WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON MONDAY 5th JANUARY 2015 IN THE MERRY BELLS HALL AT 7.30PM
PRESENT: Councillors: D Lamont (Chairman), J Reilly, G Stephens, J Carr, R Bell
S Coleridge, C Dalton, A Knapp, P Willmott, G Birks, J Coveley, E Bailey and E Stacey
OFFICERS: Gareth Morris, Clerk to the Parish Council
Also present: Cty Cllr Anne Purse and 11 members of the public
- APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllrs Davies & Old
- DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – Cllr Coleridge, as a Governor of the John Watson school, declared an interest in item 12
- MINUTES of the meeting of the of the Parish Council held on Monday 3rd November which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record after the following amendment was made:
Page 5 Minute 7(iv), first line – after ‘met on site’ insert ‘at the Ambrose Rise stream’.
- UPDATE from the meeting held on Monday 3rd November 2014 – None
81 THE MINUTES of the meetings of the Planning Committee held on the following dates were received:
- i) Wednesday 12th November 2014 – circulated previously
- ii) Wednesday 10th December 2014 – circulated previously
- THE MINUTES of the meetings of the F&GP Committee held on the following dates were received:
- i) Monday 24th November 2014 – circulated previously
- ii) Monday 15th December – circulated Previously
Minute 82 – Editorship of the Wheatley Newsletter – the council paid tribute to Jim Watson for his 10 years stewardship of the Wheatley Newsletter which he was now relinquishing. Annette Richards, the Assistant Clerk had agreed to take over the role.
- TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES of the meetings of the TRAC Committee held on:
- i) 26th November 2014
- TO NOTE THE NEW MINOR HIGHWAYS MAINTENANCE AGENCY AGREEMENT WITH OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
Earlier in the year the Parish Council had been notified by the County Council that the amount they paid to the Parish Council for cutting the verges would be halved.
This was the amendment to the Agreement between the County Council and Parish Council that the number of cuts to be paid for would be reduced from 5 to 2 per annum. Cllr Reilly proposed and Cllr Bell seconded that the new agreement be noted. This was Agreed
- TO APPROVE A REVISED BUDGET FOR 2014-15 AND THE 2015-16 BUDGET
- I) To resolve to approve the Parish Council revised budget for 2014-2015 as recommended by F&GP on 15th December 2014.
Cllr Reilly proposed and Cllr Carr seconded that the revised 2014-2015 budget be approved. This was Agreed unanimously
- ii) To resolve to approve the Parish Council budget and precept for 2015-2016 as recommended by F&GP on 15th December 2014.
The F&GP Committee has recommended that the precept for 2015-16 be £107,923. This increases council tax for Band D properties by 1.9% (£1.18)
Cllr Carr proposed and Cllr Reilly seconded that the budget and precept for 2015-2016 be approved. This was Agreed unanimously
- 86. TO REPORT PROGRESS ON HOUSING FOR THE EXCEPTION SITE NORTH OF LONDON ROAD
It was reported that Taylor Wimpey had been unable to undertake any surveying work due to the gas main works along London Road.
- TO CONSIDER MATTERS RELATING TO WHEATLEY PARK SPORTSFIELD MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
- i) To agree the details of the Trust to be set up to manage the Sportsfield at Holton Cllr Dalton proposed and Cllr Carr seconded that the document setting up the Trust be adopted. This was AGREED unanimously
- ii) Other matters concerning the Sportsfield Management Committee. Cllr Willmott reported that a new design had been received by the Management Committee and would be considered
- TO REPORT ON PROGRESS ON THE PARISH COUNCIL’S APPLICATION TO REGISTER THE LITTLEWORTH ROAD FIELD AS A VILLAGE GREEN
The period for comment had closed on 5th December There were now about 40 comments overall, including the ones the Parish Council had submitted a year ago.
We now have to wait for the County Solicitors for their release.
- TO REVIEW PROGRESS IN SEARCH FOR LAND FOR A NEW BURIAL GROUND FOR THE VILLAGE.
Cllr Carr reported that a piece of land had been reported to her. It was Agreed that this should go on a confidential Agenda at the next meeting.
- TO APPOINT A REPRESENTATIVE TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTION GROUP
Cllr Davies had expressed an interest after the last Parish Council Meeting. The clerk to contact Cllr Davies
- REPORTS FROM OUTSIDE BODIES
- i) The Merry Bells Management Committee – No report
- ii) The Howe Trust – the footpath from Littleworth Road to Windmill Lane had been improved.
iii) Thames Valley Police – It was reported that PCSO Ken Cooney had been transferred to another area in South Oxfordshire. The Parish Council paid tribute to him for the 8 years’ service he had given to the village.
8.25pm – the Chairman declared the Council out of session and invited the County Councillor, District Councillors and members of the public to speak.
Cty Cllr Anne Purse – the suggestion that a relief road for the A34 be built from around Abingdon to junction 8 of the M40 had been raised by some County Councillors.
She also reported that London Road, Wheatley was not earmarked for resurfacing until the financial year 2016-17
Roger Bettess (on behalf of the flood group) – a meeting had been held at the sewage pumping station on London Road where Thames Water had been challenged over the number of times untreated sewage had been discharged into the stream that runs along the south side of London Road towards Asda.
He also reported that at present there was no progress in sourcing land to use as a holding pen for water from the fields around Shotover.
The Council thanked Mr Bettess for his hard work and vigilance on this issue.
Mr Roy Gordon, Church Road – questioned the impact of 50 extra houses on the village
Mrs Freda Duckmanton, Morland Close – also questioned whether the Wheatley infrastructure especially sewerage facilities could cope with the extra houses. The Chairman replied that SODC had looked at the issue of infrastructure and had come to the conclusion that it was satisfactory.
Mr Tim Davies, High Street – urged that a strategic view on traffic issues should be taken and that the issue of a Neighbourhood Plan be revisited.
District Cllr Roger Bell – Civil Parking Enforcement. He reminded those present that the Parish Council had been asked to comment on and indicate its initial support to the officers at SODC. This was referred to in the Parish Council meeting on 4th November.
He subsequently reported, in the most recent issue of the Newsletter, that at the Town and Parish Forum at SODC later in November, officers reported that the prospects for the introduction of such a scheme were not looking very promising in the immediate future. This was because Council leaders in all the districts and the county council were not very keen. These are all councils where the majority of their members cover largely rural areas where the problems are not so great. The pressure in SODC has come from the towns, such as Henley, Thame and Didcot and some of the larger villages which are not so controlled.
He was therefore extremely annoyed that in the agenda of the Traffic Action Group issued yesterday for a meeting next Monday this parish council is being accused of deliberately trying to disguise the issue as unlikely to happen. This council has not been involved in any way since responding to the initial request back in October. As one of your District Councillors he had simply reported the facts as they were made public in mid-November.
Other issues – we are still awaiting the results of the housing consultation held in the summer and the budget process and Council Tax decisions get into full swing later this month.
District Cllr Janet Carr –stated that she agreed with Cllr Bell
9.10pm The Chairman declared the Council back in session
- CALENDAR OF MEETINGS – NOTED
- i) TRAC Committee –– Wednesday 7th January 2015 – 7.30pm
- ii) Planning Committee – Wednesday 14th January 2015 – 7.30pm
- iii) F&GP Committee Monday 19th January 2015 – 7.30pm
- iv) Planning Committee – Wednesday 11th February 2015 – 7.30pm
- v) F&GP Committee – Monday 16th February 2015– 7.30pm
- iv) Parish Council Meeting – Monday 2nd March 2015 – 7.30 pm
93, RESOLUTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC
Cllr Dalton proposed and Cllr Lamont 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 unanimously
The meeting closed at 9.15pm following the confidential session