Wheatley Parish Council

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL HELD ON MONDAY 18th JUNE 2012 IN THE PARISH OFFICE AT 7.30PM

PRESENT: Councillors: J Reilly (in the Chair), R Bell, S Coleridge, J Anderson, E Bailey, E Stacey & R Old

OFFICER THE CLERK: Gareth Morris

MEMBERS HAD BEEN REMINDED BY MEANS OF THE AGENDA THAT IF THEY   HAD AN INTEREST TO DECLARE IN ANY AGENDA ITEM, THEY SHOULD DO SO IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING IN THE BOOK PROVIDED FOR THIS PURPOSE

  1. 1. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN

Cllr Reilly – proposed by Cllr Bell and seconded by Cllr Coleridge

As there were no further nominations Cllr Reilly was declared Chairman of the Committee

  1. 2. ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRMAN

Cllr Bell – proposed by Cllr Reilly and seconded by Cllr Coleridge

As there no further nominations Cllr Bell was declared ViceChairman of the Committee

3.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllr Birks

4.   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – None

5.  MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD 16th April 2012 which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record.

6. TO RECEIVE THE FINAL ACCOUNTS FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2011-2012 6.

The papers for the final accounts (Detailed Balance Sheet, Income and Expenditure Account, Budget Statement, Bank Reconciliation and Notes to the Accounts) had been distributed previously. As had Sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Return 2011-2012 and the papers titled ‘Review of Parish Council Funds’  and ‘Internal Control and Management of Risk’ (Review of Internal Audit).

The clerk went through the various papers explaining the figures and answering questions. The surplus of income over expenditure for the year was £31,000 and this put the balances at the end of the year up to £151,000. The Internal Auditor was not happy last year with the amount in the general fund so this year the earmarked reserves would be increased to £73,000. Additional ear marked reserves, for items agreed by the council were: Youth Centre, £8,000, tree care, £5,000, Holton Pavilion, £10,000 and Playground equipment, £5,000.

The clerk reported that the Internal Auditor had paid his annual visit that afternoon to carry out his internal audit of the Parish Council. He had been furnished with all the figures beforehand and he had signed off the accounts and completed his section of the Annual Return.

Cllr Bell proposed and Cllr Stacey seconded that the Accounts, the Annual Return, the Review of Internal Audit and the Review of Parish Council’s Funds be received and recommended for approval by the Parish Council.

This was Agreed unanimously

8.00pm – The Finance and general Purposes Committee was suspended whilst the Extra-Ordinary meeting of the Parish Council was held

9.20pm – The Finance and General Purposes Committee resumed

7. UPDATE ON ITEMS FROM THE MINUTES 16th April 2012

(i) Minute 8 – Bollards on north side of High St – Arriva representative can meet after 24th June – Noted

(ii) Minute 9 – Footway around the Roundhouse – no reply from Highways – Noted

8.  TO RECEIVE AN UPDATE ON PROGRESS ON THE PARISH COUNCIL’S BID TO THE OCC BIG SOCIETY FUND FOR YOUTH PROVISION IN THE VILLAGE

The Extra Ordinary Parish Council meeting held at 8.00pm had agreed to sign Big Society Funding Agreement with he County Council. It had further agreed to ask under paragraph 9.2 that it be given permission by the County Council to subcontract the project to Fusion Youth and Community UK

It also agreed to sign the Service Agreement and Schedules with Fusion

9.  TO RESPOND TO THE CONSULTATION ON THE APPOINTMENT OF BDO LLP AS THE PARISH COUNCIL’S EXTERNAL AUDITOR ROM 2012-2013

Agreed that the Parish Council has no objection to the appointment of BDO LLP as the Parish Council’s External Auditor. No further action necessary.

10. TO REVIEW THE GRASS CUTTING CONTRACT WITH BERINSFIELD COMMUNITY BUSINESS

Cllr Bell had requested this item to be placed on the Agenda as a result of complaints to him about the grass cutting, especially in Church Road recreation ground before mayday and the Jubilee celebrations.

The Clerk explained that the cutting of the verges had been taken over from the County Council in 2005/6 and there were approximately 70 stretches of grass to cut, some should be done twice a month and some once a month.

The recreation grounds used to be cut by another organisation up until about 3 years ago when that firm ceased operations. Berinsfield Community Business was then engaged to cut the recreation grounds as well as the verges.

It was agreed that the clerk set up a meeting with BCB to discuss the contract.

11.  CLERK UPDATE

i) Arrangements for cover of the clerk’s leave of absence. – noted

ii) To re-allocate the Grant to the Diamond Jubilee Committee as a Section 145 award not Section 137

Agreed

iii) Tree work within the village – the Clerk reported that the lime trees in Church Road Recreation Ground  would be pollarded on 3rd July

A small tree on the boundary of the Council’s allotments at Littleworth Road had fallen in to a neighbouring resident’s garden. The clerk had had the tree removed. No damage had been done to the resident’s garden or property.

iv) Wheatley Primary School – task for year 6 – Councillors to bring ideas to full council on 2nd July

12.  GRANTS, LICENCES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

i) Berks/Oxon/Bucks Air Ambulance  Agreed £100 – (under Section 137 Local Government Act 1972)

13.  FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

a) A completed copy of reconciled bank statement  was signed by Chairman & RFO

b) Balances – Noted

After the cheques below have been paid the balances on the council’s accounts as at

18th June  2012 will be as follows:                              Community      £1,371.62

Tracker           £111,085.25

Treasury         £60,345.68

14.                            SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS AUTHORISED

Cheque no. Payee Payment details Amount
Cheques paid
105520,1&23-26 GM/SW/JF/OCC/HMR&C May  sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs 3,281.24
105516 BT April-June 151.32
105517 Merry Bells Management Cttee Office rental 26/3 – 24/6 1,046.01
105518 Berinsfield Community Business Verges and recs 926.70
105519 AON Insurance 2012-2013 3,455.06
d/d Orange Internet charge May 18.37
d/d Barclays Bank Bank charges 13.04 -13.05 43.44
Total £8,922.14
Cheques to Pay
105527 Parchments of Oxford Newsletter June/July 2012 1,484.90
105528 SODC Dog waste bin contract 85.39
105529 J Watson Newsletter June/July 2012 680.00
105530 K Ring (Buryhook0 Allotment tree removal 50.00
GM/SW/JF/OCC/HMR&C Mar sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs 3,600.00
Total £5,900.29

INCOME RECEIVED SINCE LAST MEETING

Income details Amount
Newsletter Advertising 315.00
Treasury Deposit Interest 42.89
Allotment 10.00
Total £367.89

15.  PUBLICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED AND NOTED

i)        The Haseleys – Newsletter June 2012*

ii)        Little Milton Newsletter June 2012*

iii)        Great Milton Bulletin May  2012*

iv)        Wheatley URC Newsletter – June   2012*

v)        Holton, Waterperry & Waterstock News – June 2012*

vi)        Oxfordshire Playing Fields Association Magazine  Spring 2012

vii)        International Tree Foundation Supporter Event  – 23rd June 2012 10am -3pm

viii)        CPRE Oxfordshire Branch AGM June 30th 2012 3.00pm

ix)        Tiddington with Albury and Milton Common – June/July Newsletter 2012*

x)        Local Council Review – Summer 2012*

xi)        South Oxfordshire Sustainability – ‘Water, Water Everywhere’, Public meeting to discuss water issues in South Oxfordshire. 22nd June 7.30-9.00pm, River and Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames

* On display in Parish Office

16.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING – 20th August – Noted – Cllrs bell and Anderson gave their apologies

The meeting closed at 9 .50pm

WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE EXTRA ORDINARY MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY 18TH JUNE 2012 IN THE MERRY BELLS AT 8.00 PM

PRESENT: Councillors: E.M. Stacey (Chairman), J Reilly. R Old,

G. Anderson, A Knapp, R Bell, C Dalton. E Bailey, S Coleridge &            J Coveley

OFFICER: Gareth Morris, Clerk to the Parish Council

Also present: County Councillor Anne Purse

22.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from P Willmott and G Birks

23. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – None

24. MINUTES OF THE AGM AND ORDINARY MEETING HELD 0N 14TH MAY2012 were signed as a correct and accurate after Cllr Anderson’s initial had been changed from ‘G’  to ‘J’ in Minute

25. TO RECEIVE THE FINAL ACOUNTS FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2011-2012

i) To approve and sign the final accounts for the financial year 2011-2012

ii)  To receive and approve  SECTIONS 1 (Statement of Accounts) and SECTION 2 (Annual Governance Statement) OF THE ANNUAL RETURN FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2011 -2012

The papers for the final accounts (Detailed Balance Sheet, Income and Expenditure Account, Budget Statement, Bank Reconciliation and Notes to the Accounts) had been distributed previously. As had Sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Return 2011-2012 and the papers titled ‘Review of Parish Council Funds’  and ‘Internal Control and Management of Risk’ (Review of Internal Audit).

The clerk went through the various papers explaining the figures and answering questions. A revised section 1 of the Annual Return was distributed which also showed that the Internal Auditor, who had paid his annual visit that afternoon had ‘signed off’ Section 2 of the Annual Return.

The Council went through Section 2 of the Annual Return, Annual Governance Statement  and answered ‘Yes’ to all the questions.

Cllr Reilly proposed and Cllr Coveley seconded that the final accounts for the financial year 2011-2012 be approved and signed  and that Sections 1 & 2 of the Annual Return  be received, approved and signed. This was Agreed unanimously

The clerk that he had received the Internal Auditors report just before the meeting started. There were no major recommendations made. The report would be circulated to all councillors and discussed at the council meeting on 2nd July.

26. TO ADOPT A CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE PARISH COUNCIL by passing the following resolution:

“That

  1. the code of conduct adopted by the South Oxfordshire District Council be adopted as the code for members and co-opted members of the [Name of parish/town council] Parish/Town [delete as necessary] Council with effect from 1 July 2012, or such other date as may be specified in regulations, to replace the current code of conduct; and
  2. the clerk be requested to notify the monitoring officer of the South Oxfordshire District Council of the passing of the above resolution”

The resolution was proposed by Cllr Bell and seconded by Cllr Dalton and Agreed unanimously

27.       TO AGREE TO;

i) SIGN THE AMENDED FUNDING AGREEMENT WITH OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL RELATING TO THE BIG SOCIETY FUND (previously circulated)

Cllr Bell reported on the meeting held between Parish Councillors, clerk and officers of the County Council to look at the agreement between the two councils in the light of the fact the Parish Council wished to sub-contract the project to Fusion Youth and Community.

As a result the County Council had issued a new Agreement which was now before the meeting. Cllr Bell outlined the differences with original agreement. It was felt that there were no major differences between the two documents.

Cllr Bell proposed and Cllr Coveley seconded that the document be signed by the Chairman and Vice Chairman. This was Agreed unanimously.

The clerk would now contact the County Council to say the Parish Council were ready to sign the agreement so that the County could send out a non draft copy to be signed.

Also permission was to be asked of the County Council, under paragraph 9.2 of the Agreement, to sub contract the project to Fusion Youth and Community UK.

ii) SIGN THE SERVICE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARISH COUNCIL AND FUSION YOUTH AND COMMUNITY

As a result of the meeting held with County Council officers and the new draft Agreement, Cllr Bell had redrafted The Service Agreement and Schedules to reflect what had been said and drawn up.

A meeting had been held between representatives of Fusion, and Cllrs Stacey, Reilly and Bell to discuss the changes. The representatives of Fusion had taken the document away but it was felt that they would have no objections to the changes made.

Cllr Dalton proposed and Cllr Coveley seconded the Service Agreement and Schedules be signed by the Parish Council. This was Agreed unanimously

ii) TO CONSIDER SETTING UP AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE AS PER CLLR BELL’S RESOLUTION DEFERRED FROM LAST MEETING

Under Section 3 of Schedule 3 of the Service Agreement a monitoring committee, set up as an Advisory Committee, would be set up.

Cllr Bell had proposed the following resolution which had been deferred from the last meeting, so that the position of the County Council could be clarified.

“To set up an Advisory Committee under Standing Order 56(a) of the Parish Council’s Standing Orders to monitor, investigate and promote facilities for young people of the village between the ages of 11 & 17.The committee to consist of three parish councillors, two representatives from Fusion Youth & Community(Fusion) and one member of the public with teenage children and experience of youth work. To be known as  ‘The Youth Facilities Advisory Committee’.

Terms of reference:

  1. To act as the monitoring committee for the Youth Club activities now to be carried out by Fusion  in accordance with the agreement signed with them.
  2. To carry out detailed research into the needs and aspirations of young residents of the village and to investigate possible areas of land where these activities might take place.
  3. To do this by organising a house to house survey throughout the village of all residents.
  4. The committee to form a Steering Group of interested villagers, including the young people concerned, to undertake this work
  5. To report back to the Parish Council on the results and recommendations for action within the next twelve months.”

The resolution was Agreed unanimously

28.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING – MONDAY 2nd July 2011 – Noted

9.00pm The Chairman declared the Council out of session.

County Councillor Anne Purse – she said that she was having a meeting with Mr Keith Stenning, Area Steward OCC Highways, in the village next Wednesday and she suggested that they come to the office for a brief meeting on issues such as the footway around the Round House

9.20pm The Chairman declared the Council back in session and the meeting closed

The meeting closed at 9.20pm

Wheatley Parish Council

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE OF

THE COUNCIL HELD ON WEDNESDAY 11th JULY 2012

PRESENT: Cllrs Knapp (in the Chair), Stacey, Lamont & Reilly

OFFICER: The clerk

In the absence of the Chairman, Cllr Knapp was elected Chairman for the meeting

22. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllrs Willmott, Coveley and  Dalton

23. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – None

24. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD 13TH JUNE 2012 which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate

25. UPDATE ON MEETING HELD ON 13TH JUNE 2012

i) Minute 4(i) Letter to Asda’s Chief Executive – No reply

ii) Minute 4(ii) SODC – Enforcement Order on land off Windmill Lane – No  further developments

26. AMENDMENTS TO PREVIOUS APPLICATIONS  – None

27.  NEW PLANNING APPLICATIONS

i) P12/S1002/FUL (Full Application) (Other) Unit 2 London Road Change of use from existing use class B1 and B8 to use class B2

No Strong Views

ii) P12/S1070/FUL (Full Application) (Minor) Wheatley Farm Shop Old London Road Demolition of stables (three blocks), storage buildings, containers, structures and kennels. Erection of multipurpose agricultural storage building and stables with additional soft

landscaping Recommend Approval

iii) P12/S116/Ful (Full Application)(Minor) Plot 1 20 Westfield Road. Erection of dwelling house (already commenced) – Recommend Approval

iv) P12/S1147/Ful (Full Application) (Minor) Land adjacent to Horspath reservoir, Old Road, Wheatley (in the Parish of Forest Hill) Construction of new reservoir ‘cell’ on land adjacent to Horspath Reservoir. Erection of sampling kiosk and ICA kiosk, CCTV security camera and pole and provision for associated landscaping, access and associated works – Full Council on 2nd July 2012 Recommended Refusal

A new Traffic Management paper is expected to be published shortly

Noted

28.  PLANNING DECISIONS AND NOTIFICATIONS – NOTED

i) P11/W0185 (Minor) Land at 7 Littleworth Business Centre Littleworth Road. Demolition of three derelict sheds and erection of three modern prefabricated sheds in existing industrial yard.- Recommend Approval – REFUSED 27.05.011 – GOING TO APPEAL – APPEAL DISMISSED 29.05.12

ii) P12/S0497 (Other) 10 Blenheim Lane The addition of 4 no 6ft pitched roof dormers to approved loft conversion with cat slide dormer to the rear Recommend Refusal GRANTED 11.06.12

iii) P11/S0148 (Minor) 132 London Road. Erection of a Marquee to be used in with the existing Public House for use from April until October this year and existing.(sic) years. To include retention of the ‘roll-a-long’ toilet unit. No Strong Views –WITHDRAWN 21.06.12

29.  CORRESPONDENCE

Barton Area Action Plan – Cllr Dalton is unable to attend on 17th July. Cllr Lamont said he would try and attend in Cllr Dalton’s place.

30. DATE OF NEXT MEETING  –   Wednesday 15th August 2012 – NOTED

Thames Water/Optimise(Water) LLP are holding an open session on their ‘improved traffic management plan’ (sic) for the above scheme on:

Tuesday 14th August between 3.30pm and 7.30pm in the Merry Bells

Gareth Morris

Clerk to Wheatley