Council

Parish Council Report – Jan 2018

Bloxham Parish Council Report for January 2018

During January 2018, 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 9 January 2018 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.

The next meeting of the Planning and Strategy Committee was being held on Monday 12 February 2018 at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Parish Rooms, Bloxham.

The next meeting of the Environment Committee was being held on Thursday 15 February 2018 at 7.30pm at Bloxham School.

The next meeting of the Resources Committee was being held on Wednesday 21 February 2018 at 1.00pm at Bloxham Mill.

The next meeting of the Staffing Committee was being held on Thursday 1 March 2018 at 7.30pm.

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

Environment/Highways

  • a meeting with Thames Water about and reinstatement works on Tadmarton Road and Courtington Lane and these had been completed;
  • gritting areas had been confirmed between the Parish Council and Bloxham School;
  • several requests had been made to the County Council for the grit bins to be refilled and for additional grit to be delivered to Bloxham School, who kindly stored it on behalf of the Parish Council;
  • facilitating discussions between Miller Homes and the Warden at The Slade with regard to boundary matters;
  • another work party had been well supported at The Slade and had taken place on the 4 February 2018;
  • establishing  where ‘no parking’ signs would be required;
  • requesting that gullies are cleared on the A361, by the County Council;
  • reporting to the County Council, potholes and damaged signage in the village.  Residents could also report highways issues at https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/;
  • contact with the County Council regarding the contract for street lighting, to enable the installation of the Christmas lights to the appropriate lamp posts to be pursued;
  • liaison with the County Council with regard to street lighting issues;  and
  • reporting to the County Council, hedges and trees which needed cutting back because they were overhanging boundary lines.  Residents could also report these issues at https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/

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;
  • engaging with the Parish Council’s Solicitors, Aplins, regarding the registration of land in the Parish;
  • advising Cherwell District Council on the precept figure for 2018/2019;
  • obtaining information on the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).  The Clerk, Chairman and Vice-Chairman would be attending a course on this issue; and
  • the first stage of the internal audit for 2017/2018 had been completed and submitted to the Internal Auditor.

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.  Portfolio Holder for Planning, Councillor Colin Clarke, was now progressing this matter with Cherwell District Council Officers;
  • submission of an objection to planning application 17/02502/OUT for outline planning permission for up to 150 dwellings on Tadmarton Road;
  • a list for the allocation of Section 106 funds and CIL contributions for future development in the village would be finalised and submitted to Cherwell District Council;
  • discussion with Cherwell District Council’s Environmental Department lead officer regarding the next stage of further monitoring of Air Quality in the village, following the release of the Air Quality Annual Status report 2017 (copy on Bloxham Parish Council’s website);
  • air pollution concerns were also registered with Cherwell District Councils Overview and Scrutiny Committee;
  • confirmation was being sought from Miller Homes regarding the route for the drainage from the development into Thames Water’s system; and
  • working with the County Council and the Primary school to install ‘birds mouth fencing’ on Tadmarton Road.

Communication:

  • web site and Facebook updates with Parish Council news; and
  • attendance at the ‘Drop-in and Chat’ on 13 January 2018.  The next session was on Saturday 10 February 2018; the second Saturday of the month.

At the Parish Council meeting on 5 February 2018, the following items were discussed:

  • Bloxham School’s proposal for floodlighting for the astro-turf hockey pitch.  Charlie Little gave a presentation.  Prior to the submission of a planning application, Mr Little would be taking into account any concerns which were raised by the Parish Council and residents who lived close-by.  Residents had been invited to meet with representatives from the School on Tuesday 13 February 2018;
  • the Annual Parish Meeting was being held on Thursday 19 April 2018 at 7.30pm at Warriner School.  All residents were invited to attend;
  • works to Old Bridge Road would be completed by Friday 9 February 2018;
  • the Parish Council would contact the Royal British Legion about the commemorations to mark the end of World War One;
  • Cherwell District Council had given the Parish Council the authority to make an application to Natural England for The Slade to become a Local Nature Reserve, this would now be progressed;
  • the proposal for a new ‘Free School’ in Bloxham Grove Road was discussed and a representative from the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) would be attending the next Parish Council meeting on 5 March 2018 to discuss this further;
  • it was reported that a Library Access Point could not be accommodated in the Baptist Church as they did not have the space.  Other locations would now be investigated;
  • a Tree Management Plan would be commissioned to review the condition of all trees which were located on Parish Council owned land;
  • the Bloxham Neighbourhood Development Plan (BNDP) web site would be retained as it was a useful source of information for residents;
  • the specification for the Jubilee Hall project had been completed and tenders would now be invited;
  • the project at the Ex-Serviceman’s Hall was progressing and a planning application had now been submitted to Cherwell District Council; and
  • Bloxham Fun Day was being held on Saturday 9 June 2018.  The organisation was going well and there would be lots of activities and stalls available on the day, as well as ‘The Meanies’ (formerly The Blue Meanies) who would be performing.

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.

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/

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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