WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON MONDAY 7th JANUARY 2013 IN THE MERRY BELLS AT 7.30 PM
PRESENT: Councillors: E.M. Stacey (Chairman), J Reilly. R Old, G Birks,
A Knapp, R Bell, C Dalton. E Bailey, G Stephens, D Lamont, J Carr, P Willmott & J Coveley
OFFICER: Gareth Morris, Clerk to the Parish Council
Also present: County Councillor Anne Purse, and 18 members of the public
75. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received Cllrs Anderson and Coleridge
76. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – none
77. MINUTES of the meeting of the Parish Council meeting held on Monday 5th November 2012 were signed as a correct and accurate record after the following amendment had been made:
Page 3 – Minute 72(ii) – delete ‘was now a trustee’ replace with ‘wanted to resign’
78. UPDATE from the meeting held on Monday 5th November 2012
i) Minute 65 (ii) Footway around the Roundhouse – OCC Highways have indicated that this work is programmed for late January/early February 2013 – Noted
ii) Minute 68 – Application for the extension of the reservoir at Horspath – this application has been withdrawn.- Noted
79. TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES of the meetings of the Planning Committee held on:
i) Wednesday 12th December 2012 – the minutes were received
80. TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES of the meetings of the F&GP Committee meeting held on:
i) Monday 19th November 2012 – the minutes, circulated previously were received
ii) Monday 17th December – the minutes were received
i) Minute 78(ii) Footway around the Roundhouse – a quote (£3,200) from Mr S Shew had been received for fees in designing a new access into Church Road recreation Ground by the Roundhouse. This had been received to late for a decision/recommendation to be made. The January Council meeting to decide.
Cllr Reilly proposed and Cllr Lamont seconded that Mr Shew’s quote be accepted
Agreed – 9 votes in favour with 3 against and 1 abstention
iii) Minute 78(iv) – Cullum Road sandpit – Cllr Bailey spoke to her tabled report. The next stage would be to hold a consultation with residents
iv) Minute 78(iii) – Ambrose Rise stream – the clerk had asked Mr Baldwin re the possibility of building the wall up at the entrance to the culvert
8.08pm – As there were so many members of the public present from Ambrose Rise, the Chairman declared the Council out of session and invited members of the public to speak.
The overall feeling from residents was that whenever it rained they feared that their houses/ gardens would be flooded again. They asked that a bigger wall be built at the northern end of the ditch, as it entered the culvert.
The clerk replied that he had asked Mr Baldwin for advice and the reply was that whilst not ruling it out care had to be taken that any change like that did not divert the water causing flooding elsewhere. He further stated that he had requested hat he stream be ‘dredged’ but this had not happened because the bank was waterlogged and too soft.
The District Councillors said that Mr Baldwin 9Monson Engineering – SODC’s agents) was working on a scheme that would take the water from Castle Hill eastwards, so it would not run into the Ambrose Rise stream in the first place.
County Cllr Purse – Local Government Boundary review –she could not see any way in which Wheatley and Holton could be in the same ward because of the number of smaller villages west of Holton.
From her ‘locality money’ she hoped to convert one or two humps in the High Street to cushions and to upgrade the footpath up to Windmill Lane behind the Howe.
8.50pm – The Chairman declared the meeting back in session
80(iv)continued Ambrose Rise stream
Cllr Carr proposed and Cllr Stephens seconded that the Parish Council appoint a contractor to look after the stream – Agreed
81. 2013-2014 BUDGET
i) To resolve to agree with OALC that there is no need for Councillors to request a dispensation in order to agree the 2013-2014 precept. Agreed
ii) To resolve to approve the Parish Council revised budget for 2012-2013 and the Parish Council budget and precept for 2013-2014 as recommended by F&GP on 17th December 2012.
The F&GP Committee has recommended that the precept for 2012-2013 be maintained its 2011-2012 level of £104,609.
Cllr Reilly proposed and Cllr Bailey seconded that the revised budget for 2012-2013 and the Parish Council budget and precept for 2013-2014 as recommended by F&GP on 17th December 2012 be approve. – Agreed unanimously
82. TO CONSIDER A RESPONSE TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOUNDARY COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATION FOR THE WHEATLEY WARD IN THEIR ELECTORAL REVIEW OF SOUTH OXFORDSHIRE
Following the response by SODC and Cllr Purse’s comments Cllr Dalton proposed and Cllr Reilly seconded the Parish Council’s response should be to support the District Council’s response that there should be two single member wards for Wheatley and Holton.
83. TO RECEIVE A REPORT FROM THE ADVISORY GROUP ON THE YOUTH CAFÉ SINCE ITS OPENING
Cllr Lamont tabled a report from the Advisory Group. This was accepted.
84. REPRESENTATIVES TO OUTSIDE BODIES.
(i) The Howe Trust – Cllr Joyce Coveley – Agreed
(ii) Wheatley Charities – Mr Michael Lancashire – Agreed
85. REPORTS FROM OUTSIDE BODIES
i) The Merry Bells Management Committee – No report
ii) The Howe Trust – No report
iii) The Park Sports Centre Joint User Group – No meetings had been held.
iv) Thames Valley Police – a written report had been tabled
86. TO CONSIDER MATTERS RELATING TO WHEATLEY PARK SPORTSFIELD MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
i) To receive a report of the latest meeting – no meeting since last Parish Council meeting
ii) To consider progress on a new Joint User Agreement – the Chairman has
e-mailed The Primary School Headteacher
87. CALENDAR OF MEETINGS – NOTED
i) Planning Committee – Wednesday 9th January 2013 – 7.30pm
ii) F&GP Committee Monday 21st January 2013 – 7.30pm
iii) Planning Committee – Wednesday 13th February 2013 – 7.30pm
iv) F&GP Committee – Monday 18th February 2013 – 7.30pm
v) Parish Council Meeting – Monday 4th March 2013– 7.30 pm
vi) CPRE Neighbourhood Planning Forum Tuesday 5th February at Dorchester at Thames Village Hall. 9.30am – 5.00pm
vii) Oxford Green Belt Network AGM – Tuesday 15th January – 7.45pm – Islip Village Hall