Wheatley Parish Council

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL HELD ON MONDAY 21st OCTOBER 2013 IN THE Parish OFFICE AT 7.30PM

PRESENT: Councillors: RJ Reilly (in the chair), S Coleridge, R Old, E Stacey, G Birks & R Bell

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

42.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllr Carr

43.   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – None

44.  MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD 23rd SEPTEMBER 2013 which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record

45.  UPDATE ON ITEMS FROM THE MINUTES 23RD SEPTEMBER 2013
(i)  Minute 33(ii) – Sandpit at Cullum Road – Bev Paton and Jane Brandon had agreed to serve on the Recreation Areas Working Group. It was hoped that they would be able to suggest activities for the area that was once the sandpit. Cllrs Bell and Bailey and Jane Brandon had attended the Oxfordshire Playing Fields Association AGM. Their membership would be ratified by full council at its next meeting.
(ii) Minute 34 – Parish Council leaflet on boundary change – Cllr Bell reported that the public consultation was likely to be delayed
(iv) Minute 33(iv) – Memorial Gardens – the clerk would ask the outdoor workers to tidy up the Memorial gardens and the War memorial in time for Remembrance Sunday and ask John from Down to Earth to tidy the flower beds.

46.  TO START THE BUDGET PROCESS FOR 2014-2015
The clerk reminded councillors that over the next two meetings the 2014-15 budget would be decided and that if there were any projects etc that any councillor wished to pursue to bring them forward next month

47.  THE MAPLE TREE CHILDREN’S CENTRE AND YOUTH PROVISION
Cllr Coleridge reported that the Centre might approach Oxfordshire Association for Young People to   provide provision for the youth in the village. However there was a possibility that the centre would be closed by 2017 due to OCC cuts.

48.  TO DECIDE THE TWO DELEGATES TO THE TOWN AND PARISH FORUM WEDNESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER
It was Agreed that Cllrs Lamont and Coleridge should attend.

49. TO RECEIVE MR SHEW’S  DESIGN STATEMENT  AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT
OUTLINE FOR THE NEW ACCESS INTO CHURCH ROAD RECREATION GROUND –
NOTED
No date had been received from OCC Highways re a start date for the footway around the roundhouse.

50.  CLERK UPDATE
i)  Refurbishment of Parish Office – the painting had been had been completed and the new carpet tiles were expected in the next two weeks
ii) Report on SODC Briefings on how precepts are calculated: Wed 16th Oct @ 1pm. The clerk and assistant clerk had attended the briefing. The amount received from the government for the Council Tax benefit reduction scheme had been reduced by 13.7%. So the amount that was likely to be received by the Parish Council if the previous year’s formula was used would be £3,500. If the Parish council wished to show a 0% increase in the council tax bands it should reduce its precept request by a similar amount.
iii) Hessian bags for newsletter deliverers. – Re-usable bags for the newsletters. 40 had been obtained from Cricks at £1 each. Only one deliverer so far had said they did not want to use them

51.  GRANTS, LICENCES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
i) South and Vale Carers – AGREED £200

52.  FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
a) Scrutiny of budget to end of September 2013 & signing of completed copy of reconciled bank statement by Chairman & RFO
b) Balances

After the cheques below have been paid the balances on the council’s accounts as at21st October will be as follows:     Community       £2,419.89

[Please note adjusted figures – clerk]                                                                                                                                                                     Tracker             £146,186.88

Treasury           £60,506.54

53.                            SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS T AUTHORISED

Cheque no.    Payee    Payment details    Amount
Cheques paid
105781/3/4/6-8    GM/SW/JO/OCC/HMR&C    Sept sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs    3,862.10
105789    Wheatley Park School    Prize Giving    200.00
d/d     Public Works Loan Board    Loan Repayment    483.47
d/d    Barclays Bank    Charges 13/08-12/09    29.49
d/d    Orange Home    Internet    18.37
d/d    Siemans Financial Services    Photocopier lease    403.70
Total    £4,997.13
Cheques to Pay
105790    Parchment Printers    Oct/Nov Newsletter    1,484.90
105791    Oxfordshire County Council    MapleTree centre 15/4-15/7    790.87
105792    Berinsfield Community Business    Verge cutting September     596.40
105793    J Watson    Oct/Nov Newsletter    680.00
105794    S Shew    New entrance in to Ch Rd Rec    1,500.00
105795    Mainstream Digital    Tel Rental 09/13-12/13    90.70
105796    Southern Electric    Electricity  05/07-30/09 with cr    8.29
105797    Andrew Marsden    Advice on VAT    71.20
105798    Swift Digital Services    Copier usage & annual support    183.24
GM/JB/SW/JF/OCC/HMR&C    Oct sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs    3,700.00
Total    £8,922.36

INCOME RECEIVED SINCE LAST MEETING

Income details    Amount
Interest – Treasury Account    20.55
Interest – Tracker Account    16.02
Newsletter Advertising    1,030.00
Precept 2nd Instalment    52,304.50
Allotments    70.00
Newsletter subscriptions    18.00
Total    £54,45907

54.  PUBLICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED AND NOTED
The Haseleys – October    2013*
Little Milton Newsletter – October 2013*
Great Milton Bulletin September 2103*
Holton, Waterperry & Waterstock News – September 2013*
Tiddington with Albury & Milton Common Newsletter October/November 2013*
URC Newsletter October 2013*
Tree News – Autumn Winter 2013*
ORCC Annual Review 2013-14*
Garsington Newsletter October/November 2013
Oxford Brookes Residents’ Association meeting on Thursday 31st October at 6.30pm.*
Thames Valley Police – Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter – October 2013*

* On display in Parish Office

55.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING – 18TH NOVEMBER 2013 – NOTED

56 .  RESOLUTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC
Cllr Reilly proposed and Cllr Coleridge seconded: ‘that under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded on  the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph X of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act, namely private contractual and employment matters’

AGREED NEM CON

Meeting closed at 9.15 after the confidential business had been concluded

Wheatley Parish Council

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL HELD ON WEDNESDAY 9th October 2013

PRESENT: Cllrs Coveley (in the Chair), Bailey, Dalton, Knapp, Stephens, Stacey, Lamont & Reilly

OFFICERS: The clerk and assistant clerk

Also present: District Councillor Janet Carr

52. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllr Willmott

53. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – NONE

54. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD 11th SEPTEMBER which had been circulated previously, were signed as a correct and accurate record

55. UPDATE ON MEETING HELD ON 11th SEPTEMBER 2013 – None

56. AMENDMENTS TO PREVIOUS APPLICATIONS – None

57.  NEW PLANNING APPLICATIONS

i) P13/S2666/FUL (Full Application) (Minor) 79 & 81 High Street Erection of detached building at rear of nos 79/81 High Street for business B1 use. RECOMMEND REFUSAL – not unsympathetic to building but feel current plan is overdevelopment of site and unneighbourly to No. 77.

ii) P13/S2831/HH (Householder)(Other) 106 London Road. Single storey rear extension and build over existing ground floor utility and bathroom to form a first floor side extension. NO STRONG VIEWS

iii) P13/S2982/HH (Householder) (Other) 26 Crown Road. Erection of two rear dormer windows as part of a loft conversion. RECOMMEND APPROVAL

58.   SODC’s HOUSING ALLOCATION FOR LARGER VILLAGES

i)        Report on Exhibition – another exhibition to be held in November

ii)        Housing needs Survey – These have now been distributed thanks to the newsletter deliverers

59. Consider guidance on the local validation requirements   for applications submitted to the county council – NOTED

60.  PLANNING DECISIONS AND NOTIFICATIONS – NOTED

i) P13/S2094/FUL (Full Application)(Minor) 94 Church Road Proposed provision of2 no. car parking spaces and a covered bicycle shelter No Strong Views.GRANTED 10.09.13

ii) P13/S2092/FUL (Full Application) (Other) 94 Church Road Variation of condition 3 of planning permission P04/W1090 (Change of use of dwelling to a house of multiple occupancy for nursing staff). No Strong Views GRANTED 10.09.13

iii) P13/S2105/FUL (Full Application)(Other) 14 Crown Road Change of use of land to residential and erection of front porch. Recommend Approval GRANTED 10.09.13

iv) P13/S2460/HH(Householder) 17 Park Hill Proposed double and single storey rear and side extension, creation of basement room and creation of swimming pool. No Strong Views – GRANTED 20.09.13

v)  P13/S1866/HH (Householder) (Other) Postmill House 41 Windmill Lane replacement porch and associated alterations. Recommend Approval GRANTED 24.09.13

vi) P13/S2390/HH (Householder) (Other) 117 Old Road (in the parishes of Wheatley and Horspath) Extension to side and rear of existing house comprising mainly a single storey kitchen extension plus an additional bedroom at first floor above part   of the new ground floor area. (Previous planning approval granted, ref P11/W2410 for single storey kitchen extension. This application is to add a bedroom on top.) Recommend Approval GRANTED 26.09.13

vii) P13/S2483/HH (Householder)(Other) 24 Old London Road Conversion of part of garage to living accommodation. No Strong Views GRANTED 30.09.13

61.  CORRESPONDENCE – None

62. DATE OF NEXT MEETING – Wednesday 13th November 2013 – Noted

WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER 2013 IN THE MERRY BELLS AT 7.30 PM

PRESENT: Councillors: E Stacey (Chairman), J Reilly, R Bell, C Dalton. E Bailey, G Stephens, J Carr, G Birks (until 9.30pm), R Old & D Lamont

OFFICERS: Gareth Morris, Clerk to the Parish Council

Jessica Banks, Assistant Clerk to the Council

Also present: Beryl Guiver Planning Policy Officer, SODC and 5 members of the public

Before the meeting started the Chairman introduced and welcomed Jessica Banks who was attending her first meeting as Assistant Clerk.

46.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllrs Willmott, Coleridge, Coveley and Knapp

47.   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – None

48.   MINUTES of the meeting of the Parish Council meeting held on Monday 1st July 2013 which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record with the addition of Cllr Old to those present

49.  UPDATE from the meeting held on Monday 1st July 2013

i) Open Forum – Cllr Anne Purse – Footway around the Roundhouse

Keith Stenning (Area Steward OCC Highways) had contacted the clerk to say that OCC would go ahead with the scheme and could we pay over the £7,000. A cheque would be sent shortly.

ii) Minute 34(ii) – SODC Community Governance Review – timetable for consultation had been  issued. Starts on 1st November and ends on 31st January.

Cllr Bell said that he thought the Parish Council should write to all the residents affected putting forward Wheatley’s case and he was prepared to write a draft to be considered. This was agreed and would be discussed at the next F&GP committee.

50.  THE MINUTES of the meetings of the Planning Committee held on the following dates were received

i) Wednesday 10th July – circulated previously

ii) Wednesday 14th August – circulated with the agenda

51. THE MINUTES of the meeting of the F&GP Committee meeting held on:

Monday 15th July 2013 which had been circulated previously were received.

i) Minute 20 – Sandpit at Cullum Road recreation Ground. The clerk reported that most of the sand had been removed but some had been left because it was felt that the hole that would remain would be a hazard. The Council needs to decide what replaces the pit.

ii) Minute 21 – Youth provision at the Maple Tree Children’s Centre

TO RATIFY THE RECOMMENDATION MADE BY THE COMMITTEE THAT THE YOUTH  CLUB CEASES AT 31ST AUGUST

The Chairman of the Council explained the reasoning behind the committee’s decision having received the letter from the Governors of Great Milton school, which had been circulated to all councillors.

Cllr Lamont proposed and Cllr Stephens seconded that the F&GP decision on the youth centre be ratified by full council. This was Agreed unanimously.

52.  THE MINUTES of the meeting of the Transport and Roads Advisory Committee meeting held on 24th July 2013 which had been circulated previously were received

i) Minute 7 – the Advisory Committee recommends that the provision of a pedestrian

crossing be the top priority of the Parish’s safety measures..Cllr Birks proposed and Cllr Dalton seconded that the recommendation be accepted. This was Agreed unanimously

53. TO RECEIVE THE RESIGNATION OF COUNCILLOR ANDERSON AND DECLARE A VACANCY ON THE PARISH COUNCIL

The Council accepted Cllr Anderson’s resignation and formally declared a vacancy on the Parish Council. If a bye-election is not requested then the Parish Council could co-opt at the November meeting.

The clerk was asked to write a letter of thanks to Mr Anderson for his work on the Parish Council

54. SODC’s HOUSING ALLOCATIONS PLANS FOR WHEATLEY

Beryl Guiver, SODC Planning Policy Officer was in attendance and was invited to address the meeting. She distributed a report on the first exhibition held in August and suggestions for the next exhibition in October.

Housing Needs Survey – Cllr Dalton proposed and Cllr Reilly seconded that the Parish Council carries out the suggested survey. This was Agreed unanimously. The survey to be distributed with October/November newsletter.

There was some discussion on the survey that had been prepared by ORCC.

Cllr Dalton proposed and Cllr Reilly seconded that the survey as presented by the ORCC be used. This was Agreed by 9 votes in favour and 1 against.

The council thanked Beryl for her attendance.

8.38pm The chairman declared the council out of session and invited members of the public present to speak

Gordon Ewbank (on behalf of Fusion) – said that he realised that the Parish Council had been left with no choice but to go ahead with the closure. Fusion was very sad that the project had not worked out. He thanked the Parish Council for their support.

Dan Evanhuis (Fusion) – echoed Mr Ewbank’s sentiments. He said that over the period 32 young people attended the youth centre more than once. He said he hoped that the Parish Council would scotch comments that Fusion did not take safeguarding seriously.

District Councillor Bell – he reported that SODC was carrying out consultation on increasing permitted development rights.

8.56pm The chairman declared the council back in session

55. It was Agreed that the council write to Fusion thanking them for the amount of hard work they had put in to trying to make the youth club project a success

56. TO CONSIDER MATTERS RELATING TO WHEATLEY PARK SPORTSFIELD  MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

i)       To receive a report from the committee – in the absence of Cllr Willmott (Chair of the WSFMC) Cllr Doug Lamont spoke to the report.

ii)       To consider Counsel’s opinion on negotiations on the sports fields. The opinion was discussed. Cllr Birks said that she felt there were some matters in the report that needed clarification and if it was agreeable to the Council she would speak to the counsel. The Council agreed that she should go ahead.

iii)       To receive the Accounts of the Sportsfield management Committee 2012/2013 and to note that the balance owed by the Parish Council is £1,821.35 Cllr Reilly proposed and Cllr Dalton seconded that the accounts be received and that the residual amount be paid. Agreed

57.   TO RECEIVE AND NOTE THE REPORT OF THE EXTERNAL AUDITOR (BDO LLP)

The External Auditor’s Report was received and noted. The External Auditor had no items of concern.

58. TO RECEIVE AN UPDATE ON THE ‘WHEATLEY SOUTH EAST FLOOD ALLEVIATION WORK’ FROM MONSON ENGINEERING AND TO CONSIDER THEIR SUGGESTION THAT A VILLAGE SUB GROUP BE SET UP TO DEAL WITH FLOODING/DRAINAGE ISSUES.

The clerk read out an e-mail to Cllr Carr from Dave Baldwin (Monson Engineering) giving details of the flood alleviation plans for the next two years. This would involve creating a flood water holding area on Castle Hill and letting the water out into the Ambrose Rise ditch in a controlled manner.

The clerk would ask Kavan Ring to regularly inspect the ditch and clear as necessary.

Mr Baldwin had suggested that a joint council/residents group could be set up to give early warning of issues. This was felt to be a good idea and Cllr Reilly agreed to chair such a group and to write a piece for the newsletter inviting volunteers to serve on the sub-group.

9.30pm Cllr Birks left the meeting

59.   REPORTS FROM OUTSIDE BODIES

i)        The Merry Bells Management Committee – The ladies toilets had been refurbished.

ii)        The Howe Trust – Cllr Dalton reported that the Ragwort had nearly been eliminated

iii)       The Park Sports Centre Joint User Group – No meetings had been held

iv)       Thames Valley Police –No report

60.   CALENDAR OF MEETINGS. – Noted

i)    Planning Committee  – Wednesday 11th September 2013 – 7.30pm

ii)    F&GP Committee Monday 23rd September  2013 – 7.30pm

iii)    TRAC Meeting –Wednesday 18th September  2013– 7.30pm

iv)    Planning Committee – Wednesday 9th October 2013  – 7.30pm

v)     F&GP Committee Monday 14th October  2013 – 7.30pm

vi)    Parish Council Meeting – Monday 4th November 2013– 7.30 pm

(Cllr Old sends her apologies)

The meeting closed at 9.44pm