Council

Parish Council Report – June 2017

During June 2017, there was one meeting of the Parish Council 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 Planning and Strategy Committee met on 13 June 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 following meetings were being held on 26 July 2017 and 12 September 2017.  The Committee usually met on the second Tuesday of the month at Bloxham Primary School, however due to the holiday period, the July meeting had been pushed back and there would be no meeting in August 2017.

During June 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;
  • 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;
  • a planning application had been submitted for the extension to Jubilee Hall, the project being funded by Section 106 funds;
  • continued contact with Cherwell District Council with regard to the proposal to transfer to the Parish Council, amenity land on Barford Road;
  • assistance with the financing of the preparation works at the Ex-Serviceman’s Hal, which were being carried out prior to the commencement of their main project;
  • attendance at Cherwell District Council’s Parish Liaison Meeting, where the main item under discussion was Oxford’s Unmet Housing Need. It appeared at the moment, that this would not impact on Bloxham;
  • a meeting with the County Council to discuss the options available for the proposed footpath on Barford Road;
  • advice from Cherwell District Council with regard to Christmas lighting for the village;
  • liaison with Cherwell District Council and Thames Valley Police with regard to the Parish Council investigating the possibility of employing a PCSO to monitor parking in the village and issuing fines for parking offences;
  • arranging for vegetation growing over the footpath on the A361 to be cut back;
  • liaison with Miller Homes with regard to the clearance of the ditch next to their site on Tadmarton Road; and
  • arranging the removal of branches which had been left on the grassed island opposite the garage at the junction of Cumberford and the A361.

At the Parish Council meeting on 3 July 2017, the following items were discussed:

  • the Parish Councils’ thanks and best wishes were passed to Andy Taplin who had stepped down as a Councillor due to his work commitments and he was thanked for all his work, especially with regard to the Parish Council’s budget and finances;
  • two residents attended to give their support for the proposal for a skate park and their details would be forwarded to Greg Harrison by the Clerk, so that they could liaise and possibly work together on the project. This would be discussed again at the September meeting when everybody was back from their holidays and additional information had been obtained;
  • a resident asked about the progress with the works in Old Bridge Road and was advised that a planning application had been approved by Cherwell District Council and the work was out for tender;
  • a resident attended and reported on the success of Bloxham Fun day held on 10 June 2017. However it had been unfortunate that over the two evenings which the portable toilets had been in place at Jubilee Park, they had been vandalised.  This was very disappointing, but overall it had been a fantastic event which would be held again on 9 June 2018.
  • a valuation of land in Queen Street would be obtained so that the Parish Council could make its application for adverse possession;
  • Mike Hawtin was appointed to the Staffing Committee;
  • the orders for the new play equipment at Bloxham Recreation Ground and Jubilee Park had now been placed and dates for the work to start are expected soon;
  • the bank account signatories were confirmed;
  • the proposed footpath on Barford Road would be discussed at the next meeting of the Planning Committee; and
  • the review of the A361 by the CDC Overview and Scrutiny Committee would be focussing on the hotspots along the route, including the area around the shops on the High Street. The County Council was also conducting a review of the A361.

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.  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.

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 www.bloxhamparishcouncil.co.uk

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

VACANCIES FOR PARISH COUNCILLORS

 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 bloxhamparishcouncilgmail.com    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 bloxhamparishcouncilgmail.com

 

 

 

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