Wheatley Parish Council
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL HELD ON MONDAY 19th JANUARY 2015 IN THE PARISH OFFICE AT 7.30PM
PRESENT: Councillors: R J Reilly (Chair), R Bell, D Lamont, R. Old, J Carr & G Birks
OFFICER: THE CLERK: Gareth Morris
92. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllrs Willmott & Coleridge
93. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – None
94. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD 15th December 2014 which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record
95. UPDATE ON ITEMS FROM THE MINUTES 15th December 2014
i) Minute 75(i) – New entrance in to Church Road Recreation ground – the new gate had now been installed. A user of the recreation had complained that as the gate did not have a latch and was dangerous for children running on to the road.
ii) Minute 75(ii) – report from sub-committee – The new trust agreement had been agreed at full council
iii) Minute 80(i) – Faculty for new bench in Memorial gardens – no news had been heard back from the Diocese
iv) Minute 80(ii) – handrails at entrance – suitable handrails to be investigated.
v) Minute 82 – New editor for Newsletter – Annette Richards, the Assistant Clerk, would be taking up the role
96. TO FORMULATE A VILLAGE EMERGENCY PLAN
i) To report on the progress on the plan – no further news
ii) To report on the purchase of two defibrillators for the Holton Pavilions and the centre of the village.
The one at the pavilions had been ‘officially’ inaugurated. The Rugby Club had paid their contribution.
The clerk was still to write officially to the Merry Bells Committee for their funding and permission to place on the front wall for the one for the centre of the village
97. TO CONSIDER THE NEXT STEPS IN THE VILLAGE GREEN APPLICATION
To be discussed at item 19 on the Confidential Agenda
98. TO CONSIDER THE PURCHASE OF NEW NOTICEBOARDS FOR THE VILLAGE
Examples of types and costs of suggested noticeboards had been circulated.
The one at the Parish Office and the ones at the vets on Roman Road and at Littleworth Green to be replaced. A new lockable one to be located on the old SODC toilet block land and at the western junction of London Road and Old London Road.
The clerk to look again at prices though it was hoped that up to 50% of the cost would come from a grant from SODC..
99. TO CONSIDER RE-SITING OF SEAT AT AMBROSE RISE WEST BOUND BUS STOP –
It was Agreed to purchase a new seat to be installed to the east of the bus shelter
100. CLERK UPDATE
i) SODC – 2015 election costs – SODC had published a list of costs which showed that the cost for Wheatley could be £4,000. The deadline for nominations to be at SODC by 4pm on 9th April. The Parish Council AGM would be Monday18th May
ii) Tree work in Memorial Gardens and St Mary’s Close – permission had been granted by SODC for work to take place
iii) Future of Oxford Brooke Wheatley Campus – Brookes University had announced that operations at the Wheatley Campus would cease by 2020/2021.The next Residents’ Association meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd March which would include a presentation on and discussion of the University’s estate investment plan
iv) Update of Information Booklet – it was Agreed to ask Tim Blightman, the Merry Bells Treasurer, to see if he would take the lead. Cllr Lamont would be willing to help.
101. GRANTS, LICENCES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS – Sage Cover – £199.20 Agreed
102. TO CONSIDER VARIOUS TRAFFIC MATTERS IN THE VILLAGE
i) Bell Lane corner, and other matters – see correspondence from OCC Highways. A new figure for the work at Bell Lane corner had been received from OCC. It would now cost £5,046.99 (ex VAT) as opposed to the previous estimate of £4,759.00.
ii) Vehicle Activated Devices – to consider increasing the number of signs to 4
Cllr Birks proposed and Cllr Lamont seconded that a fourth Vehicle Activated Device be purchased (cost £2,824.70 ex VAT) to be located at the bottom of Ladder Hill facing north. This was Agreed unanimously.
103. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
a) Signing of completed copy of reconciled bank statement by Chairman & RFO
Budget to the end of December 2014 – Noted
After the cheques below have been paid the balances on the council’s accounts as at 19th January will be as follows:
104. SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS AUTHORISED
Cheque no. Payee Payment details Amount
d/d Barclays Bank Bank charges 12/11- 14/12 32.18
106087 Thomas Cakebread War Memorial refurbishment 4,560.00
106071-76 GM/SW/JF/OCC/AR/HMR&C Dec sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs 3,951.35
Cheques to Pay
106077 Thames Water Memorial gardens 05/09-15/12 21.40
106078 Berinsfield Community Business Verges December payment 608.33
106079 Lyreco Stationery 57.67
106080 WPSFMC 4th Quarterly payment 2014/15 2,000.00
106081 Mainstream Digital Calls, linerental, phone book entry 75.40
106082 Merry Bells Gas recharge 08.02.14 – 05.01.15 144.37
106082 Merry Bells Quarter’s rent 25.12.14 – 24.03.15 1,133.02
106083 Southern Electric Electricity 24.10.14 – 08.01.15 11.95
106084 Grzegorz Zasuwa Window cleaning 17.12.14 5.00
106085 D Lamont Meeting refreshments 10.05
106086 I Roberts Electricity for Christmas tree 25.00
106087 Oxon Association for the Blind Grant Aid 250.00
106088 Ordnance Survey Map copying licence 65.70
106089 Open Spaces Society 2015 Subscription 45.00
106090 WEL Medical Ltd Defrrillator for Holton pavilions 1,386.00
106092 Swift Digital Services Photocopier count 125.44
GM/SW/JF/AR/OCC//HMR&C Jan sal/wages/pen/PAYE/NICs 4,000.00
INCOME RECEIVED SINCE LAST MEETING
Income details Amount
Newsletter Advertising 50.00
Tracker Account Interest 19.01
105.. PUBLICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED and noted
i) The Haseleys – January 2015*
ii) Little Milton Newsletter –January 2015 2014*
iii) Great Milton Bulletin – January2014*
iv) URC Newsletter January 2015*
v) Holton, Waterperry & Waterstock News – December 2014*
vi) Clerks and Councils Direct – January 2015
* On display in Parish Office
106. DATE OF NEXT MEETING – 16th February 2015 – Noted
107. RESOLUTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC
Cllr Lamont 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”
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