Councillors present: Mr C Lakeland (Chairman)(CL), Ms J Gibson (JG), Mr M Penington (MP), Mr M Shayler (MS), Ms M Jacobs (MJ), Ms V Fox (VF), Mrs L Inglis (LI), Mrs C Cameron (CC). Also present: Mrs Elaine de Ridder (clerk), David Hollick (Lengthman), County Councillor Lilly, District Councillor Waite, 4 members of the public.
|Actions arising from the meeting||Target date|
|1. Clerk to write to Alex Musson and John Ogden to thank them for the hedge laying.||By April meeting|
|2. Clerk to ask Stewart Lilly for contact details for the resilience fund grant||As soon as possible|
|3. Clerk to pass on details of possible cycle route via Coffin Way to Cllr Lilly||As soon as possible|
|4. Cllr Waite to find out who owns the land adjacent to Coffin Way at the Upton end||By April meeting|
|5. Clerk to contact Highways again re the Recreation Ground sign||As soon as possible|
|6. Clerk to respond to Mr Blackford||As soon as possible|
|7. CL and clerk to consider quotes and appoint internal auditor.||By April meeting|
|8. LI to draft a letter to farmers for consideration||As soon as possible|
|9. Clerk to make the DMMO form and map available to download from the website||By Bulletin deadline|
|10. Lengthman to inspect the barriers and make safe. Lengthman, CL and clerk to decide on a plan of action re barriers||
As soon as possible
|11. Clerk to contact Upton PC re contact details for landowners adjacent to Coffin Way||By April meeting|
|12. Clerk to request BVGA risk assessment||By April meeting|
|13. Clerk to request Public & Employers liability certificates from grass cutting contractor||By April meeting|
Members of the public thanked the Parish Council for setting up the public meeting with Beeswax but expressed some concern about their practices and use of glyphosates. They stressed that a wealth of scientific expertise exists in the village and could assist with their practices.
Concerns were expressed by them regarding farming practices, such as hedge cutting, pesticide drift and application of pesticides, nitrates and phosphates on chalk downland soil.
It was noted that levels of nitrates in the Cleve were not high but that concerns were expressed 20 years ago about nitrate levels in the ground which clearly new landowners cannot be held responsible for.
Some debate followed if a letter should be sent to all adjacent landowners. It was reported that some residents have agreed to set up a second meeting with Beeswax and that the PC would be approaching them in some way in the future. They asked that the PC write to Beeswax with their concerns.
Council encouraged members of the public to raise their concerns directly.
P16/V0339/HH Dornie Lodge, Bessels Lea Road Demolition of existing boundary fence and erection of proposed boundary wall. Blewbury PC has no objection.
16/V0511/HH and P16/V0513/LB Church End, Cottage Church End Rear single storey extension and associated internal alterations to Grade II Listed Church End Cottage. Blewbury PC has no objection but a comment would be made about pollution of the stream.
P16/V0383/HH and P16/V0384/LB Chapmans, Nottingham Fee Internal and external alterations and improvements. LI was asked to leave the room for this discussion as she declared an interest. Blewbury PC has no objection.
P16/V0376/FUL The Nurseries, London Road 1. Alterations and extension to existing retail shop and warehouse to provide additional storage bay, staff rest room and workroom and administration office . 2. Removal of existing covered canopy and construction new covered canopy areas. 3. Erection new security fencing and gates. 4. Alterations and extension existing public car parking area. Blewbury PC fully supports this application.
P16/V0189/FUL Alden Farm, Aldens Lane, Upton Re apply for the application which ran out May 2015 Change of use for disused milking parlour to stables; Repaid and maintain the existing flat Change of use for old barn to tow one bed flats. Blewbury PC has no objection.
The matter of the Cleve and the Carrimores application was brought up again. It was pointed out that the PC wrote to the Vale and that we were advised that any further plans would be subject to a new planning application. No further correspondence addressed to the PC was received on this matter. Action: Clerk to respond to Mr Blackford.
|E de Ridder (salary £876.88 and expenses £71.86)||£948.74|
|D Hollick (salary and expenses)||£251.99|
|NEST (pension contribution)||£53.45|
|BT Payment Services Ltd (direct debit)||£23.98|
|Biffa Waste Services Ltd||£33.31|
|The Churn Benefice||£4.00|
|Oxfordshire Playing Fields Association||£40.00|
|Payments relating to the Neighbourhood Plan|
|Payments relating to the Village Hall refurbishment|
|Howard Enterprises Ltd||£621.45|
LI and CL declared interests in the payments. All payments were approved.
Exceptionally to deal with business received too late for inclusion in agenda.
It was mentioned that a piece should be included in the Bulletin about the increase in precept.
Meeting closed 21h25
Blewbury Parish Council
Notes for Parish Councillors on Wednesday, 9th March 2016
from Cllr Janet Shelley & Cllr Reg Waite
Cllrs Janet Shelley and Reg Waite tender their apologies for being unable to join Blewbury at 7.30 pm as they are required to attend a Committee Meeting at the Vale’s offices in Milton Park. This meeting is unlikely to finish before 8.30 pm but one or both will attend Blewbury meeting as soon as practicable.
Speculative Development Planning Applications:
P15/V1944/O – Outline planning permission for up to 35 (revised from 40)
Refusal 29th January 2016.
For your information Planning application no P15/V0969
for 50 dwellings on land in Lower Road, Chilton was
refused 29 October 2015, but applicant has now
submitted an Appeal. Appeal start date – 2nd March 16.
P15/V3038/O – Outline planning permission for the erection of 57 new dwellings
with associated parking and amenity provision s, on land on the
Western side of Bessel’s Way.
Case Officer: Peter Brampton
Received: 22nd December 2015
Registered: 7th January 2016
Consultation: 7th January to 10th February 2016
Target decision date: 7th April 2016
More than 200 objections submitted.
Applicant submitted amended application 29 Feb 2016
date remains at 7th April 2016.
New applications – Alden Farm, Alden Lane, Upton:
P16/V0563/PAR Convert and reuse redundant milking parlour to three dwellings
to support horse yard (Case officer to be appointed), and
P16/V0189/FUL Reapply for the application which ran out May 2015 – change of
Use for disused milking parlour to stables; repair and maintain
the existing flat – change of use for old barn to two one bed
Case Officer: to be appointed and Kayleigh Mansfield
Received: 2nd March and 25th January 2016 respectively
Registered: 4th March and 4th February 2016 respectively
Consultation: not quoted yet and 4th Feb to 21st March
Target decision dates: 29th April and 31st March 2016
Further planning applications to be submitted in due course.
Greater Didcot Garden Town:
Invitations to a first meeting to be sent to selected Parish Councils shortly.
Great Western Park:
The Sports Pavilion completion date has been put back from the end of May to the middle of June. This should not cause a delay to the start of use by Boundary Park Sports association, whose first formal rugby games commence in September 2016.
The large glass artwork for the pavilion has been commissioned and will be installed after completion has been approved on the building.
White Horse Contractors inspected the condition of the sports pitches on 26 February 2016 and will forward a report advising the councils on a date for completion – likely to be May 2016.
Completion of many areas of open spaces and play areas are being processed – there are many snagging issues such as missing trees, bulbs, benches and areas of poor finishing to ground levels. The Councils are co-ordinating responses to Taylor Wimpey and formal decisions to accept the areas when completed.
Great Western Park Resident’s Association has written to David Buckle, CEO, complaining about the lack of facilities being provided on the development.
Furthermore, the planning departments have written to Taylor Wimpey asking for an update on the provision of infrastructure.
Sovereign Housing Association:
Sovereign Housing Association has been negotiating joining forces with Spectrum Housing Association since last year to form a new 56,000 home organisation which would become the largest housing Association in the south and south-west.
They are currently undertaking their due diligence exercise, and if both Boards approve, the merger could go ahead by the end of this year.
In the late 1980’s, many councils were struggling to invest in their homes. In 1989, Newbury District Council (now called West Berkshire Council) decided to take the step of transferring its homes to a housing association, which could then borrow money to invest in their upkeep.
West Berkshire Housing Association was formed and 7,109 homes were transferred. As more and more properties were acquired across a number of counties, the name became inappropriate, so in 1994 Sovereign Housing Association was born.
In 2005 Twynham Housing Association joined Sovereign, followed by The Vale Housing Association in 2007, and then Kingfisher HVHS Housing Association in 2009.
Today, Sovereign own and manage around 38,000 homes across the south and south-west making them one of the largest housing associations in England. As indicated above the merger could lead to a larger association with 56,000 homes.
In one of their websites, they comment, “Our size allows us to play an increasing part in influencing the sector, helping us to shape the national policies that affect our residents and our business.”
Salient points from the Vale’s budget agenda at its full Council Meeting on Wednesday, 17th February 2016:
Vale agreed to freeze the amount of council tax people pay for services it provides in 2016/17.
The council tax freeze means that for 2016/17 people living in a band D property in Vale will continue to pay just £116.69 for the services provided by the district council.
The council meeting also saw members agree this year’s budget. Among the highlights are:
While so many other authorities are cutting services and increasing taxes the Vale is continuing to come up with new ways of working and sharing resources meaning that we can continue to provide first class services for our residents.
JS & RWW 09 Mar 2016
Nothing to report.
Most of the sunken graves have been filled and now await turf when it is available later this month probably. All Christmas wreaths have been removed.
TFF, CAR PARK & TFF PLAY AREA
Car Park still awaiting attention to holes. More surfacing to be purchased and rolled.
TFF has now had all the hedging layered and is looking really good. This has saved us the cost of having it flailed or cut, and will be very manageable now with hand cutting.
The new Basket swing has now been installed and safety chains attached to two of the long swing units.
The matting has still to be installed.
Issues re: Cricket Club using our Wessex topper and tractor have been resolved. I will undertake any grass cutting as necessary and will log the time used separately.
VILLAGE HALL KAP AREA
Planning report for Parish Council – March 2016
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:
P14/V2199/FUL – Hill View, Bessels Lea Road – Erection of a new dwelling, with access to Bessels Way. Amendments to planning permission. BPC has no objection.
P26/V0376/FUL – The Nurseries (Savages), London Road – Alterations and extensions, new gates and parking area. BPC fully supports this application
The “Savages” Nurseries is a great asset to the village and a service that we all value greatly. It is a prime example of the infrastructure we need to maintain and improve in Blewbury. We need this business and this limited improvement which will prolong the life of the business is welcome.
Decisions from the District Council:
P15/V2707/HH and P15/2706/LB – New Inn Cottage, London Road. Adding double front gates with a side gate to the front of the property. GRANTED.
P16/V0001/HH – Marathon, Bessels Way – Demolition of existing single storey elements and creation of double and single storey extensions. GRANTED.
P16/V0002/HH – Haycroft, Bessels Way – Demolition of existing single storey elements and creation of single storey extensions to rear and side. GRANTED.
P16/V0169/HH – May Cottage, London Road – Conservatory extension. GRANTED.
P16/V0183/HH – The Load of Mischief, South Street – Single and two storey extensions. GRANTED.
P16/V0125/HH – Cherry Trees, London Road – Proposed ground floor side and rear extensions. GRANTED.
P15/V2854/FUL – Hill View, Bessels Lea Road – Erection of a detached dwelling with attached garage – GRANTED.
Enquiries regarding planning in the parish may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org