Council

Parish Council Report – Apr/May 2018

Bloxham Parish Council
Report for April/May 2018

During April 2018, there had been one meeting of the Parish Council and one meeting of the Planning & Strategy Committee.  The Parish Council had also met on 14 May 2018.  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, along with the new memberships of the Committees for 2018/2019.

At the Annual Parish Council Meeting on 14 May 2018, Councillor Jenny Yates was appointed as Chairman for 2018/2019 and Councillor Sue Slater was appointed as Vice-Chairman for 2018/2019.

The Planning & Strategy Committee met on Thursday 23 April 2018 and residents are reminded that Cherwell District Council (CDC) is the planning authority and it determines whether planning applications are approved or refused, not the Parish Council.  The Parish Council makes comments on a planning application, once Councillors have given consideration to the policies in the Bloxham Neighbourhood Development Plan, the Local Plan and national planning policy.

The next meeting of the Planning & Strategy Committee is being held on Thursday 24 May April 2018 at 7.30pm at Bloxham Primary School.

The Environment Committee was scheduled to meet on Thursday 7 June 2018 and the Resources Committee was scheduled to meet on Thursday 5 July 2018.

Councillor Andrew McHugh had been re-elected as one of three District Councillors covering Adderbury, Bloxham and Bodicote Ward.

During April & May 2018, Councillors and the Clerk continued their work on projects around the village, which included:

Environment/Highways

  • reporting numerous potholes to the County Council.  These can also be reported by residents at https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/, along with other highways issues.  When reporting on this site photographs are useful;
  • liaison with Cherwell District Council and residents about air quality monitoring in the village;
  • the birds mouth fencing on Tadmarton Road would be installed next to the school;
  • a meeting had been held on 14 May 2018 with PC Paul Smith about the parking patrols in the village.  There would be increased patrols by PCSO’s and particular attention would be paid to inconsiderate parking on the pavement;
  • a new bench on Courtington Lane had been delivered and engraved and would now be installed;
  • liaising with the County Council with regard to issues with trees on Barford Road and Tadmarton Road;
  • costs had been obtained by the County Council for the proposed footpath on Barford Road from Maules Close to the alley way leading to Gascoigne Way and work would start in the near future;
  • there had been a Work Party at the Slade, fixing mesh to the boardwalk, clearing foliage around the reserve’s entrance and the steps alongside the western boundary and erecting further fencing around the culvert; and
  • maintenance issues at the Jubilee Hall had been addressed including clearing the gutters.

Legal and Finance matters:

  • continued engagement with the Parish Council’s Solicitors, Aplins, regarding the content of Legal Agreements concerned with the release of Section 106 funds from Cherwell District Council.  Agreements relating to the new play equipment had now been signed by the Parish Council;
  • addressing the Parish Council’s obligations to meet the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR);  and
  • engaging with the Parish Council’s Solicitors, Aplins, regarding the registration of land in the Parish.  The Parish Council’s initial application for adverse possession of land in Queen Street has been refused by the Land Registry, but further information would now be supplied to try and make progress.  The transfer of land in Gascoigne Way to the Parish Council was also progressing.

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

  • continuing to report issues with unauthorised signage on Barford Road;
  • submitting an objection to the application for a 24 hour licence for food and alcohol for the Esso garage in Bloxham; and
  • the Parish Council had submitted comments on the consultation from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government regarding the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Communication:

  • web site and Facebook updates with Parish Council news;
  • Facebook messages with regard to a busker in the village.  The Clerk had contacted Thames Valley Police and although buskers could be moved on, officers could only intervene when they were causing a disturbance and busking was not an offence;
  • the Chairman visited the Scout Group to talk to the Scouts about the Parish Council and its work;
  • ideas from residents had been sent to the Skanska/Oxfordshire County Council with regard to volunteering events in the village;
  • numerous emails and letters relating to the planning application at Chequer Tree Farm in Ells Lane;
  • ensuring compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), Parish Councillors would be using new email addresses from 25 May 2018.

The format would be first name.surname@bloxhamparishcouncil.co.uk

  • four Councillors had accepted an invitation to meet with Peter Clark, Chief Executive at Oxfordshire County Council to discuss priorities and plans and answer any questions which Parish Councils had with regard to OCC services;
  • a very nice message had been received praising the volunteers for the good work that they do keeping the Church yard tidy and the grass cut.  This had been forwarded onto the Vicar, Dale Gingrich;
  • attendance at the ‘Drop-in and Chat’ on 14 April and 12 May 2018.  The next session is on Saturday 9 June 2018 at Bloxham Fun Day.  Sessions were held on the second Saturday of the month.

At the Parish Council meeting on 14 May 2018, the following items were discussed:

  • the passing away of former Parish Council Clerk, David Godfrey. A card had been sent to his family;
  • a meeting was due to be held on 21 May 2018 with CDC Officers about air pollution in the village. A resident also addressed the Parish Council about the important issue of public health protection and he had been undertaking a lot of work on this matter with regard to how the health of residents could potentially be affected due to the volume of traffic in the village;
  • the issue of potholes was again raised with County Councillor Kieron Mallon;
  • a resident’s request for wooden posts in Kings Road to prevent inconsiderate parking caused by vehicles blocking the residents’ driveway had been supported at the last meeting, but other residents had since raised concerns about the measures;
  • the application for a licence to sell alcohol for 24 hours a day had been granted to the Esso Garage on the A361 by Cherwell District Council and District Councillor Chris Heath was attending a meeting at CDC on 15 May 2018 to discuss the detrimental impact on surrounding residents;
  • a meeting with the Jubilee Hall project team would be held on 21 May 2018 to discuss the tenders which had been received for the extension to the Hall;
  • the Chairman of the Planning & Strategy Committee provided details on the planning issues associated with Chequer Tree Farm in Ells Lane and clarified the support and advice which Mr John Wyatt had received from the Parish Council when he had requested it;
  • phase two of the play equipment projects at Jubilee Park and the Recreation Ground were approved;
  • a meeting had been held on Tuesday 17 April 2018 with Planning Officers at Cherwell District Council to discuss the amenity land on Barford Road (relating to the development by Miller Homes on Milton Road).  Planning officers advised that the amenity land would be transferred to the Management Company not to the Parish Council.  This decision had been made by Miller Homes and it was not within the power of CDC to challenge this decision;
  • a number of policies, procedures and documents were approved by the Parish Council to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations.  These documents would be available on the PC web site.  It was also noted that Parish Councils did not have to appoint a Data Protection Officer;
  • Jubilee Park AGM is being held on Wednesday 23 May 2018 at 7.30pm at Jubilee Hall.  All residents are invited to attend; and
  • the following grants were paid:

 

St Mary’s Parish Rooms £500.00
Bloxham Pre-School £1948.00
First Bloxham Scouts £528.98
Church Clock Maintenance £150.00
Bloxham Flower Club £450.00
Ellen Hinde Hall £1000.00
Ex-Serviceman’s Hall £1000.00
Oxfordshire County Council – Cherry Tree Centre £5000.00
Bloxham Recreation Ground £2500.00
St Mary’s Thursday Club £1500.00
Bloxham Fun Day £2000.00

Reminder: 
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. There has been an increase in reports of faeces not being cleared, especially on the Recreation Ground and Jubilee Park.

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.

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
Roads (including potholes)/footpaths/street lighting/overhanging trees/hedges:  Report to Oxfordshire County Council https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/

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