Wheatley Parish Council

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL HELD ON MONDAY 16th DECEMBER 2013 IN THE COFFEE ROOM OF THE MERRY BELLS AT 8.10pm AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE EXTRA ORDINARY MEETING OF PARISH COUNCIL

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

OFFICER THE CLERK: Gareth Morris

72.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllrs Coleridge and Davies

73.   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – None

74.  MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD 18th November 2013 – which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record

75.  UPDATE ON ITEMS FROM THE MINUTES 218th November 2013

(i)    Minute 45(i) – Sandpit at Cullum Road –nothing further to report

76.  TO CONSIDER A REVISED BUDGET FOR 2013-2014 AND THE 2014-15 BUDGET

(i) To recommend to full council a revised budget for 2013-2014

Cllr Reilly proposed and Cllr Stacey seconded that the Revised 2013-2014 Budget that had been circulated be recommended to Full Council- AGREED NEM CON

(ii) To recommend to full council a precept and budget for 2014-2015

Cllr Stacey proposed and Cllr Carr seconded that the 2014-2015 budget, as circulated, and the 2014-2015 precept of £100,782, be recommended to Full Council. AGREED NEM CON

77.  CLERK UPDATE

i)  Refurbishment of Parish Office New blinds would be fitted December

ii) OALC Training i) Roles and Responsibilities – Working with your Local Council

Wednesday 5th March 2014 10.00am – 3pm Didcot Civic Hall (£65) – Agreed

ii) Getting to Grips with Local Finance – An introduction to procedures and responsibilities – Tuesday 8th April 10.00am – 3pm Didcot Civic Hall (£60) – Agreed

iii) Village Christmas tree. – This had now been erected and new lights purchased. There had been a delay in being able to plug them in.

78. TO CONSIDER A REQUEST FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR TURNER AS TO WHETHER THE   PARISH COUNCIL WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTION GROUP RESURRECTED

AGREED resurrection of the group would be a good idea.

79.  GRANTS, LICENCES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

i) Open Spaces Society – £45  – NOTED AND AGREED

80.  FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

a) Scrutiny of budget to end of November 2013 took place & the 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 at

16th December 2013 will be as follows:                                   Community       £3,400.60

Tracker             £130,186.88

Treasury           £60,527.10

81.                            SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS AUTHORISED

Cheque no. Payee Payment details Amount
Cheques paid
105800-06 GM/SW/JB/JO/OCC/HMR&C Nov sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs 3,796.46
105826 Open Spaces Society Subscription 45.00
Total £3,841.46
Cheques to Pay
Berinsfield Community Business Verges/FC Patio & Cull Rd tidy 806.40
Clairelogic Computer, monitor, Office 2013 1,273.80
Parchment Oxford Dec/Jan newsletter 1,484.90
Cllr D Lamont Travel – Crowmarsh (6.11) 15.26
Cllr D Lamont Map from the Ordnance Survey 64.42
A B Ingram Christmas tree 252.00
J Watson Dec/Jan newsletter 680.00
Gwendolen Birks Getting Greens Registered OSS 11.00
Mainstream Digital Telephone calls 02/11- 30/11 7.14
GM/JB/SW/JF/OCC/HMR&C Dec sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs 3,700.00
Total £8,291.92

INCOME RECEIVED SINCE LAST MEETING

Income details Amount
Newsletter Advertising 2,480.00
Treasury Deposit Int Sept-Nov 2013 20.56
Total £2,500.00

82.  PUBLICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED AND NOTED

i)        The Haseleys – December 2013*

ii)        Little Milton Newsletter – December  2013*

iii)        Great Milton Bulletin December 2103*

iv)        Tiddington with Albury & Milton Common Newsletter December 2013/*January 2014

v)        Oxfordshire Association for the Blind – Thank you for grant aid

* On display in Parish Office

83.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING – 20th January 2014 – NOTED

WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE EXTRA ORDINARY MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2013 IN THE MERRY BELLS COFFEE ROOM AT 7.00 PM

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

OFFICER: Gareth Morris, Clerk to the Parish Council

77.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllrs

Davies, Coleridge and Knapp

78. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – NONE

79. RESOLUTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC

Cllr Reilly proposed and Cllr Dalton 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

This was Agreed nem con

WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY 4th NOVEMBER 2013 IN THE MERRY BELLS AT 7.30 PM

PRESENT: Councillors: E Stacey (Chairman), J Reilly, R Bell, C Dalton. J Coveley, E Bailey, G Stephens, P Willmott, J Carr, G Birks, A Knapp, s Coleridge, A Davies, R Bell & D Lamont

OFFICER: Gareth Morris, Clerk to the Parish Council

ALSO PRESENT: Cty Cllr Anne Purse and 7 members of the public

Before the meeting started the requested a few moments silence in memory of Mr Percy Blake who had recently died. Mr Blake had been a Parish Councillor from 1971 to 981 and had also been a member of the Sportsfield Management Committee

61.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllr Old

62.   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – None

63.   MINUTES of the meeting of the Parish Council meeting held on Monday 2nd September – circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate after the following amendments had been made:

Minute 54 – 8th line replace “Cllr Reilly proposed” with “Cllr Reilly seconded”

Minute 56(i) – complete the bracket after “WPSFMC” and after the brackets ad “Cllr Doug Lamont”

64.  UPDATE from the meeting held on Monday 2nd September 2013

i)  Minute 54 – SODC’s Housing allocation plans for Wheatley – Housing Needs Survey

The clerk thanked the newsletter deliverers who had also distributed the survey. The greater part of the village had been covered. The survey had closed on 31st October.

ii)  Minute 58 – Flood Alleviation Scheme – formation of subgroup. Four residents had  expressed an interest to join the group. The vice-chairman had the names and would be calling a meeting shortly.

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

i) Wednesday 11th September – previously circulated

ii) Wednesday 9th October – circulated with the Agenda

66. THE MINUTES of the meetings of the F&GP Committee meeting held on the following dates were received:

i)     Monday 23rd September 2013 – circulated with the Agenda

ii)     Monday 21st October 2013 – circulated with the Agenda

67.  THE MINUTES of the meeting of the TRAC Advisory Committee meeting held on 18th September 2013 which had been circulated previously were received

68. TO DECIDE MATTERS RELATING TO THE COMPOSITION OF THE PARISH COUNCIL AND ITS COMMITTEES AND WORKING GROUPS

(i) To co-opt a Parish Councillor to replace Cllr Anderson

One resident was present who wished to put herself forward for co-option. Mrs Anne Davies, from the High Street was asked to introduce herself and to give some information.

Cllr Dalton proposed and Cllr Knapp seconded that Mrs Davies be co-opted on to the Parish Council. This was AGREED UNANIMOUSLY

Cllr Davies then signed the Declaration of Acceptance and joined the rest of the councillors

(ii) Jane Brandon and Bev Paton were CONFIRMED as members of the Recreation Areas Advisory Working group.

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

i)       To receive a report of the latest meeting and use of car park area for a drop-off point for pupils whilst sixth form car park is out of action.

Cllr Willmott explained how the contractors had, at very short notice, requested that cars been allowed to use the delivery area by the Sportsfield to pick up and drop-off pupils whilst the sixth form car park was out of action. Cllr Willmott had asked for details of compensation and assurances on reinstatement etc but none had been forthcoming.

Cllr Stephens proposed and Cllr Lamont seconded that due to the lack of information and assurances forthcoming from the contractors the Parish Council rejects the proposal. This was AGREED unanimously.

ii)       To consider progress on the plans for the new pavilion

Cllr Willmott circulated a paper on the new sports pavilion. He felt that as the cost could be in the region of £2m to £2.2m and the fact that the Parish Council is losing a major partner in the County Council the current project could not be continued with at the moment. Therefore he proposed and seconded by Cllr Birks seconded that ‘The Parish Council recommends to the Sportsfield management Committee to keep on hold the current project to replace the pavilions and to investigate alternative option.’

This was AGREED unanimously.

70. TO RECEIVE AN UPDATE ON   SOUTH OXFORDSHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL’S COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE REVIEW

SODC had now started formal consultation.

8.29pm The Chairman declared Council out of session

District Cllr Bell he had had discussions with Planning Officers over the application for 79-81   High Street. Given the Planning Officers’ views he had felt there was no point in objecting to the development

Mr Christopher Sprent – complaint that, despite a couple of letters requesting the trees overhanging the Farm Close Lane path, nothing had been done. The clerk replied that he had asked a contractor to undertake the work nut to remember those trees were not the Parish Council’s responsibility.

Mr Chris Hallsworth – resident on Ladder Hill was concerned about the speed etc of traffic on   Ladder Hill and did the Parish Council acknowledge there was a problem and did they have a plan? The Clerk replied that the Parish Council had requested speed and volume measurements in both directions at two locations along Ladder Hill. Mr Hallsworth suggested origin and destination surveys as well.

County Councillor Anne Purse – there had been a very positive and well attended meeting public meeting on the future of Wheatley Library.

She would also follow up replacement of bollards at the bottom of Friday Lane but making sure there was enough space to get a mobility scooter along the pavement.

8.58 The Chairman declared the council back in session

71.   TO CONSIDER ITEMS FOR THE 2012-2013 FINAL ACCOUNTS.

(i) Letter of Engagement of Internal Auditor (Mr Phillip Hood) 2012-2013

The Letter of Engagement had been circulated with the Agenda It was AGREED that the Letter of Engagement by signed.

(ii) Statement of Internal Control for Wheatley Parish Council

The Statement of Internal Control had been circulated with the Agenda. Cllr Reilly proposed and Cllr bell seconded that Statement be Noted and Accepted.

72.   REPORTS FROM OUTSIDE BODIES

i)        The Merry Bells Management Committee – No report

ii)        The Howe Trust – had made a contribution to Wheatley Park Prize Giving

iii)       The Park Sports Centre Joint User Group – Nothing to report

iv)       Thames Valley Police – the clerk read out the crime figures  for Wheatley for October

v)        Brookes Residents’ Associations’ meeting – Cllr Bell had attended. No information on when the new road into the campus would begin or over the future of the campus itself.

73.   CALENDAR OF MEETINGS. – Noted

i)   Planning Committee  – Wednesday 13th November 2013 – 7.30pm

ii)   F&GP Committee Monday 18th November   2013 – 7.30pm

iii)   TRAC Meeting –Wednesday 27th November  2013– 7.30pm

iv)   Planning Committee – Wednesday 11 December  2013  – 7.30pm

v)    F&GP Committee Monday 16 December 2013 – 7.30pm

vi)   Parish Council Meeting – Monday 6th January 2014 – 7.30 pm

74. RESOLUTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC

Cllr Carr proposed and Cllr Bell secondedthat 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 unanimously

Wheatley Parish Council

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL HELD ON MONDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2013 IN THE PARISH OFFICE AT 7.30PM

PRESENT: Councillors: RJ Reilly (in the chair), S Coleridge, G Birks, A Davies & R Bell

OFFICER THE CLERK: Gareth Morris

The Chairman welcomed Cllr Davies to her first meeting

58.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received Cllrs Carr, Stacey & Old

59.   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – NONE

60.    MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD 21st October 2013 which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record

61.  UPDATE ON ITEMS FROM THE MINUTES 21st October 2013

(i)  Minute 45(i) – Sandpit at Cullum Road

(ii) Minute 45(ii) – Parish Council leaflet on boundary change

(iii) Minute 48 – SODC Town and Parish Forum – Cllrs Lamont and Willmott attended. One of the items was on changes to the planning system, including permitted development. The clerk distributed the paper they had brought back. They had also made contact with an SODC Grants Officer and were going to hold a site meeting with him up at the Sportsfield.

iv) Minute 49 – Footway around the Roundhouse -the Area Steward had replied saying that the footway was “in the planning stage”. He was not able to give an exact date when it would be started.

62.  TO CONSIDER A REVISED BUDGET FOR 2013-2014 AND THE 2014-15 BUDGET

(i) Revised 2013-2014 budget

At the moment the revised budget was £12,000 less than the budget set for the start of the year. This

was mainly due to the reduction in funding for the Youth Centre of £9,000 now it had ceased to  function.

The money for the SFMC could be increased back to the original level of £15,000 to meet possible          professional fees. It might be prudent to increase legal fees to £5,000

(ii) 2014-2015 budget – the clerk had kept the precept at the 2013-14 level, though, if the Parish Council received a sum of money under the SODC Council Tax Reduction Scheme, the council tax information sent to householders for 2014-15 would show an increase in their council tax due to the Parish Council. Given the increased interest traffic measures in the village the amount put a side for Traffic &Road Safety Measures could rise to £50,000

63.  CLERK UPDATE

i)  Refurbishment of Parish Office

The painting and boxing in of the pipes had been completed and new carpet tiles laid. New blinds were now to be ordered. One or two items of office equipment would now be ordered. The result was a clean and airy environment.

64.  GRANTS, LICENCES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

i) Oxfordshire Association for the Blind – (£200 in 2011) – AGREED

ii) Royal British Legion – for wreath – £40 last year – AGREED

65.  FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

a) The budget to end of October 2013 was scrutinised & a completed copy of reconciled bank statement was signed by Chairman & RFO

b) Balances

After the cheques below have been paid the balances on the council’s accounts as at 18th November 2013 will be as follows:                                    Community       £2,819.15

Tracker             £139,186.88

Treasury           £60,506.54

66.                            SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS  AUTHORISED

Cheque no. Payee Payment details Amount
Cheques paid
105800-06 GM/SW/JO/OCC/HMR&C Oct sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs 3,796.46
105799 South and Vale carers Grant Aid 200.00
105807 Post Office Stamps 295.00
d/d Barclays Charges -13/9 -17/10 29.41
Total £4,320.87
Cheques to Pay
105808 Cricks Hessian Bags 40.00
105809 Mainstream Digital Telephone calls 1/10-31/10 5.32
105810 Trinder & Sons PAT Testing 80.00
105811 Berinsfield Community Business Verges Oct + FC Patio 662.40
105812 Lyreco Stationary 61.46
105813 Buryhook Countryside M’ment Tree removal Church Rd rec etc 1,314.00
105814 Taylors Services Office refurbishment 3,600.00
105815 Green Scythe Gras cutting, recs Oct 222.00
105816 The Merry Bells Office Rent 25/9/13-24/12/13 1,079.48
GM/JB/SW/JF/OCC/HMR&C Nov sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs 3,700.00
Total £10,764.66

INCOME RECEIVED SINCE LAST MEETING

Income details Amount
Newsletter Advertising 50.00
Allotments 10.00
Photocopying 1.00
Total £61.00

67.  PUBLICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED & NOTED

  • The Haseleys – November  2013*
  • Little Milton Newsletter – November 2013*
  • Great Milton Bulletin November 2103*
  • Holton, Waterperry & Waterstock News – November 2013*
  • Tiddington with Albury & Milton Common Newsletter October/November 2013*
  • URC Newsletter October 2013*
  • CPRE – Countryside Voice & Field Work – winter 2013*
  • Garsington Newsletter October/November 2013
  • South and Vale Carers – Thank you for grant aid

* On display in Parish Office

68.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING – 16th December 2013 – NOTED

69 .  RESOLUTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC

To propose 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