Parish Council Report – July 2017

Bloxham Parish Council Report for July 2017

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

The Staffing Committee met on 6 July 2017 and recommended to the Parish Council that it approved a Vexatious Complaints Policy and a Dispute Resolution Policy.  These were then approved at the Parish Council meeting on 7 August 2017.

The Planning and Strategy Committee met on 26 July 2017.  A number of planning applications were discussed and comments regarding these were sent to Cherwell District Council. Liaison continued throughout the month with the District Council and developers with regard to the various developments affecting the village.

The next meeting was being held on 12 September 2017 at Bloxham Primary School.  The Planning and Strategy Committee usually met on the second Tuesday of the month at Bloxham Primary School.

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

  • continued dialogue 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 and also the play equipment project funded from the Bovis Development;
  • engaging with the Parish Council’s Solicitors, Aplins, regarding the content of Legal Agreements concerned with the release of S106 funds for the above projects;
  • continued contact with Cherwell District Council with regard to the proposal to transfer to the Parish Council, amenity land on Barford Road;
  • reviewing the condition of the benches in the village and compiling a maintenance programme ;
  • meetings with contractors to discuss various options for Christmas lights in the village;
  • liaising with the County Council with regard to the road closures in the village;
  • reporting damaged street signs to Cherwell District Council; and
  • liaison with Miller Homes and the County Council with regard to the drainage system including road side drainage and the final development site drainage at the Miller Homes site on Tadmarton Road.

At the Parish Council meeting on 7 August 2017, the following items were discussed:

  • the County Council and land owners would be asked to clear ditches on Milton Road and Tadmarton Road;
  • Miller Homes to be contacted to ensure that the grills were in place over the ditches to prevent access by animals or children;
  • a request for a bench at the bus stop outside of the Ex-Serviceman’s Hall was considered. However Councillors could not support this request because they felt that the footpath was not wide enough to accommodate a bench because there would not be room for pushchairs and wheelchairs to get past comfortably;
  • there was a pot hole on the High Street, opposite the shops. This had been reported to the County Council but officers had advised that it would not yet be repaired, as the hole was not big enough;
  • the Parish Council would be taking part in a trial with Cherwell District Council, for a PCSO to monitor Bloxham for vehicles which were not legally parked. The PCSO would be in the village at least one day a week and fixed penalty notices would be issued accordingly;
  • no parking signs would also be erected at appropriate sites around the village;
  • the County Council would be requested to produce a feasibility study for the extended footpath along Barford Road, between Gascoigne Way and Maules Close to have inset lighting;
  • the County Council would also be asked to prepare a feasibility study to improve the street lighting on the Barford Road from the Mini Roundabout to Gascoigne Way;
  • the Clerk would contact the County Council again to request a replacement sign for the bridleway (Water Lane ) at the top of Rose Bank;
  • there had been some vandalism at the Recreation Ground and children had been seen on the roof of the pavilion and the door to the storage area had been broken. If residents notice any anti-social behaviour, they are encouraged to report this to the Police by ringing 101;
  • a proposal would be considered at the next meeting of the Environment Committee, regarding the improvement to the Christmas Light provision for the village;
  • a decision on whether or not to move forward with the project to address the drainage issues at Bloxham Recreation Ground would be made at the next Parish Council meeting;
  • a decision on the additional funding for the Ellen Hall project would be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting and representatives from Ellen Hinde Hall would be invited to attend the meeting;
  • Cherwell District Council would be asked for the costs for their Dog Warden to regularly patrol the Recreation Ground and Jubilee Park because there was an on-going issue with dog waste not being picked up by dog owners;
  • residents are reminded of their responsibilities with regard to trees on their properties which abut Parish Council owned land, particularly those in Greenhills Park, Painters Close and Winters Way. For trees adjacent to  the brook in this area the Parish Council’s responsibility  ends in the middle of the brook and any issues with trees rooted past that point, are the responsibility of the home owners,
  • additional funds for the play equipment project at Jubilee Park was approved; and
  • Bloxham Apple Day was being held on 8 October 2017.


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.  However, if any cutting back is undertaken, please check for nesting birds and if possible, complete this work in September, after the nesting season. Please also ensure that all cuttings are removed and disposed of properly. Recently cuttings were dumped on the grassed island opposite the garage on the A361, this was cleared by the Parish Council and the cost was met from the Precept.

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 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

Water: Thames Water 0800 009 3652 or text phone 0800 316 6899, Anglian Water 03457 91 91 55

Power failure: If there’s a power cut call the free number 105 to check what’s happening with your local provider

No water: Find out what’s happening by calling Thames Water on 0800 980 8800


 Due to a recent resignation, there are now two vacancies on Bloxham Parish Council.

Being a Parish Councillor in Bloxham gives you a real opportunity to make a difference to the community and it gives you a chance to help make Bloxham an even better place to live.

To find out more about joining Bloxham Parish Council please call Theresa Goss on 01295 710965 or email    Or, to apply to be co-opted to the vacancies, just write a brief summary about you and your skills and why you would like to be a Parish Councillor and send it to Theresa at 3 Tanners Close, Middleton Cheney, Banbury, OX17 2GD or email to


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