Minutes June 2018

Minutes
Of the Meeting of the Parish Council
held in the Vale Room on Wednesday 13th June 2018 at 7.30 p.m.

Councillors present: Mr C Lakeland (Chair), Mrs J Gibson (JG), Ms Miriam Jacobs (MJ), Mrs L Inglis (LI), Mr Mark Shayler (MS), Mr Mark Blythe (MB), Mr M Penington (MP) Also present: Michelle Taylor (clerk), Mr David Hollick (Lengthman), County Councillor Mike Fox-Davis, District Councillor Reg Waite and three members of the public.

Matters resolved:

  1. All payments were approved.
  2. Payment agreed for inspection of the sewage blower at the clubhouse.
  3. Register of Physical Assets reviewed and updated-All circulated and approved.
  4. Section 1&2 of Audit for 2018. Circulated prior to meeting and approved.
  5. Standing Orders and Financial Regulations – Circulated prior to meeting and approved.
  6. Constitution of PC Committees for the coming year- All approved.
  7. Agreed by all to sign contract for works to be carried out on village Cobb Walls.
Actions arising from meeting Target date
1.      Cllr Lakeland to contact John Ogden ref requirements for trimming of layed hedge along Bohams Road. By next meeting
2.      Clerk to email updated emergency plan to Cllr Gibson. By next meeting
3.      Cllr Lakeland to circulate agreement for CIC/Clubhouse between the CIC and Mike/Dave. As soon as possible
4.   Cllr Penington and Clerk to explore Gmail addresses for Parish members. As soon as possible
5.      Cllr Lomas to discuss with Mike and Dave- relationship going forward between them and the BPC. By next meeting
6.      Cllr Jacobs to respond to parishioner’s email ref: Cleve. As soon as possible
7.      11.  Cllr Gibson and Clerk to explore costs for new frame for Cleve noticeboard. As soon as possible
8.      Clerk and Cllr Lakeland to sign agreement for cobb wall refurbishment. As soon as possible
8.   Cllr Shayler to follow up when the trim trail will be complete. By next meeting
9.    Cllr Lakeland to contact the police to see what action can be taken with regards to speeding along the B4016 and A417 going forward. As soon as possible
10.  Cllr Gibson to explore the costs for additional speeding signs within the village. By next meeting
Urgent Actions to be followed up at next meeting
1.      Follow up on Skatepark quotes for repairs

 

  • To receive apologies for absence. Apologies Cllr Lomas, Cllr Cameron and District Councillor Janet Shelley.
  • To record declarations of interest.  No declarations were made.
  • To approve the minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 9th May 2018. The minutes were accepted and signed as a true record.
  • To receive the County Councillor’s report. County Councillor’s report was circulated after to the meeting. See Annex A.
  • To receive the District Councillor’s report. District Councillor’s report was circulated prior to meeting. See Annex B.
  • To receive the Lengthman’s report. Report was circulated prior to meeting. See Annex C. Issues were raised with reference to overgrown vegetation along coffin way, and the hedge along Bohams Road. Action: Cllr Lakeland to contact John Ogden ref desirability for trimming of layed hedge along Bohams Road.

 

  • Open Forum. Mike Johnson of London Road Blewbury raised continued concerns with regards to speeding along London Road.
  • Matters arising

To report back on actions arising at previous meeting. All actions were taken apart from obtaining quote for skatepark repairs-Ongoing. And Bellway are still to respond.

 

  • Village hall redevelopment

9.1 To receive an update on the progress of the refurbishment project with to recent meetings with potential builder’s MD and fundraising if available. MD builders have now put a quote forward for a reduced specification of the refurbishment project. It is felt that the concerns of the committee regarding large prelims and M&E costs have not been properly addressed. MD have been asked to go away and think again with a view to being more creative. Ongoing.

 

  • Recreation Ground

10.1   To receive an update from working group on recent developments concerning the future of the Clubhouse. Mike Evans and David Flynn are now in full operation of the clubhouse (CIC continuing as directors), which officially opened under their management on the 12th June.

  • Update on the results of the Borehole Service and quality testing. Water is fully compliant with UK water standards. Item Closed
  • To receive an update on the sewage blower repair and authorise the payment for an inspection. Payment agreed. Inspection arranged for Tuesday 19th Ongoing.

 

  • Planning & Housing
    • To receive the planning committee report. See Annex D for the planning report.
    • To approve responses to current applications:

 

P18/V1332/HH

Westmead 1 Berry Lane Blewbury Didcot Oxon OX11 9QJ

Proposed replacement of conservatory with a single-storey extension and internal alterations. Parish Council has no objection.

 

P18/V1308/FUL

Hunts Grave Farmhouse Woodway Road Blewbury Didcot OX11 9HW

Demolition of existing structures and construction of one dwelling and garaging. Parish Council objects to this application on the basis of Policy P3 (Housing Mix) of the Neighbourhood Plan, which favours new developments of three bedrooms or smaller. The existing permission is for two three bedroom houses – this remains the PC’s preference for the site, which we believe is the most sustainable use of the plot.

 

P18/V1309/FUL

Hunts Grave Farm Woodway Road Blewbury Didcot OX11 9HW

Demolition of existing structures and construction of meeting hall and car parking on the site. Parish Council objects to this application on the basis of Policy P3 (Housing Mix) of the Neighbourhood Plan, as stated in the objection to P18/V1308, which should be read in conjunction with this application. Granting of this application would preclude the option of two houses being built on the site.

 

P18/V1258/HH

The Haven London Road Blewbury Didcot OX11 9PD

Demolition of existing lean-to. Erection of new single storey rear extension. Parish Council has no objection.

 

P18/V1240/FUL

The Blueberry London Road Blewbury OX11 9NU

Replacement kitchen extract duct. Parish Council has no objection.

 

  • Finance & Administration
    • To receive any update on S106 contributions. It was announced that a new S106 officer is now handling our applications. Awaiting response.
    • The Register of Physical Assets, reviewed, updated and circulated prior to meeting was formally approved.
    • Accounts and audit for 2017-2018. Section 1&2 of the Audit for 2018 was circulated prior to meeting and formally approved by council.
    • Renewed Standing Orders and Financial Regulations, No Revisions was circulated prior to the meeting and formally approved by council.
    • To approve payments to be made under ancillary powers and within budgeted amounts-All agreed.

 

PAYEE Description / Power to spend Amount
M Taylor Clerk’s salary and expenses £745.00
E de Ridder Clerk’s Salary £155.45
D Hollick Lengthman’s salary and expenses £542.04
NEST Clerk’s pension £59.05
Biffa Waste Services Ltd Waste services £39.19
Pear Technology Services Ltd Maplink Technical Support and Updates Cemetery £102.00
BT Payment Services Ltd Clubhouse line rental and Wi-Fi £28.08
VWHDC Fortnightly garden waste collection from the cemetery £40.50
PWLB Loan Repayment £3,592.50
OALC Clerk Training £48.00
Post Office Ltd SSE Electricity Supply to Scout Hut, Recreation Ground £18.70
Lister Wilder Limited Machinery Repairs £11.98
Red Box Fire Control Service Extinguishers Recreation Ground-Clubhouse £467.28
Graham Nye Plant Room Repairs £56.20
Waste Water Solution Ltd Inspection to Blower on Condor Clubhouse £300.00
Total £6,205.97

 

Invoices too late for inclusion on the agenda:

Waste Water Solutions £5.00 Cheque charge

Synergy Boreholes & Systems Ltd £312.00

New total amount: £6,522.97

  • Risk Management.
    • 05/01/17 To receive an update on TFF Play Space safety inspection. Awaiting report from official inspector.
    • 11/10/2017 To receive an update on the progress of our Emergency Plan and SSE communities funding for contingency items. Contingency items ongoing. Action: Clerk to email updated emergency plan to Cllr Gibson.
    • 14/03/18 GDPR – to receive an update on GDPR compliance to date. Action: Cllr Penington and Clerk to explore Gmail addresses for Parish members.

13.4 13/06/18 To approve including plant maintenance costs for the clubhouse in future budgets. Action: Cllr Lakeland to circulate agreement for CIC/Clubhouse between the CIC and Mike/Dave. Action: Cllr Lomas to discuss with Mike and Dave- relationship going forward between them and the BPC.

13.5 13/06/18 To receive an update on the timeframe for a TFF BBQ area. Ongoing.

 13.6 13/06/18 To receive a report on discussions relating to improvements to the Football goal at TFF. It was announced that the Tony Loy trust will explore raising funds via its Virgin Just Giving site alongside other ventures. Councillor Shayler will liaise. Matter ongoing.

13.7 13/06/18 To Confirm the constitution of PC Committees for the coming year. All approved.

 

  • To receive an update on any issues relating to the Environment. A concern was raised from a parishioner with regards to the water and surrounding vegetation within the Cleve. Cllr Gibson reported that the Cleve display board was in disrepair. Action:  Cllr Jacobs to respond to parishioner’s email ref: Cleve. Action: Cllr Gibson and Clerk to explore costs for new frame for Cleve noticeboard.

 

  • To receive an update on any issues relating to Footways, Footpaths, rights of way and open spaces

15.1      11/04/18 To receive an update on the policy for barriers on footpaths-Ongoing.

15.2     09/05/18 To receive an update on any further communications relating to a cycle path. Ongoing.

15.3     09/05/18 To receive an update on and approve a course of action relating to the Cobb Wall. It was announced funding is complete at no net charge to the PC budget, and agreed by all to sign contract for works to be carried out. Action: Clerk and Cllr Lakeland to sign agreement for cobb wall refurbishment.

 

  • To receive an update on the outdoor Gym Equipment.
    • 14/03/2018 To receive an update on the Gym Equipment at TFF. Awaiting new poles to be installed and funding to be received. Action: Cllr Shayler to follow up when the trim trail will be complete.
  • To receive an update on any issues relating to roads, road safety and public transport.

17.1     08/11/17 To receive an update on the Oxford Cambridge expressway group. Ongoing.

17.2     13/12/17 To receive an update on Salt bins in and around the village. Ongoing.

17.3     14/02/18 To receive a report on recent communications relating to speeding on the B4016 and    A417. To approve an appropriate course of action moving forward. Email circulated to parish members prior to meeting. Action: Cllr Lakeland to contact the police to see what action can be taken with regards to speeding along the B4016 and A417 going forward. Action: Cllr Gibson to explore the costs for additional speeding signs within the village.

 

  • Village Hall Management Committee. To receive an update from the VHMC. Committee met last week. Among other things to discuss GDPR compliance and finances. It was reported that both matters were in good shape.
  • Correspondence
    • Items requesting a reply & consultations

 

  • Items for information that have been circulated
  • Website Correspondence and Uploads on PC section. Nothing discussed.
  • Any other business. Exceptionally to deal with business received too late for inclusion in agenda. Nothing discussed.
  • To set the date of the next meeting of the PC. The next Parish Council meeting will be held on the 11th July in the Vale room.

                                                          Meeting closed 21:33 pm

 

 

 Annex A:

 

 REPORT TO BLEWBURY PARISH COUNCIL JUNE 2018

FROM CLLR MIKE FOX-DAVIES

 

GENERAL OCC REPORT

 

GROUND-BREAKING SHARED SERVICE ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN COUNCILS

 

OCC and Cherwell District Council (CDC) are considering a proposal for shared service arrangements under a joint chief executive, while retaining separate councillor bodies, budgets and decision-making processes. The proposal follows a decision by CDC not to join the a proposed new unitary with its existing partners, South Northamptonshire District Council. The proposal will be considered by the county council’s Cabinet on Monday 4 June. OCC is keen to work with Cherwell to ensure its residents continue to receive good services. The county council also believes a joint arrangement would help to secure investment in the infrastructure needed to support increases in jobs and homes. The exact arrangements for sharing services and joining up functions will need to be worked out in detail and then agreed separately by each council. They will be implemented incrementally. It is a statutory requirement that the Chief Executive, as head of paid service, is appointed by the full councils of each council and formal appointment processes will be followed. The joint appointment is expected to be made from one of the existing chief executives. The proposed partnership is not connected to unitary reorganisation proposals, and would instead offer an innovative opportunity to make two tier local government more effective.

 

OCC RETAINS ‘GOOD’ OFSTED RATING FOR CHILDREN’S SERVICES

 

Despite the increase in cases of children at risk of neglect and abuse, the OCC children’s service has received an overall ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted, the children’s services watchdog. This is the third time running OCC has received the ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted. The report was published on Tuesday, May 22. It praised the way staff had dealt with a huge rise in the number of children needing protection from abuse and neglect since 2015, and the rise in admissions to care, driven by better reporting and awareness by people working with children and families. Ofsted praised OCC and found that when children are at risk of harm, prompt action is taken to understand their circumstances and protect them. Children in care and care leavers receive a good service. However, the report said more still needs to be done to ensure children suffering from neglect are getting the right help at the right time, to reduce its impact on their lives. While most children needing help and protection are well-served, this needs to be more consistent. There has been a 45% increase in the number of cases of neglect since 2015 and this has presented a challenge to OCC, at a time of budget pressures. OCC acknowledges Ofsted’s findings and is committed to improving its handling of neglect cases. Neglect often occurs in families where drug and alcohol misuse, domestic abuse or mental health issues are prevalent, but it describes any situation in which a child is being put at risk of serious harm because their needs are not being met.

 

FROM AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL ASSISTANT TO COUNTY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN

 

Gill Sanders last month became the new Chairman of OCC. She was once one of the nation’s first female air traffic control assistants and the time spent in that role gave her the confidence to progress in life. She later worked in Oxford city schools for 25 years and eventually as an HR and Administration Manager at a large Oxford city comprehensive school. Councillor Sanders has been a county councillor in Oxford since 2012 but had been a city councillor for 26 years until standing down this year. She has been Vice Chairman of OCC in 2017/18 and worked closely with her husband and fellow county councillor John Sanders during his spell as Chairman in 2014/15. Councillor Les Sibley, who represents the Bicester West division at County Hall, has been elected Vice Chairman for 2018/19.

TAKING CARE BACK TO ITS ROOTS IN OXFORDSHIRE

 

Care in Oxfordshire looks set to go back to its community roots with teams of very local people set up around older and vulnerable people in an innovative project originally inspired in Holland and so far tried in only one other place in England. Teams are to be set up around people who need care in Abingdon and Wallingford as part of a £100,000 trial to be managed by a specialist Manchester based company called Wellbeing Teams who have already set up the new teams in Wigan. Only people who live within a five-mile radius of those for whom they’ll care will be recruited to the new teams – but they don’t have to have any experience in the care industry –they just need to be able to offer up to 21.75 hours of time per week and have a clear commitment and pride in their local area and community. People recruited to teams would be supported by Wellbeing Teams through a buddying system and the usual DBS and safety checks would be required before recruitment could take place.

 

MAKING ADULT SOCIAL CARE CHARGES MORE FAIR, CONSISTENT & TRANSPARENT

 

A series of changes to the way people contribute to the cost of their care in Oxfordshire will see some people charged more so that resources can be targeted better at those who cannot afford to pay and will bring OCC more in to line with how things operate elsewhere in England. All councils are allowed to charge for care and support to recover the costs incurred in line with the Care Act 2014. This means that people receiving social care across the nation may be expected to contribute towards the cost of their care depending on their individual financial circumstances. The changes are estimated to save £1.8m per year. This will be used to provide social care for people with significant care needs and who are unable to pay for care themselves. This is not a saving to the council’s bottom line. Full details can be found here:

http://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/changes-would-make-adult-social-care-charges-fair-more-consistent-and-more-transparent/

 

BETTER BROADBAND FOR OXFORDSHIRE UPDATE

 

Oxfordshire now has 96.5% superfast broadband coverage, increasingly enabling digital infrastructure in the most rural parts of the county, with adoption of the newly available fibre broadband services running at over 54%, which is well above national average.

 

 

Annex B:

 

Blewbury Parish Council

District Notes for Parish Councillors on Wednesday, 13th June 2018

from Cllr Janet Shelley & Cllr Reg Waite

 

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Apologies:

 

None at this stage

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Enforcement Investigations:

 

VE18/207 12 London Road, Blewbury OX11

Reported: 19 April 2018

Alleged breach:  Erection of trellis on top of fence (in excess of 2m) at 12 London Road, Blewbury

Case Officer: Zoe Spring

Site visited:  18 May 2018

6 week target period: 31 May 2018

Negotiations ongoing.  Letter sent 1 June 2018 instructing removal or submission of planning application.

 

VE18/161 – 2 Pound Cottage, London Road, Blewbury OX11 9NY

Reported: 26 March 2018

Alleged breach: Without planning permission the addition of a rear dormer (conservation area)

Case Officer: Heather Rowe

Site visited: –

6 week target date: 7 May 2018

Still under investigation

 

VE17/627 – Pilgrim Way, The Pilgrims Way, Blewbury OX11 9NG

Reported: 25 October 2017

Alleged breach: Breach of conditions 3 & 4 of P16/V0888/HH

Case Officer: Claire Merritt

Site visited: 2 November 17 and 26 February 2018

6 week target date: 6 December 2017          12 week target date: 17 January 2018

Still being monitored. Letter sent to owner 27 March 18 instructing removal or submission of planning application.

 

VE17/223 – Unit 3, Eastfield Farm, Woodway Road, Blewbury

Reported: 21 April 2017

Alleged breach:  Unauthorised change of use of an agricultural building to B2 industrial use.

Case Officer:  Robert Cramp

Site visited: 4 May 2017

6 week target date: 2 June 2017    12 week target date: 14 July 2017

Still under investigation

 

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 Abbey Meadow pool reopens soon:

 

Following £1.3m refurbishment the Abbey Meadow pool in Abingdon will re-open to the public at 1.00 pm on Saturday, 16th June.

 

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Local Plan 2031:

 

The Vale’s Local Plan Part 2 which sets out proposals for housing and infrastructure such as roads, will be examined by a government inspector and public hearing sessions will take place as follows –

–               3 – 6 July and then 24-27 July at the Advanced Skills Building, Abingdon and Witney College, Abingdon Campus

–               4 – 7 September at The Beacon, Wantage

 

If you submitted comments during the final consultation period at the end of last year, these will be considered as part of the examination.  The hearings are open to the public, however only people invited by the inspector can participate.

 

You can find out more, including full details about the hearings and guidance from the inspector on our website

 

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Update on the Vale’s District Councillors:

 

Cllr Roger Cox is the new Leader of the Council and Cllr Ed Blagrove is his Deputy.

 

Cllr Monica Lovatt is the new Chairman and Cllr Ben Mabbett is Deputy Chairman.

 

The Council’s Cabinet consists of –

–               Leader, Planning Partnership and Insight – Cllr Roger Cox

–               Deputy Leader and Corporate Services – Cllr Ed Blagrove

–               Community Services – Cllr Alice Badcock

–               Legal and Democratic Services – Cllr Eric Batts

–               Regeneration and Development – Cllr Mike Murray

–               Finance – Cllr Robert Sharp

–               Housing and Environment – Cllr Elaine Ware

 

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Reservoir Plans:

 

The Vale has called for a public inquiry to examine Thames Water’s proposals which include plans for a large reservoir between Drayton, East Hanney and Steventon.

 

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Developer funding for Parishes:

 

The Vale is passing on the first round of developer funding to parishes with projects such as new parks and leisure facilities to support housing growth in their communities.

 

The funds have been collected from developers under the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).  The first parishes to receive payments are Abingdon, East Hendred, Kennington, Milton and Sutton Courtenay.

 

The Vale will be making further CIL payments to parishes.  For further information please visit website on

 

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Superfast Broadband:

 

Just over 96% of premises in the Vale can now access broadband speeds over the 24 Megabits per second.

 

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Online safety workshop for parents:

 

Parents of primary-aged children can learn more about keeping them safe when they are online can sign up for an online safety workshop on Tuesday, 3rd July at Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot.

 

The FREE session takes place at 5pm and 6pm.  It is important to book a place now as numbers are limited.  Please visit – www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/safeonline or www.southoxon.gov.uk/safeonline

 

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BINZONE – waste has never bin this easy:

 

Search Binzone in the App Store or Google Play Store and download the council’s new app for everything you need to know about your bins.

 

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Applications for the Small Biz 100 are now open:

 

Small Business Saturday is once again highlighting 100 small businesses, one a day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday 2018 which will be held on 1 December.

 

For the last 5 years, the 100 have not only received exposure on Small Business Saturday’s social media channels and in the local and national press, but also joined the Small Business Saturday team in London at receptions in both Dowing Street and The Treasury Drum with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, it is a great way to get exposure for your business.

 

All Small Biz 100 applicants need to sign-up – it only takes a minute, then you can apply to be one of the 100 at the dedicated Small Biz 100 link.

 

The ‘My Small Business’ portal will help promote your small business both before, during and after Small Business Saturday.  If you register your details with Small Business Saturday, they will add you to the small business finder pin map.

 

Applications opened on 1st June and will close on 30th June.  Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail in August.  To start the application process please visit – https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/my-small-business.aspx

 

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Prince’s Countryside Fund – applications for up to £50,000:

 

The Prince’s Countryside Fund, named in honour of its Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales provides more than £1m in grants to projects across the UK, with grants of up to £50,000 available for innovative projects that provide a lasting legacy to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit.

 

As Oxfordshire is one of the most rural counties in the UK, the trust is seeking applications here that supports activity which results in a long-term positive impact on our rural communities, helping the people that live and work in the region.

 

It is too late for this year as grant applications must be in by 14 June 2018, but please consider submitting an application for next year.

 

However, additional funding is available after 14 June for community projects aimed at reducing isolation in deprived rural areas through the Rural Four project funded by Players of People Postcode Lottery.  Please contact The Prince’s Countryside Fund Manager, Helen Aldis, for more information. For further information please visit – www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk

 

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Can your Business improve access to disabled people?:

 

If you improve access to disabled people then you improve it for everyone, therefore increasing your customer base.  In 2014/15, 10.4 million disabled people and their families in the UK had an aggregate annual household income of £249 billion, which adds up to an awful lot of spending power.

 

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The Councils’ Vision for businesses:

 

The vision of the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils is to support and encourage southern Oxfordshire to become one of the most economically successful, and environmentally sustainable rural areas in the country.

 

The focus is to improve the vitality and attractiveness of our towns, support businesses and help them grow, and increase the value of the visitor economy.

 

Please let us know what we can do to help your business?

 

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Feeling unsafe on a date? Pub goers can now Ask for Angela to get help:

 

A new scheme designed to help those at risk of abuse in a pub or bar has been launched in the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire.

If someone feels uncomfortable in a licensed venue in Abingdon or Didcot they can go to the bar and ask; “Is Angela in?”.  Staff will then offer discrete help, such as keeping an eye on them, calling a friend, relative, taxi, or the police – or simply help them to leave the building via alternative exit.

Having started in Lincoln in 2016 the ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign is now available across a number of towns and cities in the UK.

The scheme is particularly aimed at those who are on a date with someone they have only just met online, or via a dating app, who then doesn’t turn out quite as they expected.

Participating venues can be recognised by a blue sticker in their window and posters displayed in bar and toilet areas.  So far, 21 pubs have signed up in Abingdon and ten in Didcot.

 

The ‘Ask Angela’ campaign will be rolled out across towns in the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire this summer.  The scheme is supported by local Pubwatch members and the South and Vale Community Safety Partnership.

If you manage or own a licensed venue and would like to join the ‘Ask for Angela’ scheme please email communitysafety@southandvale.gov.uk

’Ask for Angela’ is a discreet way of asking for help should someone require it in a licensed venue.  We have a very safe nightlife in the Vale and South Oxfordshire, however when someone does feel vulnerable it’s reassuring to know that this help will be available.

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Have your say on housing land supply proposals:

 

Have your say on a government proposal to give Oxfordshire councils greater protection from speculative housing development – on sites which are not the most suitable or preferred – as we plan for the county’s future housing needs.

The Oxfordshire Growth Board, which the Vale is part of along with all of Oxfordshire’s councils and key strategic partners, is consulting on the proposals which would mean we will only need to provide a three-year land supply, rather than the five-year supply which is normally required, while we develop a Joint Statutory Spatial Plan (JSSP). A JSSP is being drawn up to provide a tool for considering the county’s growth in a co-ordinated, long-term way, in addition to localised plans which help to guide development at district-level.

The proposals would also mean that a Housing Delivery Test (HDT) would be in place for three years after the JSSP has been adopted.

The changes being put forward under the proposals would make it harder for unplanned speculative housing development to get planning permission and would also allow us to focus on preparing the JSSP and our respective Local Plans.

For more detail on the proposals, and to submit your views, please visit the Oxfordshire Growth Board website – oxfordshiregrowthboard.org  or  www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/news/2018/2018-06/have-your-say-housing-land    The consultation is open until 11.45pm on Thursday 12 July.

 

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Reg’s Charity fundraising impossible without your amazing support

 

Final income from various events and personal donations is being received and it is estimated total funds for the two charities will be approaching £9,750/£9,800 possibly a little higher.

 

Reg and Dee Waite wish to thank all councillors and residents from Blewbury for their generous support during the 12 months as Chairman of the Council which was very much appreciated and above expectations.

JS & RWW 12 June 2018

 

Annex C:

 

LENGTHMAN’S REPORT

MAY 2018

 

 

A very busy month with grass cutting as the weather has been wet but also with some hot spells.

 

All the play equipment is in good order and being well used except for the BMX Track, which is hardy used at all.

 

Still no final visit from John Clarke, to sign off the annual inspection.

 

Tractor and mowers are all behaving nicely with no problems.

 

We had a flooding issue on Watts Lane when we had the thunderstorms, which I investigated the next day and there seems to be some excessive weed growth between the last bungalow and Church Meadow?

 

I will be on holiday from 16th to 30th June. Chris has offered to deal with the bins and inspections.

 

David.

 

Annex D:

 

Planning report for Parish Council – June/July 2018

Planning Applications

All Blewbury planning applications, decisions and Parish Council responses, including items under consideration, can be found in the ‘Parish’ section of the Blewbury website

(http://blewbury.co.uk/parish/planning/), which is updated once a week. Links are also provided to the main Vale Planning site, where full details can be obtained.

 

Responses from the Parish Council:

P18/V1332/HH   Westmead 1 Berry Lane 

Proposed replacement of conservatory with a single-storey extension and internal alterations. Parish Council has no objection.                                             

 

P18/V1308/FUL Huntsgrave Farm Woodway Road              

Demolition of existing structures and construction of one dwelling and garaging.

Parish Council objects to this application on the basis of Policy P3 (Housing Mix) of the Neighbourhood Plan, which favours new developments of three bedrooms or smaller. The existing permission is for two three bedroom houses – this remains the PC’s preference for the site, which we believe is the most sustainable use of the plot.

 

P18/V1309/FUL Huntsgrave Farm Woodway Road              

Demolition of existing structures and construction of meeting hall and car parking on the site. Parish Council objects to this application on the basis of Policy P3 (Housing Mix) of the Neighbourhood Plan, as stated in the objection to P18/V1308, which should be read in conjunction with this application. Granting of this application would preclude the option of two houses being built on the site.

 

P18/V1258/HH   The Haven London Road               

Demolition of existing lean-to. Erection of new single storey rear extension. Parish Council has no objection.   

 

P18/V1240/FUL The Blueberry, London Road       

Replacement kitchen extract duct. Parish Council has no objection.                

                   

Decisions from the District Council:

P18/V0971/HH   Sawyers, South Street      

Internal alterations including garage conversion to bedroom with en-suite shower room and w.c. Single storey back extension to form family bathroom and additional bedroom. Construction of detached timber framed single garage, car port and log store. Parish Council has no objection. Granted.                     

 

P18/V0911/HH   Badger’s Holt, South Street           

Proposed two storey side extension, external refurbishment and internal alterations to existing dwelling. Granted.

 

P18/V1025/HH   Pilgrim’s Way, The Pilgrim’s Way             

Amend the window sizes and positioning as approved under application P16/V0888/HH granted 17th August 2016. Granted.

 

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