WHEATLEY PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON MONDAY 7th JULY 2014 IN THE MERRY BELLS HAL AT 7.30PM
PRESENT: Councillors: D Lamont (Chairman), J Reilly, R Bell, G Birks, G Stephens,
P Willmott, S Coleridge, J Carr, C Dalton, A Davies, R Old, J Coveley and E Stacey (until 9.25pm)
OFFICER: Gareth Morris, Clerk to the Parish Council
Also present: County Councillor Purse and 9 members of the public
25. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE had been received from Cllrs Bailey and Knapp
26. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – none
27. MINUTES of the meeting of the Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council meeting held on Wednesday 18th June 2014 circulated previously
28. UPDATE from the meeting held on Monday 12th May 2014
29. UPDATE from the meeting of 28th June 2014
i) Minute 22 – Neighbourhood Plan
30 THE MINUTES of the meetings of the Planning Committee held on the dates below were received:
i) Wednesday 14th May 2014 – circulated previously
ii) Wednesday 11th June – circulated previously – Minute 5 2 Anson Close – despite the objections of the Parish Council the application has been granted permission
31. THE MINUTES of the meeting of the F&GP Committee meeting held on the date below were received
i) Monday 16th June 2014 – circulated previously
32. TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES of the meeting of the TRAC Advisory Committee meeting held on 1st July were received:
i) Minute 6 – request to Thames Valley Police for speed checks throughout the village
ii) Minute 7 – write to OCC Highways informing them that the Parish Council requires a pedestrian crossing across Ladder Hill/Station Road in the vicinity of the Co-operative store the grounds of safety – The Clerk had written to Mark Francis
iii) Minute 8 – Area known as ‘the old toilet block’. Write to OCC highways for advice on how this area might be used as a loading area/ disabled/parking. The clerk would contact the OCC Highways Area Steward.
iv) Minute 9 – Bell Lane/Station Road/ Junction. Request the cost of the plans from OCC or the alterations being suggested. The clerk had written to Mark Francis who despite wishing to wait for speed monitoring in Bell Lane he would prepare plans for the Parish Council at no cost. Cllrs Lamont, Davies and Bell would meet on site to draft what the
the Council would like to see at that point.
33. TO CONSIDER MATTERS RELATING TO WHEATLEY PARK SPORTSFIELD MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
i) Lease to the Wheatley Rugby Club. Cllr Carr proposed and Cllr Lamont seconded that the Parish Council seeks legal advice
ii) New Plans for the pavilion would be presented at the next SFMC meeting.
8.28pm The Chairman declared the Council out of session
Paul Gregory – said that Watlington had had three operations this year – general road/traffic enforcement eg speeding, weight limits, seat belt use and use of mobile phones.
Neil MacCormack – wanted to know if, when planning permission was given to the new Co-op store, there was any conditions put on the size of delivery vehicles. The clerk said he would investigate and informed the meeting that he had contacted the Co-op head office about the matter of their vehicles not using Friday Lane.
District Cllr Bell –emphasised the need for people to respond to the SODC Local plan 2031.
Both Biffa and the Sports Centres franchise had been extended to 2014
9.47pm – The Chairman declared the council back in session
34. TO REPORT ON PROGRESS ON THE PARISH COUNCIL’S APPLICATION TO REGISTER THE LITTLEWORTH ROAD FIELD AS A VILLAGE GREEN
Cllr Birks related the story so far. It was felt that the County Council was being unreasonable in their request for so much information. Having talked to both our solicitor and the County Council’s a further letter had been sent to the County on 21st June saying that the Parish Council believes the request are unreasonable and asking them to proceed the Village green Application. So far the County had not replied
35. TO CONSIDER A RESPONSE TO SODC’S ‘LOCAL PLAN 2031 – ISSUES AND SCOPE’
The Chairman asked each councillor to express their views on the options given in SODC’s Local Plan 2031
When each councillor had expressed their views the Chairman said it seemed that the majority of the councillors where in favour of the new settlement options rather than dispersal.
Cllr Stephens proposed and Cllr Birks seconded that “based on the information available Wheatley Parish Council preference is for a new settlement rather than any of the dispersal options”
Cllr Carr called for a named vote.
FOR: Cllrs Lamont; Davies; Willmott; Stephens; Coveley; Birks; Stacey; Old; Reilly
AGAINST: Cllrs Bell; Carr; Dalton
.9.25pm – Cllr Stacey left the meeting
9.25pm – The Chairman declared the Council out of session to allow County Cllr Anne Purse to make her report.
She urged the Parish Council to attend one of the County Council’s consultation meetings (15th July in Didcot) prior to the Local Transport 4. Spending on roads in the future is likely to come only from development. So smaller villages without development would not receive
funding for traffic relief
Oxford City – Plans to expand had been published. There seemed to be a threat to land in and around Wheatley
36. TO CONSIDER A RESPONSE TO SODC’S COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE WORKING GROUP
At its meeting on 11 June the Community Governance Working Group agreed to recommend Council extend the boundary of Wheatley parish to align with the A40, incorporating land currently in Holton parish.
The purpose of this email is to seek your councils view regarding possible warding arrangements and parish councillor numbers in the event Council agrees this recommendation.
I would therefore welcome your council’s views on the following:
1. Whether your council would like to see warding arrangements put in place (e.g current parish as ward and the area between the district ward boundary and the A40 as another ward).
2. Whether your council would be content with the current 14 councillors (Sic) ? The current electorate for Wheatley is 3,209. If Council agrees the above proposal a further 151 electors will be included in the parish of Wheatley. This council has used the National Association of Local Councils recommendations on the numbers of councillors appropriate for parishes of different population sizes during this review. NALC suggest 11 councillors for a population of 3,500. Using this guidance suggests no increase would be justified
Cllr Birks proposed and Cllr Willmott seconded that the Parish Council does not wish to see any warding arrangements in the Parish and that the Parish Council should remain at 15 councillors.
37. TO CONSIDER THE SAFETY CONCERNS FOR PEDESTRIANS AT THE PARK HILL/LONDON ROAD PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS
Cllr Carr expressed great concern about the number of ‘near misses on the zebra crossings at the Park Hill/London Road roundabout. She had arranged a site meeting with the County Councillor and a Traffic Safety Officer from the County Council for the Wednesday afternoon.
38. REPORTS FROM OUTSIDE BODIES
i) The Merry Bells Management Committee – Cllr Davies reported that wifi would be available in the Merry Bells and that they were moving towards online booking
ii) The Howe Trust – Cllr Dalton reported on the picnic that had been recently held
iii) Thames Valley Police – Between 1/5/2014-1/7/2014 Thames Valley Police received 143 calls from residents of Wheatley. The calls consisted of:
Traffic related 52
Criminal damage 4
Theft from Vehicle 3
Anti-Social Behavior 1
39. CALENDAR OF MEETINGS – NOTED
i) Planning Committee – Wednesday 9th July 2014 2014- 7.30pm
ii) F&GP Committee Monday 21st July 2014 – 7.30pm
iii) Planning Committee – Wednesday 20th August 2014 – 7.30pm
iv) Parish Council Meeting – Monday 1st September 2014 – 7.30 pm
v) Traffic and Roads Advisory Committee – Wednesday 3rd September 2014 -7.30pm
40. For Information – The chairman announced that the Parish Council had been awarded £1,900 towards refurbishment of the Wheatley War Memorial costing £3,800
The meeting closed at 9.50pm