January 2018;
  • meeting with Bloxham School with regard to works to their astro-turf; and
  • meeting with Warriner School with regard to a new school on Bloxham Grove Road.

Highways:

  • continued contact with Thames Water with regard to reinstatement works on Tadmarton Road.  A meeting had also been arranged for mid-January;
  • liaison with the County Council with regard to the highway works which are required at the entrance to the Bovis site on Barford Road;
  • liaison with the County Council and residents with regard to the disabled bay outside of the shops and the regular inconsiderate and dangerous parking which occurred there every day;
  • reporting of potholes in various sites in the village, in particular a major fault on the Milton Road, to the County Council; and
  • liaison with the County Council with regard to a proposed new footpath on Barford Road.

Communication:

  • web site and Facebook updates with Parish Council news; and
  • attendance at the ‘Drop-in and Chat’ on 8 December 2017.

At the Parish Council meeting on 8 January 2018, the following items were discussed:

  • the Annual Parish Meeting was being held on Thursday 19 April 2018 at 7.30pm at Warriner School.  All residents were invited to attend and there would be more emphasis on the work of the Parish Council’s Committees during the presentation;
  • an email had been received about the excessive amount of litter outside of the shops.  The Parish Council would write to the Co-op, Chip Shop and Post Office about this matter.  Contact would also be made with Cherwell District Council;
  • the Chairman gave details about the Warriner School’s proposal for a new school for children with complex special educational needs on Bloxham Grove Road;
  • the Chairman gave details about Bloxham School’s proposal for works to the astro-turf;
  • The Slade would be registered as a Local Nature Reserve;
  • Councillors Nick Rayner and Steve Craggs would continue to liaise with Amey with regard to the infrastructure  for new Christmas lights; and
  • the Parish Council would make comments in due course, on the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) consultation document with regard to GP services.

Reminder: 

Please could residents pay special attention to cutting back hedges and trees to ensure safe walking at night.  It is important to keep footpaths and walkways clear of encroaching growth and ensuring street lights are effective.

Please could residents not throw rubbish into the gardens of other people’s properties or into the hedgerows, and either take their litter home or use the litter bins provided in the village.

To dog owners, please ensure that all dog faeces are cleared up and either taken home (and placed in household waste green bins) or placed in the dog bins provided.  Take extra care on grassed areas where children play. If the dog bins are full please do not leave the bags on the ground or hang them on the trees and hedges.

Meeting Dates: Parish Council meetings are held on the first Monday of the month (except when there is a bank holiday and it is the following Monday), at the Parish Rooms at 7.30pm.  If you wish to attend, please check these details with the Clerk, prior to the meeting, in case there have been any changes.  Information is also available on the Parish Council web site.
Drop-in and Chat:  Usually the second Saturday of the month, 10.30am to 11.30am at the Ex-Serviceman’s Hall.
Minutes & Reports:  The minutes and reports relating to the Parish Council meetings and the meetings of the Committees, are available at www.bloxhamparishcouncil.co.uk
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