Council

Parish Council Report – October 2017

Bloxham Parish Council
Report for October 2017

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

The Planning and Strategy Committee met on Tuesday 10 October 2017 and a number of members of the public were in attendance.  The Chairman of the Committee, Sue Slater, reported that due to the nature of the discussions, it had been a difficult meeting and it appeared that the information some residents had received about Mr Wyatt’s planning application had been incorrect.  It should be noted that the application for the conversion of an office and mess room into a dwelling for staff had been withdrawn because Cherwell District Council Planning Department had indicated that it would be refused.

The Parish Council had also received a letter from a resident on this matter and Councillor Jenny Yates had arranged to meet with them.  During the meeting, it became clear that the information provided to the resident had also been incorrect.  Notably; the resident had been informed that the Parish Council had refused an application for a teashop together with a dwelling, but it was shown that there had never been an application submitted to Cherwell District Council for a teashop in Ells Lane.

It was also highlighted that the Parish Council’s Planning & Strategy Committee was a statutory consultee and Committee could only judge and make comments on any planning application in accordance with current planning policy.  Cherwell District Council was the planning authority and it determined whether planning applications were approved or refused, not the Parish Council.

The next meeting of the Planning and Strategy Committee was being held on Thursday 9 November 2017 at Bloxham Primary School.  Minutes of the meetings were available on the Parish Council web site.

The Staffing Committee met on Thursday 26 October 2017 and had discussed matters which affected the Clerk and Administration Assistant.

The next meeting of the Environment Committee was scheduled for Monday 13 November 2017 at 730pm and the next meeting of the Resources Committee was scheduled for Wednesday 22 November 2017 at 12.30pm.

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

Environment:

  • liaison with Field and Lawn (Christmas lights provider), Amey and Western Power with regard to the new Christmas lights;
  • installation of a replacement dog waste bin at The Goggs:
  • ordering the village Christmas tree;
  • liaison with the Dog Warden, who would be undertaking patrols at Jubilee Park and the Recreation Ground and fines would be issued to those walkers who did not clear up after their dogs;
  • liaison with the grass cutting contractor for a quote to undertake the rural grass cutting (in the areas from 30mph limit to the Parish boundary);
  • dealing with issues relating to the Parish trees and their maintenance; and
  •   volunteers carried out work parties at The Slade Nature Reserve, continuing the work on the culvert and boardwalks.

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 Recreation Ground and the Ex-Serviceman’s Hall;
  • liaising with the Parish Council’s insurance company with regard to a damaged bench which used to be located on Courtington Lane;
  • the new play equipment had been installed at the Recreation Ground and Jubilee Park and the Post Installation Inspections had been completed.  Phase two of the works would not start until Cherwell District Council had received further Section 106 funds from Miller Homes;
  • assisting the Royal British Legion with the arrangements for the Parade on Remembrance Sunday: and
  • drafting a Parish Council budget for 2018/2019.

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

  • continued contact with Cherwell District Council with regard to the proposal to transfer to the Parish Council, amenity land on Barford Road from Miller Homes.

Highways:

  • chasing up Thames Water with regard to reinstatement works on Courtington Lane;
  • liaison with the County Council with regard to the highway works which are required at the entrance to the Bovis site on Barford Road;
  • liaising with Cherwell District Council with regard to areas for monitoring as part of the on-street parking enforcement in Bloxham;
  • chasing highways issues which had been submitted to the County Council via ‘Fix My Street’ but had not been completed; and
  • meeting with the County Council and Bloxham Primary School to discuss highway matters on Tadmarton Road, including additional birds mouth fencing.

Communication:

  • assisting Community First Oxfordshire with relevant data on Bloxham;
  • web site and Facebook updates with Parish Council news;
  • assisting with replenishing the stock of leaflets for the Circular Walk;
  • advising Cherwell District Councillors on the proposal for a skatepark in Bloxham;
  • attendance at the Rural Community Forum organised by Thames Valley Police; and
  • attendance at the ‘Drop-in and Chat’ on 14 October 2017.

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

  • there was a presentation from Carmen Guard on the Section 106 project at Ellen Hinde Hall, however more details on the costings were required before it would be agreed to allocate more funding to the project;
  • there were still some snagging items which needed to be addressed by Wicksteed on the new play equipment at Jubilee Park and the Recreation Ground.   The Parish Council also agreed to use £360.00 of New Homes Bonus for additional costs which had arisen at the Recreation Ground;
  • the Ex-Serviceman’s Hall were reviewing their project to include additional storage and had provided outline costs;
  • Greg Harrison reported on the funding options for a proposed skatepark in Bloxham.  District Councillor George Reynolds was in attendance at the meeting and suggested that Greg could possibly get involved with the project to update and re-vamp the existing skatepark in Spice Ball Park, which Cherwell District Council would be undertaking.  Greg was happy to do this and the proposal for a skatepark in Bloxham was put on hold whilst Greg liaised with Cherwell District Council;
  • the County Council had been contacted again about the works to the highway at the entrance to the Bovis development and also the damage their lorries had made to the verges opposite the site;
  • Thames Water would be contacted again about the reinstatement works on Courtington Lane;
  • Ben Acreman was appointed to complete tree works in Painter Close to two maple trees and one crack willow;
  • District Councillor Christine Heath would facilitate a meeting between the Parish Council, Bob Duxbury and Miller Homes with regard to the amenity land on Barford Road;
  • John Hicks and Associates was appointed to complete playground inspection training;
  • an insurance claim would be made to replace the bench which had been located on Courtington Lane;
  • ‘No Parking’ signs would be erected in the appropriate grass verges around the village;
  • Bloxham Annual Parish Meeting would be held on Thursday 19 April 2018 at 7.30pm at Warriner School.  All residents were invited to attend that meeting to hear what the Parish Council had been doing for the previous 12 months;
  • Apple Day had been a great success and the Parish Council thanked the Fun Day Committee for all it’s work;
  • the village Christmas lights for 2017 might not go ahead because Amey, the County Council’s contractor who had to complete the infrastructure work, could not currently commit to a date when the works would take place.  If the lights were not in place for this year, then there would still be a Christmas tree on The Green;
  • the Parish Council supported the suggestion for additional birds mouth fencing on Tadmarton Road, opposite the Primary School, going in the direction of Lower Tadmarton; and
  • Mr David Gibbard would be arranging a ‘Soap Box Derby’ in 2018 and he hoped it would be held in Old Bridge Road.  More details to follow.

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
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One Comment

  1. Christine Chittenden says:

    Please could I receive a copy of the Bloxham Broadsheet each month? I live at the Annex, Humber House, Humber Street? My letter box is on the all just inside the black metal gates. I have lived there a year and keep missing village events.
    Many thanks Christine Chittenden

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