Council

Parish Council Report – March 2018

Bloxham Parish Council
Report for March 2018

During March 2018, there has been one meeting of the Parish Council, Planning & Strategy Committee and Staffing 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 Wednesday 21 March 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 next meeting of the Planning and Strategy Committee is being held on Monday 23 April 2018 at 7.30pm at Bloxham Primary School.

The Staffing Committee met on Thursday 28 March 2018 at 1.30pm and discussed matters relating to the Clerk and Assistant Administration Assistant.

With regard to Parish Council elections; there are twelve seats on the Parish Council but there were only ten nominations.  Therefore all of those nominated are elected in an uncontested election and the new Councillors come into office on Monday 7 May 2018.  There are two vacancies on the Parish Council and any applications for co-option will be considered at the Parish Council meeting on Monday 14 May 2018.  Please contact Theresa Goss, Clerk to the Parish Council for more details about the vacancies.

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

Environment/Highways

  • reporting of numerous potholes to the County Council.  These can also be reported by residents at https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/;
  • liaison with Cherwell District Council and residents about air quality monitoring in the village;
  • arranging collections for the litter which had been collected by the litter pickers in the village.  The Parish Council thanks all the volunteers who carry out this task;
  • declaring The Slade as a Local Nature Reserve in consultation with Natural England and there was also a mini work party to lay chicken wire on the boardwalk.  The Parish Council thanks all the volunteers who carry out work at The Slade;
  • working with Cherwell District Council to clear the debris from the ditches on the Milton Road;
  • monitoring the ditches on the Tadmarton Road and reporting concerns to both Miller Homes, OCC and the Primary School;
  • making contact with the County Council with regard to temporary traffic lights and the issues that they cause in the village when they are not working correctly;
  • arranging the removal of estate agents boards from the village, where estate agents have been asked to relocate their boards within the property which is for sale/sold but have refused to do so;
  • contacting residents in Walsingham Close about their ideas for developing the amenity area; and
  • working with the contractor on the Parish Council’s Tree Survey and Management Plan, which has now been completed.

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;
  • addressing the Parish Council’s obligations to meet the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR);
  • 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 the Parish Council will now carry out further work on this matter; and
  • tenders for the works at Jubilee Hall project have been invited.

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

  • continuing to report issues with unauthorised signage on Barford Road;
  • submission of the list of community benefits to Cherwell District Council, to be considered when the Planning Committee is minded to approve an application;
  • submitting an objection to the application for a 24 hour licence for food and alcohol for the Esso garage in Bloxham; and
  • fencing issues at the site of the former Yeoman’s Garage.

Communication:

  • web site and Facebook updates with Parish Council news;
  • contacting and meeting local businesses to obtain quotes for a new Parish Council web site;
  • the Chairman arranged to visit the Scout Group to talk to the Scouts about the Parish Council and its work; and
  • attendance at the ‘Drop-in and Chat’ on 10 March 2018.  The next session is on Saturday 14 April 2018; the second Saturday of the month.

At the Parish Council meeting on 9 April 2018, the following items were discussed:

  • supporting a resident’s request for wooden posts in Kings Road to prevent inconsiderate parking caused by vehicles blocking the residents’ driveway;
  • the issue of potholes in the village, especially on the A361 and Barford Road, would be escalated to Bev Hindle, Director at Oxfordshire County Council;
  • New Homes Bonus funding of £5,276 would be split between new fitness/recreation equipment and works to the Walsingham Close amenity area;
  • the application for a licence to sell alcohol for 24 hours a day had been granted to the ESSO Garage on the A361 by Cherwell District Council.  The Parish Council had made representations objecting to this application and so too had a number of residents.  District Councillor Christine Heath would be pursuing this matter, especially in relation to the floodlighting, which already caused light pollution to surrounding residents.  There were also issues relating to the number of signs and their positioning on the site;
  • a request would be made to Cherwell District Council for two additional air quality monitoring tubes to be placed on street lamps adjacent to the mini roundabout at the Barford Road/A361 junction.  The monitoring would be undertaken over a 12 month period;
  • Councillors would continue to not receive any allowances for their work on the Parish Council, except for travel, subsistence and stationery.  The Parish Council would also be writing to Cherwell District Council in support of a Carers Allowance for Parish Councillors, as this was not permitted in the current Parish Council allowances scheme;
  • the projects using Section 106 funds at the Ex-Serviceman’s Hall and Jubilee Hall were making good progress;
  • a meeting would be held on Tuesday 17 April 2018 with Planning Officers at Cherwell District Council to discuss the amenity land on Barford Road and it is anticipated that the land could be transferred to the Parish Council to be used by the village;
  • a reminder was given of a meeting of stall holders on the 29th April 2018 for Bloxham Fun Day which was being held on Saturday 9 June 2018;
  • Jubilee Park AGM is being held on Wednesday 23 May 2018 at 7.30pm at Jubilee Hall.  All residents are invited to attend; and
  • a reminder was given of the Bloxham Annual Parish Meeting being held on Thursday 19 April 2018 at 730pm at Warriner School.  All residents are invited to attend.

 

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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