Council

Parish Council Report – June 2018

During June 2018, there had been one meeting of the Parish Council, the Planning & Strategy Committee and the Environment Committee.  All Councillors serve on at least one Committee, but some Councillors serve on two Committees.

The Planning & Strategy Committee met on Tuesday 12 June 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.

Bloxham Parish Council has delegated the authority to the Planning & Strategy Committee to submit comments to CDC on its behalf. Councillors consider representations made to the Committee either in writing or during the public forum. The Committee then deliberates how the application fits with relevant Planning Policies, this is open to residents to listen but not to participate.

The Parish Council submitted an objection to the following:-

The amended application for 136 houses in Quarry Close (next to the Tadmarton Road, Miller Homes site).
The retrospective application submitted by the Esso garage.

The next meeting of the Planning & Strategy Committee was being held on Tuesday 10 July 2018 at 7.30pm at Bloxham Primary School.  The next meeting of the Resources Committee was being held on Thursday 5 July 2018.

The Environment Committee met on Thursday 7 June 2018 and Councillors Nick Rayner and Steve Craggs were appointed as Chairman and Vice-Chairman for 2018/2019, respectively.

  • It was agreed that the official opening of The Slade would be held on Sunday 15 July 2018 at 2pm.
  • The Committee asked that residents respected the signage, land and stiles on the Circular Walk following some unfortunate instances of vandalism.
  • Design ideas for the amenity area in Walsingham Close would be obtained.
  • Bovis would be contacted and asked to install a new grit bin on Golby Road.
  • A request for an additional grit bin at the bottom of the steps in Winters Way was not supported due to the difficulty of refilling a bin at this location.
  • Carol MacKay, Emergency Planning Officer at the County Council would be invited to make a presentation to the Parish Council meeting on 3 September 2018.
  • A bench survey would be progressed. 

During June 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;
  • seeking a replacement of the incorrect name on a  street sign on the Woodland development Tadmarton Road
  • the new Barford Road footpath would start to be laid on 13 August 2018 and the work would take approximately 3 weeks;
  • liaising with the County Council with regard to issues with problem trees in the village; and
  • ordering a new dog waste bin to replace the damaged bin on Courtington Lane.

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.
  • 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 progress this matter.

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

  • enforcement action was being taken with regard to unauthorised commercial signage on Barford Road; and
  • dealing with complaints relating to the 24-hour licence for food and alcohol at the Esso Garage in Bloxham and liaising with Cherwell District Council.

Communication:

  • web site and Facebook updates with Parish Council news;
  • liaising with the Royal British Legion with regard to their purchase and siting of a ‘Silent Solder’ to commemorate 100 years of the end of World War 1;
  • attendance at Cherwell District Council’s Parish Liaison Meeting on 20 June 2018; and
  • attendance at the ‘Drop-in and Chat’ on 9 June 2018.  The next sessions are on Saturday 14 July 2018 and Saturday 11 August 2018 at the Ex-Servicemen’s Hall, Bloxham.  Sessions were held on the second Saturday of the month.

At the Parish Council meeting on 2 July 2018, the following items were discussed:

  • phase 2 of the play equipment project at the Recreation Ground and Jubilee Park would now progress;
  • Bloxham Fun Day was a huge success and the Parish Council was thanked for its financial support.  The Parish Council thanked the Committee for all their hard work;
  • the Christmas lights project was progressing;
  • the format of the Annual Parish Meeting was discussed and consideration would be given to a speaker for the meeting next year;
  • information on the Community Infrastructure Fund would be provided to local voluntary organisations and a meeting would be arranged between volunteers and Cherwell District Council officers;
  • local organisations would also be encouraged to apply for Locality Funding from the County Council;
  • comments were made on the Construction Traffic Management Plan for the Warriner School;
  • the Parish Council would be contacting Cherwell District Council highlighting its concerns about the lack of co-ordination between the Planning and Licensing Departments.  This lack of co-ordination had a real impact on the issues which were occurring at the Esso garage on the A361;
  • issues raised at the Drop-In and Chat would be actioned;
  • the transfer of land in Gascoigne Way to the Parish Council, would continue to be progressed; and
  • a request for a street light in Brickle Lane was considered by the Parish Council however, unfortunately it did not have the funds to cover the costs of a new light and a commuted sum for future maintenance nor did the County Council.

 

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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