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Finance and General Purposes meeting 15th December 2014

Wheatley Parish Council
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL HELD ON MONDAY 15 DECEMBER 2014 IN THE Parish OFFICE AT 7.30PM
PRESENT: Councillors: P Willmott (Chair), G Stephens, R Bell, D Lamont, J Reilly, R. Old, J Carr & G Birks (until 9.05pm)

OFFICER THE CLERK: Gareth Morris

Also present: Cllr A Davis (for Agenda Item 6(i)

72. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllr Coleridge
73. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST- NONE

74. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD 24th November 2014 which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate with the following addition:
Minute 67 – Traffic matters in the village. Add at the end “These items to be discussed at the TRAC meeting on 26th November 2014
75. UPDATE ON ITEMS FROM THE MINUTES 24th November 2014
i) Minute 57(i) New entrance in to Church Road Recreation ground. Still waiting for the gate to be installed
ii) Minute 65 – report from sub-committee. The Committee had met on two occasions and the completed document would be presented at the January Council meeting

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

(i) To recommend to full council a revised budget for 2014-2015
It was AGREED to recommend to full council, the revised budget for 2014-2015, as circulated,.
(ii) To recommend to full council a precept and budget for 2015-2016
It was agreed that £2,000be added to the budget for improvement to the Farm Close Road Recreation Ground.
SODC recommends that the Parish Council’s Council Tax is calculated by band ‘D’ property which for 2014-2015 was £62.54. Cllr Bell recommended and Cllr Carr seconded that this figure be increased by 1.9% to £63.72. This was AGREED unanimously.
As the Tax Base (calculated by SODC) risen from 1,611.4 to 1,693.7, the precept resulting from band ‘D’’ of £63.72 would be £107,922.56 (up from £100,782.00).
Despite this increase, to meet the estimated net expenditure for 2015-16, the Parish Council’s would be contributing £36,000 from its reserves

77. TO FORMULATE A VILLAGE EMERGENCY PLAN
i) To report on the progress on the plan. Cllr Davies spoke to the latest draft of the Emergency Plan which was circulated to the committee. . She said the next steps are to flesh out the names and contact details of the people in the ‘Local Skills and Resources, Identified Community Meeting Points and Helping vulnerable people and communities’ sections. She asked councillors for any names and addresses of ‘useful’ people. The committee thanked her for the worked she had put into the plan.
ii) To report on the purchase of two defibrillators for the Holton Pavilions and the centre of the village.
The one for the pavilions had arrived. A 10 year maintenance had been purchased for an extra £300. Total cost £1,155.00, to be met jointly by the Rugby Club and the Sportsfield management Committee
The one for the centre of the village, including the cabinet, would cost £1,993. The Merry Bells Committee would pay 50% and allow it to placed on their wall. Planning Permission had to be ascertained.

78. TO CONSIDER THE NEXT STEPS IN THE VILLAGE GREEN APPLICATION
As the 5th December deadline had passed Cllr Lamont had spoken to the County Council and had been informed that40 comments in total had now been received. These would be sent on to the solicitors.
Cllr Willmott had heard via the Wheatley CAG, who had asked the two academies to install solar panels. Wheatley Park was going ahead but the Primary School Academy would not proceeding because i) they were a fire risk and ii) the Diocese within 10 years wishes to develop the site.
79. CLERK UPDATE
i) Christmas Tree and Lights – Installed and working – £40 worth of baubles purchased
ii) Dog Bin request Windmill Lane and Litter Bin for Farm Close Patio – clerk to check with SODC
iii) No Ball Games’ Notice – Installed
iv) Tree work in Memorial Gardens and St Mary’s Close – SODC had granted permission
v) OCC TTRO – Closure of Friday Lane from 5th January for up to 5 months NOTED
80. i) TO REQUEST A FACULTY FROM THE CHURCH DIOCESE TO PLACE A SEAT IN THE MEMORIAL GARDENS AT THE REQUEST OF THE WHEATLEY SOCIETY/ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
Details of the seat and location had been submitted to the Diocese for comments. The Faculty had yet to be applied for. Following a survey of the trees in the Memorial Gardens it had been pointed out that the Root Protection Area survey should be made before the seat was installed.
ii) TO CONSIDER A REQUEST FOR A HANDRAIL ON THE STEPS FROM THE HIGH STREET
It was agreed that handrails going up at a diagonal at the corners would be preferable. The question of Planning Permission or not had now to be addressed.

9.05pm Cllr Birks left the meeting
82. TO CONSIDER A NEW EDITOR FOR THE WHEATLEY NEWSLETTER FOLLOWING DR WATSON’S RELINQUISHMENT OF THE POST
Jim Watson had written to the Clerk and Chairman saying that after 10 years he wished to relinquish the post of Editor of the Wheatley Newsletter. His last issue would be February/March 2015.
It was agreed to ask the Assistant clerk if she might wish to take the role on, on the same terms as the current editor i.e. a fixed sum for each issue.
83. GRANTS, LICENCES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
i) Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice – deferred until next meeting
ii) Oxford Association for the Blind – are in contact 23 visually impaired people in the Wheatley postcode OX33 – £200 had been granted on the previous two occasions. Cllr Carr proposed and Cllr Reilly seconded that £250.00 be awarded. AGREED
iii) Ordnance Survey – Map Copying Licence (£65.70) – AGREED
iv) Open Spaces Society – 2015 subscription – £45 – AGREED

84. TO CONSIDER VARIOUS TRAFFIC MATTERS IN THE VILLAGE
i) Bell Lane corner –the clerk still to ascertain the placing of the dropped kerbs.
ii) Vehicle Activated Devices
OCC (Street Lighting) had confirmed that each unit would cost £2,824. 70, for parts, installation and 30 year’s maintenance costs. (£11,298.80 in total)
Cllr Stephens proposed, that as the Committee had only agreed that up to £10,000 be spent, “Three Vehicle Activated Devices be purchased. Two for London Road in the locations already agreed. One for Ladder Hill to be located near The Plant Centre for vehicles travelling north.”

This was AGREED by six votes in favour with none against and one abstention
85. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
a) A copy of the reconciled bank statement by Chairman & RFO
Budget to the end of November 2014 – was discussed

b) Balances
After the cheques below have been paid the balances on the council’s accounts as at 15th December 2014 would be as follows:
Community £3,426.40
Tracker £128,910.55
Treasury £60,656.00
86. SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS AUTHORISED

Cheque no. Payee Payment details Amount
Cheques paid
106049-106054 GM/SW/JF/OCC/AR/HMR&C Nov sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs 4,032.00
Total £4,032.00
Cheques to Pay
106056 Berinsfield Community Business Nov payment 608.33
106057 Buryhook Countryside M’ment Tree work/Littleworth/C Close etc 720.00
106058 Lyreco UK Ltd Photocopying paper 47.44
106059 J Watson Dec/Jan newsletter 680.00
106060 Parchments of Oxford Dec/Jan newsletter 1484.90
106061 Kingdom Signs Ltd “No Ball Games” sign 163.10
106062 The Tree Barn Christmas tree 252.00
106063 Down to Earth Memorial Gardens 50.00
106064 Mainstream Digital Nov Telephone charges 0.82
106065 Hall Construction Ltd New entrance to Ch Rd Rec 13,632.80
106066 Merry Bells Annual RPI increase for 3rd quart 19.04
GM/SW/JF/AR/OCC//HMR&C Dec sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs 3,800.00
Total £21,458.43

INCOME RECEIVED SINCE LAST MEETING

Income details Amount
Newsletter Advertising 585.00
Treasury Bill Interest 23.31
VAT Repayment 319.95
Total £928.26

87. PUBLICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED & NOTED
i) The Haseleys – December2014*
ii) Little Milton Newsletter – December 2014*
iii) Great Milton Bulletin – November 2014*
iv) URC Newsletter December 2014*
v) Holton, Waterperry & Waterstock News – November 2014*
* On display in Parish Office

88. DATE OF NEXT MEETING – 19th January 2015 – NOTED

89. RESOLUTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC
Cllr Lamont proposed and Cllr Bell 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 9.30pm at the conclusion of the Confidential Agenda