Minutes for August 2015

Of the Meeting of the Parish Council
held in the Benefice Office meeting room on Thursday 20th August 2015 at 7.00 p.m


Councillors present: Mr C Lakeland (Chairman)(CL), Ms J Gibson (JG), Ms Charlotte Cameron (CC), Ms Miriam Jacobs (MJ) Also present: Mrs Elaine de Ridder (clerk)

Matters resolved:

  1. It was agreed that an amount of £750 should be set aside to replace the walk-behind mower.
  2. All payments were approved.
Actions arising from the meeting Target date
1.      Lengthman to obtain quotes to replace the mower. By September meeting


  1. To receive apologies for absence Mr M Shayler, Mr M Blythe, Mr M Penington, Ms V Fox.
  2. To record declarations of interests relating to this meeting. No declarations made.
  3. Planning & Housing
    • 08/11/12 To approve responses to current applications

P15/V1216/LB and P15/V1215/FUL (amended) Land Opposite Borlase, South Street: Conversion, Extension & Renovation of Existing Barn and Loggia to form a New Dwelling

Blewbury PC will object as before.

P15/V1883/FUL. Village Hall, Blewbury. Extension and alterations to Blewbury Village Hall including modest single storey extensions, minor internal remodelling works and building fabric upgrades.

Blewbury PC supports this application.


  1. Finance & Administration
    • To approve payments to be made under ancillary powers and within budgeted amounts
Description Amount
E de Ridder (salary and expenses) £927.74
D Hollick (salary and expenses) £381.89
BT Payment Services Ltd (direct debit) £23.98
White Horse Horticulture £200.00
Biffa Waste Services Ltd £56.83
Lister Wilder Ltd £22.23
Stephane Lisner £7.00
Synergy Boreholes and Systems Ltd. £480.00
Payments relating to Neighbourhood Plan
BVCIC £40.00
Payments relating to Village hall refurbishment
VWHDC Planning (paid before meeting) £192.50
TOTAL                            £2,333.15


All payments were approved.


  1. To discuss and decide on the repair or replacement of the Orec mower.

As a self-propelled mower is essential to the lengthman’s job it was decided that a replacement mower should be sought. The last time the mower had to be repaired, the PC was advised by West Garden Machinery that no further repairs could be done and that the machine would have to be replaced. The lengthman has asked for a second opinion but as it is an aging machine, it was decided that it should rather be replaced. An amount of £750 from reserves has been provisionally approved.


  1. Any other business

Exceptionally to deal with business received too late for inclusion in agenda


The planning application for Woodway has been lodged and was briefly discussed. CL urged councillors to familiarise themselves with the application. It will then be decided if it was necessary to call a public meeting.


The clerk mentioned the recent accident at the Play Space. The independent inspection, John Clarke, will be consulted re the accident.


  1. To set the date of the next meeting

11 September 2015


Meeting closed 7.37 pm.