WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE TRAFFIC AND ROADS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TRAC) OF THE PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON WEDNESDAY 15th OCTOBER 2014 IN THE MERRY BELLS HALL AT 7.30 PM

PRESENT: Councillors: R J Reilly (Chairman), A Davies, D Lamont, G Birks, J Coveley (from 7.45pm), & J.Carr

Officer: The Clerk

Also present: 4 members of the public

21.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllrs Bailey, Dalton and Bell

22. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST- None

23. MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF 3rd SEPTEMBER 2014 which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record

24.  UPDATE ON MINUTES

i)        Minute 15(i) – Footway around the Roundhouse and new entrance in to recreation ground. The yellow line had still not been replaced. The contract for the new entrance had been awarded. But no start date had been announced.

ii)        Minute 15(ii) Vehicle speed and Volume measurement. It was understood that these had been carried out and the result were awaited. There was disquiet over the locations of where the measurements had been taken which were not where the Parish Council had requested them.. The feeling was that where the measurements had been taken would give a false measure of the actual speed achieved by the vehicles and this was a deliberate attempt by the Highways department to show that speed was not an issue.. The clerk to write to the Area Steward asking for the location of the measuring devices and the rationale of those locations.

iii)        Minute 15(iii) – Use of TVP’s Speed Indicator Device. It was not intended to use the device again

iv)        Minute 15(iv) – Land by old toilet block. No plans had been received from Mr Francis. The clerk to follow up.

25.  TO CONSIDER THE PROBLEM OF SPEEDING VEHICLES IN THE VILLAGE

Location and cost of Vehicle Activated Signs

Ladder Hill – one at the top facing south(up) and one by Kelham Hall Drive facing   north (down)

London Road – one east of Morland Close facing west and one by the Avenue facing east

Nearest lamppost numbers to be ascertained

26. PEDESTRIAN CROSSING AT JUNCTION OF STATION ROAD AND HIGH STREET.

The clerk had circulated a survey undertaken by Cllr Dalton at the junction between8.15am and 8.45am on two weekday mornings. Following the request to Mr Francis (OCC) his reply had been ‘I am happy to look at the feasibility of a crossing but again I regret that I will not be able to provide a price for the works’

It was suggested that Mr Francis make a site visit at the same time as he comes out to look at the zebra crossing outside Morland House.

27. TO CONSIDER THE SAFETY CONCERNS FOR PEDESTRIANS AT THE PARK HILL/LONDON ROAD PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS

A site meeting was to be held with Mr Kirkwood and Mr Francis (OCC Highways)

28. TO CONSIDER ALTERATIONS TO THE BELL LANE /STATION ROAD JUNCTION

Mr Francis had written to the Parish Council saying that “Unfortunately it appears that I am no longer able to obtain quotations for works from Skanska without paying them for the time it takes them to carry out the walk & talk and then the time to formulate the quotation….. I am not able to fund this” Cllr Lamont had written back asking if there was any way that he would be able to indicate a rough ball park figure. Mr Francis had replied that having spoken to OCC’s commercial delivery manager, Skanska will now provide a quotation or Bell Lane

29. TO CONSIDER THE RESULT OF THE INFORMAL CONSULTATION THE PARISH COUNCIL CARRIED OUT WITH RESIDENTS ON CHURCH ROAD RE THE EXTENSION OF THE YELLOW LINES ON THE SOUTH SIDED BETWEEN FRIDAY LANE AND HOLLOWAY ROAD

Given the responses, if the County Council went to formal consultation and objections were received then the matter would be referred to the cabinet for a final decision.

Agreed that this be taken to full council for a decision on whether to go ahead and ask for the lines to be installed.

30. TO CONSIDER REQUESTING A DISABLED PARKING SPACE OUTSIDE THE  CO-OP PHARMACY ON THE HIGH STREET

Cllr Carr pointed out that a number of residents had complained that there was no ‘Disabled Parking’ space in the vicinity of the Co-op pharmacy on the High Street. It was agreed that Councillors would look for a suitable location and come back to the next TRAC Committee.

31. TO CONSIDER CORRESPONDENCE ON BEHALF OF A HIGH STREET RESIDENT RE  DAMAGE TO PROPERTY CAUSED BY VEHICLES TURNING RIGHT INTO THE HIGH STREET FROM STATION ROAD

An e-mail from the owner of a High Street house was read out. The house had been struck twice in 2014 by lorries turning right from Station Road in to the High Street. The e-mail suggested that the cycle racks and build out outside Taylors be removed and/or vehicle be encouraged to use Farm Close Road/Beech Road/Jackies Lane/Roman Road/Leyshon Road//Ambrose Rise to get to London Road.

The committee whilst sympathising with the owner it was not prepared to remove the build out as it was a pedestrian safety measure or send vehicles, especially lorries, along the route suggested as this has roads at least as difficult as the High Street.

32. TO CONSIDER A FORMAL REQUEST TO OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL (HIGHWAYS) TO REVIEW THE EXISTING TRAFFIC MEASURES ON LADDER HILL.

After a discussion on the matter it was decided not to proceed with such a request at this moment in time.

33.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING – Wednesday 26th November 2014

The new Timber Adventure trail combines a range of activities to stretch physical skills, including balance, co-ordination, swinging, reaching and stretching. A great way to help improve children’s health and fitness as well as provide a challenging and fun environment.

Equipment includes:

Swinging log steps, wobble board,  striding stilts and  a log walk.

For younger children there is also a new colourful butterfly mini seesaw.

Wheatley Parish Council

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL HELD ON MONDAY 20th OCTOBER 2014 IN THE PARISH OFFICE AT 7.30PM

PRESENT: Councillors: P Willmott (Chair), G Stephens, R Bell, D Lamont, J Carr &

S. Coleridge

OFFICER THE CLERK: Gareth Morris

Also present: Cllr A Davis for item 6 (minute 40)

35.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllr R Old.

36. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – None

37.  MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD 22nd SEPTEMBER 2014 which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record with the following corrections:

Minute 19- second line -change ‘They’ to ‘The’

Minute 26(ii) – second line – Add ‘Road’ after ‘London’.

38. UPDATE ON ITEMS FROM THE MINUTES 22ND SEPTEMBER 2014

i) Minute 6(i) New entrance in to Church Road Recreation ground. Hall Construction had accepted the contract for the work. No start date had been agreed.

ii) Minute 22(vii) Refurbishment of War Memorial and Memorial Gardens. The   cleaning of the Memorial had been completed but not the repainting of the lettering.

Cllr Lamont along with Cllr Stephens & Reilly had laid 2 tons of chippings (cost £160) along the footpaths. They were given excellent help from 6 students from Wheatley Park School as part of their ‘Big Learning Day’.

iii) Minute 22(ix) Playground Inspection – the shackles for the swings had been purchased and fixed.

iv) Minute 24 Replacement Equipment in Cullum Road Recreation Ground. Playdale had provided a quote for £4,802. The clerk had discussed with the representative that there would be no need for toilet facilities and to keep the site secure overnight Harris Fencing could be put across the public entrances.

v) Minute 28 State of the Gutters across the village

SODC had written saying that their ‘The Big Clean Up’ would be visiting the village. The letter was rather confusing as to what exactly would be included. Cllr Carr to take the matter up with the Waste Team. The Committee suggested that the High Street, Ladder Hill, Old Road and Acremead Road

39. TO FORMULATE A VILLAGE EMERGENCY PLAN

Cllr Davies was present and spoke to her draft Emergency Plan which was circulated to the committee.

She emphasised that input would be needed from other Parish Councillors and residents on ‘useful’ people, locations and suppliers. She suggested that a small working party be set up to add details. Cllr Lamont and Stephens agreed to help.

Cllr Davies was thanked for the hard work she had put into the draft plan.

The Clerk would now circulate the draft plan to all councillors and ask Holton Parish Council (via their Clerk, Sonia Barter) if they wish to be part of Wheatley’s plan.

40. TO CONSIDER A REVISED BUDGET FOR 2014-15 AND THE 2015-2016 BUDGET

(i) Revised 2014-15 budget

Following discussion on the revised budget it was agreed that:

  • ‘Tree Work should be kept at £4,000
  • ‘Street Furniture’ to include £4,000 for new notice boards.
    • ‘Footpaths’ – to include £20,000 cost of new entrance into Church Road  Recreation Ground

(ii) 2015-2016 budget

Suggestions for changes were

  • Rent for office needs to be checked
  • Tree Work to be kept at £,4000
  • £2,000 to be added for update of Information Booklet. Clerk to check previous booklet cost.
  • £2,000 provision made for recharge to SODC for Parish Council elections
  • It was likely that Council Tax Reimbursement from SODC would go down next year
  • Refund form OCC for verges would be reduced by 50%

The Clerk reported that even if the precept was increased there would be a decrease in the Parish Council’s balances both in this financial year and the next.

41.  TO CONSIDER THE AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING BY THE PARISH COUNCIL OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS

Cllr Lamont proposed and Cllr Coleridge seconded that Cllrs Willmott and Stephens investigate the feasibility the Parish Council making audio recordings of Parish Council meetings. This was AGREED

42. TO CONSIDER THE NEXT STEPS IN THE VILLAGE GREEN APPLICATION

Nothing had been received from the County Council

Cllr Willmott reported that he believed that Joan Mortars (Headteacher at the Primary Academy) had asked M. Watts (Grounds Contractor) to quote for regular maintenance of ¼ of the field and for 1 cut per year for the rest of the field including the football pitch.

43.  CLERK UPDATE

i) Christmas Tree and Lights – AGREED

ii) OALC Training – “Being Good Employer” – 12th November 2014 – £65. AGREED that Cllr Lamont would attend

iii) Oxford Brookes and the Residents’ Associations Meeting – 21st Oct – 6.30pm –   Cllr Bell would be attending

iv) SODC Town and Parish Forum – Wednesday 12th Nov @ 6.00pm – Crowmarsh

AGREED that Cllr Lamont and Cllr Stephens or Willmott would attend

v) The Clerk reported that the lower part of Holloway Road would be closed for gas main works from 11th November for up to 6 weeks

44. To seek approval for the establishment of a joint working party to include the PC and the Wheatley British Legion to monitor and recommend improvements to the maintenance of the memorial gardenS

Cllr Stephens proposed and Cllr Lamont seconded that the working party be established. This was AGREED

Cllrs Lamont, Coleridge and Bell agreed to be the Parish Council representatives

45.  GRANTS, LICENCES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

i) Royal British Legion – Wreath – £40 – AGREED

ii) South and Vale Carers – request for grant (£200 213-14) – (supports 8 carers from the village) Cllr Carr proposed and Cllr Stephens seconded that the amount be raised to £250. – AGREED

46. TO CONSIDER VARIOUS TRAFFIC MATTERS IN THE VILLAGE

i) Bell Lane corner – still awaiting costings.

ii) Vehicle Activated Devices – exact locations eg lamp post numbers to be decided

iii) Pedestrian Crossing outside Morland House, London Road.  Meeting with Anthony Kirkwood and Mark Francis (both OCC Highways) had yet to be arranged..

iv) Extra double yellow lines along Church Road. – has been referred to Full  Council on 3rd November.

v) SODC – Civil Parking Enforcement – response by 31st October.

The Clerk read out objections from 3 residents of High Street to the possibility  of parking enforcement in the High Street. An objection from Cllr Davies to the decision to support SODC in parking enforcement being taken by Finance and General Purposes Committee and not full council was noted.

SODC had asked for suggestions for roads that would benefit from better enforcement. The clerk to reply with all of High Street, Church Road, Crown Square, Littleworth Road, Station Road, Old London Road and Crown Road

vi) Collision between house and HGV in High St – the clerk had contacted OCC Trading Standards and they would write back with advice.

9.30pm Cllr Stephens proposed that Standing orders be suspended for 20 minutes so the Agenda could be finished. Cllr Carr seconded. AGREED.

47.  FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

A copy of reconciled bank statement was signed by the Chairman  & RFO

Budget to the end of September 2014 – taken under Item 5 (Minute 40)

b) Balances

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

20th October 2014 will be as follows:             Community      £2,047.29

Tracker             £161,891.93

Treasury           £60,651.31

48.                            SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS AUTHORISED

Cheque no. Payee Payment details Amount
Cheques paid
105993 OALC Training Course 84.00
105997 CPRE 2014-2015 Subscription 36.00
105998 Wheatley Park School Grant Aid Prizegiving 200.00
105999 The Post Office Stamps 292.00
106016 OALC Training Course 78.00
106000 St Mary’s Church Grant Aid 500.00
d/d Barclays Bank Bank Charges 13/8 – 14/9 40.13
105992-6001-05 GM/SW/JF/OCC/AR/HMR&C Sept sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs 3,736.77
Total £4,888.90
Cheques to Pay
106007 Berinsfield Community Business Verges – September 608.33
106008 Anker International Black rubbish bags 124.80
106009 Online Playgrounds Shackles for swings 30.20
106010 The Merry Bells Office Rent 25/9 -24/12 1,107.55
106011 J Watson Oct/Nov newsletter 680.00
106012 Lyreco Copier paper etc 48.84
106013 Mainstream Digital Ltd Phone book entry/linerental/calls 76.72
106014 Parchment Printers Ltd Oct/Nov Newsletter 1,484.90
106015 Southern Electric Electricity 05.07-06.10 78.85
106017 Swift Digital Services Copies(14/7-13/10)Support 14-15 213.04
106018 Clair Logic Support for computer 84.00
106019 C Sprent Tags for newsletter bags 3.00
106020 Green Scythe Oct cut of recs 228.00
GM/SW/JF/AR/OCC//HMR&C Sept sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs 3,800.00
Total £8,568.23

INCOME RECEIVED SINCE LAST MEETING

Income details Amount
Newsletter Advertising 4,408.29
Treasury Bill Interest 23.68
VAT refund 323.99
Allotment’s 120.00
Newsletter Subscriptions 30.00
Total £4,905.96

49. PUBLICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED AND NOTED

i)        The Haseleys – October 2014*

ii)        Little Milton Newsletter – October 2014*

iii)        Great Milton Bulletin – October 2014*

iv)        URC Newsletter October 2014*

v)        Holton, Waterperry & Waterstock News – September & October 2014*

vi)        Tiddington with Albury &Milton Common –Oct/Nov 2014*

vii)        Wheatley/Chalgrove Neighbourhood Policing August 2014*

viii)        TVP Neighbourhood Newsletter September 2014*

ix)        Tree  Council’s ‘Tree News’ Autumn/Winter 2014*

* On display in Parish Office

50.  DATE OF NEXT MEETING – 24th November – NOTED

51. RESOLUTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC

Cllr Stephens proposed and Cllr Carr 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

The meeting closed at 9.50pm at the conclusion of the Confidential Item

WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL

Finance and General Purposes Committee – Confidential Agenda Monday 20th October 2014

51.  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

52.    MINUTES OF THE CONFIDENTIAL SESSION HELD ON 22nd SEPTEMBER 2014 which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record,

53.   UPDATE FROM THE CONFIDENTIAL SESSION HELD ON 22ND SEPTEMBER. – None

Wheatley Parish Council

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL HELD IN THE PARISH OFFICE ON WEDNESDAY 8th OCTOBER 2014

PRESENT: Cllrs G Stephens (Chairman), E Bailey J Coveley, C Dalton, A Knapp, D Lamont & E Stacey (from 7.40pm)

OFFICER: The clerk and assistant clerk

ALSO PRESENT:   None

36.  APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE – Cllr A Davies

37.  DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – Cllr Lamont re 8 Anson Close

38.   MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD ON 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014 circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record.

39.  UPDATE ON MEETING HELD ON 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014

Cllr Stephens reported telephone contact from the property owner of 20 Ladder Hill (see minutes 32 iii) regarding the issues with drainage and the effect of this on a neighbouring property. Cllr Stephens has offered to mediate between neighbours in pursuit of a resolution to the on-going drainage matter.

40.  AMENDMENTS TO PREVIOUS APPLICATIONS

P14/S2674/HH (Householder) (Other) 1 Crown Road Demolition of existing garage and construct single storey kitchen and utility room. Side extension to provide porch and linked to utility room. Internal alterations (as amended by plans showing rendered exterior in place of cladding as shown on drawing received 1 October 2014). Noted

41.  NEW PLANNING APPLICATIONS

i) P14/S2881/FUL (Minor) 29 Acremead Road Demolition of existing dwelling. Erection of a new three-bedroom dwelling with attached garage. 7.40 Cllr Stacey arrived.

Comments: Countryside Officer – low risk of impacts on protected species, from members of the public on the SODC website – paper copies with application paperwork

Recommend Refusal

Reasons:

1. Unneighbourly – overlooks neighbour’s property

2. Inappropriate materials and design – out of character with existing bungalow properties

3. Insufficient car parking space.

4. There is concern about further encroachment over the boundary with the footpath.

If this application goes to the SODC Planning Committee then a representative from Wheatley Parish Council will attend.

ii)          P14/S2874/HH 33 Crown Road Construction of free standing garage.

Comments: County Archaeological Services (SODC) – No objections, Conservation Officer (South) – No objections. No strong views

iii)          P14/S2852/HH (Other) Land adjacent to 8 Anson Close Erection of single two bay garage with integral tool store. Comments: from a member of the public on the SODC website – paper copy with application paperwork. No strong views

iv)          P14/S2941/HH (Householder)(Other) 3 Orchard Close Erection of a front extension and porch. Recommend approval

v)          P14/S2972/FUL (Full Application) 27 to 29 Littleworth Road Demolition of two semi-detached houses and the erection of two semi-detached replacement dwellings. Recommend approval

vi)          P14/S3131/FUL Asda Superstore London Road Erection of a single storey extension to the East elevation and alterations to existing car parking spaces. Defer to next meeting

42.  PLANNING DECISIONS AND NOTIFICATIONS – Noted

i) P14/S2209/HH 21 Windmill Lane Application seeking planning permission for part

demolition and removal of roof; raising of roof level with two storey front and single

storey rear extensions together with internal and external alterations. No strong views

GRANTED 11.09.14

ii) P14/S2049/FUL (Full Application)(Minor) 73 Church Road Amendment No. 1

dated 14th August 2014 Demolition of existing three bedroomed dwelling. Erection

of 3 no. two and one half storey three bedroomed terraced townhouses. Provision of

6 no. off street parking spaces. Provision of 6 no. enclosed bin stores. (As amended

by revised floor and elevation plans received on 14 August 2014 showing pitched

roof dormers to front and rear elevations and a reduction in the size of the Unit 2)

No objections GRANTED 11.09.14

iii) P14/S2346/A (Advertisement Consent) Asda Stores Ltd London Road Other Car park signage. No strong views – GRANTED 29.09.10

43. CORRESPONDENCE – None


44. DATE OF NEXT MEETING – Wednesday 12TH NOVEMBER – Noted

Apologies from Cllr Bailey

The meeting closed at   8.25pm

WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON MONDAY 1st SEPTEMBER 2014 IN THE MERRY BELLS HALL AT 7.30PM

PRESENT: Councillors: D Lamont (Chairman), J Reilly, G Birks, G Stephens, J Carr,

E Bailey, S Coleridge, C Dalton, A Davies, J Coveley, A Knapp and E Stacey

OFFICERS: Gareth Morris, Clerk to the Parish Council & Annette Richards, Assistant Clerk to the Parish Council

Also present: County Councillor Purse and 9 members of the public

41.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllrs R Bell, R Old & P Willmott

42.   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – NONE

43.   MINUTES of the meeting of the Meeting of the Parish Council meeting held on Monday 7th July circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record after the following amendments had been made:

Add Cllr J Carr to those present

Remove Cllr Coleridge from ‘apologies’

Minute 35 – Add ‘s’ to ‘option’ in 3rd line of the second paragraph.

44.  UPDATE from the meeting held on Monday 7th July 2014

i) Minute 29 – Neighbourhood Plan – The Chairman reported on a workshop he and the Vice-Chairman attended run by the ORCC at Yarnton and a meeting they and Cllr Stacey attended with the Thame Town Clerk and Thame town councillors.

ii) Minute 32 – Trac Advisory Committee – i), ii) iii) & iv) – see minute 49

iii) Minute 35 – Response to SODC’s Local Plan 2031. The Parish Council had written a  letter in reply to the consultation. It had also published a small leaflet that had been delivered to most of the households in Wheatley urging residents to look at the options put forward by SODC and write to them with their views.

iv) Minute 36 – SODC Community Governance changes – SODC had approved the new boundary change between Wheatley and Holton. The changes would come in to force before the elections in 2015.The Parish Clerk of Holton had written to Wheatley ‘congratulating’ them on the new boundary and pointing out the new responsibilities Wheatley Parish would have.

45. THE MINUTES of the meetings of the Planning Committee held on the dates below were received:.

i) Wednesday 9th July 2014 – circulated previously

ii) Wednesday 20th August 2014– circulated with this Agenda

46. THE MINUTES of the meeting of the F&GP Committee meeting held on Monday 21st July 2014 were received.

Minute 6 Report on site meeting at Park Hill Roundabout

Unfortunately the motion passed at that meeting had not been included on the Agenda of the Parish Council. The following motion was proposed by Cllr Birks and seconded by Cllr Dalton. “This Parish Council recommends that the pedestrian crossing outside Morland House be moved to the east of the Morland House entrance. OCC and Oxford Brookes to be urged to fund this as part of their review of the overall scheme. Funding details to be delegated to the Finance and General Purposes Committee”

The motion was Agreed by 9 votes in favour and one Against and no abstentions.

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

i) To receive and sign the notice from Oxfordshire County Council giving notice that the

Joint User Agreement shall expire on 31st August 2015. AGREED

ii) New lease for the Rugby Club. It seemed that to produce a formal lease for a large number of years would involve substantial cost in solicitor’s fees. Therefore the RFU had been sent a copy of the Parish Council’s minute 97 (06.01.14) which stated that the Parish Council ‘allow the Rugby Club 25 years use of the land.’

For the future a charitable trust could be formed that managed and administer the fields. Clubs would become members of the trust and might be granted a long term lease of the playing fields at Holton for a peppercorn rent.

48.    TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO PROCEED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF A

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

Following a brief discussion Cllr Birks proposed and Cllr Carr seconded that “This Parish Council does not undertake a Neighbourhood Plan at this time”

The motion was AGREED by 7 votes in favour, 2 votes against and 3 abstentions.

8.40pm The Chairman declared the council out of session

County Cllr Anne Purse – suggested that the Parish Council should investigate whether there was a 20 mph limit or 20 mph zone in the High Street. There seems to have been some confusion at the time of implementation.

She was in touch with the County Council re the zebra crossing at Morland House.

District Cllr Carr – Civil Parking – OCC would not implement a scheme unless the City, SODC and the Vale agree with the scheme. It was estimated to cost between £125,000 and £220,000 to implement.

Mr Newton – believed, that despite what had been said, there were those in the village that had the skills and experience.

Mr Gregory – suggested that the council ask PCSO Cooney to ask Chris Hulme (TVP Traffic Management) for information re the 20mph limit/zone. He was also aware of a parking survey being undertaken by SODC.

Mr Bettess Wheatley Flood Committee – suggested that a letter be sent to Mr Greaves (Castle Hill Farm) thanking him on behalf of the village for allowing a storage area to be built on his land to alleviate possible flooding to the east end of the village. Also to put a ‘thank you’ note in the newsletter. He was having discussions with the County Council re the possibility of the Parish Council having the power to close roads in the event of flooding.

9.15pm The Chairman declared the Council back in session

49.    TO RECEIVE A REPORT ON THE SITE MEETING ON STATION ROAD WITH OCC HIGHWAYS ENGINEER MARK FRANCIS

Pedestrian Crossing by the Co-op – Mr Francis pointed that there was only one location that was possible (outside the bungalow below the co-op) and that could lead to difficulties for mobility scooters and in his view, given the number of entrances, could lead to more hazards than without a crossing.

Bell Lane/Station Road junction – Councillors insisted that they still wanted the corner to be altered. Mr Francis would produce a drawing and send it to the Parish Council.

Land by the old toilet block.- Mr Francis (OCC) would produce a plan    reshaping the corner so it would be easier for vehicles to reverse out.

50.       TO REPORT ON PROGRESS ON THE PARISH COUNCIL’S APPLICATION TO REGISTER THE LITTLEWORTH ROAD FIELD AS A VILLAGE GREEN

There had been no reply from the County Council to the Parish Council’s letter.

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51.       TO RECEIVE A REPORT FROM THE FLOODING COMMITTEE

The Parish Council AGREED to write to Mr Greaves (Castle Hill Farm) thanking him for allowing a flood water storage area to be built on his land and to put a ‘thank-you’ into the newsletter.

It was further agreed to contact Mr Hunt (OCC) and ask for information re granting the power to the Parish Council to close flooded roads.

The Parish Council thanked Mr Bettess for the work he was undertaking on behalf of the Parish Council.

52.       TO CONSIDER THE SAFETY CONCERNS FOR PEDESTRIANS AT THE PARK HILL/LONDON ROAD PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS

See Minute 46

53.       REPORTS FROM OUTSIDE BODIES

i) The Merry Bells Management Committee – Tenders had been requested to undertake a structural survey

ii) The Howe Trust – no report

iii) Thames Valley Police – report from PCSO Cooney: between 1.7.2014 & 29.8.2014 there had been 132 calls from residents of Wheatley.

Traffic related 43; Shoplifting 6; Miscellaneous 64; Theft from vehicle 3; Anti-social behaviour 3; Theft 2; Domestic 5; Public order 2; Burglary 1; Assault 3.

54.    CALENDAR OF MEETINGS – NOTED

i)   TRAC Committee – Wednesday 3rd September 2014 – 7.30pm

ii)   Planning Committee  – Wednesday 10th September 2014  2014 – 7.30pm

iii)   F&GP Committee Monday 22nd September 2014 – 7.30pm

iv)   Planning Committee – Wednesday 8th October  2014  – 7.30pm

v)   F&GP Committee – Monday 20th October2014 – 7.30pm

iv) Parish Council Meeting – Monday 3rd November 2014 – 7.30 pm

The meeting closed at 9.20pm