Parish Council Notes – Nov 2017

Bloxham Parish Council Report for November 2017

During November 2017, there had been one meeting of the Parish Council, as well as meetings of the Planning & Strategy Committee, Environment Committee and Resources 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 Thursday 9 November 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; the publication of the draft CDC Design Guide and Developer Contributions; an update on collaboration with CDC on the PCSO On-Street Parking Enforcement project; and updates on the proposal for a footpath on Barford Road, the developments in the village and the proposed Bird’s mouth fencing adjacent to Miller Homes and the Primary School. The next meeting of the Planning and Strategy Committee was being held on Tuesday 12 December 2017 at Bloxham Primary School.

During November 2017, Councillors and the Clerk continued their work on projects around the village, which included: Environment:

  • liaison with Field and Lawn (Christmas lights provider), Amey and Western Power with regard to the new Christmas lights, which would now be in place for Christmas 2018;
  • purchasing lights for the village Christmas tree and arrangements for the erection of the tree;
  • replacing a damaged dog bin behind Painters Close;
  • ordering a replacement dog waste bin for the Recreation Ground;
  • meeting with a contractor to discuss maintenance works at the amenity land in Walsingham Close;
  • dealing with issues relating to the Parish trees and hedges and their maintenance;
  • meeting with the winter volunteers who had kindly agreed, once again, to assist the Parish Council with gritting of the footpaths should there be adverse weather this winter;
  • arranging playground inspection training for 20 January 2018;
  • obtaining a quote for a replacement bench for Courtington Lane;
  • taking part in St Mary’s Church Christmas T ree Festival; and
  • volunteers carried out work parties at The Slade Nature Reserve.

Legal and Finance matters:

  • engaging with 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;
  • continued liaison with the Parish Council’s insurance company with regard to a damaged bench which used to be located on Courtington Lane; and
  • engaging with the Parish Council’s Solicitors, Aplins, regarding the registration of land in the Parish;

Contact the Clerk to the Parish Council – Theresa Goss, on 01295 710965, during normal office hours or email


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;
  • liaison with Cherwell District Council on the Enforcement Case – 16/00342/BCON Former The Bungalow Queen Street Bloxham;
  • liaison with Miller Homes about the use of the car park on the Tadmarton Road development and when it would be available for use and whether Miller Homes would provide two planters for Tadmarton Road; and
  • alerting Cherwell District Council to the approach by Planning Prospects to build a further 150 houses off the Tadmarton Road.


  • continued contact with Thames Water with regard to reinstatement works on Courtington Lane and Tadmarton Road;
  • 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; and
  • liaison with the County Council with regard to street lighting issues.


  • web site and Facebook updates with Parish Council news;
  • arranged to meet with the Bursar at Bloxham School;
  • debrief meeting with the Royal British Legion with regard to the Remembrance Day parade;
  • attendance at the Rural Community Forum organised by Thames Valley Police; and
  • attendance at the ‘Drop-in and Chat’ on 11 November 2017.

At the Parish Council meeting on 4 December 2017, the following items were discussed:

  • the future funding arrangements following a presentation from the Trustees at Ellen Hinde Hall and the Secretary of the Ex-Serviceman’s Hall on their respective projects using Section 106 funds;
  • there were still some snagging items which needed to be addressed by Wicksteed on the new play equipment at Jubilee Park;
  • the following grants for 2018/2019 were approved;
Bloxham Fun Day £2,000.00
Charitable Donations CAB etc £500.00
Royal British Legion £400.00
Church Floodlighting £200.00
Neighbourhood Plan £3,000.00
Ex-Servicemen’s Hall £1,000.00
St Mary’s Parish Rooms £500.00
 St Marys church yard tree-work,up-keep and grass cutting £1,000.00
Ellen Hinde Hall Donation £1,000.00
Bloxham Pre School £1,948.00
First Bloxham Scout Group £528.98
Alan Griffin (Church Clock) £150.00
Flower Club £400.00
Total £12,626.98


  • the budget for 2018/2019 was approved and the precept for 2018/2019 was agreed at £89,962.26;
  • 90% of the Section 106 funds for the play equipment project and phase 1 of the Ellen Hinde Hall project had been released by Cherwell District Council to the Parish Council and the remainder would be released once the legal agreements had been signed;
  • a meeting had been arranged with Cherwell District Council with regard to the amenity land from the Miller Homes development on Barford Road; and
  • the Annual Parish Meeting was being held on Thursday 19 April 2018 at 7.30pm at Warriner School. All residents were invited to attend.


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.

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

Electricity: SSE 0800 294 3259 or text phone 0800 316 5457, UK Power Networks – 0800 169 9970, Western Power Distribution – 0800 096 3080

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Contact the Clerk to the Parish Council – Theresa Goss, on 01295 710965, during normal office hours or email


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Contact the Clerk to the Parish Council – Theresa Goss, on 01295 710965, during normal office hours or email

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