Council

Parish Council Report – Feb 2017

Bloxham Parish Council  Report for February 2017

During February 2017, there was one meeting of the Parish Council, one meeting of the Planning and Strategy Committee and one meeting of the Environment Committee.  All Councillors serve on at least one Committee, but some Councillors serve on two Committees.

The Planning and Strategy Committee met on 13 February 2017 and liaison continued throughout the month with the District Council and developers with regard to the various developments affecting the village.  At the Planning Committee meeting a number of planning applications were discussed. The following meeting was on 14 March 2017.

A meeting of the Environment Committee was held on 8 February 2017 and the following recommendations to the Parish Council were approved on 6 March 2017:

  • information on The Slade be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting;
  • the footpath at The Goggs be checked and the land owners then be asked to cut back the trees and vegetation overhanging the footpath;
  • with regard to the winter volunteers, the telephone tree was updated and Bloxham School would be contacted to ensure that there was no duplication of the areas to be gritted;
  • the application for grant funding was submitted to the War Memorials Trust for works to cover the cost of the cleaning/repairs to Bloxham War Memorial;
  • Homelands would be asked to submit quotes to repair the bench and remove the Elder Tree on Tadmarton Road and also to provide a schedule, detailing suggested dates when each bench in the village would be requiring maintenance works, so that 3 or 4 benches are attended to each year;
  • the County Council would be asked for more information on the grips and grills in the village and whether the Parish Council could take over the responsibility for these; and
  • a new grit bin would be installed in Aldous Drive.

During February 2017, Councillors continued their work on other projects around the village, which included:

  • a further meeting with Cherwell District Council with regard to releasing Section 106 funds for projects at Jubilee Hall, Ellen Hinde Hall, the Recreation Ground and the Ex-Serviceman’s Hall;
  • continued liaison with Miller Homes with regard to the planning conditions relating to the development on Tadmarton Road;
  • a meeting with Oxfordshire County Council about a possible Library Access Point at Bloxham Primary School;
  • liaising with local groups about their involvement with Cherwell District Council’s ‘Spring Clean’;
  • continuing work with regard to registering Parish Council land;
  • responding to consultation documents;
  • works to trees in the village;
  • resolving the issue with Cherwell District Council with regard to the release of Section 106 funding for new play equipment at Jubilee Park and the Recreation Ground. These projects can now  be progressed;
  • a public meeting had been arranged, in liaison with Milcombe Parish Council, for 23 March 2017 to discuss the downgrading of services at the Horton General Hospital;
  • liaising with the County Council with regard to issues with drainage and street lighting;
  • responding to queries from members of the public;
  • the ‘One Oxfordshire’ discussion document had been circulated by Oxfordshire County Council and the Parish Council’s response had been submitted. However the County Council had now introduced the ‘Better Oxfordshire’ discussion document for comment; and
  • liaising with the Environment Agency regarding the clearance of debris in Bloxham Brook.

At the Parish Council meeting on 6 March 2017, the following items were discussed:

  • the Residential Design Guide produced by Cherwell District Council was available for consultation and the Planning Committee would be producing a response;
  • the works to the bridge and highway in Old Bridge Road would be starting and the double yellow lines which had been a temporary measure, would be removed as part of the works;
  • the proposed footpath on Barford Road would be progressed;
  • the former developers in Gascoigne Way, “Kibswell”, still owned land in that area which the Parish Council had been maintaining.  It was agreed that the Parish Council would pursue Kibswell and ask that the land be transferred to the Parish Council’s ownership;
  • the Annual Parish Meeting would be held on Thursday 27 April 2017 at 730pm at Jubilee Hall and all residents were invited to attend;
  • the project leaders from the Ellen Hinde Hall, the Ex-Serviceman’s Hall, Jubilee Park and the Recreation Ground be invited to the Annual Parish Meeting on 27 April 2017 to display information about their projects;
  • there was one applicant for the position of Administration Assistant and the Chairman and Vice-Chairman would be arranging an interview;
  • three residents addressed the Parish Council with regard to; planning matters, the proposed Barford Road footpath and a public bridleway; and
  • the Parish Council would be responding to the Government’s consultation on the changes to the business rates.

Flooding
Bloxham Parish Council has been researching products which could be a simple and useful addition or alternative to sandbags in the event of a flood. The Gravitis Hydrosnake expanding water barrier could well be worth residents considering as an option.
These barriers expand to 145cm wide and 25cm tall when full and for a pack of two, the costs vary from £21.99 to £32.00, depending on the supplier.  Once they are wet, they last for three months and the material inside is identified by the supplier as biodegradable.
They are available from Amazon, where they appeared to be the cheapest at the time of the research, but other local suppliers are available.
The Parish Council hopes this information is helpful, but please note this is not a recommendation or any form of warranty.  Residents should rely on their own assessments if interested.
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 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:  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

Water

Power Cut Call the free number 105 to check what’s happening with your local provider
Electricity: Western Power Distribution – 0800 096 3080
 (SSE 0800 294 3259 or text phone 0800 316 5457, UK Power Networks – 0800 169 9970)
No water Find out what’s happening by calling Thames Water on 0800 980 8800
Thames Water 0800 009 3652 or text phone 0800 316 6899
(Anglian Water 03457 91 91 55)

Contact the Clerk to the Parish Council – Theresa Goss, on 01295 710965, during normal office hours or email bloxhamparishcouncil@gmail.com

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