Wheatley Parish Council
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL HELD ON MONDAY 21st NOVEMBER 2011 IN THE PARISH OFFICE AT 7.30PM
PRESENT: Councillors: E Stacey (Chairman), J Reilly, R Bell, J Anderson, S Coleridge & G Birks
OFFICER THE CLERK: Gareth Morris
Also Present: Mr P Lawrence (Oxfordshire Association for Young People (for Agenda Item 8 – see minute 102)
MEMBERS HAD BEEN REMINDED BY MEANS OF THE AGENDA THAT IF THEY HAD AN INTEREST TO DECLARE IN ANY AGENDA ITEM, THEY SHOULD DO SO IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING IN THE BOOK PROVIDED FOR THIS PURPOSE
In the absence of the Chairman, Cllr E Stacey, chaired the meeting.
98. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllrs Fyffe, Carr and Old
99. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – None
100. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD 17TH OCTOBER 2011 which had been circulated previously were signed as a correct and accurate record.
It was noted that Cllrs Coleridge and Stacey had given their apologies but they had not been reported.
101. UPDATE ON ITEMS FROM THE MINUTES 17TH OCTOBER 2011
i) Minute 84 (viii) Resurfacing of Holloway Road and Friday Lane – this had now been completed
With the permission of the meeting Agenda item 8 was now taken
102. TO RECEIVE AN UPDATE ON PROGRESS ON THE PARISH COUNCIL’S BID TO THE OCC BIG SOCIETY FUND FOR YOUTH PROVISION IN THE VILLAGE
Mr Paul Lawrence, County Director of Oxfordshire Association for Young People (OAYP), had agreed to attend the meeting to explain how his organisation might help the Parish Council. Mr Lawrence explained that the OAYP provided support to some 56 youth clubs within the County but did not, at the moment, employ people to ‘run’ youth centres. If this was what the Parish Council was wanting then his was not the organisation it wanted. It can give advice on management and structure at a cost of £25 per hour. OAYP could also provide advice on Big Society funding. He suggested that Oxford City Council might be contacted. Mr Lawrence was thanked for his attendance and his advice.
It was Agreed that the Clerk contact the person suggested by Mr Lawrence.
103. TO CONSIDER A REVISED BUDGET FOR 2011-2012 AND THE 2012-2013 BUDGET
(i) Revised 2011-2012 budget – A revised budget had been circulated. This was AGREED
(ii) To consider the 2012-2013 budget – A draft budget had been circulated. It was Agreed to recommend to full council to maintain that the precept be maintained at its 2011-12 level of £104,619, by using some of the Parish Council’s reserves.
It was proposed by Cllr Reilly and seconded by Cllr Bell that £10,000 be earmarked from next year’s budget to begin to provide the Parish Council’s contribution to the redevelopment of the sports pavilion on the playing fields at Holton.. This was Agreed unanimously.
104. TO CONSIDER THE PROPOSED YOUTH SHELTER IN CHURCH ROAD RECREATION GROUND
i) Cllr Reilly conducted a survey of students at Wheatley Park School – results would be brought to the next meeting.
ii) Letters had been sent to residents adjacent to the recreation area informing them of the Parish Council’s intention to install a Youth Shelter. No responses had been received
105. TO REPORT PROGRESS RE REFURBISHMENT OF CULLUM ROAD RECREATION GROUND
(i) To consider the removal of the sandpit – no action to be taken at the moment.
(ii) To consider maintenance of the ground – It was Agreed to go ahead with the tree planting as proposed by Cllr Dalton. Also Berinsfield Business Community to be asked to take on the maintenance of the flower beds as they do with Farm Close patio.
106. TO START PLANNING FOR THE FINANCING OF THE NEW PAVILION DEVELOPMENT ON THE PARISH COUNCIL’S LAND
See Minute 103
107. TO CONSIDER A REQUEST FOR A ‘RESIDENTS ONLY’ PARKING SCHEME IN THE HIGH STREET AND ELSEWHERE.
i) the Clerk reported on e-mail correspondence between a resident of the High Street, Thames Valley Police and the County Council on the enforcement of the current parking restrictions and the possibility of a Resident’s Only parking Scheme being introduced. The County Council had said there was no money in their budget for such a Traffic Order but it seemed that the residents would be pressing their demands for one. – NOTED
ii) An e-mail from a resident of Church Road objecting to the new parking limits in the SODC car park and wanting the old limits or residents to use the car park, permanently, without charge and for free residential parking permits along Church Road.- Noted
108. CLERK UPDATE
i) Allotments – only two allotment holders had not paid the rent for 2011-12
ii) Racist words on Asda bus shelter – these were still appearing from time to time. The clerk had attended a site meeting with the Police and SODC. It was felt there was not a lot of action that could be taken to prevent a reoccurrence. The Parish Council would continue to clean the words off as soon as possible after their reappearance
iii) Christmas tree – the clerk had ordered a tree similar to last year and it would arrive on Saturday 26th November, ready for the Advent Pageant on 1st December. It was Agreed that the owner of the property next to was willing the Parish Council would pay for an external power point so that lights could be plugged in.
109. GRANTS, LICENCES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS
i) Request from The Merry Bells Management Committee (MBMC) for a grant of £3,000 towards the refurbishment of the coffee room.
It was Agreed that the MBMC be asked for the costs of the refurbishment so that the committee can award an appropriate amount.
110. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
a)The budget to October 2011,which had been circulated with the Agenda, was scrutinised and a copy of reconciled bank statement was signed by the Chairman & RFO
After the cheques below have been paid the balances on the council’s accounts as at
21st November 2011 was as follows: Community £2,667.98
SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS AUTHORISED
|Royal British Legion
|Parish Council wreath
|South and Vale Carers
|Bank charges 13.9 to 12.10
|Photocopier lease 27.10- 26.01
|Internet charge Oct
|Cheques to Pay
|Swift Digital Services
|Annual Network Support fee
|Dog Hygiene bin emptying
|The Merry Bells
|Office Rental – Sept- Dec 2011
|Berinsfield Business Community
|Oct Grass cutting-verges & recs
|Paper and stationery
|Mileage and sundry expenses
|Safe and Sound Playgrounds
|Swing and chain bridge repairs
|Telephone charges – Aug to Nov
|Domain name & e-mail address
|AB + JD Ingram
|HM Rev & Customs
|VAT repayment – Aug-Oct
Cheques 105416 to 105419 were for invoices received after the Agenda was sent out
INCOME RECEIVED SINCE LAST MEETING
111. PUBLICATIONS & CORRESPONDENCE RECEIVED – NOTED
i) The Haseleys – Newsletter November 2011*
ii) Little Milton Newsletter November 2011*
iii) Great Milton Bulletin November 2011*
iv) Wheatley URC Newsletter – November 2011*
v) TVP – Wheatley Area Neighbourhood Team October 2011 Newsletter*
vi) Holton, Waterperry & Waterstock News November 2011*
vii) Clerks and Councils Direct – September 2011 issue
viii) Thank-you letter from South and Vale Carers
ix) Wheatley Park Newsletter – October 2011*
x) Oxford Brookes University – ‘Observe‘ Magazine – Autumn 2011*
xi) CPRE ‘Countryside Voice’ – Winter 2011*
* On display in Parish Office
112. DATE OF NEXT MEETING – 12th December 2011 – NOTED